In the New Republic, Reihan Salam - co-blogger at The American Scene - comes to the defence of the straight-talking Bill Cosby, and takes chunks out of radical academic Michael Eric Dyson. Seems Dyson thinks Tupac Shakur is a better role model than Mr C. Salam is having none of it:

There is another more odious species of elitism, one that Dyson's tract embodies from start to finish. That is the elitism that celebrates not the petty-bourgeois but rather the enlightened clerisy. It is the elitism that has only scorn and derision for the contemptuous working poor folk we've discussed, but that very nearly celebrates the dysfunctional poor as rebels against a deeply corrupt social order.

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