To the intellectual stockade with you

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Disgraceful Newsweek coverEveryone knows the mainstream press is beyond reprehensible, and for that reason I try to avoid it as much as possible. But while at the grocery store the other day with the Cute Little Red-Headed Girlfriend, I couldn't help but notice the cover of Newsweek magazine. On it, Abraham Lincoln stands back to back with Charles Darwin, under the headline, "Lincoln versus Darwin: Who Matters More?"

This ridiculous question was displayed under a banner labeling the issue "The (Mostly) Big Thoughts Edition." Astounded by this boneheaded display, I opened the magazine to see if there was more. Indeed, on the Contents page, a teaser for the "Lincoln versus Darwin" article boldly declared, "What You Need to Know." I wondered how they would deliver on this promise. Perhaps a chart of Lincoln's and Darwin's major achievements, with each entry judged "hot" or "not"?

I don't know who writes the cover or contents copy at Newsweek, but I assume that they and the editors who approved this copy all went to accredited institutions of higher learning. May those institutions revoke your degrees, you shameless, condescending asshats. Is this really how members of the "responsible" press (not bloggers) inform the public about the legacies of Lincoln and Darwin? With debasing questions, cutesy comparisons and flip editorial judgements?

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Yes, I saw this, too. It's an utterly foolish premise given that neither man was involved in the other's sphere of interest (politics/law vs. biology). Duh!

This was probably a foolish response to some "marketing" they did about which historical figures are the best known and respected (Lincoln) or reviled (Darwin) amongst the anti-intellectual American readership the magazine caters to. "Hey, most readers recognize the names 'Lincoln' and 'Darwin' AND they have the same birthday: let's do a cover story about both of them. But, what angle should we take???"

Joe,

So you noticed it, too. It's like a slap in the face, isn't it? People have been debating whether Google is making us less capable of paying attention to long-form prose. No, Google is a tool--it's actually crapware like this magazine that's teaching people to accept a lowered standard of discourse about ideas.

I think the Green Lincoln could take Darwin, but the Gray Lincoln would be hard-pressed to manage the feat...

Newsweek has obfuscated the real question, which is: could William Shatner as Kirk take Charles Darwin?

Excellente post. You're right the media are a bunch of gasbags. Hacks, all of 'em. It's shameful and embarrassing that we, the US of A is all the way at the bottom, as the leading western industrial nation, on the list of the freest press as #36 right in there with all the banana republics. And then they (the mainstream media) get all outraged that their reporting dare be questioned for it's honesty, integrity and informativeness. No one should dare question the Villagers.

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