SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022
Our fascinated remains: At some point, we're going to stop. That said, we remain fascinated by what we regard as the rolling dumbnification of the (online) Washington Post.
This morning, at the top of the online paper's front page, seven reports were granted full banner headline status. At 9:15 on this Sunday morning, those seven featured reports appeared beneath these headlines:
Democrats fear the midterm map is slipping away
China’s Communist Party hands Xi Jinping an endless rule for flexing power
Is this what Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers came back for?
Plans to pave Australia’s remote, dangerous Outback Way bring hope, fear and anger
A college wrestler fought a bear to save his teammate—and won
Use this TikToker’s viral travel tip to find the best places to stay
Clemson’s QB change comes just in time (college football winners and losers)
A college wrestler fought a bear! Also, three quarterbacks in two different reports, and viral best places to stay!
That strikes us as a peculiar top-of-the-front-page list for a major national newspaper. That said, we'll guess that the Washington Post knows what readers want.
Borrowing from Tara Westover, we call this an education—but also anthropology. As Springsteen's narrator says to his son, "Son, take a good look around."