MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2015
Our answer starts tomorrow: What do people do with the hour they gain when we’re told to set our clocks back?
Visiting friends in the Hudson Valley, we finally got the answer! In some instances, people spend that extra hour trying to figure out how to re-set their clocks!
We don’t know if the clocks in question were really antiques, but we know they were hard to set back! The extra hour was burned away in attempts to correct the record.
For ourselves, Amtrak has arranged to return us today to our sprawling campus. Tomorrow, we’ll start examining CNBC’s journalistic performance at last Wednesday’s Republican debate.
Over the weekend, we were disappointed by the number of liberals and mainstream journalists who fell in line with a blinkered old script in which the journalistic performance just wasn’t that bad, or was perhaps even heroic. Where do such story lines come from?
To some extent, this claim may be pleasing to career journalists who are inclined to observe their guild’s code of silence. To some extent, this claim may be pleasing to tribal liberals, who pleasure themselves by repeating dog-eared claims about Republican deception and cant.
In our view, CNBC’s performance was extremely weak—and this weak performance served as a gift to the GOP and its ridiculous candidates. So does the childish liberal reaction which insists that any complaint from The Other Tribe is wrong by definition.
We liberals! With our gatekeepers largely gone, are we up to the challenge of playing this game? Do we have what it takes to struggle and win?
At bottom, we’d say the answer seems to be no. We read a lot of work this weekend which struck us as silly and less than obsessively honest—and as self-defeating.
Tomorrow, we’ll start to examine CNBC’s performance. We’ll probably start with Paul Krugman’s column from last Friday.
To read it, just click here.
Last Friday, on the train coming north, Krugman’s column struck us as odd. We’ll peruse it again on the train heading south, double-checking that reaction. For ourselves, we’d say we spent our own extra hour looking at bundles of tribal cant.
We liberals! With the gatekeepers gone, we’ve been left on our own. It sometimes seems to us that we’re eager to blow one again.
The greatest joke of all: Yesterday's chaos made us think of "Goldberg's Law," human history's greatest known joke:
"The man with one watch always knows the time. The man with two watches is never quite sure."
Often, it's better to stick with one watch. On the other hand, it can be disabling to insist on one lone narrative.