Lawrence O’Donnell’s monologue on Wednesday, May 3, 2023:
There’s only one thing I could add to O’Donnell’s expressions of disgust and outrage:
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05/04/2023 @ 8:19 am
Chas. Blow had an extraordinarily good op ed yesterday in the NYTimes. I never miss his column, and this was one of his best. If you don’t subscribe, let me know and I’ll gift link it.
Carlson can be viewed through the lenses of racism and also sexism, to make a sharp pair of glasses. The guy has buried himself under so many layers of ‘real man’ bullshit, his testicle tanning lamp and man retreat camp…ugh. No women are surprised that many of his texts call women the C word. His concept of white guy honor is racist, and also an alpha man bray.
Both you and I have enjoyed professional lives in what was once an exclusively white man’s world. The audience for Fox news has realized that we are not an elite coastal bunch, but are growing, spreading, and that legions of young people are entering the scene after us, everywhere, including their states and towns, in politics, entertainment, the arts, education. In 1985, my classes were about two thirds men and a third women, all white, maybe one student of color, almost always a man. Last year, two classes had no men, the other, two men, both of color. A third of rosters are LGBTQ and BIPOC students. These are young people who will enter the formerly white guy world with enthusiasm and ambition, and yes, replace them. Shirley Chisholm said if they won’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. The kids are not bringing a folding chair, they’re just sitting right down.
How do Tucker’s audience deal? All they have is their man brawn, guns, god, and Fox. Will be interesting to see what that has got them in twenty years, perhaps a seat at a nursing home table in a diaper, with a director who is a Black trans man. Karma.
P.S. Are you on any social media? I didn’t used to be, but students pushed me. So much positive stuff going on, with so many great people. Every ugly Carlson/Trump/McCarthy/Greene tidbit is mitigated by good news, which I direly need. The TN reps up in it, Greta Thunberg, the Obama Foundation every day make me a happier hopeful person. Might help settle your stomach a little 😉
05/04/2023 @ 11:00 am
“Are you on any social media?”
I thought BindleSnitch was social media…
Re the NYT:
I had a trial subscription that gave me 10 free reads per month.
Now, there’s a pay wall that I try to circumnavigate…
05/04/2023 @ 11:17 am
Ron, I have a free NYTimes acct thru my employer, they let me ‘gift’ ten articles/mth. Let me know when there’s one you want to read and I’ll paste it here. I do this with another friend, so that would be three folks enjoying NYT on somebody else’s dime!
This site is social media for five people. On Instagram, I have 788 followers, am following 635, and that’s small by IG standards. I block the crazies, follow former students, artists, old OS friends, museums, politicians. Last week, I got to watch Rep Raskin ring the bell after his last chemo, and sometimes, Roz Chast leaves a comment one of my posts :-). If you join up, let me know, and we can be friends there too.
OK off to get that link to Charles Blow…it’s a stunning op ed, and will knocketh your socks off……
05/04/2023 @ 11:24 am
Here you go
05/04/2023 @ 11:35 am
05/04/2023 @ 12:03 pm
aarrrgh did it take? It doesn’t seem to. There was an error message saying I’d already posted the comment but I hadn’t, so closed, opened, and tried it over, but the image is truncated and doesn’t click for me.
Will try again. It’s amazing and chilling and smashes it, as Charles tends to do. The comments are also worth reading. Skip the low rated ones, usually trolls. I go for the ones with 29 or more recommendations 🙂
05/04/2023 @ 12:14 pm
Blow does a good job, but I like O’Donnell better because of his.deeper understanding of who and what Tucker Carlson is.
I find O’Donnell’s insight to be interesting, instructional, and informative re the nature, mentality, and mindset of the white people who would somehow accept Tucker Carlson as the ‘norm’…
05/04/2023 @ 2:34 pm
O’Donnell, also good. Charles Blow went there though, taking the next small step to lynching. Carlson’s white fight honor code, what happens to that in a lynch mob? Directly to Part B of his statement. One of the Times commenters wrote about her dear sweet grandmother, how kind she was, how everybody loved her, yet when a lynching photo appeared in a newspaper article, the commenter was shocked that sweet old granny knew so many people in the photo, her friends and neighbors posed with big grins beneath the hanged body.
I like hearing black perspective. I’ve been hearing white perspective all my life. I spent lots of time at The Root, reading Black journalists, several have gone on to mainstream journalism (Damon Young, Michael Harriot), reading the comments, listening to Black people talk amongst themselves. It was brutal sometimes, other times funny. I learned that white people make terrible potato salad, which quite honestly, is the truth.
Re: Oscar Wilde. I visited his grave in Pere Lachaise. Custom is to put on bright lipstick and kiss his stone. It’s huge, so human lips can only reach a certain height. You can’t really see it in the photo, but there are lipstick kisses on top of lipstick kisses on top of lipstick kisses at lip height. I read recently that they cleaned it, but people immediately began kissing it again. I guess Larry O’Donnell’s Lord So and So–sorry I’ve already forgotten his name–lost his spitty little battle with Wilde, at least in terms of history.