MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2023
Also, LSU wins: Moments ago, it occurred to us to check it out—to do so one last time.
As it turns out, the New York Times stuck to its guns! It never filed a news report about the one (1) Florida elementary school where one (1) parent stated her view about the annual practice of showing a certain 96-minute film to the school's second graders.
The film in question was the 1998 ABC/Disney film, Ruby Bridges. The parent thought the film would be more appropriate at a higher grade level. The school said it would look at the film and reach a judgment concerning the parent's view.
In our view, it's entirely possible that the parents has a decent point. It's also entirely possible that she possibly doesn't, on balance.
But as we noted last Thursday, this was a total non-event. According to the Times' search engine, but also very much to its credit, the New York Times never bowed to contemporary conventional wisdom by publishing a news report about this non-event
This morning, all over ESPN, we saw many others bowing low to contemporary conventional wisdom. At issue was a rather unusual bit of taunting in the aftermath of yesterday's win by LSU in the final game of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
A wide range of obedient cable sports pundits turned themselves into pretzels this morning in order 1) to pretend that no taunting had occurred, or 2) to pretend that everyone engages in this same sort of behavior, especially male college athletes, or 3) to say that this is the way we now want our college-age athletes to behave. Especially our college-age women!
During the 10 o'clock hour, we were disappointed in the estimable Molly Qerim. Four hours earlier, we'd felt a certain degree of contempt for Max Kellerman as he found a way to knuckle under to script.
That said, everyone knew what they were expected to say, and everyone proceeded to say it.
Also, everyone knows why everyone said it. In our own considered view, we can't say this actually helps.