The Gray Lady’s decline

Looking for something to read this morning?  I highly recommend Ed Driscoll’s neat little review of William McGowan’s Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America.  And after you’ve read Ed, you should probably get a copy of McGowan’s book.

By the way, I know that the Gray Lady has long been a paper in moral decline — witness the Duranty years.  Nevertheless, if it’s possible to get lower than a snake’s belly, the Gray Lady has done it, and with a certain dramatic panache too.  At least it used to be immoral with class.  Now it’s just a sneery, dreary, dishonest little rag.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    “Nevertheless, if it’s possible to get lower than a snake’s belly, the Gray Lady has done it, and with a certain dramatic panache too. ”

    That was an uncalled for slander, Book. I happen to like snakes….they’re interesting. I used to keep them as pets.

  • Gringo

    I read that Driscoll article last night. Comparing the Gray Lady to Margaret Dumont, and by extension comparing libs to Margaret Dumont was spot on. “I am shocked!” say the Gray Lady and the libs.  As the article points out , libs are upset at so many things, such as a lib like Juian Williams appearing on Fox. The shocked list that Driscoll had made is priceless.

  • Charles Martel

    Reading Driscoll’s article, I kept thinking of Wile E. Coyote running off a cliff in pursuit of the road runner and, for a few seconds, defying gravity by running on the air. I’m waiting for that magical moment when the Gray Lady, looking as shocked as Wile E.,  finally looks down and realizes she’s about to complete the death spiral that the rest of us have seen coming for years.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Gring: libs should be upset. Having elitists such as Jack Mayo represent them is surely bothersome.
     
    “finally looks down and realizes she’s about to complete the death spiral that the rest of us have seen coming for years.”
     
    The thing is, they keep coming back like zombies. Actually, the same was true for the Coyote.
     
     

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    @Charles:  Perfect, absolutely perfectly imagery.

    @Danny:  I don’t like snakes, but I respect your right to like snakes and, in true Voltaire-ian mode, will defend that right to the death.  On the other hand, given the snake’s natural habit of crawling low to the ground, you’ll have to concede that, short of going underground, there are few things lower than that snakey belly.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Book, like the NYT that lines its cage. Yup!
     
    You sound just like a snakeophobe. I can tell that you just haven’t met enough real snakes in your life. Most just want to get along and lead normal lives. You shouldn’t judge all snakes alike just because there are a few bad ones that may have crossed your path now and then.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I loathe snakes and spiders.  When I was a very little girl, my mom and dad would tell horrifying stories of fatal, and near fatal, interactions with terribly venomous snakes, gigantic spiders, roomfuls of scorpions, etc., during their years in the tropics, the Middle East and North Africa.  Those fears aren’t quite part of my DNA, but they’re close.

  • Danny Lemieux

    It is quite clear to me, Book, that mediation is needed. Therefore, I recommend that we set you up in a group therapy session with scorpions, snakes and spiders so that you can vent your feelings and let the healing can begin. Not to worry, I will set it up for you.
     
    Help me out, here: do any of you other Bookworm aficionados happen to have the phone numbers or email addresses for Harry Reid’s, Barbara Boxer’s, Gov. Moonbeam and Nancy Pelosi’s social secretaries?

  • Gringo

    I have no love for the NYT. However, I  used their Election Map the past few days. Simon Romero’s reports on Venezuela have been good for the last 2-3 years, if not longer. Not all is bad at the NYT.