A trashing by the New York Post is a badge of honor. I feel like Wallis Warfield Simpson. And thanks for the plug, guys. The hits keep rolling in.
Leo handled the Post’s silly objection to our disclaimer quite well. Here I deal with young master Sager’s reading-retention deficit. Note how his editorial made a hash of what was actually written here about Wal-Mart. Was anybody really “comparing Wal-Mart executives to ‘war criminals.’ ” What was said was that, after enumerating the many sordid sins of this corporate bandit, it was fair to say that even war criminals had fewer charges to answer for. If that’s a comparison, then Saddam Hussein and Groucho Marx were twinned for sporting facial hair. Or maybe the Post is on to something. Maybe Wal-Mart execs ARE class-war criminals, in which case the Justice Department can declare the giant retailer’s poorly treated employees a protected class. Interesting thought.
The Post repeatedly accuses city unions of pursuing a narrow self interest. How could a union with a delimited membership ever speak for the common good, it assumes? How could it be trusted to meet public needs when its first duty presumably is to its own? That argument is cynical and wrong. It also cuts both ways. What is more self interested than for the poorest-circulated of the big New York dailies to hug the far-right end of the political spectrum, trying to create a niche readership by preying on people’s fears and picking at scabs–all to boost circulation and attract advertisers. Should I say that when you read a Post editorial, you’re not getting a point of view, you’re seeing an actor adopting a pose and reading for a part? The Post editorial scribblers shouldn’t throw stones.