Well, the sad saga I was so exercised about last week has come to a somewhat satisfying, somewhat not conclusion. Satisfying, because the Chronicle has fired the blogger who wrote such an empty, cruel attack on three unsuspecting grad students, and through them, their entire discipline. Better, the apology from the editor is sincere and real– no “sorry people got offended” BS, but an actual “I screwed up and I’m sorry” apology. That’s rare, and I was very happy to read it.
The conclusion is only somewhat satisfying because, if I know conservatism, Naomi Schaefer Riley’s career is about to take off. After all, no one is more popular in conservatism than the conservative that can claim a victimhood narrative. Never mind the fact that Schaefer Riley’s post was worthy of dismissal not because of its conclusions but because of its paucity of evidence, shoddy reasoning, and proud ignorance of the work she criticized. To the conservative media, she will be seen as a victim of the lefties in media and the university, and all the better, her story is the perfect vessel for the kind of race trolling they love so dearly. When you have convinced yourself that all of your problems are the result of bias, there is no such thing as a genuine failure or appropriate punishment. It’s a perfectly closed loop. I do believe a star is born.