SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014
Colbert King's column inside: Atop the front page of the Washington Post, Anthony Faiola offers a powerful portrait of growing anti-Semitism in France. We strongly recommend it.
(First point of weirdness: Faiola’s impressive piece dominates the front page of the hard-copy Post. But go figure! As we write, his report isn’t cited anywhere on the front page of the Post’s web site. It isn’t linked there at all.)
Faiola builds his portrait around the work of the demented French “comedian,” Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. We’ll admit that several uncharitable connections briefly flashed through our heads.
(One connection: We flashed on the silence which greeted the recent testimony of Beatriz Vergara and Elizabeth Vergara, two Los Angeles high school students who have had sleepy teachers. We especially refer to the silence and dismissiveness from “the left.” We’ll have more on that topic next week.)
We recommend Faiola’s front-page report. But alas! As we read it, we flashed on this remarkable column by Colbert King—a column we had just finished reading on the Post’s op-ed page.
For the record, we have long admired substantial parts of King’s work. On the downside, King has been a reliable dead-ender in the journalistic world of viral anti-Clintonism, dating back to the 1990s and even to the closing days of Campaign 2000.
King’s new column suggests the intellectual illness of this weirdly hate-filled world—the highly irrational world of anti-Clinton/Gore-ism.
King’s constructions today are quite slippery. Sadly, they mimic the way that French “comedian” has been forced to disguise the obvious thrust of his work, according to Faiola’s account.
We’ve sworn off these topics in recent weeks. We plan to return to them shortly, in an award-winning series, “Anthropology Lessons.”
That said, we want to continue our fast today. For that reason, we’ll restrict ourselves to this observation:
King is very slippery today, in the manner of that French funnyman. Alas! It’s a large part of our human condition:
Each fellow hears voices (King’s “words”) in his head. The voices demand to get out.