Shorter Col. Mustard: The attacks on Marty Peretz are grossly unfair. He didn’t literally say that Muslims should be deprived of First Amendment rights; he merely said that they were unworthy of First Amendment rights. I don’t see any anti-Muslim sentiment there at all!
You might wonder how Jacobson would deal with the fact that Peretz himself has conceded that his unambiguously anti-Muslim comments were beyond the pale. But don’t worry, the Duke of Dijon is nothing if not up on every point in the winger rebuttal book:
The fact that Peretz feels obligated to respond shows that the accusations that he is anti-Muslim were very damaging and growing, from people who didn’t like him to begin with.
Yes, Marty is the real victim here! He’s paid a severe price for his extensive history of similar comments. Why, a decade ago he had a comfortable sinecure as editor of The New Republic, and now…this is central to his point.