Slimes Melania instead: As it turns out, the New York Times' Charles Blow doesn't care about the sex.
Well—he doesn't care about it that much. He tells us this at the start of his new column, unfortunate headline included:
BLOW (3/12/18): Melania KnewLike so many journalists, Blow doesn't care about the (consensual) sex. More accurately, he doesn't care that much about the extramarital sex, although this saga is so lewd and tawdry that he starts by imploring the nation in a puzzling way.
Dear America: Come on, you can’t be serious.
The ongoing saga over a president, a porn star and a payoff is so lewd and tawdry that it can’t simply be added to the ever-expanding list of horrible misbehaviors of a womanizing misogynist.
It’s not even the infidelity that most bothers me. I view that as an issue between spouses and with the other person involved. I contend that we on the outside never really know what understandings may exist in a marriage, unless the two parties within reveal it.
Like so many of his colleagues, Blow says he regards the extramarital sex as none of his business. Indeed, he even says we never know what understandings may obtain between spouses!
Having said we never know, Blow proceeds to imagine or pretend that he actually does! He says he knows what Melania thought, believed and knew—what she knew all along.
Stating the obvious, Blow doesn't know what Melania knew or believed all along. Despite this rather obvious problem, he spends the bulk of his column in the time-honored way—beating up on the woman.
Lovingly, he runs through a novelized version of what "Melania knew." Eventually, he gets around to discussing "the current news)", but not before sliming her for well over half his column.
Nobody knows—and then Blow does! This is the way the children behave when they embark on a sex chase.
These people love a good sex chase, though only if the chase involves a pre-existing target. They love to rush off after the sex, all the while explaining that this isn't what they're doing.
(Blow claims he's hunting misogyny down—as he beats up on the wife!)
They've done this again and again and again, tracking back to Gary Hart in 1987. No one does it dumber than Blow, but almost everyone does it.
They love to drag the children in; they love to slime the wives. Remember when our overtly sexist liberal boys were sliming Jenna and Barbara all over the emerging liberal web? They were 19 years old at the time!
We're so old that we do remember those years. The nature of our tribe's sexual politics became somewhat clear at that point.
Our journalists love a good sex chase, depending on the target. Displaying their one known journalistic skill, they always find a way to insist that this isn't what they're doing.
For extra credit only: If the two spouses had and have an understanding—eventually, Blow says this is "clear"—in what way would extramarital sex by the husband be tawdry or objectionable?
Compare and contrast with previous episodes in which none of the pundits cared a fig about the (consensual) sex.