When erstwhile crackheads attack
For those of you who haven’t already seen it, what follows is video of New York Times columnist and recovering crack addict (NTTAWWTIYKWIMAITYD) David Carr — in an answer to Bill Maher’s assertion that Kansas and Alabama aren’t “smart states” — feigning edgy candor and playing to the progressive base that makes up the vast majority of Maher’s audience:
I spoke last week about Deepak Chopra’s strained attempts to throw out the proper cultural markers to those he so wishes to please, and Carr is no different, pandering to an audience he hopes to impress with his willingness to break with media taboo and “let slip” a bit of politically incorrect “candor” that we all know to be as consciously intended as is Carr’s entire wannabe-elite persona. That is, he is dancing for claps on the back from those he needs to love him — and when viewed from that perspective, his comments are less offensive than they are sad, just another iteration of a public progressive making sure the hive knows that he’s with them should he ever really let slip something that could cause them to turn on him and question his commitment to the cause.
It was, as utterances go, meant as a resume builder. And so far, what have been the consequences?
Carr is free to say whatever he wishes, so far as I’m concerned. But it seems to me that, increasingly, it is the self-styled smart set that seems to keep getting caught up making such public — and then publicly available — gaffes.
Which, I guess that’s smart if it leads to a new book deal or some such. I mean, if you can make crack work for you, career wise…