As an extension of a new media-mocking venture at Townhall, Riffed From The Headlines, we once again recognize the exalted performances in our journalism industry and compile worthy submissions to the Pulitzer Prize board in numerous categories. To properly recognize the low watermark in the press, let us get right to the latest exemplars of journalistic mis-excellence.
Distinguished Feature Writing
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
It may be time to accept a new reality; we are incapable of doing anything without it being polluted by social activism. Sports, entertainment, fashion – all have already been injected with woke culture and virtue signaling. But this mission creep continues, and now we see that another leisure diversion has been affected. Bird watching is now in the social equity crosshairs, and not in the manner one might think, according to the Washington Post. Surprisingly the gripe is not that this is a largely caucasian pursuit or that privilege is built into the study. The problem rests with…the birds.
The headline – “The racist legacy many birds carry” – says it all. This essentially means there is no escape from this mindset when the very object of an activity is the problem. Well, this should be fun. How many textbooks and birding guides will now have to be rewritten in order to properly designate the “Variegated Woke Thrush” or the “Virtue-tailed Ibis”?
— Julie Hauserman (@jhauserman) June 3, 2021
Distinguished Social Commentary
Anna Russel, The New Yorker
It is rather amusing to see the dichotomy in the media as the country is reopening. Many are cheering for the return to normal activities and the reunions taking place in workplaces (as we in Florida say, “Welcome to the party”’) but there is another subset who feel the need to cling to the negative and highlight the downside of normalcy.
Thankfully The New Yorker is here to let us in on the fact that the prospect of returning to our life of freedom and movement is not the rosy enterprise we may expect it to be
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