Life In The Parenthesis States
By Ed Driscoll · March 12, 2006 03:29 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
In his Wall Street Journal profile, Tom Wolfe discusses how out of touch most media elites are:
And so many of them are so caught up in this kind of metropolitan intellectual atmosphere that they simply don't go across the Hudson River. They literally do not set foot in the United States. We live in New York in one of the two parenthesis states. They're usually called blue states--they're not blue states, the states on the coast. They're parenthesis states--the entire country lies in between."As a result, they simply can't understand President Bush's appeal to the majority of voters within those states:
George Bush's appeal, for Mr. Wolfe, was owing to his "great decisiveness and willingness to fight." But as to "this business of my having done the unthinkable and voted for George Bush, I would say, now look, I voted for George Bush but so did 62,040,609 other Americans. Now what does that make them? Of course, they want to say--'Fools like you!' . . . But then they catch themselves, 'Wait a minute, I can't go around saying that the majority of the American people are fools, idiots, bumblers, hicks.' So they just kind of dodge that question.Ah contraire--I rarely disagree with Wolfe's assessment of most topics, but think back to the period between November of 2004 and Bush's inauguration the following January. The media were collectively depressed enough about the election's outcome to really let the mask slip, and let language that normally stays inside Manhattan cocktail parties out onto the air.
(Via Sissy Willis, who was disenchanted with the Journal writer's "profoundly shallow" profile of Wolfe.)
Update: Of course, the other big media institution has no problem admitting that it isn't too crazy about the folks in the Parenthesis States, either. As Peggy Noonan writes:
You don't have to be a genius to figure out that viewership of the Oscars is down because movie attendance itself is down, and that movie attendance is down because Hollywood isn't making the kind of movies that compel people to leave their homes and go to the multiplex.Actually, that's not all that fair of a comparison--Wal-Mart's product line is infinitely more diverse than Hollywood's is these days, and its prices are cheaper.
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