BREAKING: Dahlia Lithwick is going numb!

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Numb for the past thirty years:
We're sorry to pick on Dahlia Lithwick, who, we're completely sure, is a very nice person.

We've avoided citing her despairing essays in the past few months. But this sort of thing never stops, and yes, it is instructive.

In this new, featured piece at Slate, Lithwick says we're all going numb. This is the way her essay starts, despairing headlines included:
LITHWICK (6/14/18): It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care/
What’s going on at the border is horrifying, but we can’t go numb and turn away.

As a purely descriptive matter, it’s surely true: We are all going numb. As Donald Trump makes war with Canada and peace with dictators and human rights abusers, the narrative is that everyone’s lost all feeling. Polls show the public believes that Trump paid off a porn star, and they don’t care. They believe that he lies habitually, and they also don’t care. A Pew poll released last week showed that nearly 7 in 10 Americans “feel worn out by the amount of news there is these days,” which is how we end up with real journalists like Chuck Todd pushing a humorous pharmaceutical solution to the problem of constant breaking news destroying our minds.
We're sure that Lithwick is a very good person. But these repeated essays help explain how we all got to this place.

According to Lithwick, "we're all going numb."

"Constant breaking news" is "destroying our minds," she says. Despite this, "we still have to care."

Earth to Lithwick:

Many of us aren't going numb. And many of us—specifically, the useless meritocratic elite of which Lithwick is a member—has been utterly useless, and thoroughly numb, for at least the past thirty years.

That sat through every assault on reason conducted by the mindless elites to whom they hoped to belong. They sat through the endless charades of the endless Whitewater pseudo-scandals. They then sat through the twenty months of their press corps' "war against Gore," the war which sent Bush to the White House.

They noticed nothing. They spoke about nothing. Now, as they start losing their grip. they tell the world that we are all going numb.

We're sorry, but that isn't true.

How numb are members of Lithwick's class? Good God! Look again at the way her mind works, even today:
LITHWICK: As a purely descriptive matter, it’s surely true: We are all going numb. As Donald Trump makes war with Canada and peace with dictators and human rights abusers, the narrative is that everyone’s lost all feeling. Polls show the public believes that Trump paid off a porn star, and they don’t care....
In fairness, she mentioned Canada and North Korea first. But what's the very next thing that bothers her?

On one occasion, in 2006, Donald J. Trump is alleged to have had sex with a money-grabbing porn star; in a world which goes crazy when someone has sex, he paid her not to say so. For unknown reasons, this is the first thing that pops into Lithwick's head, other than the news of the past few days.

Lithwick belongs to a profoundly useless "meritocratic" elite which functions a lot like a cult. They've failed the public every step of the way. She keeps failing again.

We have no doubt that Lithwick is a very good person. But the elite to which she belongs is a grasping, useless elite.

They've persistently kissed the ascots of power. How devoted are they to the people who hold it? Neither Lithwick, nor anyone else (except Clark Hoyt), ever wrote a serious profile of Maureen Dowd's repellent work. Neither Lithwick, nor anyone else, ever wrote a profile of the lunacy which Chris Matthews produced for roughly ten years, before he finally flipped in 2008.

Dearest darlings, it just isn't done! But decades of silence from this elite is what made Trumpism possible.

Dowd and Matthews, and many others, were Trumps before Trump became Trump. The Lithwicks averted their gaze and agreed not to speak. They had important careers to build—careers among this utterly preposterous, brain-dead elite!

First it was Yale, then Stanford Law. From there, we got to this:

Everybody's going numb! Why can't Emma save us?

The constant breaking news: Stating the obvious, the "constant breaking news" of which Lithwick speaks isn't news at all. It's just a bunch of corporate hacks speculating about The Chase—and doing so all day long.

Why do they speak about nothing else? Why are they happy to speculate? It's because they actually care about nothing else, and they never have! And by the way:

Watching them do this convinces the public that maybe they should vote for Trump. That, plus the C-bombs and F-bombs from our most brilliant "artists."

In the end, this is the broken-souled culture of Lithwick's meritocratic elite. Yes, they "went to the finest schools." But because they're so empty, they're useless.

19 comments:

  1. "As Donald Trump makes war with Canada and peace with dictators and human rights abusers, the narrative is that everyone’s lost all feeling."

    Why don't you take your phony narratives and shove them up your ass, dear Dahlia.

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  2. Bob hates women therefore his thesis about elite media is wrong.

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    1. His thesis is not wrong, just not complete.

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  3. Chris Hayes had an excellent discussion last night about the detention center in Texas, with reporter Jacob Soboroff, who was allowed to go inside. Lawrence talked to Soboroff and Sen. Merkley.

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  4. “I think about this numbness constantly, because I worry about normalization all day, every day. Numbness is something thrust upon us, a physical or emotional reaction to external shocks, a natural bodily response. It is also maybe a buffer we put up against the devastation of being part of a group that is constantly told it is worthless and undeserving of meaningful attention…”

    “But we need to understand that and acknowledge it and then refuse it any purchase. Because to be overwhelmed and to do nothing are (sic) a choice…”

    “It’s a choice, and it’s also a luxury, because the asylum-seekers at the borders cannot afford to go numb. Female victims of domestic abuse who are coming to the United States to save their own lives cannot afford to go numb. Teen girls denied access to reproductive care do not have the luxury of going numb.”

    Jeezus Bob, did you get beyond the first ‘graph? You mischaracterized Lithwick’s article, badly. You’re sorry to pick on her, but not sorry enough.

    Leroy

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    1. True enough, but he did get to work in "meritocratic elite" three times in his post.

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  5. Somerby says:

    "The constant breaking news: Stating the obvious, the "constant breaking news" of which Lithwick speaks isn't news at all. It's just a bunch of corporate hacks speculating about The Chase—and doing so all day long."

    And today we saw pictures of Trump superimposed on the American flag, beside it two quotes, one in English, one in Spanish, with a statement Trump used to make to those evicted from his properties about losing a battle providing a better way to win a war. As if that were supposed to comfort or inspire the child detainees of that facility.

    How is that horror in any way related to The Chase? This is pure Trump as Dictator, Il Duce, Der Fuhrer, narcissism run amok at the expense of children locked up in an abandoned Walmart store.

    If Somerby does not consider this kind of thing different than past Presidents, "breaking news" worth the phrase, a step beyond politics as usual into dystopia, there is something seriously wrong with Bob Somerby as a person.

    The Chase, as he calls it, is about removing this unfit person from the Presidency before he attacks the low countries via Blitzkrieg using the national guard. Trump is not crazy -- he is dangerous and he needs to be stopped. Somerby is aiming his venom at stopping Trump's enemies, not the target he should be addressing.

    I have no use for Somerby any more. The press is doing its usual job. Somerby is complaining about the wrong things.

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  6. Somerby is a sorry old man who has failed in all endeavors.

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  7. This is a media currently engaged in praising parents who have their young sons dressing up as sexualized women. Bacha bazi seems to be right around the corner. This is a dying culture.

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    1. Cite some examples or take a hike.

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  8. Thanks to all the purity ponies that helped these "people" infest the White House:

    http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/new-york-a-g-files-fraud-lawsuit-against-trump-family-foundation-1256240195727

    And the beat goes on.

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