Emma Brown, just one of many: Betsy DeVos has now been confirmed. For perhaps the ten millionth time, a journalist—in this case, the Washington Post's Emma Brown—has decided to play with the grizzlies:
BROWN (2/9/17): DeVos pledged in a nine-minute speech to challenge the Education Department to examine its policies and practices—and to listen to her new colleagues. “Let us set aside any preconceived notions and let’s recognize that while we may have disagreements, we can—and must—come together, find common ground and put the needs of our students first.”Admit it! That's at least the ten millionth time you've seen the grizzlies cited.
DeVos addressed more than 200 employees at the headquarters in Washington, with others tuning in online for what was billed as an all-hands meeting. She enters office as a polarizing figure, with supporters calling her a change agent and critics charging that she is unqualified and would undermine public schools. She was confirmed Tuesday by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Pence casting a tiebreaking vote after senators deadlocked on her fitness for the job.
She became fodder for late-night comics—including on “Saturday Night Live”—after suggesting that she opposed a ban on guns in schools because of “potential grizzlies.”
On Wednesday, she joked about the confirmation battle, saying it had been a “bit of a bear.”
Now, if you would, tell us this:
How many times have you seen the journalist explain how the topic of "potential grizzlies" first came up? Could the number even be zero?
In our view, DeVos will likely be a mess. Brown and/or her editors are just as bad, and have been so forever. We might even go with worse.
For extra credit, one final question: "Including on Saturday Night Live?" Has any purported comedy show ever been dumber, less funny or worse?