If I didn’t see this with my own eyes, I’d think it was a really late April Fool’s joke. Courtesy of Jeff Poor:
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It’s good to see Matt Lauer show the only emotion that anybody with the slightest bit of common sense would display: exasperated scorn. But I wonder, does he say the same thing about Michelle Obama’s meddling in what other people eat? Isn’t that just as ridiculously authoritarian, if not more so? Isn’t she just as much of a food-fascist busybody as Bloomberg? Aren’t people every bit as sick of her telling them what to do?
Maybe Lauer has called her out on it, I don’t know. (It would mean watching the Today Show, and I do have my limits.) But if not: Why not?
Happy National Donut Day! But see, that’s different because it just is. That’s the nature of authoritarianism: The more power you have over the lives of others, the less obliged you feel to make your rationalizations plausible. You should be glad Bloomberg is trying to rationalize it at all, you peasant.
I’ll give the last word to the first New Yorker interviewed here: