In the Spirit of the Season
If memory serves, the film “Miracle on 34th Street,” featured a Santa who worked for Macy’s, but scandalized management by, occasionally, sending customers across the street to arch-rival, Gimbel’s.
I shall follow Santa’s lead and direct dotCommers to the First Things website for RJN’s latest foray against the old gray lady. Here he’s just warming up:
There they all are, all forty-three of them. Their pictures take up the better part of the front page of this Sunday’s “Week in Review” section of the New York Times.
Underneath the pictures is the headline of the story by Adam Nagourney,
“The Pattern May Change, if . . .” Aha, so there’s a pattern we’re
supposed to detect. The Times regularly reminds us that its
readership is highly educated, and I like to think that I’m no slouch
when it comes to detecting patterns, so I study the pictures carefully.
pattern, what’s the pattern? Well, all forty-three were, and one still
is, president of the United States. Most are middle-aged or older. The
more recent ones are smiling for their picture. But I have the sense
I’m not getting the pattern that the Times wants me to get. And
then there it is, right before my eyes. Recognizing that even highly
educated readers may need some help, the editors put the clue to the
pattern under each and every picture: “White Male.” Is it really
possible? I go back and study the pictures again and, sure enough,
every one of them is a person of pallor and every one is a man. There
does indeed seem to be a pattern here.
To continue, follow the reindeer …..