Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Some things are so dumb only Vox can believe them


Ezra Klein’s Vox website has gotten its fair share of ridicule in its young life, but none more deserved than for this stupidity:

As George Orwell wrote, “One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool.”

Sonny Bunch at the Washington Free Beacon thinks the stupidity is intentional.

I’ve often wondered aloud just how much traffic VOX DOT COM gets from generating outrage on Twitter by publishing something so remarkably aggravating that people feel compelled to pass it around. Ten percent of their traffic? Twenty percent?

I ask because last night it became blindingly obvious that Vox’s tagline, “The smartest thinkers, the toughest questions” is code for “completely made up stuff, targeted at stupid people.” Which is to say, it’s clear that VOX DOT COM isn’t going for outrage clicks. They’re going for stupidity clicks.

On the other hand, it’s impossible to underestimate Ezra Klein‘s intelligence.

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