Saturday, January 23, 2021

Doctor, Kiddo, and Credentialism

In Commentary magazine, Joseph Epstein writes about the hubbub that was unleashed when he wrote the Wall Street Journal essay about Jill Biden's use of "doctor."

I have no problem with her use of the title but I think the reaction to Epstein's essay was way over the mark. 

The press may have referred to "Dr. Lynne Cheney" but I can't recall an instance.

In 1976, when Daniel Patrick Moynihan debated James Buckley in their race for the Senate, Buckley referred to "Professor Moynihan." 

Moynihan humorously replied, "The mudslinging has begun!"

Gentler times.

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