FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022
The gods are relentlessly mocked: It's something we noticed this morning, just before heading off-campus in our private jet.
Bored to tears as we watched Morning Joe without the ranting of its vacationing host, we wondered how the network morning "news" shows were covering recent events.
We checked the official synopses for two famous morning shows, as offered by our cable provider. At 7 o'clock this morning, this is the way those cable shows were showcasing their diet of "news" for today:
Today, NBC: The Queen's Platinum Jubilee; Scripps National Spelling Bee contest winner; Today Wellness: green juices; Today Food with Anthony Scotto. (Talk, 120 minutes)
Good Morning America, ABC: Coverage from the Queen's Jubilee continues; Deals and Steals with Tory Johnson; actors Bowen Yang and Kim Booster; Platinum Pudding competition winner Jemma Melvin. (Talk, 120 minutes)
We hated missing the pudding champ, but there were promises to keep.
On cable, the red-faced ranter was on vacation; the network shows were featuring that high-powered fare. At Slate, ownership was soon reaching out to blue tribe browsers with such manifest foofaw as this:
JAMILAH LEMIEUX / JUNE 03, 2022 / 10:36 AM
Dear Care and Feeding: I Can’t Believe What I Caught My Granddaughters Wearing to Bed
JAMILAH LEMIEUX / JUNE 03, 2022 / 11:16 AM
Dear Care and Feeding: I’m Worried About the Time My Daughter Spends at Her Friend’s Filthy House
That's what it takes to attract the attention, and gain the clicks, of us in our self-impressed tribe. This is the remarkable way our modern society rolls.
The gods will not be mocked? For decades, we've been aggressively testing the claim. The spectacular dumbness of our failing culture no longer gets mentioned enough, but can anyone really be surprised to see such dumbness fail?
Full disclosure: We once guest-starred on Steals and Deals, the mid-90s CNBC program. Apparently, Tory Johnson has changed the order of the rhyming words around.