It is indeed hilarious watching British conservatives treat Ben Shapiro with precisely the level of respect he deserves:
Here’s the thing: Andrew Neil is an old school Tory (a Rupert Murdoch janissary & chairman of The Spectator) yet he gave Shapiro a deserved drubbing. By comparison the putatively liberal New York Times has repeatedly celebrated Shapiro & whitewashed him. https://t.co/G2YTjHWIIF— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 10, 2019
And the fawning treatment this twelfth-rate hack has received from the Times isn’t being exaggerated:
Benjamin Shapiro strode down the aisle of a packed auditorium at the University of Utah like a prizefighter walking toward a ring. He was dressed in a dark suit jacket and a gray shirt and was followed closely by a bodyguard. The mostly male audience sprung to its feet, cheering him with thunderous applause.
After his speech — a searing critique of mainstream liberalism — a young man walked up to the microphone.
“I have watched so many of your videos I think my girlfriend hates you,” he said.
Mr. Shapiro, conservative thinker, entertainer, trash talker and destroyer of weak arguments, has been called the voice of the conservative millennial movement. He represents the tastes of an emerging political class: If Rush Limbaugh is someone your dad listens to on his car radio, Mr. Shapiro, 33, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is the cool kid’s philosopher, dissecting arguments with a lawyer’s skill and references to Aristotle. He exists in places that young people inhabit — podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. His podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, is downloaded 10 million times every month. Seventy percent of his audience is under the age of 40.
“Ben is the source of a lot of philosophy for young conservatives,” said Kassy Dillon, a senior at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, who has written for Mr. Shapiro’s website, The Daily Wire. “I think it would be really hard to find a young conservative who doesn’t know who Ben Shapiro is.”
ThE CoOl kId’s pHiLoSoPhEr.
Whatever the ratio of “desperately engaging in futile pandering to conservatives in what are at least in purely formal terms are news articles” and “actually thinking Ben Shapiro is some kind of serious intellectual,” this article is more embarrassing than the time they dedicated a half-dozen reporters to examine Alan Dershowitz’s social standing at Martha’s Vineyard.