Starting tomorrow, Mathematicians gone wild: In this morning's New York Times, David Leonhardt builds an intriguing framework around Donald Trump's latest remarks.
"Trump Encourages Violence," his hard-copy headline says. Meanwhile, as Leonhardt starts, he makes an apt observation:
LEONHARDT (3/18/19): The president of the United States suggested last week that his political supporters might resort to violence if they didn’t get their way.Leonhardt goes on to report and discuss Trump's latest remarks. Before he does, he makes an apt observation about the hysteria on display, mainly at his own newspaper, about the current, extremely limited, "college-admissions scandal."
The statement didn’t even get that much attention. I’m guessing you heard a lot more about the college-admissions scandal than about the president’s threat of extralegal violence. So let me tell you a little more about the threat.
This afternoon, we'll continue to discuss the New York Times' hysterical treatment of that rather limited scandal. In our view, the Times' absurd behavior helps us see why so many people voted for a disordered being like Trump, and may well do so again.
Concerning Trump, we'll also note this: In the first half hour of today's Morning Joe, Joe and Mika focused on the notion that Trump is some form of "mentally ill."
They didn't use that term, of course. Once again, we'd say it's fairly clear that network policy is forcing them to speak about Trump's mental condition in euphemisms.
That said, the thrust of their comments was clear. For their text, they worked from George Conway's recent tweet about the president:
"His condition is getting worse."
Are Joe and Mika required to work in euphemisms? "People don't like us talking about it on the air, so we'll talk about it on the air," Joe said as the veiled discussion began with the first posting of Conway's tweet at 6:07 Eastern.
"Reason will tell you something is very, very wrong...He's not well," Mika said at 6:19 Eastern, as the Conway tweet appeared again.
"People who know him say this privately," Joe replied. At the Morning Joe site, see the segment bearing the headline, "Trump lashes out on Twitter..."
Trump's "condition" may be getting worse, but so is that of the mainstream press and much of the liberal world. The New York Times' treatment of the "college-admissions scandal" stands as a case in point, as we'll be noting all week.
We'd be inclined say the same thing about the recent claims from cable stars which we examined last week. Trump's "condition" may well be getting worse at this time. But back in August 2017, at the time of the Charlottesville mayhem, did he actually say the various things they alleged in recent weeks?
We'd have to say that no, he did not. Meanwhile, such claims by leading corporate pseudo-liberals help explain why so many people believe they're simply watching a "witch hunt" as the Coopers, the Acostas, the Burnetts and the Shieldses take turns topping each other about the various things Trump allegedly said.
This afternoon, we'll continue with our ruminations about the New York Times' remarkable treatment of the "college-admissions scandal." Starting tomorrow, we'll offer a series of reports from a loftier realm.
Those reports will concern the lofty realm where our physicists, philosophers and mathematicians help us see how reflexively sub-rational we "rational animals" actually are.
We'll work from the remarkable logic on display in Mario Livio's 2009 book, Is God a Mathematician? Eventually, this will take us to the jumbled but highly instructive work of the later Wittgenstein, who explained the way our species' ballyhooed rationality persistently breaks down "when doing philosophy."
What the heck has Livio said? That topic starts tomorrow.
Meanwhile, did Donald Trump actually say the various things major pundits alleged? Last week's reports went like this:
Tuesday, March 12: In a storm of critical paraphrase, we'll assess what the journalists said!"Tomorrow, Mathematicians gone wild! Also, we'll sift basic facts about college admissions and college enrollments all through the course of the week.
Wednesday, March 13: Mark Shields reported what Donald Trump said. Huckabee Sanders said different!
Thursday, March 14: One brave leader boldly spoke, bluntly condemning Nazis!
Friday, March 15: Did Donald Trump really say those things? It's all anthropology now!