The New York Times is letting its obsessions bleed through its coverage with greater frequency. TV critic Alessandra Stanley, in a front page article on the final episode of the Sopranos, pronounces:
The decline and fall of the Sopranos - Tony; his wife, Carmela; and the rest - served as a parable of America in decline, yet week to week the series was also just a gangsters' tale, with lots of graphic sex, gruesome violence and most of all a sense of humor. [emphasis added]
The Left takes it as a matter of faith that things are just terrible in America. The Baby Boomer generation of Pinch Sulzberger have become crotchety oldsters convinced that everything is going to hell these days. If America is in such decline, why do we lead the world economically even more than we did ten years ago? Why is our culture the major force in the world? Why are more Americans owning homes than ever before?
To be sure there are many problems in America, and always have been. But only a mind obsessed with hatred would see everything in terms of American decline under Bush.