I’ve met a lot of local journalists and I’ve generally been impressed with them. But there’s no way around it: there’s a lot of losers — the kind of intellectual mediocrities our “top” universities produce too many of — at the Times and the Post and other elite outlets, way more than there should be given that everyone there makes at least three times what most people at free weeklies and local news stations make.
So I think that the Times ombudsman isn’t trying to dog whistle to the right here, he’s just a fucking idiot, repeating phrases he’s heard before. Monkey see, monkey do:
Readers deserve to know: Who is the real Barack Obama?
Maybe I’m giving this shithead too much credit.