Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dr V.

Steve Sailer makes a telling point:

On January 25, 2002, J. Clifford Baxter, the former chief strategy officer of Enron, shot himself in the head. This was widely viewed not as condemning but as confirming the journalists, such as Bethany McLean of Fortune, who had broken the Enron story.

Today, if the Enron executive had been wearing women's clothes when he killed himself, there would be a full-fledged agonizing reappraisal of the journalistic inquiry into Enron. How dare anyone report that Enron was run by "conmen" when the appropriate noun is "conwomen!" Why is the press worrying about details of accounting when proper pronoun usage is all that really matters?
The tame media critics were unanimous in their opinion that Grantland made terrible mistakes with their story on the con artist inventor. Both Reliable Sources and On The Media tacitly endorsed the idea that groups like GLAAD should have the power to shape or kill a story.

I wonder if those same domesticated critics think that this should apply to all activist groups?

Before the New York Times prints a story about the Roman Catholic church should they run it by Bill Donahue and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights?

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