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People in and out of media are having a useful discussion these days: Since it’s clear terrorists like the animals in Christchurch want recognition, what is the appropriate way to cover their outrages? How much information should be available about the murderers and their intentions? When it comes to more routine outrages that happen across the Third World, the question for the media is simpler: Should we cover it at all? Most often, the answer is no.
So Cory Booker is dating someone, and it’s not an imaginary dope-pusher named T-Bone. The noted bachelor, New Jersey Senator, 2020 primary candidate, moose impersonator and sword-and-sandals fancier is apparently “very much’ in a relationship with actress Rosario Dawson.
You may have heard that Jeff Zucker went to the insufferably progressive South by Southwest gaggle and indulged in a little narcissistic conspiracy theorizing, as is his wont as head of CNN (Narcissism-and-Conspiracy-Theories-R-Us). Zucker said the DOJ tried to kill WarnerMedia’s merger with AT&T, and “It came from the president.”
The left hasn’t just circled the wagons around freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, it’s going on offense. The weapon of choice is, of course, the press. Roll Call’s Emily Kopp targeted two groups critical of Omar with a March 6 hatchet job notable for its dishonesty and its bias.
No headline has ever been better matched to the newspaper section in which ran: “The latest Lent challenge for churches: Give up plastic” adorns the Ash Wednesday “Acts of Faith” section in The Washington Post. “Acts of Faith” is heavy on the acting. So is pretending that your environmental virtue-signaling has anything to do with faith.
She’s only 26, so I suspect it will be years before “The Wit and Wisdom of Miley Cyrus” is compiled and published. You, dear reader, shouldn’t have to wait that long to learn the young sage’s thoughts on marriage. Specifically, her own marriage, and Hillary Clinton’s, er, place in it.
If we have to keep paying for National Public Radio, is it too much to ask that it does some actual journalism? (Or just play classical music?) Regurgitating press releases from discredited lefty scammers may thrill the pledge drive and totebag types, but the rest of us just ain’t getting our money’s worth.
If you’re a Washington Postie, this has to be a real head-scratcher: A municipal government achieves a milestone in diversity (meaning there’s not a straight white guy to be found), only to come under fire for … its lack of diversity?
The New York Times has finally answered the age-old philosophical question: “If a gay man chooses to be celibate, can he still be a noble victim worthy of media attention?” The answer is yes. All he has to do is complain to the Times. On Feb. 17, The Times published an article by Elizabeth Dias called “‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out.” The article is as awful as it sounds.
When The Washington Post covers religion, the articles mainly serve as reminders of the paper’s almost otherworldly ignorance of the topic, leavened by the occasional inspirational column about social justice rummage sales from the lesbian pastor of The Eternal Woke Church and Vegan Coffee Bar. The original headline was “At the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump likely to play on white evangelicals’ fears.”
The abortion über alles crowd seems to be making a full-court press at the moment. The governors of New York and Virginia are vying to see which can boast the most bloodthirsty “women’s health” regime in the nation. As the competition currently stands, Virginia’s Ralph Northam has proposed legal abortion until the child’s first Tooth Fairy visit, citing the financial burden to mothers and the strain of staying awake long enough to complete the furtive dental transaction. However, Cuomo is expected to counter by arguing the wellbeing of the mother can be seriously impacted the moment the child is required to take up a band instrument.
It’s clear to anybody who cares to see that the Covington kids were smeared by a partisan media and the outright lies of political opportunist Nathan Phillips. That doesn’t mean rags like The Washington Post won’t go on obfuscating and spinning. After all, the teenagers wore [cue ominous music] “Make America Great Again” hats!
Liberals take themselves too seriously, example 4,381: Online dating app OkCupid has been asking the following question of users since 2003: “What’s more important in a romantic partner: great sex or similar political views?” (Online dating sites apparently are where dignity and discretion go to die.) OkCupid tells the Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett that now, for the first time since it debuted in 2003, more users are answering “politics.”
The politicization of everything proceeds apace.
Lately, lefties can’t seem to stop flipping off everyone and everything. Christian schools, fast food banquets, innocent Catholic teenagers, innocent unborn infants -- they’ve all gotten the bird from increasingly unhinged progressives recently.
The New York Times is warning progressives that one of the central texts of their shared religion is in danger. No, not the Paris Climate Agreement. The sky isn’t falling on that sky-is-falling scam. Nor is it Facebook’s gender options list -- you go right ahead and “identify” as a two spirit- trans-pansexual (with just a hint of Intersex and a complex-yet-earthy finish of genderqueer).
Here’s a nice gift for the tens of thousands of Americans attending the 46th annual March for Life today: A three-judge panel of the of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a Texas judge’s ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood against the State of Texas.
Here’s an outside-the-box -- not to say crazy (if you’re even allowed to say crazy anymore) -- suggestion for the gang at the American Psychology Association: If you’re going to issue what Washington Post columnist Monica Hesse calls an “an indictment … of rigid, traditional masculinity,” you might want to talk to some “traditional” men first. That way, you won’t be blindsided when some folks think your research belongs under the scientific classification of “crap.”
For more than a year Hollywood has been working on the role of a lifetime, playing an idealistic, naive industry suddenly shocked -- shocked! -- to learn it’s full of pervs and casting couch horndogs. The performance, including tears, almost believable surprise and deft use of hashtag props has mostly earned rave reviews from critics who call it a “brave” performance.
Christians, stop what you’re doing. You’ve gotten Christianity all wrong. Theologians, Doctors of the Church, saints, martyrs and mystics -- not to mention the countless generations of believers -- you’ve mucked it all up. Oh, don’t feel too bad. You haven’t had the benefit of doctrinal and spiritual guidance from a guy who writes comic books for a living.
You have to respect the proficiency and determination of a lefty to get one last whine in before 2018 limps to its end and the new year dawns with all it’s fresh possibilities for new grievances. Julia Ioffe, a correspondent for GQ, is one such intrepid complainer. It seems some people have had the effrontery to wish her a Merry Christmas.