Snapshots of the Hamptons-based mind!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2019

The culture which got us here:
Long ago and far away, star journalist Diane Sawyer was hoping to get the answer to an important question.

Sawyer interviewed Marla Maples on ABC's Prime Time Live. With apologies for several aspects of his framing, Howard Kurtz reported the interview for the Washington Post:
KURTZ (4/20/90): After two months of silence amid the deafening roar of Trump-o-mania, Marla Maples took to the airwaves tonight to declare that she still loves Donald Trump but that "I'm not the reason for that marriage having problems."

In a blonde-on-blonde interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "PrimeTime Live," Maples, 26, speaking in a soft, breathy voice punctuated by nervous laughter, skirted most questions about her internationally rumored affair with The Donald, citing "pending litigation" from his wife, Ivana.

But the actress from Dalton, Ga., left little doubt about the once-intimate nature of their relationship, which Trump is said to have ended a few weeks ago, although Maples said she was in Guatemala at the time. When Sawyer popped the $5 billion question—You still love him?—Maples said, "You know, I, I can't lie about it. Oh, I do." She answered the same way when Sawyer asked if it had been a romance, saying, "I do love him."

There were no torrid, BEST-SEX-I-EVER-HAD revelations—in fact, Maples refused to answer Sawyer's BEST-SEX question, but called the quote attributed to her by a friend "an absolute, total lie."
Maples refused to answer Sawyer's BEST-SEX-YOU-EVER-HAD question! In these ways, stars like Sawyer helped create the braindead culture within which Donald J. Trump ended up in the White House.

This Sunday, the Sawyer types were at it again. The New York Times ran a lengthy profile of the way Maples spends her Sundays. Including plenty of photos!

This is what these Hamptons-based idiots actually wonder about—or it may just be what they think their readers wonder about. Yesterday morning, on page A3 (print editions only), the daily "Conversation" feature said this:
The Conversation
FOUR OF THE MOST READ, SHARED AND DISCUSSED POSTS FROM ACROSS NYTIMES.COM

[...]

3. How Marla Maples Spends Her Sundays
Readers were fascinated by the Sunday routine of Ms. Maples, President Trump's ex-wife, who recently has had a recurring role as a Christian fast-food proprietor in "The Righteous Gemstones" on HBO. Ms. Maples' Sundays are filled with fitness and spiritual pursuits.
"Readers were fascinated by" the profile. Or so some unnamed New York Times editor said.

(Item #4 involved Will Ferrell's appearance on Saturday Night Live. These were two of the four "widely-read posts" the New York Times chose to feature.)

The spectacular dumbness of New York Times culture has been with us for a long time. This helps explain the gruesome devolution which has ended with Trump where he is.

Diane Sawyer got there first. In such ways, our nation's most brilliant journalists become major huge giant stars.

The rewards are simply too damn high. This problem continues on cable.

19 comments:

  1. "Maples refused to answer Sawyer's BEST-SEX-YOU-EVER-HAD question! In these ways, stars like Sawyer helped create the braindead culture within which Donald J. Trump ended up in the White House."

    ...and thank god for that, although obviously "BEST-SEX-YOU-EVER-HAD question" has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

    A couple of famous philosophers once discovered, dear Bob, that culture is superstructure resting upon a material, socioeconomic basis. May I suggest that perhaps you'd be smarted if you learned and understood this sort of thing?

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  2. The NYTimes Sunday edition (which often has regional and local interest stories) covers Marla Maples. Presumably it's readers are interested in it.

    Somerby rants about it since TDH is a Trumptard, and wants to attack the NYT because they aren't like him -- I.e. they aren't worshippers of Trump, Ron Johnson, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Roy Moore

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  3. "This is what these Hamptons-based idiots actually wonder about—..."

    No, they really don't.

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    1. They buy and read the paper don't they?

      Face it folks. Bob's right. These media people nowadays are silly lightweights. And it's not just from the Hamptons.

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  4. “Republicans on the committee aren't performing for the cameras. They want to go down in history as vigorous nuzzlers of Donald Trump's balls, and they like to do it from behind so they get a face full of taint while rubbing themselves on his walnut scrotum, getting that scent all over them.”

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    Altough Mao is on no Committees (that we know of), we know he worships his God, Trump, and does love the taint. But somehow, Centrist seems oblivious to that fact. All it can do is call Somerby a Trumptard, no matter the context of whatever Somerby wrote, often adjacent to posts by Mao. This seems a little weird to me.

    Does anyone have a theory as to why this might be?

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    1. What seems weird to you ? Mao doesn't claim to be what he is not, and is an obvious troll.

      TDH, by contrast, claims to be a liberal. Therefore, it's worthwhile to point out that TDH's postings are indistinguishable from a Trumptard, and thus TDH is no liberal, but a Trumptard.

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    2. The Rude Pundit is my hero.

      I agree with Centrist about outing Somerby as often as necessary.

      I think there is an additional message that there is no point taking Somerby seriously, debating what he says and getting upset about it. Further, I think Somerby is being paid by Russia or RNC to write his stuff and taking it seriously wastes liberal time that could be devoted to more helpful activities.

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    3. Kratius writes like Josh Trevino.

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    “And so, while my first thought after the Trump Jr. protest was to question the journalism—Why are they calling these guys mainstream?—it’s the reality that’s off, not the writers.”

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