As Matthew Continetti wrote in the Washington Free Beacon when Jill Abramson and the Gray Lady itself both morphed into self-parodies during and after Abramson’s firing in May, “What has been said of the press—that it wields power without any sense of responsibility—is also a fair enough description of the young adult. And it is to high school, I think, that the New York Times is most aptly compared:”
The coverage of the Abramson firing reads at times like the plot of an episode of Saved By the Bell minus the sex: Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.
And if not to high school, then the Times can certainly be compared to sophomores in college, though Pinch and his staffers are all far too effete and collectively depressed to roust themselves into full Delta House “Let’s Party, Dude!!!!!” fury, no matter how many cannabis-laced candy bars MoDo consumes. Yesterday, the Times once again made a parody of itself by publishing a piece co-authored by a junior at Duke that posited, “we should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely.” (This after the Times called for the end of the American Constitution at the end of 2012.)
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