The behavior of adult liberals is akin to that of middle-school girls. It can be seen, for example, in the Obama Administration’s #Hashtag diplomacy; they really believe that terrorists and dictators can be moved to change their behavior by peer pressure. “Stay out of Ukraine, Mr. Putin, or you can forget about going to the pool party with the cool kids.” “Real Men Don’t Pay For Girls, Mr. Boko Haram. Everybody thinks the whole kidnapping thing is just major uncool, but, whatever.”
If the stories coming out about the behavior of supposedly adult managers and reporters at the New York Times are factual, liberal adults really do act like spoiled tween girls.
Gossipy, catty, insular, cliquey, stressful, immature, cowardly, moody, underhanded, spiteful—the New York Times gives new meaning to the term “hostile workplace.” What has been said of the press—that it wields power without any sense of responsibility—is also a fair enough description of the young adult. And it is to high school, I think, that the New York Times is most aptly compared. The coverage of the Abramson firing reads at times like the plot of an episode of Saved By the Bell minus the sex: Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.
And yet this is the same New York Times that day after day, in article after article, instructs its readers, and the country, in how to think, how to vote, what to eat, what to wear, who is in, who is out, what is doubleplus, and what is crimethink. The gall.
The piece goes onto reveal how snubbing an editor or columnist by not sitting at his table in the NYTimes Cafeteria was considered a valid way of expressing peer disapproval.
And then there is… the Moose Incident.
At a 2003 meeting to reassure hundreds of troubled and irate Times staff members that everything was under control, Sulzberger suddenly displayed a stuffed toy moose. “He commented that unhappy Times employees should ‘talk to the moose,’ ‘deal with the moose,’” wrote one journalist, “and he also urged employees to ‘put their moose on the table.’”
This is the culture of the premier publication of the social and political left in the United States. Explains quite a lot, doesn’t it?