OK. The NY Times has a two-fer of obtuse observations that should be so obvious as to be not worthy of printing. The first article states that low-fat diets do not cut health risks. Normally, I don’t care about such matters, but this quote made me want to shout “D’oh!”
“These studies are revolutionary,” said Dr. Jules Hirsch, physician in chief emeritus at Rockefeller University in New York City, who has spent a lifetime studying the effects of diets on weight and health. “They should put a stop to this era of thinking that we have all the information we need to change the whole national diet and make everybody healthy.”
Maybe the Republican party is right about just how stupid and gullible the Americans public is. The second NY Times article extends my last statement to the opposition: Some Democrats Are Sensing Missed Opportunities. Now, that does elicit a resounding smack on the proverbial forehead.
Asked to describe the health of the Democratic Party, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said: “A lot worse than it should be. This has not been a very good two months.”
“We seem to be losing our voice when it comes to the basic things people worry about,” Mr. Dodd said.
Democrats said they had not yet figured out how to counter the White House’s long assault on their national security credentials. And they said their opportunities to break through to voters with a coherent message on domestic and foreign policy — should they settle on one — were restricted by the lack of an established, nationally known leader to carry their message this fall.
Stating the obvious, it seems, is news these days. Reporting about the war is out. Taking the president to task: Ditto. Burning embassies is passe, especially if their not ours. Who cares about the Danish anyway? Reporting about immanent famine in Africa just wont sell papers in New York either, apparently. So we resort to lame reportage.
Must be a slow news day.