THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013
The things we care about: Again today, we observe a crushing difference in perspective on opposite sides of the Time op-ed page:
Down the right side of the page, Nicholas Kristof is off in Mali, writing about blindness and leprosy. Kristof tends to be like that.
On the other side of the page, Gail Collins is wasting everyone’s time writing about Liz Cheney. Last Thursday, she wasted everyone’s time writing about Spitzer/Weiner.
Translation: Gail Collins has nothing to say or write about. Then too, Maureen Dowd is still writing from Paris. Yesterday, she wasted everyone’s time writing about the first lady!
About the first lady of France!
Headline: “Can Valerie Seduce The French?” Ooh la la! It was sexy-time in Paris all over again!
In the last fifteen years, we’ve been surprised by several incomparable learnings. One thing we’ve learned is this: It’s hard to get people to focus on the fatuous, throwback values of this addled, upper-class newspaper.
This is especially true with respect to Collins and Dowd, the Times’ two female columnists. Truly, they often seem to think they’re writing for the mid-50s “Women’s Pages.”
It’s very hard to get folk to see this. Perhaps their values are ours.