Does the New York Times Really Need to Make a Trebek Interview About Trump?
The answer, obviously, is yes.
The New York Times became profitable by slamming Trump and its coverage is put out in the expectation that every story must have a tribal Orange Man Bad angle. Even an interview with a seriously ill game show host about his memoir.
Here's how the New York Times sells it.
Interview with Alex Trebek, longtime game show host of Jeopardy! who for many represents the inherent value of facts amid fractured ideological media bubbles - NYT
No, Trebek doesn't bash Trump. He gives a fairly neutral response about facts.
It bothers Trebek that facts no longer provide common ground; that a shared narrative about current events has fractured into ideological media bubbles, in which information has given way to hyperbole and reflexive opinion.
“There’s a certain comfort that comes from knowing a fact,” Trebek said. “The sun is up in the sky. There’s nothing you can say that’s going to change that. You can’t say, ‘The sun’s not up there, there’s no sky.’ There is reality, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting reality. It’s when you try to distort reality, to maneuver it into accommodating your particular point of view, your particular bigotry, your particular whatever — that’s when you run into problems.”
But to the Times there's a bit of a hint-hint, nudge-nudge aspect to this. The tribal messaging is that we are the science people and they don't believe in facts.
One would think that Trebek has been around enough and that the circumstances of his memoir would be serious enough without this gimmick, but everything has to be tediously politicized, even as lefties seem to draw their reality from popular culture. Trebek seems like a nice enough guy, but he's a game show host. He's not an arbiter of truth, as the New York Times insists. Jeopardy is a leftover from another era where generally knowledgeable and/or educated people matched wits because they believed that knowledge was important. The Left doesn't believe knowledge is important. It believes that politics defines knowledge.