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28 September 2005

Minds Think Alike

Glenn Reynolds seems to have figured out Mickey Kaus's all-too-subtle joke that had me hopelessly stumped:
MICKEY KAUS wonders why the New York Times hates poor people: "TimeSelect--and with it Web access to columnists such as Paul Krugman--is unavailable to those too poor to have credit cards. . . . News of the NYT policy comes at a time when Hurricane Katrina has raised profound issues of race, class, and gender." Heh.
Heh, heh, heh, heh...I don't get it. I guess because the Times is liberal and so is supposed to be concerned about the poor but here they're doing something anti-poor? I thought Kaus was maybe making fun of the dopey reader making such a ridiculous complaint by ironically tying it into the Katrina devastation, but I'm apparently off base here...any ideas?

And lord do I hate that little "Heh."

Update (9/29 7:39am): Kaus has used the "profound issues of race..." line again in an item on former NBA star Dave Bing - so he's obviously lampooning someone, presumably from the Times. Some initial Googling turned up nothing, however. I shan't rest until I figure out this joke!

2 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

I donĀ“t know who this Kaus guy is but I too am really annoyed by this new TimeSelect. Sure, I have a credit card, but I sure am not going to use it for this. Any way to get around it?

By the way, I know that the Times is traditionally considered "liberal" but this far lefty considers it a true middle of the road corporate-governmental ass-kissing rag that will never rock the boat too much.

September 29, 2005 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the Times is liberal, but only in the safest sense.
I may opt for home delivery to get access to it - not sure if that's practical in your part of the globe.

September 29, 2005 2:09 PM  

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