WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2022
Tuscaloosa and Mobile, good-bye: In this morning's report, we discussed an important case which is now before the Supreme Court.
The case concerns an important question about the structure of congressional districts. The question at issue is this:
Should state legislatures "take race into account" when they create such districts? More specifically, should legislatures make it a point to create congressional districts which are majority black?
Given some of the specific ways our ship of state is currently sinking, this strikes us as a very important question. But as we noted this morning, the online Washington Post buried its report on yesterday's Supreme Court hearing about two thirds of the way down its extremely lengthy front page.
Online, you had to scroll and scroll, then scroll some more, just to see that this news report exists. On the endless front page of the online Post, the news report on this important matter appeared well below an impressive array of such stone-cold groaners as these:
I tried McDonald’s Happy Meal for adults, and it didn’t make me happy
Why do cats knead? Why do dogs lick you? The science of pets’ quirks.
Snoop Dogg says his cannabis-infused onion rings may make you say ‘oowee’
Lost cat found in Idaho 9 years after wandering away from California home
You had to scroll and scroll, then scroll some more, just to stumble upon the report. At this juncture, we offer a bit of background to this dumbnified state of affairs:
The dumbnification of American "news" has been an issue for decades. This dates at least to the time when local TV news discovered anchorperson "happy talk" back in the 1970s.
This project of dumbnification has been going on forever. That said, it seems to us that the dumbnification of the online Post represents a brand-new chapter in this long-running, low-IQ tale.
That said, a question arises! Where was the report in question found in print editions of this morning's Post? We refer to the report which carries this headline in the online Post:
Supreme Court debates Alabama’s refusal of second Black voting district
You had to scroll and scroll, then scroll some more, just to encounter that report in the online Post. In print editions, that same report was bannered across the top of page A4.
Accompanied by a large photograph, the report occupies more than half of the fourth page in the first section of the Post's print edition. By tradition, that first section contains the bulk of the day's world and national news. By tradition, those were the important reports the editors showed you first.
It's much as we've told you before:
Increasingly, it seems that the online Post, and the same paper's print edition, are being turned into two sharply different newspapers.
Gallant still runs the print edition. Increasingly, Goofus seems to be in charge when we look at the paper online!