Wednesday, January 23, 2013

About Jonathan Bernstein

By Frank Moraes

[Jonathan Bernstein writes for various parts of The Washington Post. But his name always links to Robert Samuelson's page, and regular readers will know that we don't much care for Mr. Samuelson. But we do care for Mr. Bernstein, so we've decided to make an "About Jonathan Bernstein" page for him. Including an image! - FM]

Jonathan Bernstein does not write a weekly economics column that usually runs in The Washington Post on Mondays. That would be Robert Samuelson. You can be forgiven for thinking it otherwise. Bernstein writes other stuff. But he was most likely never a columnist for Newsweek magazine from 1984 to 2011. But Robert Samuelson was. It's hard to say exactly what Bernstein was doing before he came to thePost; have you ever searched for "Jonathan Bernstein"? There are at least 26 people on Twitter named Jonathan Bernstein! [It would be totally cool if he changed his name to Jonomatopoeia Bernstein.]

He began his journalism career somewhere else. It probably wasn't where Robert Samuelson started, as a reporter on The Washington Post business desk, from 1969 to 1973. In fact, it is quite likely that Bernstein wasn't even alive in 1973! Bernstein most definitely is not the author of The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence (2008) or The Good Life and Its Discontents (1995). He grew up somewhere, perhaps even in White Plains, N.Y., like Robert Samuelson.

Unfortunately, I can't find Robert Samuelson's email address, because I'm sure he could forward any email to Jonathan Bernstein. They are thought to be close; they even share the same web page.

(Cross-posted at Frankly Curious.)

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