Blame Matt Yglesias for setting off Monday’s torrent of fake news about Chelsea Clinton with a tweet suggesting she’s running for office, which of course she’s never said she’s doing.
You can click over there and read the collection of tweets (because I still can’t figure out how to embed tweets here). I want to focus on some of the
male journalists who have nothing more important to do than to diss Chelsea. Among them: the aforementioned Matt Yglesias, Josh Barro, and CNN’s new hire Chris Cillizza.
From the tweets that I have seen, it seems that Yglesias, Barro and Cillizza all have a problem with Chelsea, because they think she has never earned anything and is just an entitled child of privilege. Cillizza also seems to have a problem with Chelsea, because she’s not Ivanka Trump. But let’s start with Ygelesias.
You can’t blame Matt for his bitterness toward privileged Chelsea, since his life story is a sad but uplifting one. Matt Yglesias was the child of sharecroppers in Mississippi. He would pick cotton during the day and read by the light of one match (which he relit over and over again, because his family could only afford one) at night. Oh wait, wrong Matt Ygelsias.
Our Matt Yglesias was born to Rafael Yglesias and Margaret Jaskow in 1981. Poor deprived Little Mattie attended The Dalton School in New York City and then Harvard University. Daddy Rafael is a successful novelist and screenwriter. His late mother was an associate art director of Newsweek. Little Mattie’s paternal grandparents were Helen and Jose Yglesias. Helen was a novelist and the editor of The Nation from 1965 to 1969. Grandpa Jose was a novelist and wrote articles for The New Yorker and Esquire, among others. And now Little Mattie is a columnist. Can you say dynasty?
Let’s move on to Josh Barro. He was raised in the mean streets of Chicago where he dodged bullets on his way to school each day, and where he was forced to drink water shipped in from Flint, Michigan. Oh, dammit! My bad again. Wrong Josh Barro.
Our Little Joshie was grew up in Massachusetts, son of Harvard professor and macroeconomist Robert Barro. Professor Barro is considered one of the most influential economists in the world. Joshie somehow overcame that underprivileged background to work for The New York Times, Business Insider and Bloomberg. He also appears often on MSNBC. What a touching rags-to-riches story!
That brings us to my favorite, Chris Cillizza,
the bastard child of Andrea Mitchell and Mark Halperin. Chris Cillizza has not said anything important since 1976. Cillizza was born in 1976 and raised in the hoity-toity slums of Marlborough, Connecticut and attended the Loomis Chaffee School. You might have read one his latest columns for the CNN, where he defended Ivanka Trump and pooh-poohed those who hissed at her when she appeared as her father’s representative in Germany.
The easiest course here would be to pillory Ivanka. After all, it’s indisputable that her father has said things, repeatedly, about women that all people should acknowledge are unacceptable. His comments in the “Access Hollywood” tape, his regular references to women as “pigs”, and his comments about Carly Fiorina’s looks during the 2016 primaries have zero defenders. And Donald Trump has apologized for a total of none of them.
But, it’s important to remember that Ivanka is, first and foremost, her father’s daughter. As such, she is going to defend him — as would almost every daughter in any situation in which her dad is under attack. And, whatever you think of the Trumps, it’s beyond debate that they are a very close-knit family who always sticks together.
Soooooo…..It’s okay for any of the Trump children to say anything they want about anything (and there’s no nepotism going on there), but Chelsea has to reply to our delightful triumvirate of journalists with pledges signed in blood while she pinky swears, crosses her heart and spits three times in order for them to believe her?
It’s a good thing there is nothing terrible going on in the world that warrants the attention of journalists, and they have plenty of time to cover the only thing that is threatening our country right now. Chelsea Clinton.