Because It’s Spam, It May Be Even More Mercenary—and Hypocritical
The last time that I did a post on a digital advertisement distributed by the National Review, I was chided by one of my readers, presumably someone on the Right, for trying to base a political argument on an analysis of ephemera—on an analysis of a piece of e-mail that was, after all, “just spam.”
But when a publication with a strong political slant distributes anything, it should be certain that it is something that it wishes to endorse, especially if it frames the advertisement as a personal message to its readers.
Consider this e-mail now being disseminated by the National Review:
“Retirees have received an insulting 1.32% annual increase to their Social Security checks under the Obama administration.
“And the rumors around D.C. suggest certain politicians want to drastically decrease your payments, and soon!
“So when we stumbled upon this weird trick that can add…
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