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PowerLine -> Worldwide Clown Show
- Bringing literature to the masses, Mayor de Blasio Style
- Don’t blame the media for the WNBA’s woes
- A nasty habit at State
- The Week in Pictures: We Want Tattoo Edition
- The whole world is watching our clown show
|Bringing literature to the masses, Mayor de Blasio Style
Posted: 22 Jul 2017 12:13 PM PDT
My conservative cousin from New York has been following New York City mayors since the days of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. I think John Lindsey remains his nominee for the worst of the lot, but the current mayor seems to be closing in fast. My cousin reports:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an ardent admirer of Communist Cuba and the Sandinistas. He presides over a town whose economic success is powered by the kind of bare knuckled capitalism that, in the Mayor’s Marxist worldview, is consigned to the dustbin of history.
His city is filled with immigrant strivers, including many who have fled the Communism and Socialism that their Mayor longs to impose. The success of so many of these new Americans confounds the Mayor’s vision of a country bedeviled by racism, sexism, classism, and Islamaphobia.
For now, de Blasio must be content with small bore measures to promote his nefarious agenda. His latest is “The One Book – One New York” initiative which urges Gothamites to vote for a work of literature that they will all read together.
The choices include a group of anti-American screeds selected by a panel of show biz celebrities including Larry Wilmore and Danielle Broetz. Among the selection are works by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chimamamda Ngozi, and Junot Diaz. Bizarrely, the Mayor sees these purveyors of anger and divisiveness as helping the initiative’s goal of bringing New Yorkers together.
No word on how many folks actually voted in the Marxist Book Club contest which was heavily promoted on billboards in New York’s subways and buses. For what it’s worth, and it’s not a whole lot, Chinamamda Ngoze’s “Americanah” was declared the winner.
Apparently, New Yorkers reading habits are not in sync with those of the leftist elites. The top book borrowed from the New York Public Library last year was the thriller “Girl On A Train” by Paula Hawkins.
It seems the Mayor has a long way to go in his effort to raise the class and racial consciousness of his constituents. But you can be sure he’s working hard to achieve a Marxist world.
|Don’t blame the media for the WNBA’s woes
Posted: 22 Jul 2017 11:46 AM PDT
Ted Leonsis owns the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals. The hockey team has done quite well under his leadership, though a deep playoff run has eluded it. The basketball team has often been mediocre or worse, though it now is among the better NBA squads.
Leonsis also owns the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. The team, like the league, has struggled.
Leonsis blames the WNBA’s woes on the media. He says it doesn’t give the league enough coverage:
Note the authoritarian undertone to this pronouncement. Leonsis wants sports show hosts to talk about women’s sports “the right way.” They are supposed to be “egalitarian” and “respectful.”
Leonsis may be a “media professional,” but his judgment is clouded by some combination of his stake in, and affection for, the WNBA and his liberal politics.
Sports talk hosts don’t talk about the WNBA for the same reason they don’t talk about soccer: listeners aren’t interested. I’ve often wished they would devote a ten-minute segment to soccer, at least during a major tournament like the World Cup. After all, what’re ten minutes out of, say, a three-hour show.
The reason they don’t — choosing instead to talk for the segment after segment about Lebron James, Kirk Cousins (in my market), and the over-hyped Mayweather-McGregor boxing match — is that they can’t afford to have listeners change the dial. Like me, many listeners consume sports radio in small doses, e.g. when we are driving. If we tune in a show for, say, half an hour, we want the host to be discussing the sports we’re highly interested in. If they aren’t, we will flip to another station.
Thus, it is silly for Leonsis to talk about sports show hosts retiring. In my market, most of them are years from retirement age. But even if they all were to retire tomorrow, their replacements would still confront the same audience preferences that are causing the incumbents not to discuss the WNBA (or soccer). And when audience members retire, they will probably want to spend even more time hearing about the likes of Kirk Cousins and Lebron James.
As for hosts being fired (a cheap shot by Leonsis), the fastest way to lose that job is to try to ram a not terribly popular sport down the throat of the audience.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg sides with Leonsis. He says:
Steinberg doesn’t explain why sports coverage should conform to his view of what has value and what irks him. He may find the WNBA riveting, but most of us want to devote the time we allot to professional basketball to watching and hearing about players who perform at the very highest level possible, not the very highest level possible for women.
Steinberg’s column was inspired in part by an extraordinary WNBA game he happened to watch. The headline of his story is “If you refuse to pay attention to the WNBA, you missed something cool Wednesday.”
His use of the word “refuse” is telling, as it suggests something like a presumption that we should pay attention to the WNBA. It would be nice if more readers clicked on my soccer posts, but I would never say they are “refusing” to do so. Most just prefer not to.
But the WNBA has always presumed that people have some sort of obligation to pay attention to it, based on egalitarianism or respect, or something. When the league commenced, its slogan was“we got next.”
As things turned out, they didn’t. It was up to us to decide who “got next.”
I’m glad Steinberg thought the WNBA game that inspired his story was cool. I saw a cool minor league baseball game recently. I thought the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea was cool.
There is no shortage of cool sporting events from which to choose. Sports fans decide which ones they want to pay attention to and the media accommodates these preferences.
Egalitarianism and respect have got nothing to do with it, nor should they.
|A nasty habit at State
Posted: 22 Jul 2017 07:02 AM PDT
When it comes to apologetics and confusion about the endless campaign of Palestinian Arab terrorism against Israel, the Associated Press has nothing on the Department of State. See, for example, Adam Kredo’s two recent Washington Free Beacon accounts, “State Dept. blames Israel for terrorism, claims Palestinians rarely incite attacks” (July 20) and “Trump State Dept. unsure why Palestinian terrorists kill Israelis” (July 21).
The source documents related to Kredo’s stories are the State Department’s just-released Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 (July 2017) and Rep. Peter Roskam’s letter to Secretary of State Tillerson (July 20). The State Department report blames Israel for prompting the murderous terrorism committed against its own citizens and turns a blind eye to the incessant Palestinian incitement. Rep. Roskam suggests that the department is not up to speed on the relevant facts.
The State Department is drunk on the anti-Semitic form of blaming the victim. It’s a chronic condition. The Trump administration’s failure to staff the department at the deputy level assures that it suffers from an Obama hangover in addition to the usual bouts of inebriation. The department is in the grip of a nasty, nasty habit.
Kredo’s second article takes us inside the State Department”s “thinking,” if it can be called that:
Stepping back, Kredo finds that Trump administration officials are not entirely happy about what’s happening here, though I’m not sure where Tillerson himself stands:
Thanks to Rep. Roskam for taking note of this incredibly sorry state of affairs. Assuming Secretary Tillerson himself is on board with administration policy, it is way past time for President Trump to staff up the State Department with deputies in tune with the administration.
|The Week in Pictures: We Want Tattoo Edition
Posted: 22 Jul 2017 04:48 AM PDT
I’m dizzy from this week. Why does the news cycle in the Trump era seem more like a blender turned on high (and with the lid off)? Is the week Capitol Hill Republicans packed it in and ratified the old judgment that they are indeed the Stupid Party? If Trump pardons himself, will our political system go blind? One thing is certain: if Trump is driven from office, I expect O.J. will drive him past the Beltway in a white Bronco, which I think is in storage in the new Smithsonian museum of black history. And our new White House communications director is named Scaramucci? Wasn’t he The Man With the Golden Gun? If so, when is Tattoo showing up? Oh, wait—he’s on Game of Thrones now I think. Like I said, I can’t keep up.
Headlines of the week:
And finally. . . It’s times like this I miss Jay Comeau:
|The whole world is watching our clown show
Posted: 21 Jul 2017 08:39 PM PDT
As I say — and do forgive me for repeating myself — the shooting of the unarmed and pajama clad spiritual healer Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor opens a window onto the sick culture that reigns in Minneapolis. No sooner had idiot Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges fired number 22 World Leader and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau than Hodges sought to expound on her deep thoughts for the benefit of her constituents. She is, after all, seeking reelection as the hometown crowd moves ever further to the lunatic left. Hodges is finding it hard to keep up.
Unlikely as it may seem, Minneapolis’s lunatic left means to turn the shooting of Ms. Damond by Officer Noor into an instrument of further radicalization in Minneapolis. Thus the takeover of Hodges’s press conference by the usual suspects this evening (video below). Like the old circus act, the little car in the center ring of the show in Minneapolis is unloading a thousand clowns.
Back in the day, the radical cliche insisted that the whole world is watching. Now the whole world is watching our clown show. For the local crowd, the Star Tribune reports here. For a national audience, the Hill reports here.