Arthur in Maine earned the second Comment of the Day to end the year with his observations on the New York times aiding and abetting the savaging of Mimi Groves. Here is his COTD on the post, “Bizarro World Ethics: A Vicious Young Jerk’s Unethical Act Is Celebrated And His Victim Vilified In A Cautionary Tale Of What Happens When Society Allows Its Values To Be Turned Inside Out. Part II: The Times And Its Readers”:
Let me go further into my comment to Part 1, which boiled down to “the NYT acted most unethically of all.”
I chose not to expound then, anticipating this post, but I will now.It’s likely – indeed, even essential – to this story that the pitchfork-and-torches mobs on social media have a larger footprint than the New York Times. But THIS Facebook group, THAT Instagram “Influencer”, THOSE Twitter feeds – tend to be narrow channels of like-minded myrmidons (this is what social media has done to society, more effectively than any propagandist ever could: separated culture into armed camps).
But with its publication of this story, the NYT has given it the Blessing of the Angels. It has validated the asinine opinions of the Perpetually Aggrieved, and it has done so for no reason other than to maintain its visibility and relevance.
As a libertarian capitalist, I can ALMOST respect the decision when viewed for the coldest possible eyes. I have long understood – and, in fact, cautioned on this blog – that the news media is first and foremost a business, that it always had been, and that we should expect journalistic decisions to be made with business in mind. I’ve never argued that this was right, merely that it’s the reality, and that we’d be better off as a society if everyone understood this.
But as one who tries to see things fairly and live ethically, I have nothing but contempt for that rag. Ruin the life of an 18-year-old girl because of something she said roughly around the time of her 12th or 15th menses? I can just see the editorial conference: “Sure, why the hell not? We operate in a city that’s destroying an industry responsible for maybe 1% of all current Covid infections, and we’re cool with that. Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette.”
Fuck you, New York Times. Choke on your fucking omelette, you heartless bastards. And polish up your resumes – the Trump gravy train you’ve been riding for the last four years is about to get switched onto a siding, no small thanks to you assholes.
Learn to code.