I’m more than a bit under the weather today so here is something short and sweet.
Walter Russell Mead found this video hilarious. It has to do with the New York Times staff thinking about going on strike because the Company want’s to change their pension plan. The video last about six minutes.
Here is some of what Mr. Mead had to say:
It’s an entitled blue deer, meet onrushing truck kind of moment. The Guild is talking about a strike, and an array of Times staffers, including some famous bylines that are well known in news circles, worry aloud that the new plan could make them eat cat food and sleep in boxes on the street in old age. (Or late middle age, anyway; not one staffer talks about working past 65.)
Nobody in the video talks about the changes in the news business that threatens to drive the Times into a deep dive. Nobody talks about the prospect of future significant staff cuts if costs can’t be contained. None of them discuss the incongruity between their own naive sense of entitlement and what is going on in the cities, companies and countries they cover.
I like to think that I have a good sense of humor. And, like Mr. Mead, I do derive some pleasure from seeing the liberal swines who write for NYT about to have a head-on collision with reality. But, the entitlement mentality that these mis-guided fools are experiencing is the same entitlement mentality that we have seen in Greece and in Spain and that we are beginning to see here in America. America is also on a collision course with reality and I don’t see the humor in that.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?