Forget about the fact that I consider Ross Douthat’s ideology disgusting and his writing sloppy and incoherent. What I find the most annoying is how easily he distorts reality and fills his silly articles with lies. His most recent piece of conservative inanity
begins with an outright lie, which The New York Times
apparently finds it acceptable to publish:
The American entertainment industry has never been comfortable with the act of abortion. Film or television characters might consider the procedure, but even on the most libertine programs (a “Mad Men,” a “Sex and the City”), they’re more likely to have a change of heart than actually go through with it.
I don’t know what’s so “libertine” about the profoundly patriarchal Sex and the City
, but its leading characters did have abortions. An entire episode was dedicated to Carrie remembering an abortion she had a while ago and reaching a conclusion that it was absolutely the right decision for her. Samantha and Miranda had several abortions and never felt sorry about it.
Whenever an article starts with such a blatant lie, I find it very difficult to take anything else its author proposes seriously. If he disrespects his readers to this extent, who’s to say where his lies and distortions will end? Shouldn’t a journalist know how to verify his information? Especially the information that’s as easy to unearth as anything that has to do with Sex and the City? (Please don’t tell me that Douthat made an honest mistake here. This information can be verified in a matter of two minutes at most, which he chose not to do.)
Douthat, who has turned his NYTimes column into a platform for spouting his anti-women beliefs*, suggests that instead of aborting women should give birth and offer the babies up for adoption. As any vile male chauvinist, he doesn’t have a foggiest idea of what pregnancy and childbirth entail. This sad buffon, who obviously has never seen an actual woman in his close vicinity, never stop to consider that there might be some effort, work, pain, suffering, loss of productivity, health risk, danger of dying involved in carrying a pregnancy to term and giving birth.
Douthat is one of the reasons I would never subscribe to The New York Times. I can’t respect a newspaper that offers a weekly column to somebody so shallow and dishonest. I understand that an intelligent, well-informed conservative journalist is hard to come by, but surely that’s no excuse for torturing readers with the stupid concoctions of an unscrupulous Douthat.
*In case you missed it, you can trace my anti-Douthat campaign here.