July 25, 2019 | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Nihilism in a Nutshell

Below is the Times’ Maggie Haberman. She tweeted this yesterday. She’s defending an earlier tweet (see the screenshot) in which she agreed with her Times colleague Adam Goldman that yesterday’s Mueller hearing didn’t reveal anything new and therefore had very little worth paying attention to. Fact: Mueller said Trump could be charged with crimes after…

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Below is the Times’ Maggie Haberman. She tweeted this yesterday. She’s defending an earlier tweet (see the screenshot) in which she agreed with her Times colleague Adam Goldman that yesterday’s Mueller hearing didn’t reveal anything new and therefore had very little worth paying attention to.

Fact: Mueller said Trump could be charged with crimes after leaving office. That’s news.

So is the fact that a former FBI director is saying it—in public! Yesterday’s hearing was astounding.

Yet Haberman et al are snoring.

Folks, this is nihilism (anti-morality) in a nut shell.

Yes, the press should tell us what to care about, because the press’ job is to tell us what’s important.

This tweet alone should be a firing offense. It’s like a mechanic saying fixing cars isn’t his job.

Ugh!

—JS

John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition open and available to all. Find him @johnastoehr.

6 Comments

  1. Margaret Glasser on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Government philosophy by nihilism: nihilism has been omy Word Of The Day since Trump’s American carnage furnace blast.

  2. Anastasia Pantsios on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

    They told us that Hillary’s emails’s were worth caring about … and told … and told us … and told us … to the point of possibly tipping the election to Trump. I know I cite this study ad nauseam but: the New York Times ran more front-page stories about Hillary’s emails in the six days before the election than about all policy issues combined in the 69 days before the election. That made her emails more than eleven times more significant than voting rights, health care, job creation, climate change, immigration, racism, infrastructure repair, education and on and on …. COMBINED.
    https://www.cjr.org/analysis/fake-news-media-election-trump.php

  3. Pat Garofalo on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

    The inability of some Beltway journos to understand that not everyone hangs onto every little development in Washington — and that, in fact, most people won’t watch any portion of the hearing at all, and will only read coverage or see snippets on local network news — consistently blows my mind.

    • John Stoehr on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

      I know, right? Astounding that very smart people can be so very dumb.

  4. Carrington Ward on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

    To rephrase the old Soviet aphorism; the news is the news, but the news is not the truth.

    • John Stoehr on July 30, 2021 at 7:50 am

      You ain’t kiddin.

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