MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
The Washington Post answers Dowd: In the wake of Maureen Dowd’s latest sad, unfortunate column, the Washington Post got it right.
On Sunday, the Post published this intelligent op-ed column by Heidi Naylor. Naylor teaches literature and writing at Boise State. And omigod! People! Listen up!
Heidi Naylor’s a Mormon!
In the hard-copy Post, Naylor’s column appeared beneath this headline: “The blessings of being a Mormon.” On-line, the headline says this: “What it means to be Mormon.” Whatever! We aren’t Mormons here ourselves. Truth to tell, we have no religious or cosmological beliefs. But we felt cleansed as we read Naylor’s piece after being slimed by the nonsense which continues to be Maureen Dowd.
(For our critique of Dowd's "Mormons aren't like the rest of us" column, just click here.)
We got even luckier this Sunday morning. As we rode in the car to the bagel joint, we heard part of Krista Tippett’s weekly NPR program, “On Being.”
We hear part of Tippett’s wide-ranging program pretty much every Sunday. This week, the title of her program was “Mormon demystified.” Here too, we found her program cleansing in the wake of Dowd’s near-bigotry dump.
Tippett did the full hour with Joanna Brooks, chair and associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State. Brooks teaches American literature, including African-American literature, Native American literature, and women’s studies.
And omigod! People! Listen up! Brooks is Mormon too! Just like what's-her-face!
We didn’t listen to the full hour, though you can do so at Tippett’s site. (You can even listen to the full, unedited 82-minute interview.) For ourselves, we don’t gigantically care what Mormons believe. But Joanna Brooks isn’t stupid, insane, extraterrestrial or crazy, and she gave a fascinating account of her Mormon upbringing in the segment we heard in the car.
On balance, Dowd is stupid and borderline crazy. She’s also a long-standing major influence in your society’s broken-souled post-journalistic “press corps.” We felt cleansed by what we heard on Tippett’s program, which ranges far and wide pretty much every week.
Final key point, as always: A "liberal world" which tolerates Dowd pretty much doesn't exist.