In 1996, Michael Kinsley was an inside-the-Beltway icon as editor of The New Republic and the ideological and volume foil to Pat Buchanan on CNN's "Crossfire." But he unleashed a shocker by moving to the other Washington to start Slate, the Webzine from Microsoft. Slate was the Talk of its day, generating lots of initial hype, but not much excitement thereafter. In December, Kinsley dropped another surprise when he said he had Parkinson's disease. Last week came another one: He said he would step down.
Evidently, Ted Turner didn't learn from ABC's "Politically Incorrect" host Bill Maher, who was skewered for statements he made about the 9/11 hijackers. Turner last week at Brown University said of the hijackers: "I think they were brave." He did add, though, they "might have been a little nuts."