Monday, July 06, 2009
Commentary by T.L. Hubeart Jr., as featured at my blog “Right as Rain.”
So formulaic--and mindless--is the typical Maureen Dowd paint-by-numbers snark-fest that the most effective critique is perhaps to take her latest ho-hum against Sarah Palin, and turn it inside-out like clothing:
Dowd showed on Sunday that in one respect at least, she is qualified to be
a New York Times columnist.
Journalist Barbie is one nutty puppy.
Usually we don't find that exquisite battiness in our newspaper people until they've been battered by sordid scandals like plagiarism (Jayson Blair), gnawing problems like ties to Malaysia (Paul Krugman), scary forged letters from foreign leaders ("Mayor of Paris" on Caroline Kennedy), or even forged news (Stalin's enabler Walter Duranty).
When Dowd started saying her mother was "in (her) head," some of her colleagues began to think of her as "a strange woman," as an unnamed source told Arthur Sulzberger Jr.. The source and fellow Times staffers even began reading up on mental illness -- in between fits of manic depression and paranoia as their newsroom continued to be downsized.
And at the same time Todd Purdum dreamed, as he crafted a hit piece on Sarah Palin for Vanity Fair, that the governor's behavior had caused Alaskans to rush to local bookstores in a frenzied search for copies of--not the Bible, or The Purpose Driven Life, or even one of those NRA magazines so beloved by people who cling to guns and religion. No, they all wanted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a publication with an easily memorable and euphonious title that trips off the tongue. Purdum's was a pretty tall tale, of course, but Maureen Dowd wholeheartedly believed him. In fact, she had to.
Irrational Palin hatred can drive its inhabitants loopy. So at least "MoDope" is ahead of the curve on that one.
And as Alaskans settled in to enjoy holiday salmon bakes and 943 pages of light reading about histrionic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and dependent personality disorder, a well-known columnist in New York hung a virtual sign on her column that said, "Save time--I'm already in Crazy Town.”
And readers who saw Dowd's byline before them said, "Sheesh, this 'girlish burbling' again" and quickly turned the page.
Posted by T. Hubeart at 8:21 PM
Labels: buffoons, Gov. Palin, liberals, media bias, politics