No escape from the Left, not even in Runner's World
The disease of Leftist bias knows no bounds and infects all manner of print medium, it seems. My latest encounter with the plague happened today while perusing an issue of Runner’s World, of all things.
David Willey, the editor-in-chief of this magazine, asks in the title, “Do You Feel It?” This being the August issue, and with much material inside dedicated to the dangers of running unprepared in the heat of that torrid month, I firmly expected to read some wisdom concerning this topic. More knowledge on this front can never hurt; I do run, and that is why I buy the magazine. However, he just has to start out the “Editor’s Letter” section this way:
“There’s a lot to think about, even sleep over, in An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore’s call-to-arms on global warming. One unsettling fact is that our era is the hottest that’s been measured in the past 1000 years. In fact, of the five hottest years recorded since 1860, four of them came in the last five years -and last year was the hottest. While Gore wants us to understand the effects this has on our planet (more on that later), this issue of Runner’s World looks at the effect on our running lives.”
This about made me shut off the treadmill. Did I inadvertently buy political commentary or did I buy a magazine dedicated to one of my more enjoyable forms of exercise?
Tell you what, David. No “more on that later”; political addict that I am, even I need time to unwind and no think too much about things. My plate is a bit full on an average day and I need to shut it all out and do something healthy, productive, and in a perverse sense, relaxing. Can I just read about being a better runner and not about politics for once? This might make sense if I were reading Foreign Affairs or The Economist, but I am not!
But, as you would expect, he unfortunately had MUCH more to say about this. Guess we ought to ratify and comply with Kyoto now so that runners can still run marathons and 10-Ks!
“As for An Inconvenient Truth, it is one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. It’s been out for more than a month now, but if you haven’t seen it or read the book (which is published by Rodale, Running World’s parent company), I urge you to do so.”
Well, okay, I can grant that Mr. Willey is possibly merely trying to promote a book published by the people who finance his and his family’s life-saving meals. But let’s read on, shall we?
“I’m not trying to get political here (Unsane’s note: Too damn late for that, Mr. Willey!); I agree with Gore that global warming is not a political issue - although it is an issue politicians will be running on very soon.”
Really, Mr. Willey? I seem to recall that the Senate shot down the Kyoto Protocol 95-0 in 1998 or so. So, there should be plenty of Senate seats wide open for would-be Senators who make global warming their #1 issue to grab! Right?
“Gore calls it ‘a moral and spiritual challenge’, and the way he writes about it in the book makes a connection, in my mind, to the runner’s ethic.”
The key phrase, Mr. Willey, is “in my mind”. This excursion into naïveté and Leftism (perhaps one in the same for most) concludes:
“’This crisis is bringing us an opportunity to experience…a shared and unifying cause’, Gore writes, ‘the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict that so often stifle the restless human need for transcendence; the opportunity to rise.’ Here’s hoping we take it.”
“Shared and unifying cause…” Hmmmm. The more I read tripe like this the more I am becoming convinced that global warming is not remotely about science but about other global movements; namely, Socialism.
Perhaps it wouldn’t be too much to ask Mr. Willey to stick to topics he knows about, like…the best way for me to hydrate before a 10-K, or my best selection of running shoes?
Apparently it is. The intrusion of politics into everyday life, even when you least expect it, is quite astounding. I remember reading slams on Rush Limbaugh in Astronomy magazine, of all places! These are things that I and the average American read in the hopes of tuning out The Real World for just one shining moment and get back to what is important: our own happiness, our own well-being. And yet here it is again: the Left trying to slip its message under the radar even in publications intended for hobbyists and those with an eye on their weight and waistlines. Is there a place I can turn to which won’t try to politicize every damn thing I read and see?