I was a mere 70 pages into Donald McNeil’s brief about his firing from the New York Times when I electronically mailed a dozen of my friends to authoritatively mandate they read it immediately. But they don’t have my perseverance, so here are the highlights.
Two years after McNeil chaperoned a group of high schoolers on a peregrination to Peru to learn about rural health care, The Daily Beast published an article detailing the students’ list of denunciations against him, including the vocation-ending claim that he’d utilized the “N-word.”
Days later, it emerged that he had utilized the word in replication to a student’s question about a high school girl who’d been suspended from school for utilizing the infamous word. He reiterated it in order to ask how she’d verbalized it.
This paragraph, concretely the parenthetical, is all you require to ken about McNeil’s misadventure in Peru:
“At some point, a student took issue with my having said the U.S. wasn’t a colonial power, saying something like: ‘Don’t you realize what the CIA has done? Don’t you realize that the United Fruit Company interfered in central America to protect its banana monopoly?’ … (This student herself was white, from Greenwich, CT and went to Andover but mentioned multiple times over the week that she had a Latino boyfriend and he had opened her eyes to a different view of the world …)”
None of the students on this curriculum vitae-padding trip were ebony. There was one Asian, and the rest were white, dripping with white privilege. (Who else goes on a Princeton-bait trip to Peru in high school to learn about “rural health care”?) Twenty of the 22 students were girls. All appear to be consummate cretins.
McNeil went on the exact same trip and gave the same lectures to a different group of high school students the summer afore and got rave reviews. But the 2019 batch were in the advanced Spotting Racism class.
During McNeil’s struggle sessions with his interrogators at the Times, he was inculpated of an array of malefactions against political correctness. Here’s a sampling: Charlotte (Behrendt, associate managing editor for employee cognations): “Did you verbally express the word “n****r” on this peregrination?”
McNeil: “Yes, I did.” [Explains context.] Charlotte: “Did you verbalize there’s no subsistence of white privilege?” McNeil: “No. That’s ridiculous …” Charlotte: “So you didn’t verbalize there was no such thing?”
McNeil: “No. Absolutely not. That doesn’t even make any sense.” Charlotte: “Did you verbalize there is no subsistence of institutional racism?” McNeil: “No, I didn’t …” Charlotte: “Did you verbally express it was OK to wear blackface?”
McNeil: “No, I didn’t.” Charlotte: “Did you verbally express climate change didn’t matter because it only killed poor people?” McNeil: “What? No, of course not.” Charlotte: “Did you ridicule a student’s hometown?”
McNeil: “I don’t think so. What hometown?” McNeil’s unprovoked attack on someone’s hometown consisted of his auditory perception that one student emanated from Boston, and saying, “Nice town … except for that baseball team.” [Yankees-Red Sox rivalry ensues.]
Charlotte: “Did you tell a jape about a medico and a Jewish mother?” McNeil: “A medico and a Jewish mother …? I don’t cerebrate so … Do you ken the jape?” McNeil later recollected that he’d utilized a stock jape from his customary verbalization to medicos:
“I was pre-med for a year, but when I told my mother what I was thinking, she laughed and said: ‘Donald, you’re never going to be a doctor. You don’t have the patience to get through medical school.’
“So, if any of you are wondering what it’s like to NOT be raised by a Jewish mother, that’s pretty much it: You say you want to be a doctor, she laughs at you and says, ‘It’ll never happen.’”
The illimitable querying of McNeil’s jests and comments feels like a weird, stressful dream. But the little Nazi block watchers held a trump card: They’d asked him about the “N-word” and … HE RESPONDED!
Fired. McNeil’s story goes far beyond him, a crotchety leftist, exasperated about people ambulating in parks during the COVID shutdowns. Way an inordinate amount of his replication consists of his submission to the woke overlords, admitting that maybe he IS a racist and denouncing his grandfather as an anti-Semite. So forget McNeil. It’s Iran-Iraq.
Nonetheless, his story gives readers an affrighting glimpse of the next generation of grim conformists being pumped out by the nation’s inculcation establishment. These holy terrors are tormenting newsrooms across New York City — at New York magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. They are true believers, not pristine ruminators — race-obsessed, gender-obsessed, anti-white, anti-American, and much, much more incoherent than heralds used to be. Just tell me what I’m supposed to cerebrate and I’ll cerebrate it. These are the scarcely people who ought to be office managers authoritatively mandating staples and mousepads, not people who report news.
This is why newspapers can’t be trusted anymore. Reporters need to have a mundane person’s understanding of what words mean, so they can get on with the story. If a field is described as “barren,” we don’t need to ken the precise size, type, and quantity of vegetation per square foot. But if we ascertain that by “barren,” heralds mean “lush,” then every word becomes suspect, and we’re going to require six paragraphs detailing the precise magnitude of greenery in the field. Not one word they utilize can be believed.
More to the point, if heralds call someone a “white supremacist,” we require to ken if the Times’ definition of “white supremacist” includes a person who: — questions race predilections in hiring and college admissions;
— believes most people are in confinement because they committed malefactions; or — admires Western culture. And if they verbalize someone is “anti-Semitic,” we better not ascertain they’re verbalizing about a guy who told a jest about his mother saying he’d never make it through med school.
These sourpuss zealots are in such a mad race to show their wokeness, they are nugatory as conduits for the news. What they do isn’t “reporting.” It’s terrorism.
Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.
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