Also, Al Gore grew a beard: Let's be thankful for one thing. This morning's most fearless analysis piece didn't make the front page!
That said, it did appear atop the Washington Post's page A2—and it ran more than 1200 words. Beleve it or not, it started like this, pitiful headline included:
NAKAMURA (3/22/18): A casualty of Trump's White House: SpellingLet's say it again—the Post devoted more than 1200 words to Trump's spelling errors. Accompanied by a photograph of Trump with pen in hand, the report appeared across the top of today's second page.
President Trump boasted during the campaign that he has the "best words." If the past 14 months in the White House are an indication, he and his team also have the worst spelling.
Among the many casualties of Washington's protocols in the Trump era has been a lack of rigor to the accuracy of the printed word—whether it's the president's typo-filled tweets or the White House's error-prone news releases.
"Special Council is told to find crimes, wether crimes exist or not," Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning to start off a posting in which he misspelled "counsel" three times and had five errors in the span of 280 characters.
As journalists and others poked fun at the mistakes, the president quickly deleted the tweet and posted an edited version. He successfully changed "wether" to "whether" and eliminated an inadvertent repeat of the word "the"—but he failed to correct the three inaccurate references to the title of his nemesis, Robert S. Mueller III.
For years, we've asked a basic question about our upper-end journalists: Are these life forms human? This is the kind of brain-damaged work we've long had in mind.
(It also helps explain why Trump's supporters believe they're involved in a war.)
In this morning's New York Times, Nicholas Kristof says he's worried about Donald J. Trump starting an actual war. In our view, his concern is not misplaced.
How do major news orgs react? On cable, they're deeply involved in reports of Trump's consensual f**king in the year 2006. (Lexicography courtesy of Salon.) Meanwhile, at the Washington Post, they're all over Trump for his spelling errors. This is the way these folk roll.
The children have done a lot of this sort of thing down through the years of decline. They've obsessed about candidates' clothing and about cheating at golf; they've obsessed about candidates' hair. They wrote a succession of brain-drain complaints about Al Gore and Hillary Clinton using too many big words, or talking too much about substance.
How bizarre do these life forms get? Below, you see a passage from a recent column by the Washington Post's Kathleen Parker.
Parker comes from the saner end of the guild's gene pool. She wrote a reasonable column about Hillary Clinton's obsessive trashing of The Others, but along the way, she couldn't help throwing this in:
PARKER (3/22/18): At least Al Gore, who suffered a similar fate—winning the popular vote in 2000 but losing the electoral college to George W. Bush—went on to only grow a beard and make documentaries about the end of the Earth. Clinton seems committed to a personal Groundhog Day, in which she adds not new talents and feats of heroism but fresh targets to blame for her destiny denied.These creatures are truly astounding. To wit:
It has now been seventeen years since former candidate Gore grew and wore a beard, though only for a time.
Parker can't get past it. Seventeen years later, she remembers to mock him one more time for having once done such a thing. Beyond that, she mocks a film which won the Oscar for best documentary, then won Gore the Nobel peace prize.
Katy Perry once kissed a girl. Al Gore grew a beard!
They want to focus on the f**king. They want to think about the beards.
They want to think about the spelling. Could climate change cause a major disaster? Even after all these years, they can't stop mocking that!
Our brains evolved in jungles and swamps. That evolution gave us Parker, who actually writes from the deeper end of this particular gene pool, of this infested swamp.