It's all Bernie's fault: We're so old that we can remember when the youngish Yamiche Alcindor was being treated as the next big thing for reasons we couldn't discern.
(She graduated from Georgetown in 2009.)
In fact, that was last year. This morning, Alcindor wrote this unfortunate report in the New York Times.
In her report, Alcindor all but says that yesterday's shooting was Bernie Sanders' fault. Try to believe that these passages appeared, the very next day, in a New York Times news report:
ALCINDOR (6/15/17): [Sanders'] most prominent followers said that blaming all of Mr. Sanders’s supporters for the actions of one was akin to blaming all Muslims for the actions of the Islamic State.Sanders' supporters said it's not fair to blame them all for the shooting? Meanwhile, that last chunk defies belief. Bernie sounds just like the shooter!
Mr. Hodgkinson filled his Facebook page with photographs of the senator and quotes from his speeches. Mr. Hodgkinson also wrote messages filled with expletives directed at the president, and a post in March said: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & co.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Hodgkinson posted a cartoon on Facebook explaining “How does a bill work?” “That’s an easy one, Billy,” the cartoon reads. “Corporations write the bill and then bribe Congress until it becomes law.”
“That’s Exactly How It Works. ....” Mr. Hodgkinson wrote.
That is not far from Mr. Sanders’s own message. On Saturday, during a conference in Chicago filled with Sanders supporters, he thundered, “Today in the White House, we have perhaps the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country,” to cheers from thousands. “And we also have, not to be forgotten, extreme right-wing leadership in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.”
(By the way, earth to Alcindor: That is how many bills work!)
Has any such "analysis piece" ever followed a shooting so quickly? This was a very strange piece of work. But so it goes at the New York Times, one of our strangest newspapers.
While we're at it, one of today's "Noteworthy Facts:" Live and direct from the New York Times' reimagined page A3:
"In a salt therapy spa room, a device known as a halogenerator grinds sodium chloride into a dry aerosol, then disperses it to mimic the microclimate of a salt cave."One analyst approached us with tears in her eyes.
"That's the least noteworthy fact I've ever encountered," the disconsolate youngster confessed.