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Do you wonder why the legacy media are such puzzled otherworldly twits? Why, for example, they had no idea what was happening in the recent election? Why they seem to know so very little about America or much of anything else?

Some thoughts from a guy who spent a career in the racket:

Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.

Now do you see why Trump surprised them?

Next, ask how many went to fancy schools like Oberlin, Swarthmore, Amherst, the Ivies, Bard. Ask how many even know someone who graduated from a land-grant school. Ask whether they know an engineer.

Now look at how much they write about each other for each other. Look at the endless coverage of what Maddow said about what Hannity thought about O’Reilly’s harassment of soft-porn star Megyn and how much she might make at CNN. Ask how much time they spend comparing ratings. They are fascinated by themselves.

Ask them how many have ever worried about paying the electric bill, had to choose between a new winter coat or paying the cable, or known anyone who did.

They don’t know America, and they don’t much like it.

Ask them whether they are rich. They will say no, and believe it. Yet when friends drop in, the question will be whether to eat Turkish or Thai on the Hill. For much of America, dinner in a Turkish restaurant on Cap Hill, where the waiter puts a white napkin in your lap and the bill for four with drinks and tip is $180, would be the adventure of a lifetime.

Colonial Village, Arlington, Virginia. Worth at least twenty percent of what you would pay for it.

Colonial Village, Arlington, Virginia. Worth at least twenty percent of what you would pay for it.

In Washington, a two-bedroom apartment in a very old building across Connecticut Ave from the zoo, with the original steam radiators, goes for $2500 a month. An 835-square foot two-bedroom condo in Colonial Village, just across Key Bridge in Arlington, Virginia, starts at $2450. Fifteen years ago, such a closet sold for $300K..

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Now ask how many journalists voted for Trump. Close to zero. Virtually the entire press corps is of one mind and slants the news to the point of verticality. In the absence of Trump, they are almost as heavily Democratic. Most don’t know they are doing it. It’s just that they are so obviously…right. They are not reporters. They are advocates.

It is more than having the same politics. They have no conception of such romantic notions as freedom of expression or the interplay of ideas. You will never see a policeman given five minutes, uncensored, to describe what really happens in the streets or a gun owner, not chosen to be a buffoon, allowed to explain his position. If you told them that the media are tightly controlled, they would think you a right-wing loon.

Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington. However, with a fair few exceptions, they are not intellectuals, not contemplative, not studious. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.

In a curious process of self-delusion, they imagine a world that doesn’t exist and then try to live in it. For example, they don’t know what cops face in the ghetto because they have never been in the ghetto and don’t know any cops. They dismiss anyone who tells them that things are not as they think. Their confidence is invincible, for do not all their friends say the same things?

Their ideological attachment to political correctness is–obviously–strong. This is particularly stark with respect to race. Week after week, year after year, we read on the internet of whites beaten, burned, punched, of stores looted by flash mobs and wrecked in brawls. The perpetrators are always “teens” or “troubled youths.” If you ask reporters why they never mention race, they say things like “race is irrelevant. A crime is a crime.” But let a white cop shoot a black attacker, and nothing matters except race–not truth, guilt or innocence.

They see no hypocrisy in this. They believe that they are just expressing Right Values. Since they talk only to each other, nothing contradicts them.

Coverage of most things is either bad or nonexistent because the media have neither the time, resources, nor inclination to cover much of anything. Most outlets are crippled by the nature of their medium, political correctness, narrow focus, and lack of curiosity.

For example, television is the medium of the illiterate and barely literate. (People who can’t or don’t read all have televisions.) It lacks the staff to have specialized reporters, has to avoid offending anyone so as to keep the advertisers happy, has very little time to spend on a story which it has to keep at a sixth-grade level to avoid losing much of its audience. It has to be politically correct so as to impose appropriate values. It can’t upset big corporations because that’s who owns it.

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Newspapers can assume perhaps a tenth-grade and better readership, but they too must be PC, worry about the advertisers, and they too lack staff. Big papers will typically pay attention to State, DoD, Congress, the political parties, and themselves. Most of the government simply isn’t covered. When is the last time you saw a story about HUD, Commerce, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Energy, or Education?

That’s why the mainstream media are largely vapid and predictable. It is why the internet, not bound by political correctness or controlled by corporations, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
 
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  2. May I suggest another essay, same subject. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
    The Intellectual Yet Idiot

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    • Replies: @JackOH
    Thanks for the reference, Mao. There's also Friedrich Hayek on intellectuals as he defines them, and probably others who've commented on the culture of the glib and educated.

    For years I heard the profs and administrators at my local state university breezily and confidently discoursing on things that I assumed must have been within their expertise or else why would they deploy so many polysyllables with hardly anyone questioning what they were saying. Eventually I heard enough statements at colloquia and elsewhere that touched on subjects where I'd gained some minor but real expertise. They were talking nonsense. I was shaken, and it took a while for me to understand how badly I was shaken. Fred's right, of course, the chattering class is convinced of its own rightness, and is often insulated enough from the consequences of its own wrongness.

    Memorial Day, all. My Dad was a career air force guy and POW, and I don't recall him talking about his experience at all.

    Best wishes to Ron Unz for this excellent site.
    , @Santoculto
    The question is:

    Taleb is also talking about himself?
  3. Spud Boy says:

    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I’ve had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

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    • Replies: @paraglider
    indeed,

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum much like womens studies, gender studies, african american studies and a plethora of other bullshit disciplines (irony) which ensure you'll become a barista at starbucks after wasting 100k of daddies money or worse borrowing it through a non discharge-able loan.

    math is not a strong suit for the pc liberal arts soft studies student.
    , @Ivy
    Back in the day, I interviewed the head of a uni's J School. He told students that they were required to understand a topic before writing about it. There used to be standards and ethics, actually practiced, not that long ago. The Grey Lady and her ilk, with their fellow travelers on the national airwaves, have disabused many of such quaint, foolish notions. Local journalists outside the larger cities still try to hold up their end, to the extent that they are not serving as a mouthpiece for some local baron, as they have to live among their readers and viewers.
    , @polistra
    Well, I don't expect them to be trained in everything, but I do expect them to LISTEN or TALK to people who know something. Reporters are meant to be listeners, not experts.

    For instance, I'm trained in acoustics and hearing, and I notice that the MEDICAL reporters get everything wrong when a story deals with hearing. The network medical reporters presumably know something about medical matters, but they don't consult anyone. They just go with their conventional wisdom, which is always wrong. They don't know the depth of their own stupidity.
    , @JackOH
    Yup. Journalists, in my opinion, are unable to distinguish the statements made by experts, so you sometimes end up reading strange features in which weak, inapposite assertions are given the same column-inches as strong, pertinent comments. The casual reader will be misled into thinking he's learned something.

    I'm not sure there's anything that can be done.

  4. @Spud Boy
    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I've had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

    indeed,

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum much like womens studies, gender studies, african american studies and a plethora of other bullshit disciplines (irony) which ensure you’ll become a barista at starbucks after wasting 100k of daddies money or worse borrowing it through a non discharge-able loan.

    math is not a strong suit for the pc liberal arts soft studies student.

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    • Replies: @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Yep. I've known many reporters - in Washington, D.C., no less. I know this world of which Fred speaks.

    He is, of course, correct - as are you.

    Reporters are word people. Words are very real to them. Stories are reality.

    They are quite piss poor at statistics despite their IQ. Statistics are simply unnatural to them. They don't like statistics because statistics kill a good story. Statistics turn life into numbers instead of words.

    What reporters don't understand is that the individual and his or her life can be described with words, but large numbers of people are described with statistics. They want to believe that we are each so very special. We are not, except to our loved ones. As a group, we are statistics.
    , @another fred

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum
     
    About 50 years ago Joe Namath was asked if he majored in "Basket Weaving" at Alabama. Said Joe, "No. Journalism, it was easier."
  5. I really wish Fred Reed would spend more time writing about Mexico. The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I’d love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. I really want to understand that country better. And Fred lives there. He could do this. Instead, he barks at us about our politics. I can get that anywhere, and do. Not that I disagree with this column, not at all. It’s just that his contributions could be so much better.

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    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
    Wrong. The value of Fred's contributions is largely, if not completely, independent of where he lives.
    , @hyperbola
    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American "journalists" have already said. Some real information on Mexico would be much more interesting. Perhaps after a "career in the racket" as a generalist there is no field in which Fred has specialist knowledge and can offer more than cliches?

    Then there is this assertion from Fred:
    ""It is why the internet, not bound by political correctness or controlled by corporations, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.""

    Well, this "story from Fred" didn't offer much that the intelligent didn't already know. The shallowness phenomenon seems to be equally widespread in the internet. ¿Quien paga para producir nueva informacion de calidad en la red?
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    It wouldn't bother me if I never heard another word about Mexico from Mr. Reed. It's just his bug-out location, and in my opinion he's pretty biased about that place because of his Mexicanity.

    As far as "The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I’d love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. ", I know exactly whose writing you should be reading, Bragadocious: His name is Allan Wall, and he's been writing for VDare for many years. He knows Spanish, lived in Mexico for a decade or so, and tells VDare readers pretty much everything you ask for.

    Here's Allan Wall's articles (there are probably 1000's).

    Anyway, another great column here by Fred Reed. I have a beef with only one sentence or two, which I'll explain in a few minutes.
    , @Augustus Patrick Blue Star
    the irony of this criticism is it's own example of critique rendering it thus inane as it is.
  6. Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage – great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I’m still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

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    • Agree: MBlanc46
    • Replies: @aceofspades
    Millennial here...damn I wish I had a time machine to visit the 1940s and 50s. I've seen some movies from that time, but it's not the same...
    , @Corvinus
    Fred’s piece rests entirely on a false premise—the journalists of today have little life or practical experiences because they are snooty, privileged, and self-absorbed, thus the reason why they despise the Heartland. Fred of all people ought to know that his field runs the gamut, from big-city writer to small town reporter. From the tens of thousands who are employed in this occupation, a great deal of them have engaged in the activities he described. Fred’s confirmation bias that most of today’s reporters are other than studious intellectuals is on full display, given his own arrogance of being smarter than the average bear.

    Consider that his own ideological attachment to that magical period in our history—the 1950’s—wreaks of solipsism. The fact is that particular decade had its own share of political, economic, and social problems which were hiding in plain view, yet to be vetted and disseminated. Men were men and women were women…on television and film, not in real life. Nostalgia is a mother.
    , @Octopii
    Socialists? Really? Friend, if you think this country is run by socialists you have no idea what is going on. This country is run by money and the entities that have it -- primarily corporations, investment banks, and the people who run them. The guiding principle of this country's economic system since about 1980 is neoliberalism, which essentially means extraction of wealth from the common people to corporations. Very little wealth is going the opposite direction. Your energies are being successfully misdirected.
    , @animalogic
    Yes media is the well paid arm of corporate/government/
    academic socialists.
    Not so much though for the 95% trying to keep their heads above the stormy waters of the "free market".
    , @prusmc
    Jim sweeny: You did very well in 44/45. In 1962 after 4 yesrs in USMC, I busted my ass with a hot tar roofing contractor in NY (way upstate) for $50 per week. A cold 12 once bottle of beer for 20 cents was heavenly treat that can not be matched for any money, anywhere today.
    , @fitzGetty
    """ ... never took advantage of ..."" : No, they never did and, still, they are not really encouraged to ...
    , @Che Guava

    Fred is dead on here.
     
    Be careful of double meanings!

    ... but to agreeing, as from a not-dissimilar background.
    , @RickMcHale
    Work is almost everything. Work and character. While we have many such people who embrace a solid work ethic, as Jim, still in this country, we seem to have abandoned the necessity of work in actually building character in men and women. President Trump is pointing our nation in such a direction and look at the slander he endures in so doing.
  7. Excellent profile of my journo friends, bless ‘em. But what a tragedy that most of us form our picture of the world from their scribblings.
    I research China and I promise you that journalistic coverage is a free-fire zone compared to the domestic stuff.

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  8. @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Millennial here…damn I wish I had a time machine to visit the 1940s and 50s. I’ve seen some movies from that time, but it’s not the same…

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    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
    Nothing's perfect but it was better as I believe people were more open and honest. Boy Scouts? Of course not but, as to the USA, yes. No question, except for those lefties in State, the Rosenbergs and McCarthy's targets.

    Do you think Schmuckie Schumer would dare talk about Ike as he does about Trump? His own party, Rabbi and constituents would disown him. Schmuckie's shame would force him to quit. Shame; it was real then, Not so much now. People wallow in their antics these days; e.g.; Monica Lewinski who should have disappeared years ago and Clinton should have been impeached for lying under oath.

    Sad indeed is the slippery slope.
  9. Ivy says:
    @Spud Boy
    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I've had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

    Back in the day, I interviewed the head of a uni’s J School. He told students that they were required to understand a topic before writing about it. There used to be standards and ethics, actually practiced, not that long ago. The Grey Lady and her ilk, with their fellow travelers on the national airwaves, have disabused many of such quaint, foolish notions. Local journalists outside the larger cities still try to hold up their end, to the extent that they are not serving as a mouthpiece for some local baron, as they have to live among their readers and viewers.

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    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
    The other day, Jared Taylor was being interviewed on CNN by a Porcine of Color, which condescendingly proclaimed that the current state of social science didn't exist and had been debunked.

    Once one realizes that such whopping misstatements of plain fact are making it past editors, how can they trust anything else the outlet says?

    , @anarchyst
    Media lies and fabrications have been going on ever since there were “journalists” (I use that term loosely).
    From “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish-American war (actually a powder magazine explosion–not an attack) to walter duranty’s extolling the “virtues” of communism while one of the greatest “artificially-engineered (by communists)” famines in the Ukraine” was taking place, in order to force the “collectivization” of privately-held farms, to walter cronkite outright lying about American military’s effectiveness during the 1968 Vietnam “Tet offensive” (in which much enemy life was lost) journalism has always been a “nasty craft”. In cronkite’s case, the North Vietnamese were ready to settle (and capitulate) until cronkite’s lies about the supposed American “defeat” were publicized. Cronkite’s lies gave the North Vietnamese new resolve, as they realized that they had the American “news media” on their side (as they later admitted). There has always been a certain sympathy for communism and totalitarianism in the so-called “mainstream media”. All one has to do is to look at the journalists fawning over Cuba’s Fidel Castro and how wonderful life is in that communist “paradise”.
    Look at NBC’s rigging of GMC truck gas tanks to explode and the “doctoring” of George Zimmerman’s 911 dispatcher conversation to make him appear “racist”. Showing “young trayvon’s” picture as a 12-year-old rather than his current facebook “thug” picture is journalistic malpractice of the highest order.
    Journalists HATE the internet because it exposes their “profession” for what it really is…with the internet, anyone can be a true journalist. This is why the same “mainstream media” is calling for the “licensing” of journalists–something that would have been unheard of (and treasonous) in previous decades…
    Professional journalism is its own worst enemy…
  10. @aceofspades
    Millennial here...damn I wish I had a time machine to visit the 1940s and 50s. I've seen some movies from that time, but it's not the same...

    Nothing’s perfect but it was better as I believe people were more open and honest. Boy Scouts? Of course not but, as to the USA, yes. No question, except for those lefties in State, the Rosenbergs and McCarthy’s targets.

    Do you think Schmuckie Schumer would dare talk about Ike as he does about Trump? His own party, Rabbi and constituents would disown him. Schmuckie’s shame would force him to quit. Shame; it was real then, Not so much now. People wallow in their antics these days; e.g.; Monica Lewinski who should have disappeared years ago and Clinton should have been impeached for lying under oath.

    Sad indeed is the slippery slope.

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    • Replies: @Whoriskey
    I think Ms Lewinsky has endured about as much shame as anyone could suffer check out
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ted+lewinsky
  11. @Bragadocious
    I really wish Fred Reed would spend more time writing about Mexico. The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I'd love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. I really want to understand that country better. And Fred lives there. He could do this. Instead, he barks at us about our politics. I can get that anywhere, and do. Not that I disagree with this column, not at all. It's just that his contributions could be so much better.

    Wrong. The value of Fred’s contributions is largely, if not completely, independent of where he lives.

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  12. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    PC globalism forbids the truth: BAMMAMA. Blacks are more muscular and more aggressive.

    Let them into the West, and they beat up white males and colonize white wombs.

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  13. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Integration with Negroes. Journalists are silent. They push BLM instead.

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  14. the various comments above point to a single source of discontentment which over arches.

    we are living through the end of world wide socialism as a viable social/politcal/economic organizing societal philosophy.

    eventually socialist nations run out of the ability to coopt/pilfer/steal other peoples money for redistribution. once that happens as it taking place from california to caracas and everywhere in between the s–t begins to hit the fan .

    socialisms death is now unavoidable as the election of trump, brexit, the rise of russia and china as for profit societies where the next phase of human advancement, wealth and power is already well underway migrating.

    the hystercial democrats, left wingers of all stripes and left wing polticians desperately trying to turn the clock back all further underscore the inherent weakness of their respective positions.

    the trend is in motion, the socialist tree has been cut. all that remains is to watch which way it falls………towards a fascist authoritarian state like thew democrats, msm press, deep state and left wingers seek to hold on to power a bit longer or towards genuine freedom with all the risk and reward that path offers.

    with the recent upheaval at the polls in 11/16 and furious effort at derailing that outcome in the press it appears democracy is slowly coming to the usa.

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    • Replies: @animalogic
    After 40 years of neoliberalism you seem a trifle...deluded ?
  15. “Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington.”

    I have NEVER seen any evidence of this. I notice that Fred didn’t provide any data for these two comments.

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    • Agree: Andrei Martyanov
    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
    The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher's show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind. As long as you excluded the blacks, I think it's pretty safe to say you could form a large MENSA contingent if you forced them all to take the test. I'm thinking David Frum, that dotter reg chick, David Brooks etc.
    , @Renault
    Well, it's tough to get a real job in journalism in DC/NYC if you didn't go to a good (read Ivy or similar) school, and it's pretty tough to get into said schools unless you're at least two standard deviations above the mean intelligence-wise.

    Journalists these days are very often wrong, but they're certainly not stupid.
  16. “… dinner in a Turkish restaurant on Cap Hill, where the waiter puts a white napkin in your lap and the bill for four with drinks and tip is $180, would be the adventure of a lifetime.”

    Really, $180 for four. Dinner at Red Lobster for two with softdrinks and tip is pushing $60, so I would gladly stretch a little for the thrill of a lifetime if it is only that little extra bit of reach.

    My first civilian job in NYC in 1989, one of our vendors (from flyover country) offered to take me to lunch. Since he was treating, I thought I would let him choose, but he took that as a sign of indecision, so he said, “If you are going to be an executive, you have to learn to make decisions!” So it was the Sea Grill, and one-and-a-half hours and $180 (for two), he had a bit of a unexpected expense-account thrill and learned never to insult me again.

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  17. Corvinus says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Fred’s piece rests entirely on a false premise—the journalists of today have little life or practical experiences because they are snooty, privileged, and self-absorbed, thus the reason why they despise the Heartland. Fred of all people ought to know that his field runs the gamut, from big-city writer to small town reporter. From the tens of thousands who are employed in this occupation, a great deal of them have engaged in the activities he described. Fred’s confirmation bias that most of today’s reporters are other than studious intellectuals is on full display, given his own arrogance of being smarter than the average bear.

    Consider that his own ideological attachment to that magical period in our history—the 1950’s—wreaks of solipsism. The fact is that particular decade had its own share of political, economic, and social problems which were hiding in plain view, yet to be vetted and disseminated. Men were men and women were women…on television and film, not in real life. Nostalgia is a mother.

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    • Replies: @Jim Sweeney
    You have it completely ass-backwards, reversing cause and effect. Journalists are snooty, privileged and self-absorbed BECAUSE they have little life experience. Your premise is completely illogical
  18. @Corvinus
    Fred’s piece rests entirely on a false premise—the journalists of today have little life or practical experiences because they are snooty, privileged, and self-absorbed, thus the reason why they despise the Heartland. Fred of all people ought to know that his field runs the gamut, from big-city writer to small town reporter. From the tens of thousands who are employed in this occupation, a great deal of them have engaged in the activities he described. Fred’s confirmation bias that most of today’s reporters are other than studious intellectuals is on full display, given his own arrogance of being smarter than the average bear.

    Consider that his own ideological attachment to that magical period in our history—the 1950’s—wreaks of solipsism. The fact is that particular decade had its own share of political, economic, and social problems which were hiding in plain view, yet to be vetted and disseminated. Men were men and women were women…on television and film, not in real life. Nostalgia is a mother.

    You have it completely ass-backwards, reversing cause and effect. Journalists are snooty, privileged and self-absorbed BECAUSE they have little life experience. Your premise is completely illogical

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  19. hyperbola says:
    @Bragadocious
    I really wish Fred Reed would spend more time writing about Mexico. The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I'd love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. I really want to understand that country better. And Fred lives there. He could do this. Instead, he barks at us about our politics. I can get that anywhere, and do. Not that I disagree with this column, not at all. It's just that his contributions could be so much better.

    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American “journalists” have already said. Some real information on Mexico would be much more interesting. Perhaps after a “career in the racket” as a generalist there is no field in which Fred has specialist knowledge and can offer more than cliches?

    Then there is this assertion from Fred:
    “”It is why the internet, not bound by political correctness or controlled by corporations, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.””

    Well, this “story from Fred” didn’t offer much that the intelligent didn’t already know. The shallowness phenomenon seems to be equally widespread in the internet. ¿Quien paga para producir nueva informacion de calidad en la red?

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    • Replies: @Negrolphin Pool
    Los que hacen clic en los botones de Paypal. But it's an important question, and largely intractable under the current regime, although academia does put out a large number of high-quality studies that undermine PC dogma, the heretical results of which are often picked up by various bloggers (shoutout to Heartiste). You can point to the possibility of big donors like Peter Thiel stepping up and perhaps creating think tanks or similar. But, thosewhocansee et al notwithstanding, few people are able to do serious scholarship or in-depth reporting without adequate funding.
    , @Jim Christian

    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American “journalists” have already said.
     
    Fair point, Hyper. Fred recycles his thoughts if not his actual work. His notions in this piece that journalists and the Liberal PC haven't been in the ghetto, ridden with the cops and so on have been listed in detail in other, older articles and even his books.

    Just sayin' since you smelled rehash.
  20. Kilo 4/11 says:

    Well I can tick off damn near every one of Fred’s job descriptions, including war. But go in a biker bar? – not me. Them boys is CRAAAZY!!

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  21. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.

    Great line. How can anything resembling functional democracy be possible, if it were ever possible, with the organs of public information constrained as described?

    Going through your hypothetical questionnaire and being able to check off almost all for myself, it becomes clear that the rich really are different from you and me, and nearly everyone I know, and probably most you do. They live in a completely different world.

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  22. @Ivy
    Back in the day, I interviewed the head of a uni's J School. He told students that they were required to understand a topic before writing about it. There used to be standards and ethics, actually practiced, not that long ago. The Grey Lady and her ilk, with their fellow travelers on the national airwaves, have disabused many of such quaint, foolish notions. Local journalists outside the larger cities still try to hold up their end, to the extent that they are not serving as a mouthpiece for some local baron, as they have to live among their readers and viewers.

    The other day, Jared Taylor was being interviewed on CNN by a Porcine of Color, which condescendingly proclaimed that the current state of social science didn’t exist and had been debunked.

    Once one realizes that such whopping misstatements of plain fact are making it past editors, how can they trust anything else the outlet says?

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  23. For a lot of journalists who are little more than proglodytes with fancy education, their main identity is Self-Righteousness. They get high on that feeling.

    Progs went from being Tree-huggers to Me-huggers. They hug themselves for being so self-righteously holier than thou.

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  24. @hyperbola
    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American "journalists" have already said. Some real information on Mexico would be much more interesting. Perhaps after a "career in the racket" as a generalist there is no field in which Fred has specialist knowledge and can offer more than cliches?

    Then there is this assertion from Fred:
    ""It is why the internet, not bound by political correctness or controlled by corporations, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.""

    Well, this "story from Fred" didn't offer much that the intelligent didn't already know. The shallowness phenomenon seems to be equally widespread in the internet. ¿Quien paga para producir nueva informacion de calidad en la red?

    Los que hacen clic en los botones de Paypal. But it’s an important question, and largely intractable under the current regime, although academia does put out a large number of high-quality studies that undermine PC dogma, the heretical results of which are often picked up by various bloggers (shoutout to Heartiste). You can point to the possibility of big donors like Peter Thiel stepping up and perhaps creating think tanks or similar. But, thosewhocansee et al notwithstanding, few people are able to do serious scholarship or in-depth reporting without adequate funding.

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  25. @hyperbola
    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American "journalists" have already said. Some real information on Mexico would be much more interesting. Perhaps after a "career in the racket" as a generalist there is no field in which Fred has specialist knowledge and can offer more than cliches?

    Then there is this assertion from Fred:
    ""It is why the internet, not bound by political correctness or controlled by corporations, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.""

    Well, this "story from Fred" didn't offer much that the intelligent didn't already know. The shallowness phenomenon seems to be equally widespread in the internet. ¿Quien paga para producir nueva informacion de calidad en la red?

    Agreed. Fred is simply re-hashing things that any number of American “journalists” have already said.

    Fair point, Hyper. Fred recycles his thoughts if not his actual work. His notions in this piece that journalists and the Liberal PC haven’t been in the ghetto, ridden with the cops and so on have been listed in detail in other, older articles and even his books.

    Just sayin’ since you smelled rehash.

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  26. @paraglider
    indeed,

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum much like womens studies, gender studies, african american studies and a plethora of other bullshit disciplines (irony) which ensure you'll become a barista at starbucks after wasting 100k of daddies money or worse borrowing it through a non discharge-able loan.

    math is not a strong suit for the pc liberal arts soft studies student.

    Yep. I’ve known many reporters – in Washington, D.C., no less. I know this world of which Fred speaks.

    He is, of course, correct – as are you.

    Reporters are word people. Words are very real to them. Stories are reality.

    They are quite piss poor at statistics despite their IQ. Statistics are simply unnatural to them. They don’t like statistics because statistics kill a good story. Statistics turn life into numbers instead of words.

    What reporters don’t understand is that the individual and his or her life can be described with words, but large numbers of people are described with statistics. They want to believe that we are each so very special. We are not, except to our loved ones. As a group, we are statistics.

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    • Replies: @Santoculto
    But the correct definition and application of the words they seems don't care.

    Remember that most neo leftism in its surface look very right. Majority of journalists are of course not that deep thinkers, they represent the above average smarter normies and abnormies. My Portuguese teacher mother could be a journalist. The difference between a regular writer and a journalist is little. I also think "word and socially above avg and smart people" have as intrinsic motivation and mission the improvement of the quality of human interactions, they are invariably perfectionists in this regards even most them as expected don't be a example of perfect conduct.

    Self actualization is far to be easy we need talk with themselves/instincts before try to self actualize.

  27. @paraglider
    indeed,

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum much like womens studies, gender studies, african american studies and a plethora of other bullshit disciplines (irony) which ensure you'll become a barista at starbucks after wasting 100k of daddies money or worse borrowing it through a non discharge-able loan.

    math is not a strong suit for the pc liberal arts soft studies student.

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum

    About 50 years ago Joe Namath was asked if he majored in “Basket Weaving” at Alabama. Said Joe, “No. Journalism, it was easier.”

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    • Replies: @Chet Roman
    The exact quote as I read it was similar to yours except that the context of the comment was a much more clever response to a journalist.

    When Joe Namath signed with the Jets he did his first press conference in New York.
    A smart tailed writer asked him, "Did you major in basket weaving at Alabama"?
    Without batting an eye, Namath immediately responded, "No, I started out majoring in basket weaving but it was way too difficult. So I changed my major to journalism".
  28. Oldeguy says:

    “In a curious process of self-delusion, they imagine a world that does not exist and then try to live in it.”
    I seriously doubt that. Fred, being a decent man of honor and integrity, is being far too charitable here- he is assuming that they actually believe the fantasy they spout.
    The only thing these “advocates” are advocating for is the advancement and security of their own lucrative careers. Keeping the ears sensitive to the current PC party line, not a note out of tune will ever escape their mouths.

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  29. @Anonymous White Male
    "Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington."

    I have NEVER seen any evidence of this. I notice that Fred didn't provide any data for these two comments.

    The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher’s show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind. As long as you excluded the blacks, I think it’s pretty safe to say you could form a large MENSA contingent if you forced them all to take the test. I’m thinking David Frum, that dotter reg chick, David Brooks etc.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous White Male
    "The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher’s show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind."

    Please don't tell me you think Maher is a MENSA quality intellect?
  30. @Bragadocious
    I really wish Fred Reed would spend more time writing about Mexico. The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I'd love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. I really want to understand that country better. And Fred lives there. He could do this. Instead, he barks at us about our politics. I can get that anywhere, and do. Not that I disagree with this column, not at all. It's just that his contributions could be so much better.

    It wouldn’t bother me if I never heard another word about Mexico from Mr. Reed. It’s just his bug-out location, and in my opinion he’s pretty biased about that place because of his Mexicanity.

    As far as “The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I’d love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. “, I know exactly whose writing you should be reading, Bragadocious: His name is Allan Wall, and he’s been writing for VDare for many years. He knows Spanish, lived in Mexico for a decade or so, and tells VDare readers pretty much everything you ask for.

    Here’s Allan Wall’s articles (there are probably 1000′s).

    Anyway, another great column here by Fred Reed. I have a beef with only one sentence or two, which I’ll explain in a few minutes.

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  31. As I wrote above, this is a good column, but what about this hard-core statist mindset here:

    Big papers will typically pay attention to State, DoD, Congress, the political parties, and themselves. Most of the government simply isn’t covered. When is the last time you saw a story about HUD, Commerce, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Energy, or Education?

    How about paying attention to goings-on that have nothing to do with the Feral or any government? If you watch CNN all day, you really could get the impression that the Feral Government is life itself, and nothing happens unless some government agency decided on how it should happen.

    That was a seriously statist paragraph in an otherwise fine piece of writing.

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  32. Whoever says: • Website

    FWIW:
    “Journalists usually treat anything as true if someone in a position of ostensible authority is willing to say it, even anonymously (and if no one is going to sue over it). The accuracy of anyone’s statement, particularly if that person is a public official, is often deemed irrelevant.
    If no evidence is available for an argument a journalist wishes to include in a story, then up pop weasel words such as ‘it seems’ or ‘some claim’ to enable inclusion of the argument, no matter how shaky its foundation in reality.
    Many journalists believe that their job description does not require them to adjudicate between competing claims of truth. Sure, there are two sides—and only two sides—to every story, according to the rules of objectivity. But if both sides wish to deploy lies and other forms of deliberate deception for their own purposes, well, that’s somebody else’s problem.”
    ― Eric Alterman, What Liberal Media? The Truth about Bias and the News

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  33. Octopii says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Socialists? Really? Friend, if you think this country is run by socialists you have no idea what is going on. This country is run by money and the entities that have it — primarily corporations, investment banks, and the people who run them. The guiding principle of this country’s economic system since about 1980 is neoliberalism, which essentially means extraction of wealth from the common people to corporations. Very little wealth is going the opposite direction. Your energies are being successfully misdirected.

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    • Replies: @jim sweeney
    I believe you misread my comment which specifically alleges that the democrat party, academia and the media have been taken over by the socialists.

    Take another look....
    , @Truth
    You hit it on the head Buddy!

    It's like one of the ongoing tomes here on this site; "x____ dollars have been transferred from the white middle class to the ghetto in the last 20 years!!!"

    Currency transfers ALWAYS go upwards, that's...why...those...people...are...so...rich.

    There are a lot of unzistas though, who fell off the top of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
    , @Santoculto
    Socialists and corporativists, different heads of the hydra
  34. @Negrolphin Pool
    The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher's show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind. As long as you excluded the blacks, I think it's pretty safe to say you could form a large MENSA contingent if you forced them all to take the test. I'm thinking David Frum, that dotter reg chick, David Brooks etc.

    “The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher’s show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind.”

    Please don’t tell me you think Maher is a MENSA quality intellect?

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  35. @Octopii
    Socialists? Really? Friend, if you think this country is run by socialists you have no idea what is going on. This country is run by money and the entities that have it -- primarily corporations, investment banks, and the people who run them. The guiding principle of this country's economic system since about 1980 is neoliberalism, which essentially means extraction of wealth from the common people to corporations. Very little wealth is going the opposite direction. Your energies are being successfully misdirected.

    I believe you misread my comment which specifically alleges that the democrat party, academia and the media have been taken over by the socialists.

    Take another look….

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  36. Alden says:

    I’ve noticed that when anything I know about appears in the papers or on TV news they always, always get everything wrong.
    Others have noticed this.

    The real problem is the style book which does not allow reporters to write anything bad about blacks, gays etc etc etc.

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    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason

    I’ve noticed that when anything I know about appears in the papers or on TV news they always, always get everything wrong.
    Others have noticed this.
     
    I have noticed this too, and actually first started to notice it about 50 years ago in England about the same time that I got old enough to occasionally have my name mentioned in the papers.

    Before the election I thought this was what Trump was talking about with his fake news meme, but apparently not, as he seems to spent far too much of his time swallowing whatever is fed to him by Rupert Murdoch and his minions.
  37. polistra says:
    @Spud Boy
    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I've had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

    Well, I don’t expect them to be trained in everything, but I do expect them to LISTEN or TALK to people who know something. Reporters are meant to be listeners, not experts.

    For instance, I’m trained in acoustics and hearing, and I notice that the MEDICAL reporters get everything wrong when a story deals with hearing. The network medical reporters presumably know something about medical matters, but they don’t consult anyone. They just go with their conventional wisdom, which is always wrong. They don’t know the depth of their own stupidity.

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  38. @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Yes media is the well paid arm of corporate/government/
    academic socialists.
    Not so much though for the 95% trying to keep their heads above the stormy waters of the “free market”.

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  39. @paraglider
    the various comments above point to a single source of discontentment which over arches.

    we are living through the end of world wide socialism as a viable social/politcal/economic organizing societal philosophy.

    eventually socialist nations run out of the ability to coopt/pilfer/steal other peoples money for redistribution. once that happens as it taking place from california to caracas and everywhere in between the s--t begins to hit the fan .

    socialisms death is now unavoidable as the election of trump, brexit, the rise of russia and china as for profit societies where the next phase of human advancement, wealth and power is already well underway migrating.

    the hystercial democrats, left wingers of all stripes and left wing polticians desperately trying to turn the clock back all further underscore the inherent weakness of their respective positions.

    the trend is in motion, the socialist tree has been cut. all that remains is to watch which way it falls.........towards a fascist authoritarian state like thew democrats, msm press, deep state and left wingers seek to hold on to power a bit longer or towards genuine freedom with all the risk and reward that path offers.

    with the recent upheaval at the polls in 11/16 and furious effort at derailing that outcome in the press it appears democracy is slowly coming to the usa.

    After 40 years of neoliberalism you seem a trifle…deluded ?

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    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
    Exactly. Some of these commenters must think that Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil, and Northrop-Grumman are all run by socialists.
  40. m___ says:

    “The internet is primary”

    Yes, and yes again: far from a concise body of relevancy. It is simply not up to par yet, as in being rallied to the conditions the TV and printed media are in. A lot of other things can be said, on the corruption of the data streams but this is relevant as to the article.

    And yes again, streamlining the masses, does not matter any longer. For at least two reasons: all tricks and techniques are well known, nothing much can be learned there, and secondly a quality message is non-communicable.

    The social constructs, the media task of building them, are inadequate seen the time scale and planetary magnitude of any kind of solutions. The urgency of relevant matters.

    Human nature itself, needs to be tweaked, locally, later clustered, to have any chance of change steered on the human side. The masses will follow, any social data will confirm the easiness to streamline bulk humanity into simple concepts, then is done as the elites please.

    The problem with our de facto elites, including these smart media moguls at the top is a lack of merging ethical, long-term, planetary concepts into their capacity as supreme opportunists, the not smart enough mono-processors. The elites do not know where to head, it is all short term indecision.

    The courage to blend responsibility, long-term insights, IA, genetic biology, ex-planetary adventurism, is lacking but by the social in-acceptance of the dynamics of life, and incomprehension by most intellectuals. There is no man as used to be, man will be as can be. Our position at stake is not our numbers, but our intrinsic quality, improving upon it, or perish as a phenomenon, an accident of history.

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  41. JackOH says:
    @Mao Cheng Ji
    May I suggest another essay, same subject. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
    The Intellectual Yet Idiot

    Thanks for the reference, Mao. There’s also Friedrich Hayek on intellectuals as he defines them, and probably others who’ve commented on the culture of the glib and educated.

    For years I heard the profs and administrators at my local state university breezily and confidently discoursing on things that I assumed must have been within their expertise or else why would they deploy so many polysyllables with hardly anyone questioning what they were saying. Eventually I heard enough statements at colloquia and elsewhere that touched on subjects where I’d gained some minor but real expertise. They were talking nonsense. I was shaken, and it took a while for me to understand how badly I was shaken. Fred’s right, of course, the chattering class is convinced of its own rightness, and is often insulated enough from the consequences of its own wrongness.

    Memorial Day, all. My Dad was a career air force guy and POW, and I don’t recall him talking about his experience at all.

    Best wishes to Ron Unz for this excellent site.

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    There’s also Friedrich Hayek on intellectuals as he defines them, and probably others who’ve commented on the culture of the glib and educated.
     
    Well, the ultimate one probably belongs to Vladimir Lenin, from his letter to Gorky. It goes something like this: 'Intellectuals fancy themselves being the brain of the nation. In reality, they are not its brain but its shit.'
  42. prusmc says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Jim sweeny: You did very well in 44/45. In 1962 after 4 yesrs in USMC, I busted my ass with a hot tar roofing contractor in NY (way upstate) for $50 per week. A cold 12 once bottle of beer for 20 cents was heavenly treat that can not be matched for any money, anywhere today.

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    Classic economics and luck of the calendar. That was a Summer job and there were few applicants as most 17+ year olds were in the service or physically incapable. I actually made lots more then than my Dad - a WWI vet - who worked in the post office. I'm still lucky as today, May 28th, I'm going to the office to work on my Foundation and draft a contract for a law office client. Not bad at 86 - and I like it.
  43. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Anonymous White Male
    "The types of journalists and journolasses that show up on Bill Maher’s show, for example, is probably what Fred had in mind."

    Please don't tell me you think Maher is a MENSA quality intellect?

    You have a rather inflated opinion of MENSA.

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  44. Whoriskey says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Nothing's perfect but it was better as I believe people were more open and honest. Boy Scouts? Of course not but, as to the USA, yes. No question, except for those lefties in State, the Rosenbergs and McCarthy's targets.

    Do you think Schmuckie Schumer would dare talk about Ike as he does about Trump? His own party, Rabbi and constituents would disown him. Schmuckie's shame would force him to quit. Shame; it was real then, Not so much now. People wallow in their antics these days; e.g.; Monica Lewinski who should have disappeared years ago and Clinton should have been impeached for lying under oath.

    Sad indeed is the slippery slope.

    I think Ms Lewinsky has endured about as much shame as anyone could suffer check out

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ted+lewinsky

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  45. @animalogic
    After 40 years of neoliberalism you seem a trifle...deluded ?

    Exactly. Some of these commenters must think that Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil, and Northrop-Grumman are all run by socialists.

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  46. Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington. However, with a fair few exceptions, they are not intellectuals, not contemplative, not studious. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.

    I see some of our commenters have already recommended the Nassim Taleb article, so let me take this opportunity to plug our own Jonathan Revusky, who once wrote a very convincing portrait of a “high-IQ idiot,” also known as a HIQI (pronounced ‘hickey’):

    Now, when it comes to calculus or other academic subjects, we have IQ; we say the higher IQ people do better at school, or at least it comes easier to them. However, the ability to see through the propaganda, bullshit generally speaking, does not seem to have much (if anything) to do with IQ. There are people with a very high IQ who are just completely helpless when it comes to seeing through the propaganda. The technical term for such a person is HIQI, or “high IQ idiot”. The term is not really as contradictory as it seems, since, properly understood, there is another kind of intelligence in play than IQ, that allows people to see through the bullshit. The technical term we shall use for this is BDQ, which stands for Bullshit Detection Quotient. The term “high IQ idiot” does not originate in this essay. A quick google search reveals prior usage here and there, but this essay may be the first to provide a formal definition of the concept:

    A “high IQ idiot” is somebody with a combination of high IQ and very low BDQ.

    http://www.unz.com/article/battling-the-matrix-and-freeing-oneself-from-the-roger-rabbit-mental-world/

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    HIQI people needed more time with hickey people to get a taste of real life. Instead, they hid away among their own in a hameau like Marie Antoinette. They couldn't kiss anyone for fear of smudging their makeup and not being camera-ready.
  47. anarchyst says:
    @Ivy
    Back in the day, I interviewed the head of a uni's J School. He told students that they were required to understand a topic before writing about it. There used to be standards and ethics, actually practiced, not that long ago. The Grey Lady and her ilk, with their fellow travelers on the national airwaves, have disabused many of such quaint, foolish notions. Local journalists outside the larger cities still try to hold up their end, to the extent that they are not serving as a mouthpiece for some local baron, as they have to live among their readers and viewers.

    Media lies and fabrications have been going on ever since there were “journalists” (I use that term loosely).
    From “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish-American war (actually a powder magazine explosion–not an attack) to walter duranty’s extolling the “virtues” of communism while one of the greatest “artificially-engineered (by communists)” famines in the Ukraine” was taking place, in order to force the “collectivization” of privately-held farms, to walter cronkite outright lying about American military’s effectiveness during the 1968 Vietnam “Tet offensive” (in which much enemy life was lost) journalism has always been a “nasty craft”. In cronkite’s case, the North Vietnamese were ready to settle (and capitulate) until cronkite’s lies about the supposed American “defeat” were publicized. Cronkite’s lies gave the North Vietnamese new resolve, as they realized that they had the American “news media” on their side (as they later admitted). There has always been a certain sympathy for communism and totalitarianism in the so-called “mainstream media”. All one has to do is to look at the journalists fawning over Cuba’s Fidel Castro and how wonderful life is in that communist “paradise”.
    Look at NBC’s rigging of GMC truck gas tanks to explode and the “doctoring” of George Zimmerman’s 911 dispatcher conversation to make him appear “racist”. Showing “young trayvon’s” picture as a 12-year-old rather than his current facebook “thug” picture is journalistic malpractice of the highest order.
    Journalists HATE the internet because it exposes their “profession” for what it really is…with the internet, anyone can be a true journalist. This is why the same “mainstream media” is calling for the “licensing” of journalists–something that would have been unheard of (and treasonous) in previous decades…
    Professional journalism is its own worst enemy…

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  48. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    This was among the best, most logical, reasoned and entertaining political articles ever written..
    You are GENIUS !!!

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  49. fitzGetty says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    “”” … never took advantage of …”” : No, they never did and, still, they are not really encouraged to …

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  50. @prusmc
    Jim sweeny: You did very well in 44/45. In 1962 after 4 yesrs in USMC, I busted my ass with a hot tar roofing contractor in NY (way upstate) for $50 per week. A cold 12 once bottle of beer for 20 cents was heavenly treat that can not be matched for any money, anywhere today.

    Classic economics and luck of the calendar. That was a Summer job and there were few applicants as most 17+ year olds were in the service or physically incapable. I actually made lots more then than my Dad – a WWI vet – who worked in the post office. I’m still lucky as today, May 28th, I’m going to the office to work on my Foundation and draft a contract for a law office client. Not bad at 86 – and I like it.

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  51. I don’t believe that the Washington press corps is populated with Mensa candidates. It has occurred to me that declining opportunities and bias in the MSM will discourage anyone who is not an absolute lefty dope from choosing journalism as an occupation. The lefty bias of the MSM is already shrinking its audience and an increasingly dopey leftist corps could accelerate this (hypothesized) effect, which would further discourage sensible people from entering the corps, and so on. Something similar has happened in universities, but they have a constituency that is to some extent captive. Just speculation.

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  52. Biff says:

    Fred

    You forgot to mention how much the monolithic media loves war, War, and more WAR!

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  53. Dwright says:

    All these talks on IQ on rightist forums these days.
    Decided to take a look at a few online tests.

    A lot of pattern recognizition and what doesn’t logically fit type questions.
    I can’t imagine the average journalist or teleprompter reader doing well on this.
    They certainly can’t seem to see patterns or obvious traits in real life.

    Maybe it takes a special type of genius to not see, or as they say, cognitive dissonance.

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    It certainly takes a special type of genius to be wrong about almost everything while simultaneously thinking you are the smartest guy in the room.
  54. The only way I see television is in a doctors office or a sports bar. I never read corporate print. I never go to the movies. I keep up locally by talking to people. Face to face. I do my reading on the internet. These people you describe never see me and I never see them. If I was king I would smash the corporate media monopolies into tiny competing pieces. People who knowingly print or broadcast lies or slander would go to prison.

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    Hey, WC, I am at the same level of shunning of the TV and newspapers. It's good for me to hear this from people.

    I would like to add, that one place where it's hard to avoid TV is a the airport. I try to have my back to it, but then there are speakers all over the place. CNN may claim me and all the poor waiting passengers around me as "viewers". This is part of why you have people wearing headsets or ear buds all over the place - that is one solution for this.

    Speaking of the doctor's office TV's, I have a short story about the same thing at the dentist. I'll put it as a short post on my blog soon, and thanks for the reminder.
  55. Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.

    Of course I agree with Fred that mainstream journalists are a strange and odious bunch, but I don’t really see what this has to do with it. I wonder when the last time was that Fred took his own test. If he cared to try the experiment again, he might realize that:

    1) Truck stops aren’t places to just go and hang out in. They aren’t set up for that and you would be out of place there if you tried to do that. As the name might suggest, they are places for truckers to stop, to gas up, and get some grub. However, if for some strange reason you feel the need to spend your free time there, and you come in flashing some green, they will offer you whatever amenities they have. Your money spends just as well as a trucker’s.

    2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn’t much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don’t have any business there, why go?

    3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family.

    4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ’d when you get to talking with them.

    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred’s journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don’t. It wouldn’t surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.

    I don’t know much about majority-black restaurants, but I’ve said enough to make my point. The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory. In my experience, the sort of upper middle class SWPLs category that Fred describes the journalists as belonging to, are not really a bunch of cloistered wimps. They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA’s office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why.

    These journalists are vulgar-souled jackals who do not care about ordinary people, true. But that isn’t because “they don’t know any cops” (for indeed they know plenty) but because they belong to the ruling intellectual elite and they view the volk as objects to be used and discarded howsoever their ambition requires.

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    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred’s journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don’t. It wouldn’t surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.
     
    I had a good laugh at this dreamer. Some of my Mexican friends are some of the best fishermen/sportsmen out there, and they know how to do it on the cheap so the effort pays off.
    , @utu
    Very good points. You busted the false dichotomy.
    , @Corvinus
    "2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn’t much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don’t have any business there, why go?"

    Utterly false. You are talking about Flyover Country. Trump territory. A gaggle of people who exude kindness, who are trustworthy like your black lab on a hunting expedition. "Strangers" are viewed as potential customers, as comrades in arms, as individuals who are just like them--Americans.

    "3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family."

    And I know a number of army personnel who are normal, healthy people who would die for their nation.

    "4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ’d when you get to talking with them."

    When you discuss matters with these groups, you realize that they are also like yourself--well-adjusted men and women who have their occasional emotional hang-ups.

    "5) ...Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country..."

    Maybe, maybe not.

    "6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable."

    These activities, which are still immensely popular and affordable, demonstrates a person's ability to be self-motivated and self-reliant.

    "The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory."

    So were your categories. You shared a moment with Fred.

    "They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA’s office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why."

    Wow, just wow. Talk about being propagandized.
  56. Truth says:
    @Octopii
    Socialists? Really? Friend, if you think this country is run by socialists you have no idea what is going on. This country is run by money and the entities that have it -- primarily corporations, investment banks, and the people who run them. The guiding principle of this country's economic system since about 1980 is neoliberalism, which essentially means extraction of wealth from the common people to corporations. Very little wealth is going the opposite direction. Your energies are being successfully misdirected.

    You hit it on the head Buddy!

    It’s like one of the ongoing tomes here on this site; “x____ dollars have been transferred from the white middle class to the ghetto in the last 20 years!!!”

    Currency transfers ALWAYS go upwards, that’s…why…those…people…are…so…rich.

    There are a lot of unzistas though, who fell off the top of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.

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  57. DaveE says:

    OK, but you left out the CAUSE of idiots rising to the top while their (vastly) superiors get nowhere:

    FOLLOW THE MONEY, who gets paid, who gets the gig and who’s selling an agenda the money-changers want to hear.

    There are some very smart Journalism School graduates, with both integrity and intellect. They last about a week before it’s off to Walmart they do go.

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  58. If you liked Fred’s piece, I recommend Charles Murray’s Coming Apart. It goes into much greater depth (with data) on some of the same issues.

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  59. […] Source: Notes of a Reformed News Weasel: – The Unz Review […]

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  60. Ivy says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington. However, with a fair few exceptions, they are not intellectuals, not contemplative, not studious. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.
     
    I see some of our commenters have already recommended the Nassim Taleb article, so let me take this opportunity to plug our own Jonathan Revusky, who once wrote a very convincing portrait of a "high-IQ idiot," also known as a HIQI (pronounced 'hickey'):

    Now, when it comes to calculus or other academic subjects, we have IQ; we say the higher IQ people do better at school, or at least it comes easier to them. However, the ability to see through the propaganda, bullshit generally speaking, does not seem to have much (if anything) to do with IQ. There are people with a very high IQ who are just completely helpless when it comes to seeing through the propaganda. The technical term for such a person is HIQI, or “high IQ idiot”. The term is not really as contradictory as it seems, since, properly understood, there is another kind of intelligence in play than IQ, that allows people to see through the bullshit. The technical term we shall use for this is BDQ, which stands for Bullshit Detection Quotient. The term “high IQ idiot” does not originate in this essay. A quick google search reveals prior usage here and there, but this essay may be the first to provide a formal definition of the concept:

    A “high IQ idiot” is somebody with a combination of high IQ and very low BDQ.
     
    http://www.unz.com/article/battling-the-matrix-and-freeing-oneself-from-the-roger-rabbit-mental-world/

    HIQI people needed more time with hickey people to get a taste of real life. Instead, they hid away among their own in a hameau like Marie Antoinette. They couldn’t kiss anyone for fear of smudging their makeup and not being camera-ready.

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  61. “In a curious process of self-delusion, they imagine a world that doesn’t exist and then try to live in it”

    The best line of text ever right there.

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  62. They are high-pressure fact-accountants, competitive, comfortable under tight deadlines, aggressive, combative, quick but shallow. This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.

    Thank God somebody wrote this description. It is applicable not only to reporters, but also to many of those who succeed now in our world, where nobody knows where their necessities come from. (Where nobody knows what a necessity is!) Such people are idiotic, and they are the ones who get into the prestigious schools and go on to fill the overpaid positions.

    Once again:

    “This can be a serviceable substituent for stupid.”

    Stupid people of this sort now run our world. They are the reason nothing makes sense anymore.

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  63. No no no
    Most journalists ARE stupid WHATEVER their “IQs” or their “MENSA potential”. So sorry if I make hbders cry… But it’s their hard true they seems never will accept…because most them are stupid as journalists but in different ways and perspectives.

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  64. Your description of journalists attitudes is the description of stupidity so what’s up? Yes they on avg may are above avg but it’s doesn’t matter… can you see?

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  65. The higher rates of extroversion, proxy for irresponsibility is also a great problem on journeylism.

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  66. Biff says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.
     
    Of course I agree with Fred that mainstream journalists are a strange and odious bunch, but I don't really see what this has to do with it. I wonder when the last time was that Fred took his own test. If he cared to try the experiment again, he might realize that:

    1) Truck stops aren't places to just go and hang out in. They aren't set up for that and you would be out of place there if you tried to do that. As the name might suggest, they are places for truckers to stop, to gas up, and get some grub. However, if for some strange reason you feel the need to spend your free time there, and you come in flashing some green, they will offer you whatever amenities they have. Your money spends just as well as a trucker's.

    2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn't much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don't have any business there, why go?

    3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family.

    4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ'd when you get to talking with them.

    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn't want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an "alpha," a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred's journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don't. It wouldn't surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.

    I don't know much about majority-black restaurants, but I've said enough to make my point. The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory. In my experience, the sort of upper middle class SWPLs category that Fred describes the journalists as belonging to, are not really a bunch of cloistered wimps. They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA's office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why.

    These journalists are vulgar-souled jackals who do not care about ordinary people, true. But that isn't because "they don't know any cops" (for indeed they know plenty) but because they belong to the ruling intellectual elite and they view the volk as objects to be used and discarded howsoever their ambition requires.

    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred’s journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don’t. It wouldn’t surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.

    I had a good laugh at this dreamer. Some of my Mexican friends are some of the best fishermen/sportsmen out there, and they know how to do it on the cheap so the effort pays off.

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  67. @Octopii
    Socialists? Really? Friend, if you think this country is run by socialists you have no idea what is going on. This country is run by money and the entities that have it -- primarily corporations, investment banks, and the people who run them. The guiding principle of this country's economic system since about 1980 is neoliberalism, which essentially means extraction of wealth from the common people to corporations. Very little wealth is going the opposite direction. Your energies are being successfully misdirected.

    Socialists and corporativists, different heads of the hydra

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  68. @Citizen of a Silly Country
    Yep. I've known many reporters - in Washington, D.C., no less. I know this world of which Fred speaks.

    He is, of course, correct - as are you.

    Reporters are word people. Words are very real to them. Stories are reality.

    They are quite piss poor at statistics despite their IQ. Statistics are simply unnatural to them. They don't like statistics because statistics kill a good story. Statistics turn life into numbers instead of words.

    What reporters don't understand is that the individual and his or her life can be described with words, but large numbers of people are described with statistics. They want to believe that we are each so very special. We are not, except to our loved ones. As a group, we are statistics.

    But the correct definition and application of the words they seems don’t care.

    Remember that most neo leftism in its surface look very right. Majority of journalists are of course not that deep thinkers, they represent the above average smarter normies and abnormies. My Portuguese teacher mother could be a journalist. The difference between a regular writer and a journalist is little. I also think “word and socially above avg and smart people” have as intrinsic motivation and mission the improvement of the quality of human interactions, they are invariably perfectionists in this regards even most them as expected don’t be a example of perfect conduct.

    Self actualization is far to be easy we need talk with themselves/instincts before try to self actualize.

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  69. @another fred

    i am also an engineer and have found journalism is a soft college curriculum
     
    About 50 years ago Joe Namath was asked if he majored in "Basket Weaving" at Alabama. Said Joe, "No. Journalism, it was easier."

    The exact quote as I read it was similar to yours except that the context of the comment was a much more clever response to a journalist.

    When Joe Namath signed with the Jets he did his first press conference in New York.
    A smart tailed writer asked him, “Did you major in basket weaving at Alabama”?
    Without batting an eye, Namath immediately responded, “No, I started out majoring in basket weaving but it was way too difficult. So I changed my major to journalism”.

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  70. utu says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.
     
    Of course I agree with Fred that mainstream journalists are a strange and odious bunch, but I don't really see what this has to do with it. I wonder when the last time was that Fred took his own test. If he cared to try the experiment again, he might realize that:

    1) Truck stops aren't places to just go and hang out in. They aren't set up for that and you would be out of place there if you tried to do that. As the name might suggest, they are places for truckers to stop, to gas up, and get some grub. However, if for some strange reason you feel the need to spend your free time there, and you come in flashing some green, they will offer you whatever amenities they have. Your money spends just as well as a trucker's.

    2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn't much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don't have any business there, why go?

    3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family.

    4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ'd when you get to talking with them.

    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn't want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an "alpha," a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred's journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don't. It wouldn't surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.

    I don't know much about majority-black restaurants, but I've said enough to make my point. The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory. In my experience, the sort of upper middle class SWPLs category that Fred describes the journalists as belonging to, are not really a bunch of cloistered wimps. They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA's office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why.

    These journalists are vulgar-souled jackals who do not care about ordinary people, true. But that isn't because "they don't know any cops" (for indeed they know plenty) but because they belong to the ruling intellectual elite and they view the volk as objects to be used and discarded howsoever their ambition requires.

    Very good points. You busted the false dichotomy.

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  71. JackOH says:
    @Spud Boy
    Great column. I would add that journalists are not actually trained in anything, in other words, they are not subject matter experts. As an engineer, I've had occasion to be interviewed by journalists and I was amazed at how little they knew about the subject they were being asked to write about.

    Yup. Journalists, in my opinion, are unable to distinguish the statements made by experts, so you sometimes end up reading strange features in which weak, inapposite assertions are given the same column-inches as strong, pertinent comments. The casual reader will be misled into thinking he’s learned something.

    I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done.

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  72. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Dwright
    All these talks on IQ on rightist forums these days.
    Decided to take a look at a few online tests.

    A lot of pattern recognizition and what doesn't logically fit type questions.
    I can't imagine the average journalist or teleprompter reader doing well on this.
    They certainly can't seem to see patterns or obvious traits in real life.

    Maybe it takes a special type of genius to not see, or as they say, cognitive dissonance.

    It certainly takes a special type of genius to be wrong about almost everything while simultaneously thinking you are the smartest guy in the room.

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    Hbders believe if someone is good to recognize patterns in a paper test so it will be good to recognize in the same or similar level (correct) patterns in real world, they believe...

    In the real world intelligence is a constant interaction between cognition and emotion. So a person who are perfectly possible to recognize "politically incorrect" patterns via cognitive ways can be completely self deceived by its emotional instincts.
  73. @Alden
    I've noticed that when anything I know about appears in the papers or on TV news they always, always get everything wrong.
    Others have noticed this.

    The real problem is the style book which does not allow reporters to write anything bad about blacks, gays etc etc etc.

    I’ve noticed that when anything I know about appears in the papers or on TV news they always, always get everything wrong.
    Others have noticed this.

    I have noticed this too, and actually first started to notice it about 50 years ago in England about the same time that I got old enough to occasionally have my name mentioned in the papers.

    Before the election I thought this was what Trump was talking about with his fake news meme, but apparently not, as he seems to spent far too much of his time swallowing whatever is fed to him by Rupert Murdoch and his minions.

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  74. @Bragadocious
    I really wish Fred Reed would spend more time writing about Mexico. The internal workings, the violence, the political chicanery, their open interference in American politics. I'd love to know what the papers and TV are saying about Trump. I really want to understand that country better. And Fred lives there. He could do this. Instead, he barks at us about our politics. I can get that anywhere, and do. Not that I disagree with this column, not at all. It's just that his contributions could be so much better.

    the irony of this criticism is it’s own example of critique rendering it thus inane as it is.

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  75. Che Guava says:
    @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Fred is dead on here.

    Be careful of double meanings!

    … but to agreeing, as from a not-dissimilar background.

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  76. @WorkingClass
    The only way I see television is in a doctors office or a sports bar. I never read corporate print. I never go to the movies. I keep up locally by talking to people. Face to face. I do my reading on the internet. These people you describe never see me and I never see them. If I was king I would smash the corporate media monopolies into tiny competing pieces. People who knowingly print or broadcast lies or slander would go to prison.

    Hey, WC, I am at the same level of shunning of the TV and newspapers. It’s good for me to hear this from people.

    I would like to add, that one place where it’s hard to avoid TV is a the airport. I try to have my back to it, but then there are speakers all over the place. CNN may claim me and all the poor waiting passengers around me as “viewers”. This is part of why you have people wearing headsets or ear buds all over the place – that is one solution for this.

    Speaking of the doctor’s office TV’s, I have a short story about the same thing at the dentist. I’ll put it as a short post on my blog soon, and thanks for the reminder.

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  77. @Mao Cheng Ji
    May I suggest another essay, same subject. By Nassim Nicholas Taleb:
    The Intellectual Yet Idiot

    The question is:

    Taleb is also talking about himself?

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  78. @lavoisier
    It certainly takes a special type of genius to be wrong about almost everything while simultaneously thinking you are the smartest guy in the room.

    Hbders believe if someone is good to recognize patterns in a paper test so it will be good to recognize in the same or similar level (correct) patterns in real world, they believe

    In the real world intelligence is a constant interaction between cognition and emotion. So a person who are perfectly possible to recognize “politically incorrect” patterns via cognitive ways can be completely self deceived by its emotional instincts.

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  79. Corvinus says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    Ask journalists when they were last in a truck stop on an Interstate, last in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country. Ask whether they were in the military, whether they have ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman. Ask whether they have a Mexican friend, when they last ate in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black. Whether they know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Whether they have hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Whether they have ever worked washing dishes, harvesting crops, driving a delivery truck. Whether they have a blue-collar friend. Know what the Texas Two-Step is, have been in a biker bar.
     
    Of course I agree with Fred that mainstream journalists are a strange and odious bunch, but I don't really see what this has to do with it. I wonder when the last time was that Fred took his own test. If he cared to try the experiment again, he might realize that:

    1) Truck stops aren't places to just go and hang out in. They aren't set up for that and you would be out of place there if you tried to do that. As the name might suggest, they are places for truckers to stop, to gas up, and get some grub. However, if for some strange reason you feel the need to spend your free time there, and you come in flashing some green, they will offer you whatever amenities they have. Your money spends just as well as a trucker's.

    2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn't much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don't have any business there, why go?

    3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family.

    4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ'd when you get to talking with them.

    5) I have had many Mexican friends, acquaintances, neighbors, and coworkers. The stereotypes regarding Mexicans are broadly true, as stereotypes tend to be. Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn't want any more of them in the country, which may indeed have motivated the marginal Trump voter and thus acted as a source of consternation for the journalists Fred describes; but then again, this is at odds with much else of what Fred says about Mexicans, so he cannot strengthen his case here without weakening it elsewhere.

    6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an "alpha," a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable. Hunting and fishing are fairly expensive endeavors these days; if you want to do outdoorsy things, the main requirements are a high income and a decent amount of free time, something that Fred's journalists have and an increasing number of ordinary Americans don't. It wouldn't surprise me of there are a lot more weekend warriors among the journalists than Fred imagines, and far fewer among the working class.

    I don't know much about majority-black restaurants, but I've said enough to make my point. The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory. In my experience, the sort of upper middle class SWPLs category that Fred describes the journalists as belonging to, are not really a bunch of cloistered wimps. They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA's office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why.

    These journalists are vulgar-souled jackals who do not care about ordinary people, true. But that isn't because "they don't know any cops" (for indeed they know plenty) but because they belong to the ruling intellectual elite and they view the volk as objects to be used and discarded howsoever their ambition requires.

    “2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn’t much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don’t have any business there, why go?”

    Utterly false. You are talking about Flyover Country. Trump territory. A gaggle of people who exude kindness, who are trustworthy like your black lab on a hunting expedition. “Strangers” are viewed as potential customers, as comrades in arms, as individuals who are just like them–Americans.

    “3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family.”

    And I know a number of army personnel who are normal, healthy people who would die for their nation.

    “4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ’d when you get to talking with them.”

    When you discuss matters with these groups, you realize that they are also like yourself–well-adjusted men and women who have their occasional emotional hang-ups.

    “5) …Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country…”

    Maybe, maybe not.

    “6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable.”

    These activities, which are still immensely popular and affordable, demonstrates a person’s ability to be self-motivated and self-reliant.

    “The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory.”

    So were your categories. You shared a moment with Fred.

    “They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA’s office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why.”

    Wow, just wow. Talk about being propagandized.

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    • Replies: @OutWest
    Why would someone sane want to die? For nation or otherwise. Since it became stylish with Wilson to be one of the gang in wars we've sacrificed so many for no purpose other than getting the big politicians a seat in the big casino.

    I grieve for the soldier whose death -or possibility thereof- is so purposeless. But I don't celebrate the cause.
  80. @JackOH
    Thanks for the reference, Mao. There's also Friedrich Hayek on intellectuals as he defines them, and probably others who've commented on the culture of the glib and educated.

    For years I heard the profs and administrators at my local state university breezily and confidently discoursing on things that I assumed must have been within their expertise or else why would they deploy so many polysyllables with hardly anyone questioning what they were saying. Eventually I heard enough statements at colloquia and elsewhere that touched on subjects where I'd gained some minor but real expertise. They were talking nonsense. I was shaken, and it took a while for me to understand how badly I was shaken. Fred's right, of course, the chattering class is convinced of its own rightness, and is often insulated enough from the consequences of its own wrongness.

    Memorial Day, all. My Dad was a career air force guy and POW, and I don't recall him talking about his experience at all.

    Best wishes to Ron Unz for this excellent site.

    There’s also Friedrich Hayek on intellectuals as he defines them, and probably others who’ve commented on the culture of the glib and educated.

    Well, the ultimate one probably belongs to Vladimir Lenin, from his letter to Gorky. It goes something like this: ‘Intellectuals fancy themselves being the brain of the nation. In reality, they are not its brain but its shit.’

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  81. @Jim Sweeney
    Fred is dead on here. His litany reminds me of me. First job at 11, vegetable store delivery boy (on a bike) in The Bronx; then same with a meat store. Worked in a cemetery digging, planting and hauling garbage - great job at $55 per week in 1944/45 as few young men around but I was too young then. Waited till 17 then joined the Marines. College after that on the Korean GI Bill; worked mostly driving trucks and school busses, did a couple of years in local Sunoco station at night and worked in a one-man coffee shop 11pm to 5 am where I did it all from the grill to the head. Hired by IBM as a senior and started work a week or so before graduation. I'm still working at 86, 7 days a week promoting and CEO of a new 501(c)(3) foundation for kids.

    I agree with Fred that few journos come close to that kind of history as to rubbing shoulders with the hoi polloi. To me, it was normal; nothing unusual. My contemporaries did much the same.

    We were a better country then. The downgrade began in the mid-60s and has continued with the crumbling of personal ethics and the socialistic takeover of the media, academia and the Democrat party. It was a slow roll but it never stopped, never ratcheting back as the Iron Lady said. Even the Pope and his cardinals are Commies.

    Why does it continue?

    Not enough Trumps, too many foreigners and our black population failed to take advantage of civil rights and educational opportunities, preferring to remain largely Negro. Thus the underclasses on whom socialists prey and preen as to their goodness. Media is but the well-paid advertising arm of the socialists.

    Work is almost everything. Work and character. While we have many such people who embrace a solid work ethic, as Jim, still in this country, we seem to have abandoned the necessity of work in actually building character in men and women. President Trump is pointing our nation in such a direction and look at the slander he endures in so doing.

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  82. J.Ross says: • Website

    This is the best and most relevant piece of writing I have seen in years and I wish it was possible to force the press, especially NPR, to read it. Just this morning on BBC Radio the editor of Carlos Salim’s New York Times was babbling about how objective he is, with the usual lazy apology-dismissal: we were surprised by the American people precisely because they are so disgusting, which also makes it okay that we were surprised.

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  83. J.Ross says: • Website

    On my way to tell a friend to read your outstanding piece, which is the best editorial of the year, I passed a Newsweek headline: “Donald Trump is gaining weight, lonely and angry (but hey, I get it).” That’s the headline. That’s the wording, unaltered, verbatim. It was the top headline in the feed. Wasn’t Newsweek once a serious journalistic enterprise?

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  84. Maryl says:
    @The Alarmist

    "... dinner in a Turkish restaurant on Cap Hill, where the waiter puts a white napkin in your lap and the bill for four with drinks and tip is $180, would be the adventure of a lifetime."
     
    Really, $180 for four. Dinner at Red Lobster for two with softdrinks and tip is pushing $60, so I would gladly stretch a little for the thrill of a lifetime if it is only that little extra bit of reach.

    My first civilian job in NYC in 1989, one of our vendors (from flyover country) offered to take me to lunch. Since he was treating, I thought I would let him choose, but he took that as a sign of indecision, so he said, "If you are going to be an executive, you have to learn to make decisions!" So it was the Sea Grill, and one-and-a-half hours and $180 (for two), he had a bit of a unexpected expense-account thrill and learned never to insult me again.

    Ironically using ” flyover” country?

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    Not at all ... just slipping back into the 1989 look-down-my-nose-at-anything-west-of-the-Hudson me to tell the story ... I got over it, though, when I expatriated a couple times and could start looking down my nose at New York from other more cosmopolitan places.
  85. OutWest says:
    @Corvinus
    "2) Small town people tend to be rather cagey and impolite, because small towns are pretty much just glorified truck stops themselves. The people who live there are completely occupied with their local, provincial affairs. Any strangers who come wandering through are perceived as an interference and a threat. There isn’t much for a stranger to do in a small town except cause trouble, so that perception is pretty accurate. If you don’t have any business there, why go?"

    Utterly false. You are talking about Flyover Country. Trump territory. A gaggle of people who exude kindness, who are trustworthy like your black lab on a hunting expedition. "Strangers" are viewed as potential customers, as comrades in arms, as individuals who are just like them--Americans.

    "3) The military these days is a giant gibs program and a PC basket case. I know plenty of military veterans who are total screw-ups, including several in my immediate family."

    And I know a number of army personnel who are normal, healthy people who would die for their nation.

    "4) Likewise, a significant number of cops, firemen, and paramedics are actually pretty POZ’d when you get to talking with them."

    When you discuss matters with these groups, you realize that they are also like yourself--well-adjusted men and women who have their occasional emotional hang-ups.

    "5) ...Anyone familiar with Mexicans certainly wouldn’t want any more of them in the country..."

    Maybe, maybe not.

    "6) All the talk about baiting hooks and firing rifles really just needs to be left in the bottom drawer. Doing this stuff does not make you an “alpha,” a salt-of-the-earth type, or even merely respectable."

    These activities, which are still immensely popular and affordable, demonstrates a person's ability to be self-motivated and self-reliant.

    "The categories into which Fred divides people are largely illusory."

    So were your categories. You shared a moment with Fred.

    "They do far more slumming than I do, as a matter of fact. As politicians, lawyers, advocates, and NGO-types, they engage regularly with the criminal underclass. They know how score drugs, prostitutes, and muscle-for-hire. They not only know how police departments actually run, but they know who the crooked cops are and how to use them. They know who to call at the DA’s office to make a troublesome investigation disappear. The whole world of bribes, rakes, rackets, and dirty deals is not unfamiliar to them. Journalists, of course, are right there in the middle of all this. They have their sources at City Hall as well as on the streets. They know which stories to publish and which ones to suppress, and they know why."

    Wow, just wow. Talk about being propagandized.

    Why would someone sane want to die? For nation or otherwise. Since it became stylish with Wilson to be one of the gang in wars we’ve sacrificed so many for no purpose other than getting the big politicians a seat in the big casino.

    I grieve for the soldier whose death -or possibility thereof- is so purposeless. But I don’t celebrate the cause.

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  86. @Maryl
    Ironically using " flyover" country?

    Not at all … just slipping back into the 1989 look-down-my-nose-at-anything-west-of-the-Hudson me to tell the story … I got over it, though, when I expatriated a couple times and could start looking down my nose at New York from other more cosmopolitan places.

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  87. Renault says:
    @Anonymous White Male
    "Journalists are not stupid, running to well above average in intelligence. You could form a large chapter of Mensa by raiding newsrooms in Washington."

    I have NEVER seen any evidence of this. I notice that Fred didn't provide any data for these two comments.

    Well, it’s tough to get a real job in journalism in DC/NYC if you didn’t go to a good (read Ivy or similar) school, and it’s pretty tough to get into said schools unless you’re at least two standard deviations above the mean intelligence-wise.

    Journalists these days are very often wrong, but they’re certainly not stupid.

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    Journalists these days are very often wrong, but they’re certainly not stupid.
     
    That's explain why seems most people have a correct concept of intelligence BUT a wrong application. Be fatal wrong about something extremely important IS be stupid and most ''journalists'' are like that.

    Humans are in the middle between ''adaptative/short term'' intelligence and ''abstractively adaptative/long term'' intelligence. Most journalists adapt very well in short term to the current progressive scenario but in the long term things can become very wrong AND whatever if in the future the West will be destroyed or not, what's matter is be factually right and self-aware about your own incorrectness. Most ''brexiters'' trope are long term smarter or abstractively smarter, at least in this aspect, because they know, consciously or intuitively, what's happening.

    ''Journalists'' think like ''animals'' and adapt to the current environment because all living beings do this. The ''human way'' to adapt would be understand environment in more deep and IMPLICIT ways before to adapt/ to conform to the environmental demands.

  88. @Renault
    Well, it's tough to get a real job in journalism in DC/NYC if you didn't go to a good (read Ivy or similar) school, and it's pretty tough to get into said schools unless you're at least two standard deviations above the mean intelligence-wise.

    Journalists these days are very often wrong, but they're certainly not stupid.

    Journalists these days are very often wrong, but they’re certainly not stupid.

    That’s explain why seems most people have a correct concept of intelligence BUT a wrong application. Be fatal wrong about something extremely important IS be stupid and most ”journalists” are like that.

    Humans are in the middle between ”adaptative/short term” intelligence and ”abstractively adaptative/long term” intelligence. Most journalists adapt very well in short term to the current progressive scenario but in the long term things can become very wrong AND whatever if in the future the West will be destroyed or not, what’s matter is be factually right and self-aware about your own incorrectness. Most ”brexiters” trope are long term smarter or abstractively smarter, at least in this aspect, because they know, consciously or intuitively, what’s happening.

    ”Journalists” think like ”animals” and adapt to the current environment because all living beings do this. The ”human way” to adapt would be understand environment in more deep and IMPLICIT ways before to adapt/ to conform to the environmental demands.

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