Gail Collins is disappointed: Like her troubled colleague, Frank Bruni, Gail Collins is upset about the sexy-time candidates, Weiner and Spitzer.
For an easy op-ed column this week, you just type scripted piddle like this:
COLLINS (7/11/13): Time after time, we hear a scandal-tarred politician vow to go away and make amends. Time after time, we envision a stint as a missionary or a hospital volunteer. Time after time, we are disappointed.What Bruni Said! Like Bruni, Collins feels that Spitzer hasn’t made sufficient amends.
Consider the example of former Congressman Steve Driehaus of Cincinnati, a person who, I should point out immediately, did not do anything wrong whatsoever except lose a race for re-election in 2010. He then packed up his family and went off to join the Peace Corps in Swaziland. “He’s working with folks with H.I.V./AIDS. He loves it,” reported his sister, Denise.
In this week’s TV tour, Spitzer failed to address the question of why he was not in Swaziland. He said on “Morning Joe” that during his five years in exile, “I’ve tried to do things that matter in a small, quiet way.” This seemed like a strange way to describe multiple stints hosting political talk shows.
She finds herself disappointed by this troubling conduct.
We couldn’t help wondering when Collins plans to start making amends. In our view, she engaged in a trifecta of shame through the years, starting in October 1999.
We won’t even count her years of clowning about Mitt Romney’s dog. But turning to the most recent example, when does Collins plan to make amends for the conduct she put on display with her book about Texas last year?
For earlier posts about Collins' book, click here, then continue to click.
Has any “journalist” ever been so misinformed about a major topic on which she pretended to write a book? Collins was clownishly uninformed about the public school issues to which she devoted so much attention. Soon, she was on her book tour, where she created a raft of absurdly false impressions.
Has any “journalist” ever known less about such a topic? Ever created more misunderstanding? When does she start to make amends? For that matter, when does she even plan to offer corrections?
This morning, Nicholas Kristof is writing from Mali on that same Times op-ed page. No, it isn't Swaziland! But he is discussing public health practices which could save hundreds of thousands of lives every year.
Meanwhile, in a paint-by-the-numbers column, Collins is diddling herself again. When will this most fatuous journalist attempt to make her amends?