The New York Times’ matching escapes: We’re pretty much struck by this thing every time.
This morning, on the New York Times’ op-ed page, Gail Collins stretches down the left side of the page. In a matching, equal-but-opposite column, Nicholas Kristof stretches down the right.
Again, we were struck by the equal-but-opposite way they left our own nation’s problems behind.
Collins wrote her usual silly shit about her usual silly shit. This morning, this was the fifth paragraph in her hard-copy column:
COLLINS (11/10/11): Really, the Republican voters aren’t asking for much. They just want a candidate who’s really conservative. Who has verbs in his sentences. Who isn’t an admitted serial adulterer or an accused sexual harasser. Who didn’t drive to Canada with the family dog strapped to the roof of the car.We've lost track, but that must be at least the twenty-fifth time this lady has mentioned that poor roof-strapped dog. Our view? She's not the best person to complain about other folks’ “serial” conduct.
Collins’ column was pointless, as always. Kristof was off on the other extreme. He was in Vietnam this time, where girls want to go to school.
Girls should get to go to school, of course. There is no earthly doubt about that. But what about life over here in this country? The New York Times is defiantly precious. Neither pundit seems willing to stoop to the point of discussing that.
Someone else seems annoyed by Kristof’s work: We’ll admit to feeling a bit insulted by Kristof’s body of work at the Times. Our own nation is coming apart. Neither he nor Collins seems to care or know about this.
Someone else seems a bit annoyed by his work. It’s Irin Carmon, at Salon.