A book by Walter Lippmann
I watched that pick 6 against the Commanders. Didn't know about the Jets. That's newsworthy: two record-setting pick 6s back-to-back. Not a Dallas fan, but still, that was a thing of beauty. You gotta give credit where credit is due. I am a Dolly fan however, and thought her half-time performance in the Dallas/Washington game was full-on theater of the absurd. She was wearing a Dallas cheerleading body suit with a booty and boobs. So weird.
Also, happy belated birthday!
Thank you, Greg. Belated Happy Birthday to ya! We'll be watching the Burrow-less Bengals today. My youngest grandson is "data driven" football fan and thinks the Bengals still have a chance to win today so we shall see!
Thank you for this article. You are a superb journalist, author, investigator. Grateful you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and birthday. Thank you for reminding us yourself and through the author you featured about goodness and grace even during very dark times.
Glad to hear you had a lovely time. I'm grateful for you, Greg, and for this wonderful community.
I consider Prevail to be a "foothold for reason" and am grateful for what you're doing Greg. Please continue.
Who and what we choose to believe says a lot about who we are.
The ghost of Lippmann is speaking to us at the most appropriate time.
I'm thankful that you find exactly the right people to conjure!
Amen to asking us to consider Thanksgiving as a nice American non-religious blessing in our year. Perhaps the Lincoln roots will shame a few of the haters into silence. Over the years I’ve made non-turkey choices occasionally, and that was fine. There was the year I went to a Mexican beach town by myself and feasted on a whole red snapper with random people I met at the bar. There was the year my kids and I watched 5 Coen brothers movies in the garage and ate who knows what. Whatever, let’s have a break and be thankful once a year. With gratitude to you, Greg!
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A fine piece, Greg. I take comfort in what looks like your discovery of Walter Lippmann-with today's column a happy rediscovery for me. I am old enough to remember coming of age reading him and carrying on with my life under his lasting influence. It comforts me that you have become alert to him a little bit more than does today's neglect of the past discomfort me, or that so many of us (leaders included!) rely on digitally driven media and ignore good old fashioned print to stay informed. or to be deceived that we are informed. What Lipmann demonstrates with his command of eloquent prose is how the written word remains the best way of transmitting both good sense and wisdom. We cannot rush through his words, the way we are rushed with broadcasting while being sidelined with graphics. We must match our pace with his careful reasoning. What he started saying over a century ago still applies. Good for you for reviving him here.
Just what I needed today! I think it’s the best you’ve ever written!
Wow Greg, what a well-written Substack today and Walter Lippmann’s words were an inspired addition to what you wrote. I shall be re-reading this many times just to keep my sanity, if nothing else but also just to read darn good writing.
As an aside, I would also recommend Heather Cox Richardson’s Substack as well. As I usually read the comment section, I’m including a link to an outside article about our news: https://www.cjr.org/analysis/election-politics-front-pages.php
It makes for an interesting read.
So glad you had a great turkey day. You did what my late husband would have been doing; watching all the football games, only he would have been moaning over the Panthers. Hoping the rest of your weekend, what’s left of it, goes as well.
Excellent column today, Greg, despite the football references which always go over my head like a jet at 32,000 feet! I am thankful for YOU and your writings and thoughts through the years. I have about given up on the mainstream media these days and get most of my news from WaPo headlines and Substack subscriptions. I seldom actually read WaPo stories and am thinking seriously about dropping that subscription. I find out more FACTS reading you and others like Joyce Vance, Heather Cox Richardson, and Jeff Tiedrich. The disadvantage we have now over Lippman's time is that the news was not a revenue-generating function then. It brought NEWS to the public, doing, what I believe, were the intentions and spirit of their mention in the First Amendment. Now, it's all about, "breaking news as we come on the air..." when it never really is. Alternative facts have grown tiresome, and that seems to be most of the traffic these days. "Sad!" indeed.
Everyone have a GREAT week! The podcast and the Five-8 are coming back at the end of it!
Amazing post; thank you. Lippman has stared straight into our current danger:
"For when there is panic in the air, with one crisis tripping over the heels of another, actual dangers mixed with imaginary scares, there is no chance at all for the constructive use of reason, and any order soon seems preferable to any disorder."
One thing to be grateful for is that exactly 100 years after he wrote this, the Red Wave did NOT happen. Reason rose up--and it can do it again.
Another Sunday masterpiece Greg, aside from the wasted hours of football, your Thanksgiving thoughts are excellent! My explanation of the holiday for my inquisitive granddaughter, avoided the fustian and fantasy of holiday, any attempts at explaining colonialism, or Plymouth Rock was discarded, nary a football game watched. One of my favorite holidays was celebrated with family, food and friends.
Having read Lippmann years ago, some of which appeared psychobabble, this piece is perfect for today’s epoch, thanks!!
Lippmann’s analogy of the ship captain dealing with a mutinous crew seems to suggest that journalism is, ideally, the voice of reason as a less-than-reasonable populace reacts to the political squalls a democracy entails. As I ponder your applying of Lippmann’s argument to the recent era, I wonder: Where is the voice of reason, when the government is led by a raving maniac and the for-profit news outlets report every lie and nonsensical emission from his orange mouth? Who is the wise, experienced captain? Walter Cronkite has left the building!