Anti-semite, anti-Indian, anti-white, anti-Slater?
Despite its recent shift to narrative over facts, from old grey lady to wounded millennial, it was still a surprise this morning to discover the New York Times had left fifty-year-old Kelly Slater out of a story on sports stars who refuse to quit.
We find Venus Williams, who is forty, “grinding against a competitor a little more than half her age for more than three hours at Wimbledon” and big sis Venus, with “not so much spring in her step at age 42.”
There is Roger Federer, forty-one, Rafael Nadal, thirty-six, Tom Brady, forty-four and Tiger Woods, forty-six.
“Why is it so hard, with their best years behind them, to leave the stage and kick back with their millions? And it’s not just tennis. Tiger Woods, with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, is struggling to come back from devastating leg injuries at 46. Tom Brady can’t stay away from football. Regular working people go through life believing that retirement is the endgame. Not so with professional athletes.”
One week before his fiftieth birthday, and thirty years after his first win at Pipeline, Slater waltzed through the pack to win this year’s Billabong Pro Pipeline, and take the number one slot in the world tour rankings.
Between sobs Slater said, “I committed my life to this.”
It isn’t the first time the Times has made an historic blunder.
Over the course of World War II the Times shunted stories about Nazi death camps into the back pages, its Jewish owner, the anti-Zionist Arty Sulzberger believing European Jews were “responsible for their own demise in the Holocaust.”
Lately, editorialising around the Duke University lacrosse case and the furore over historical inaccuracies in the 1619 Project has dulled the titan’s once untarnishable rep to the dullest sheen.