MONDAY, MAY 2, 2022
For now, try this instead: Over the weekend, we said that we would be resuming normal services today.
We're going to delay a bit more. Last week, we underwent what some would describe as a "medical procedure," and we're still getting our energy back.
Believe it or not, it has taken a lot of mental energy to churn out your incomparable DAILY HOWLER over the past twenty-four (!) years. We hope you can wait another day or two for resumption of normal services.
For now, try this instead:
The New York Times has offered a pair of (lengthy) front-page reports about Tucker Carlson's life and career, focusing on his recent work at Fox. We have a lot of reactions to those reports, but for now, here are the links:
AMERICAN NATIONALIST: PART 1
How Tucker Carlson Stoked White Fear to Conquer Cable
AMERICAN NATIONALIST: PART 2
How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News—and Became Trump’s Heir
Part 1 appeared on the font page of Sunday's print editions. Part 2 appears on the front page of today's print editions.
(Ignore the still-uncorrected bungle at the newspaper's "Today's Paper" site, where the Times mistakenly posted Part 2 on both Sunday and Monday, without posting Part 1 at all. A day and a half have gone by since Sunday's bungle; the Times still hasn't noticed or corrected the error. People who read the Times through use of the "Today's Paper" site may well be very confused.)
We've had many reactions to the reports about Carlson's routinely disordered work at Fox. For our money, the most salient new report we've seen is the book review which appeared beneath this headline in Sunday's Washington Post:
OUTLOOK / Review
What can stop a diverse democracy from tearing itself apart?
Lee Drutman penned the review of Yascha Mounk's new book. “The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure.”
"What can stop a diverse democracy from tearing itself apart?" It seems to us that this is the key question our struggling democracy currently faces.
Carlson's routine journalistic misconduct makes this problem much harder to solve for our struggling nation. In our view, so does a great deal of the behavior which now emerges from our own, self-assured blue tribe.
We want to return to those basic points. Energy, don't fail us now!