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Bari Weiss has left the New York Times. Yay! However, like the evil mayor on “Buffy" who made everyone listen to his entire graduation speech before killing them, Weiss has released a very long, tedious, Sturm-und-Drang-filled resignation letter that I guess I'll read.
“A.G." is A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the Times. Not to veer into a tangent over the paper's organizational structure, but why is Weiss resigning directly to the publisher? Maybe her actual boss was too busy singing “Happy Days Are Here Again."
I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages:
You mean idiots? Then yes, the Times's affirmative action program for morons worked splendidly.
The reason for this effort was clear: The paper's failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn't have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.
This is such bullshit. Weiss grew up in a well-off Pittsburgh suburb. She attended a fancy private school and graduated from Columbia University. OK, she didn't spend her summers at socialist summer camps, but otherwise she's exactly who you'd expect the Times to hire. If Donald Trump's election caught the paper flat-footed, it should've hired more Black people — who knew all along Trump could win — or at least actual drooling, conspiracy theorist Trump supporters. As VOX noted in 2018, the Times still presents a PG-13, Aaron Sorkin-like version of conservatism, which doesn't reflect the larger GOP base.
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The Trump Administration is what happens when hubris, nepotism, corruption, incompetence and pure self-interest love each other very much and decide to make a baby. A perfect example is Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos. We have written a lot about DeVos's hate, greed and incompetence. But if you are somehow not familiar with how bad she really is, here's some from her confirmation hearing:
Of course that wasn't the only time our secretary Of Education couldn't answer basic questions, as we also have her disastrously 2018 "60 Minutes" appearance, which was roundly mocked by late night comedians:
If you think DeVos has gotten any smarter or better at answering tough questions, you are wrong.
DeVos made appearances this weekend on CNN's "State of The Union" and "Fox News Sunday." Since DeVos gave the same canned answers in both interviews, we'll mainly focus on her infuriating appearance on CNN.
Guys, that’s not how herd immunity works.
Sweden was once conservatives' go-to example of a dystopian socialist nightmare state. They assumed no one had ever been there. (It's almost a 12-hour flight from Iowa.) During the 2016 GOP primary, Sen. Marco Rubio claimed that Bernie Sanders was better suited to govern Sweden than the good ol' US of A.
"Bernie Sanders is a socialist," Rubio told the audience, who laughed. "I think Bernie Sanders is a good candidate for president of Sweden."
That was a generous endorsement, but Sweden doesn't have a president. It has a prime minister like a common Britain. This was one of many instances when you knew Rubio was never gonna be president now.
This week, Fox News has been sending shout outs to Sweden for its COVID-19 response. Monday night, Dr. Ramin Oskoui was a guest on Laura Ingraham's White Power Hour, and he insisted “herd immunity" was a viable goal and it's wrong to “trash it."