These Are Really The People Who Are Informing The American Public? Isn’t That Terrifying?

Jill Abramson was a New York Times executive editor and is a fairly representative example of what the Times culture nurtures. In a uniformly embarrassing column for The Guardian, she concluded with this:

“It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.”


1 There was a great deal to take comfort in last week “in Trump’s America.” The February job report shattered expectations, for example, sending the stock market soaring again,. Despite doomsday predictions that Trump’s refusal to pander to North Korea’s sabre-rattling dictator would trigger a nuclear war, it appears that the rogue nation wants to talk. For those American who are dedicated to the rule of law, the Attorney General’s aggressive action to challenge California’s revival of the pre-Civil War nullification doctrine was extremely welcome. Although the position of the Angry Left and “the resistance” is that the elected President remaining in the White House is itself cause for despair, more rational souls are willing to assess the administration on results more than style. Results have been, to an unexpected extent for those not ideologically inflexible, positive in many areas….and certainly not so negative that the only recourse is Obama dolls.

2. Abramson, like so many of her comrades, appears to dwell in a reality of her own construction. Contrary to her claims, the President’s approval ratings are not sinking, and some polls suggest the opposite. “The Blue Wave” she fervently hope for increasingly looks like wishful thinking and hype: citing the defeat of Roy Moore as indicative of anything (other than the fact that a racist, homophobic, law-defying judge can’t get elected Senator regardless of what party claims him), is an admission that real evidence of such an impending wave is lacking.

3. The United States had a progressive, African American President, and he was a near total failure, dangerously dividing the country, undermining basic rights, weakening the nation abroad, undermining law enforcement and the rule of law, and almost destroying his party.  Makes me feel all squishy inside!

4. Citing such flawed and narrow-base candidates as Gillibrand, Warren, Booker,  Murphy, and Cuomo, currently embroiled in a bribery scandal, as the party’s hopes for regaining the White House also smack of delusion. And was she serious when she wrote approvingly of Tim Kaine “that he recently brought donors in Boston to tears with a performance of This Land is Your Land, played on his harmonica’?

5. No wonder the New York Times has abandoned all semblance of objective journalism where politics are concerned, with characters like Abramson in charge. Her column shows a mind every bit as tainted by extremism, hysteria,  and bias as Stave Bannon, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter at their worst.

6. To me, the most amazing thing is that Abramson is so confident that her fellow Trump-haters will hear about her doll and not think, “What is the matter with that woman?”

7. No left-of-center publications that I could find thought the fact that Abramson resorts to a little Obama doll for comfort was newsworthy.

Maybe all of “the resistance” carries Obama dolls now.

Pointer: Jolie Smallwood


30 thoughts on “These Are Really The People Who Are Informing The American Public? Isn’t That Terrifying?

      • That, on the other hand, IS cause for concern. There’s a sweet-spot, where they keep acting crazy enough to make a lasting impression without causing too much trouble. That’s how we can fight back. Just periodically spin them up, maybe by going to their little get-togethers and yelling out things like “HEY YOU! YEAH YOU WITH THE BLUE HAIR AND SKINNY JEANS ! YOU KNOW WHAT ? THERE’S ONLY TWO GENDERS !!” or “DOWN WITH THE MATRIARCHY!! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!”

        • Well, they’re doing sit-ins now, to disrupt and block normal business traffic in Congress members’ offices, in the name of increasing “sensible gun control.” Certain, different weapons of war are OK for them, I guess…

    • Reminder: These are the people who want to be sure we don’t have “weapons of war” firearms. Considering this level of infantile irrationality and malice toward opponents, why on earth would we possibly worry about having the need for such things?

      • Oh, trust me; I don’t underestimate the importance of fighting them every step of the way about the 2A. They’re definitely an immediate danger in that regard.

  1. A deputy fire chief I knew kept a picture of a little girl he rescued in his first few years on the job in his helmet. He told me he looked at it when, despite his best efforts, he came up short, because it’s the victims you CAN save that get you out of bed in the morning. A teacher I am friends with keeps a copy of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” in the bookcase next to her desk, with the page marked where Anne says “tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it” to remind herself that tomorrow can be better. I myself keep a statuette of Robert the Bruce on my desk, though I am not Scottish, who lost six times before finally beating the English at Bannockburn, as a reminder, even when things look bleak, to try again rather than give up. This idea of a woman carrying a plastic doll of Obama around because she hopes for a return of the times that ended not even two years ago sounds like a bad joke in comparison.

  2. Some parenthetical additions to Ms. Abramson’s Obama doll confession:
    “It’s easy (for me and my friends) to look at what’s happening in Washington DC and despair (that our side lost.) That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse (like a mentally ill bag lady) . I pull him out every now and then (like a tattered Beanie Baby) to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president (who was charming and really well liked by the “right sort of people”, but an utter failure) until very recently. Some people find this strange, (that a NY Times editor would carry around a childish plastic political talisman), but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America (and I choose to ignore the stock market, jobs gains, positive foreign policy developments, decrease in regulations, and decrease in minority unemployment).”

  3. I bet she also keeps a Trump doll she can stick pins in whenever she feels like doing so.

    On a similar note, when I asked my smart, highly educated, retired, very nice next door neighbor from Minnesota why she had begun serving as a volunteer receptionist at the Tucson NPR/PBS production studio in Tucson, she said since Trump’s election, she felt “she had to do SOMETHING.” I have not asked to check to see what she’s carrying in her purse.

    Do you suppose Jill needs a concealed carry permit for that thing?

    • Some encouraging news: Real Clear Politics lists “Ex-NYT Editor Jill Abramson Keeps Plastic Obama Doll in her Purse” in their Media and Politics section on their Politics page. You can almost hear the giggles in their editorial room in the background.

  4. My new NRA (re-joined) membership card should be arriving any day now. That will be my talisman, in my wallet – OH, NO!!!! A CARD-CARRYING MEMBER!!!

  5. On North Korea. I agree that we should be talking to our enemies as a general rule, so I will not fault any President for reaching out. Where I do have concern, however, is that the State Department has been gutted, and it appears that there are no worker bees to actually advise the President or to hammer out details once his meeting is concluded (assuming there is a successful meeting in the first place). So best case scenario this is a “meet and greet,” and worst case scenario is anyone’s guess. I would rather see some careful thought put into what our message will be as well as making sure that the President has the resources in place to make sure that we can follow through.

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