Also, grass-court tennis clubs: Yesterday, we directed you to "the news report you should read today," a news report about the viciousness lurking in Us and Them.
The column you should read today was written by Jessica Valenti. It explores a version of the same phenomenon, this time involving some men's hatred or loathing of women.
Next to Valenti's column was a column by Paul Krugman. It bore the headline, "Trump's War On the Poor." This is the way it ended:
KRUGMAN (4/27/18): Seriously, a lot of people both in this administration and in Congress simply feel no empathy for the poor. Some of that lack of empathy surely reflects racial animus. But while the war on the poor will disproportionately hurt minority groups, it will also hurt a lot of low-income whites—in fact, it will surely end up hurting a lot of people who voted for Trump. Will they notice?According to Krugman, "a lot of people [in Trump World] simply feel no empathy for the poor." Almost surely, that's true. He also wonders if Trump voters will understand the ways the get hurt by Trump's policies.
Yesterday's news report, and today's Valenti column, concern disdain or hatred for The Others, for Them. We couldn't help thinking, though, that Krugman has complained, again and again, about reporters who interview Trump voters to learn how they see the world.
Krugman has been the liberal world's journalistic MVP for a very long time. That said, we do think that he has a bit of a blind spot there.
Finally, we've started reading Amy Chozick's book. It has us marveling, once again, about the deeply fatuous strain in longstanding New York Times culture.
Concerning that, we'll only say this—on page A3 of this morning's Times, this was the day's very first "Noteworthy Fact:"
Of InterestSeven "noteworthy facts" were listed (hard-copy only). That was the very first one.
NOTEWORTHY FACTS FROM TODAY'S PAPER
There are roughly 14 tennis clubs with grass courts remaining in the United States.
What explains this famous newspaper's deeply fatuous culture? Could it perhaps be lead exposure? Proximity to the Hamptons?