Bret Stephens, who triumphantly overcame being a middle-aged white man in order to land a job as a New York Times columnist, also accepted a gig this week as an MSNBC contributor. But why?

The Hollywood Reporter wondered: Why would a conservative mainstream newspaper columnist accept a part-time job also saying his opinions on cable TV, sometimes? Stephens told them:

“Superb programming. Shows I watch (and that my mom watches). [MSNBC president] Phil Griffin. Plus I am a contrarian by nature.”

The actual answer is “I am being paid money to perform an incredibly easy task.”

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