Seinfeld, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times: Scenes from the Culture War
Although I admire many of the writers at the Wall Street Journal, let's admit they have a lot more to work with, a plethora of easy targets for a man or woman with even a modicum of wit. We live in an era when readers are distrusting big government more than ever. Where does that leave the NYT, that great tribune of of ever-expanding government? With a bunch of grumps on their hands.
Speaking of liberal grumps, I was shocked to learn on the same day that they have turned on one of their icons -- Jerry Seinfeld -- who opined in a Buzzfeed interview:
Funny is the world I live in. You’re funny, I’m interested. You’re not funny, I’m not interested. I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their calculating — is this the exact right mix? I think that’s — to me it’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC-nonsense.
PC nonsense??? The bien pensant are now jumping on Seinfeld because he had only white people on his show. Of course, the comic was right about political correctness. It's not only the enemy of comedy. It's the enemy of human life -- no more than fascism with a phony egalitarian face. And Seinfeld, who is being accused of being a racist (natch), is less of a racist than any of his detractors. But that's par for the course these days.
Both of these seemingly minor media dust-ups are yet more indications that our society is at a tipping point. A critical mass may be welling up against the tyranny of modern liberalism. The next few years will be interesting -- culturally and politically.