We have all learned to expect Facebook-level writing from the Star-Ledger's editorial writers. The snarky style, the gross exaggeration, the stereotyping, have driven away many readers, while reinforcing the worst prejudices of others. Two recent editorials are especially noteworthy.
First, we have an editorial written by a climate change true-believer. There is nothing wrong in this, there is much scientific evidence in favor of this theory, but it rings kind of hollow when the people demanding that we "pay attention to science" turn around and ignore the science of genetics. The role of X and Y chromosomes in determining gender is much more established than is "climate change" and yet the same folks who say that we must believe in the science behind climate change theory decry genetic science as "bigotry."
Is some science more politically correct and therefore more supported and promoted than other science? Apparently so, at least as far as the Star-Ledger is concerned.
But the hypocrisy of the Ledger's editorial board is only part of the problem. The Star-Ledger follows the editorial direction of its owners -- the Newhouse brothers -- two of the richest billionaires in America. How rich? They made a documentary about their kids called Born Rich. These two are up there with the Koch brothers and they hate unions and working people just as much.
One would think that with having so many billions you could pay the people who print your newspapers, the warehouse workers, and the distribution drivers a decent livable wage. But no, they screwed all those union brothers and sisters in order to add to their profits. It's like George Carlin said: "They want more for themselves and less for everyone else." They even screwed the hard news writers, turning them into little more than stringers. The only group saved were the Newhouse brothers' hit men -- the editorial writers who spew the billionaires' line as directed.
On climate change the line is simple: Get America to sign international agreements to combat climate change because it will accelerate the movement of American jobs overseas and that will increase corporate profits for big investors like... the Newhouse brothers. And that is why the Star-Ledger's editorial writer dutifully trashed congressional candidate Steve Lonegan. Lonegan doesn't want to lose a million American jobs to overseas sweatshops and outright slavery. The Newhouse brothers' mouthpiece thinks less opportunities for Americans is good for their bottom line.
George Carlin was right when he said that people like this "...they don't care about you, at all, at all, at all." The Star-Ledger's editorial writers are just facilitators to what Carlin called "these rich c*cksuckers."
Over the weekend, another attack on the working class appeared. This one on a country rock and roll singer named Hank Williams Jr. His band, which is thoroughly integrated by-the-way, issued a banner that incorporates the rebel flag, the singer's face, and the lyrics from one of his songs. A local legislator and his wife, while attending a tailgate party in advance of the concert, had their picture taken in front of the banner, which they posted to Facebook -- along with what they thought was an artful comment.
Of course, this got the American flag-burners up in arms. That's a "treasonous flag" they said in mock seriousness (to go with their mock patriotism). The editorial writer noted that a majority of African-Americans found the Confederate flag (though not the Hank Williams Jr. band banner) offensive, ignoring the fact that in the face of consistent majorities of Americans opposing the burning of the American flag, the Star-Ledger and its cohorts have used their editorial pages to argue that it is a protected right to burn the flag, wipe your feet on it, and so on.
The Star-Ledger even defended the likes Annie Sprinkle who not only put the American flag to some rather "exotic" uses but wanted the American taxpayer to pay for her to perform her fetishes on stage. Shucks, the legislator and his wife just wanted to have a beer before a Hank Williams Jr. concert. They didn't ask anyone to pay for it.
If we may quote from the Star-Ledger's own editorial on desecrating the American flag: "In a democratic society, the rights of free expression and political dissent have a fundamental constitutional primacy; they should not be diminished, even in such regrettable instances where extreme protests are patently offensive to most Americans." Evidently this doesn't apply to country music, because the editorial writer went so far as to call Hank Williams Jr. a "racist" for criticizing Barack Obama. Evidently, it is okay for the Star-Ledger to call President Trump a "Hitler" but not for Hank Williams Jr. to say the same of President Obama.
And as for Confederate flags, where was the outrage when the Obama campaign issued Confederate flag pins with his name on them -- or when Hillary Clinton did or the Clinton-Gore ticket? Oh, they were corporate globalist Democrats and the Newhouse boys are down with that. Got it.
Back to George Carlin: "They own all the big media companies, so they control all the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls... they beat you over the head all day long, when they tell you what to believe, all day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think, and what to buy."
Now what can we expect from an editorial writer who services the owners of such elitist snob titles as Conde Nast, Bon Appetit, Golf Digest, Architectural Digest, Golf World, Conde Nast Traveler, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The World of Interiors, Style.com, TheScene.com, and Epicurious.com? Of course she thinks that all listeners to country music are racist working class scum. In her world, all listeners to rap music are sexists. She loathes the working class in the manner that her billionaire bosses prescribe. They can't wait to have us all replaced by robots. Our flaws will be their pretext for killing us.
Thinking of those editorial writers, a friend of ours has a real easy way to separate working Americans from those inhabitants of the elitists' "bubble world." Ask them how they take their coffee. Working Americans will ask for it in a mug -- doesn't matter the race of the drinker or the color of the coffee, it will be a mug. That's not the way with people in bubble world. In their neck-of-the-woods they're into something called coffee enemas -- so theirs isn't going into a mug, its heading on down a tube. And that is about as good an indicator as there is.