Compare these two incidents.

1. According to the Ferguson report issued by the Justice Department in 2015, this happened: “In the summer of 2012, a 32-year-old African-American man sat in his car cooling off after playing basketball in a Ferguson public park. An officer pulled up behind the man’s car… and demanded the man’s Social Security number and identification. Without any cause, the officer accused the man of being a pedophile, referring to the presence of children in the park, and ordered the man out of his car for a pat-down, although the officer had no reason to believe the man was armed. The officer also asked to search the man’s car.

The man objected, citing his constitutional rights. In response, the officer arrested the man, reportedly at gunpoint, charging him with eight violations of Ferguson’s municipal code. One charge, Making a False Declaration, was for initially providing the short form of his first name (e.g., “Mike” instead of “Michael”), and an address which, although legitimate, was different from the one on his driver’s license. Another charge was for not wearing a seat belt, even though he was seated in a parked car. The officer also charged the man both with having an expired operator’s license, and with having no operator’s license in his possession.”
The NYT reported: :The man arrested in 2012 after sitting in his car told investigators that as a result of the charges against him, he lost a job as a government contractor.”
2. According to Forbes magazine, in 2016 Louis CK made 57 million dollars. But in 2017, his career hit as snag, as he admitted that in several meetings with women – meetings that it would be fair to call business meetings – he tended to pull his penis out at masturbate.

Of these two incidents, the first one sank a man into the flood of unemployment and debt from which, no doubt, he has not yeat pulled himself out. But the NYT Opinion page knows who deserves our pity: Louis CK! The man is a great artist, apparently, and so today we he gets a big smoochie from Pamela Druckerman. Druckerman writes about a woman who is a stand up comic in France. Now, the mentions of stand up comics in France in the NYT are as rare as, say, op eds about our Ferguson MO. victim. But the importance of this stand up comedian is that she loves Louis CK. And through this love, we get the party line, as laid down by James Bennett’s opinion section, about #metoo: “But the movement never reached the fever pitch that it did in the United States. Some Frenchmen lost their jobs, but there was nothing like America’s mass takedown of prominent men — often without any due process.”

No due process! Why, it is almost as if they were the victims of corproations who can fire who they want to, and often hand out press releases about mass layoffs that are celebrated on the NYT’s business page. That can’t be: we can’t deny due process to IMPORTANT people. That the so called “victims” went off to do whatever trivial and untalented thing they do without due process is just tough shit: cause there’s the gals who are there just asking for it, and then there are talented (sob!), important (double sob!) men. Artists, I’m telling you!

Patricia Druckerman, if she ever confronts a concierge waving his penis at her, should think about this article. She should think, hasn’t he been a fine concierge”? Who am I to object?

And to continue this line of reasoning: if FX TV, which is based in Los Angeles, had a janitor who took too wagging his penis in front of, say, its executives, they would not only fire him without due process, but might even have him charged under the indecent exposure clause. In Los Angeles, if the indecent exposure is done in a closed building, this can be a felony, resulting in a jail sentence, and getting one’s name on a sexual offenders list. One thing is guaranteed: nobody is going to go to bat in James Bennett’s NYT Opinion page for such a case. Because in Bari Weiss’s stomping ground, the rules are unfair to males only after they have a certain skin color and bank account.

My conclusion from this little comparison is that when Jeet Heer, the editor of the New Republic, called the New York Times Opinion page a sink of corruption, he was not going far enough.  It should be called the New York Times Troll page

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I am a translator, author and editor living in Paris. I finished a novel in March, and am busy trying to find an agent. In the meantime, I thought I'd like to start a magazine. Willett's is meant to be a venue for the review of books, personal reflections, and political bitching - and everything else.

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