MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021
It's the stupidity, Stupid: The saddest words in the English language may well be these:
"Tressie McMillan Cottom is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."
Actually, those words would only be sad on their own. They become the saddest words when they appear in the identity line of the featured opinion essay in today's New York Times.
In print editions, the opinion essay to which we refer appears in the spot traditionally reserved for New York Times editorials. In the present day, this dumbest of all American journals rents that space to opinion essays with such headlines as this:
Stunningly, this is now the third major essay by the associate professor concerning the various signals allegedly sent by Senator Sinema's wardrobe. Actually, this fact only becomes stunning when we realize that the New York Times has published all three of these brain-numbing disquisitions, perhaps with more to come!
At some point, the die is cast. At some point, you have to be able to see it or not. We refer to the human mental trait most commonly known as The Stupid.
(In our view, Sinema's politics emerge from that trait. But so do these long, grinding essays.)
All across the mainstream press, journalists savaged the wardrobe of Candidate Gore during 1999 and 2000. People are dead all over Iraq because these manifest subhumans wouldn't or couldn't stop behaving that way.
Candidate Gore represented their last shot at the loathed President Clinton. From the fall of 1999 on, they incessantly frisked his suits, his boots and his polo shirts, among other marks of the beast.
The number of buttons on his suit jackets (three!). The "earth tone" hue of that one troubling suit.
The height at which he hemmed his pants. The degree of shine observed on his boots. The way these grinding fashion choices were aimed at fooling female voters. With respect to that earth tone choice, the way he had allegedly "hired a woman to teach him how to be a man."
They kept this up for month after month, no one more than Brian Williams. Now they want to talk (and talk) about Sinema's clothes. Nothing will force them to stop.
At the Times, The Stupid has been a controlling cultural value for at least thirty years. The blinkered class which prevails at the Times decamps to the Hamptons whenever it can. When forced to assemble a modern "newspaper," it assails the subscriber class with manifest bullshit like this.
At some point, it becomes the reader's responsibility. In our view, it's plainly the stupidity, Stupid.
Are you able to see it or not?
Earlier flights of the grindingly pointless and the cosmically pompous: The Kyrsten Sinema clothing triptych got started with these earlier brain-numbing essays by the associate professor:
October 29: Why We Should Talk About What Kyrsten Sinema Is Wearing
November 5: Kyrsten Sinema and the Politics of a Sleeveless Silhouette
As best we can tell, those essays only appeared online. By today, the brainiac Times had been convinced:
This endless flight into sheer inanity had to go straight into print!