The Seattle Times editorial board has strong words for the Glorious Leader:
NORTH KOREA, which apparently relishes its oddball, unpredictable behavior on the world stage, has another opportunity to zig when everyone expects it to zag. Release two American journalists held without formal charges, and send them home.
Yeah, sure, but… and? I mean, it’s not like even most Seattleites routinely scan the Times’ op-ed page, let alone Kim Jong-il, so what exactly is the point?
I suppose if the Times had used the incident as a springboard to critique the Obama administration’s policies toward North Korea, to argue pro or con on further engagement with the communist dictatorship, or even, in a controversial twist, to berate the two journalists for carelessly sparking an international incident, well, that might have made for an interesting and/or relevant editorial. But why waste precious op-ed space merely stating the obvious?
What’s next? A bold, sharply worded editorial arguing that puppies are cute?
As proprietors of Seattle’s only remaining daily newspaper opinion page, the Times’ editors have an awesome platform from which to drive and shape our state’s public debate, and with it, a special civic obligation to do so—a platform, I’m not ashamed to admit, bloggers like me envy. And yet, too often, there’s nary an opinion of any consequence to be found. For example, from today’s two unsigned editorials, the combined 558 words can essentially be summed up in seven: North Korea bad, Husky women’s softball good.
I can’t argue with the sentiment, but I mean, really, was there nothing more pressing to write about? No important public policy issue on which to educate readers, no compelling controversy on which to opine? That’s it… a glorified sports column and a current events blurb about as challenging as one might find in the Weekly Reader?
All of which makes the Times’ closing sentence a touch ironic, for while it does in fact hit the nail on the head, it’s not exactly the nail they were thinking of:
Mindless, pointless acts of obfuscating petulance serve no purpose and make no point.
Get it? “Pointless acts … make no point.” In both form and content, it’s like they’re writing about themselves.