The New Yorker, like the Columbia School of Journalism, Are Not What They Used To Be
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Submitted by Belladonna Rogers (United States), Apr 16, 2012 19:36
As one who is not a former president of The Harvard Crimson, I am at greater liberty, perhaps, to say that I see no useful purpose served by either of Nicholas Berthelot Lemann's current affiliations. He is smart, but smart isn't the same as perceptive, wise or profound -- all qualities I associate with the Editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com. Mr Lemann has,to the best of my knowledge, like his colleague Hendrick Hertzberg (he who appeared on CNN to mock Clinton rape victim, Juanita Broaddrick, to his eternal shame) never troubled his smart head with questioning the wisdom of continuing to worship at the altar of the Democratic Party.
The New Yorker has become yet another tiresome mouthpiece for the party aptly represented by a donkey. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism -- with its self-perpetuating Pulitzer Prize Committees that have yet to recognize the the novels, the plays or any creations of anyone who isn't part of the left wing of the political spectrum -- has all the gravity and seriousness of the Nobel Peace Prize of this era.
I'm sure it's been painful for members all generations to live to witness decline in institutions that had some value when members of those generations were younger. Maybe it wasn't as starkly obvious as it is today how many of those so-called "cultural institutions" are far from objective, centrist bodies, but have descended, like the White House itself, into a tedious 24/7 commercial for leftwing causes, premises and beliefs.
It would be uplifting-- just once -- to pick up a copy of The New Yorker in a dentist's office (having long since cancelled what I once assumed would be a lifelong subscription) to leaf through its pages,and find anything -- a single word, even -- to suggest that anyone writing for that once fine magazine has ever stopped for a nano-second to question the basic precepts of the Left.
Smart Mr. Lemann would never pause to ask himself if there breathes a reader of his work who doesn't share all the assumptions he imbibes with his lattes and chocolate-filled croissants on the Upper West Side.
It makes a reader wonder if "smart" is all that it's cracked up to be.
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The Future of Capitalism replies:
I actually think he is smart, and I don't think he worships at the altar of the Democratic Party. I just think that sentence I marked was off. I let my New Yorker subscription lapse, too.
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