WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022
The silence of blue tribe lambs: We're losing a chunk of time today. And that's a shame, because the editors at Slate are giving us the chance to "get smarter" by reading these new reports from two of our tribal "dear friends:"
EMILY MCCOMBS / SEPT 28, 2022 / 5:55 AM
My Wife is a Total Slob—And Her Justification for the Mess Is Absurd
JENEE DESMOND-HARRIS / SEPT 28, 2022 / 6:00 AM
Help! My Ex Is Up to Something Suspicious With My New Boyfriend
Two more examples of Slate's good, solid, completely relentless, thought-provoking journalism!
Slate is a blue tribe publication; its work is aimed at blue tribe readers. As with the dumbnification of the online Washington Post, the relentless onslaught of such material tells us something about who we actually are over here within the tents of our own self-impressed tribe.
More on that possible problem below. First, a note about who the red tribe currently is, on the level of red tribe propaganda elites.
We strongly suggest that you read a new post by Kevin Drum. It appears beneath this headline:
I have a question about Tucker Carlson, Nord Stream, internet trunk lines, and the American power grid
The post concerns the opening monologue on last evening's Tucker Carlson Tonight (links below). We'll only say what we've said for the past twenty years:
When major figures present such material to millions of viewers, the fact that such reports have been offered should be treated as front-page news in our nation's major newspapers.
Essentially, Carlson's viewers were told that the Nord Stream pipelines were sabotaged this week, almost surely, by President Joseph R. Biden.
When millions of people are told such things by abandoned "lost boys" like the pitiful Carlson, that should be treated as front-page news in our nation's major newspapers. A modern nation can't hope to survive in the face of such relentless behavior.
That said, our major newspapers are disinclined to engage in such reporting. One such paper, the Washington Post, is rather plainly in the process of dumbing itself way, way down.
To its credit, the New York Times continues to present itself as a traditional, serious newspaper. That's true in both its print and its online editions.
That said, the Times has published a letter today which merits blue tribe attention. The letter came from a reader in Vermont. Headline included, here is the letter's full text:
A Paper for the Elite?
To the Editor:
Every time I sit down to peruse The New York Times I feel conflicted. I appreciate the factual political analysis, but when I start meandering through other sections of the paper I have to conclude that most readers are a very rarefied elite whose lives revolve around choosing among multimillion-dollar real estate investments, building kitchens in back of their kitchens, or planning exotic, expensive and time-consuming meals.
As David Brooks rightly points out in “There Still Is No Strategy to Defeat Trump” (column, Sept. 16), the culture war we face boils down to a conflict between the “coastal elites” (e.g., readers of The New York Times) and the MAGA crowd and others who resent the elite.
The Times could do us all a favor by presenting its news and analysis in surroundings that look more like the lives of the 99 percent rather than a fabulously wealthy 1 percent. Doing so could go a long way toward creating a more welcoming environment for sharing political perspective with those who do not embrace such lavish lifestyles—as a matter of choice or necessity.
R— S— / Hinesburg, Vt.
It seems to us that this Vermonter's aim is true.
Our blue tribe is currently losing a war with the likes of Tucker Carlson. In large part, he gains his cachet through the relentless appearance of self-involvement and class disdain which emanates, in various ways, from our own blue precincts.
(Our own cable stars continue to chirp our own inbred messages night after night after night.)
Our own blue tribe is famously self-impressed. At Slate and at the online Post, we're being shown that we may not be quite as impressive as we persistently claim.
In truth, we aren't all that, and it persistently shows! In part for that reason, the red rank and file won't listen to us when we tell them that they're being misled by the likes of Carlson. Also, as noted, our major newspapers are reluctant even to visit this topic.
The red and rank and file won't listen to us. In fairness, we aren't a super-impressive group. We give these others plenty of reason to disregard the various things we say.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our tribe (like all tribes) is deeply flawed. The fact that we don't understand that fact about ourselves may be one of our tribe's fatal flaws.
Instant transcripts! Remember them?
UPDATE, 9:30 A.M.: On the front page of the online Washington Post, these are top four news reports:
Ian nears Category 5 as Fla. governor warns of ‘nasty’ days ahead
West condemns staged referendums, calls Nord Stream explosions ‘deliberate act’
Why this cheating accusation in the chess world matters
7 ways a recession could be good for you financially
Three more news reports follow. Two of them are these:
Marijuana’s last taboo: Parents who get stoned
This jet suit could make you fly like Iron Man — if you’re rich
Some of that seems a bit "light." From there, it's quickly on to ADVICE and these four reports:
Carolyn Hax: Will she always be ‘The Mistress’ to her now-husband’s children?
Ask Jules: Should teachers let students follow them on social media?
Miss Manners: My daughter eats at a slower pace than the rest of the family
Ask Amy: I’m 32 years old and don’t know how to make friends
WELL + BEING then offers five reports, including these:
Try these emotional exercises if you can’t find a therapist
How exercising now could benefit your future grandchildren
We don't understand that last headline either. We'll have to read the report!
At any rate, if you continue to scroll, you'll eventually reach the sections set aside for WORLD and NATIONAL news.
We'd say this famous national newspaper is being dumbed way down. Indeed, to our practiced eye and ear, the online Post no longer has the feel of a real newspaper!
To its credit, the online New York Times hasn't dumbed its online edition down this way. That said, it seems to us that the letter writer's observation stands.