It really is past time for Time to go away.
Once the epitome of sharp, incisive, erudite weekly news reporting and commentary, it long ago morphed into just another left-biased shill for liberal politicians and positions, but with a desperate, tabloid-style habit of using intentionally gross, disturbing or controversial cover graphics to sell more copies than its equally biased and shameless rival, Newsweek. Now Newsweek is mercifully gone, but Time’s rude cover habit remains, culminating in the above disgrace to Time’s traditions and responsible journalism.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is fat, get it? He’s the “elephant in the room.” This is a slur. It was intended as one, of course. As such, it is a blatant ad hominem attack, pre-disposing Time’s fat-hating readers (only lazy conservatives are fat, just as Washington Post lefty cartoonist Herblock always drew them—swollen and spherical, wearing tight vests, buttons popping, smoking cigars, and usually holding bags with $$$ on them) to dislike the subject of the article before they’ve read it. Welcome to the swill that is American journalism today.
As I have mentioned here often, fat-bashing and weight-related slurs are among the three culturally acceptable forms of prejudice (the others are anti-elderly and anti-male) embraced by the Left, including journalists, when they want to denigrate a denizen of the shadowy right—even one who peeks into the light of moderation from time to time, like Gov. Christie. ( Hillary, last I looked, was looking decidedly portly and long in the tooth, but she’s a woman, see, and also a “progressive.” Would Time ever, ever dare to reference her age or weight on a cover? If the National Review did, would it not instantly be used as more proof of the Right’s “war on women”?)
Showing a silhouette of Christie with the elephant idiom (Oh, I can just hear the denials now, can’t you? “We didn’t intend any disrespect! Elephant means Republican! We weren’t suggesting anything negative about Christie’s weight!”) isn’t somewhat like, it is exactly like having a picture of President Obama with the legend, “Nigger in the woodpile.” The only difference is that the culture, left and right, would immediately condemn the latter, and appropriately so. They are the same, however—both are slurs, based on physical characteristics; both are insults, with a long history; both spring from bias; both are tools of suppression and marginalization; both encourage hate; both are ugly and irresponsible; and both are absolutely incompatible with ethical, fair, objective and decent journalism.
I suppose the primary difference is that I doubt Republicans, if Chris Christie becomes President, will get much traction arguing at every turn that Democrats only attack his policies because he’s fat.
Yes, I know: Time has a right to do this…it has a right to use the woodpile phrase, too. We, for our part have a right to point out that a magazine that abuses this right is run by uncivil hacks and smug vulgarians, and is a disgrace to its legacy and the mission of its founder.
Time to go.