Taking the Okrent Challenge: On Tuesday, Slate's normally sensible Isaac Chotiner took temporary leave of his senses.
He asked Daniel Okrent what he would do to improve the coverage of Candidate Trump. Okrent seemed to have no earthly idea. Once again, here's the Q-and-A:
CHOTINER (3/22/16): If you were running a major news organization right now—For our previous post, click this.
OKRENT: And thank God I’m not.
CHOTINER: Would you try to cover Trump differently?
OKRENT: I pretty much rely on the New York Times and online stuff from a variety of places. I have not been disappointed by the Times’ coverage, but I think at times it has been a little specious in terms of digging up things from Trump’s past. But the Times is specious like that about all political candidates, in terms of digging up stuff someone did as a teenager. Do you really need to tell me what he did in some negotiation in 1987? Or is that a waste of newsprint? I don’t know.
Sometimes you just have to laugh! Okrent couldn't seem to think of a thing he'd do to change the New York Times' coverage of Trump.
He does think they've been a bit tough in digging up silly stuff from the past! Sometimes you just have to laugh!
If we were in charge at the New York Times, we know what our first new assignment would be. And yes, it would involve Candidate Trump.
Before long, we're going to share it. For today, just reread that Q-and-A and utter a long mordant laugh.