And Ice Cream Castles In the Air

“Nobody tells the truth as much as the Times tries to tell the truth. And without the Times, we might as well be the Soviet Union in the old days.”

–Author Gay Talese, in a Vanity Fair interview about the upcoming documentary Page One about The New York Times.

Well, Bingley always has fondly called it “Pravda”.

10 Responses to “…And Ice Cream Castles In the Air…”

  1. Mike Talley says:

    I guess he forgot about Walter Duranty and the Holodomor…. but I guess we all have off years…eh NYTimes?

  2. Yojimbo says:

    Geez Louise!

    They still have that Walter Duranty Pulitzer in their lobby? Just asking.

    “You are now entering a mindnumbed robot zone, proceed with caution.”-Borg Contruction Group, LLC

  3. Mike Talley says:

    Yojimbo, you and I were thinking the same thing

  4. Yojimbo says:

    I see Mike beat me to it.

    I think the phrase is”Everyone is entitled to a bad century.”

  5. Yojimbo says:

    Yes,Mike, and there are effective clinical treatments for that. Don’t be afraid, you can be cured.

    “And Ice Cream Castles In The Air” Still waiting for the “Both Sides Now” part to see the light of day.

    One of my favorite songs. No, I realize nobody asked me what my favorite songs were, thank you for pointing that out.

  6. Mike Talley says:

    It burns! It burns!!!! Hehe 🙂 I was in a meeting with my former boss a few years ago. He finished up by asking if there were any “burning issues”. I said yes, but the doctor gave me something that cleared it right up…he just blinked at me 🙂

  7. aelfheld says:

    “[W]ithout the Times, we might as well be the Soviet Union in the old days.”

    With the Times, and nothing else, we would have been the Soviet Union, or some facsimile thereof.

    When are these fellow-traveling apologists for genocide and slavery going to sit down, shut up, and die off?

  8. JeffS says:

    I vote for “die off”, aelfheld.

  9. Dave E. says:

    Gay Talese’s or,

    “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.”

    …as the dumbest quote of the day?

    Tough one.

  10. nightfly says:

    I’ve been reading a bit recently about micro-expressions and the art of ferreting out lies. One of the things I read was that, if someone isn’t being forthright, he will tend to betray himself by providing small details at variance with the main argument he puts forward.

    So, what do I read above?

    “Nobody tells the truth as much as the Times tries to tell the truth.”

    Oooops. If Mr. Talese really believed what he was saying, he’d say “Nobody tells the truth the way the Times DOES.” NOT “tries to.” There is no try.

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