Yesterday saw a second hit-and-run from The New York Times about the naughty neocons of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute in the basement of the New-York Historical Society:
A $5 million "Alexander Hamilton" exhibition that the New-York Historical Society presented as a blockbuster - and that some historians derided as unbalanced history revealing a new, conservative bent at the institution - has drawn much smaller crowds than expected.Of course it’s another hatchet job from the ’tentacles of rage’ crowd. It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t with The Times. First it decried the museum’s plans to take a more national focus. Now, it questions the NY-oriented programming. I also bet that if the Hamilton show drew 250,000 people, the newspaper would decry it for red-state populism. The same goes with the money. The museum is now flush and vibrant--due in no small part from the energy of the Institute--and, read between the lines, therefore we should be worried. Ugg.