TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2015
Terrible, horrible work: We did a dumb thing a week ago. We accepted an offer to upgrade to the free new exciting Windows 10, or whatever it is.
As part of the package, we're having problems creating and posting documents. For that reason, let's keep this post brief.
It's very, very hard to grasp how bad the work of the New York Times routinely is. We're thinking of two offerings from today's Times.
First, we refer to the public editor's assessment of the Dowd/Biden/Chozick/Baquet/Sullivan rolling embarrassment tour. Also, we refer to a news report which may be the dumbest report we have ever read.
The public editor's piece would be an embarrassment to the Times if the paper and its staff possessed that capability. The news report may be worse. We expect to examine each piece in some detail at some point. But for today, we'll just give you the links, assuming we'll be able.
For Margaret Sullivan's assessment of the Dowd/Biden mess, you can just click here. We've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of much of this public editor's work. This lazy assessment of Dowd's column demonstrates a terrible fact—in the end, Maureen Dowd embarrasses everyone with whom she is associated.
Everyone pretends not to notice this state of affairs. But the degradation does take place, whether acknowledged or not.
For the news report to which we refer, just click this. It reports a stunningly obvious non-surprise "surprise" about the public schools.
In this news report, the Times' David Leonhardt comes very close to saying this:
A new study has shown that the sky is blue.
A serious paper would be ashamed by the inanity of that news report, and especially by what it suggests about the Times' previous education reporting. That said, the Times just isn't a serious paper. It's very hard to grasp that fact, but it's clearly true.
Please note: Leonhardt's news report is accurate. It would also be accurate to report that the sky is blue or that airplanes can travel much faster than horses.
Leonhardt seems to think he's reporting news in his putative news report about that new study. In truth, the Times shouldn't be embarrassed by Leonhardt's report. The Times should just be ashamed.
We'll discuss each topic some other day. For today, just take our advice:
Turn down your all-free new and improved Windows 10 or whatever it is! Without even knowing it, you'll be glad you did!