You know things must be getting really bad for women in the West when a reporter struggles just to make a morning interview with a left-wing propaganda outlet.
New York Times writer Sheera Frenkel’s plight to make a media hit with that noted bastion of objectivity, MSNBC, might’ve gone unnoticed if Twitter hadn’t helpfully plopped her nine-tweet PSA, titled, “Why it is so hard for working moms to have it all,” at the top of my Trending list last week. It’s the current year and I am reaching peak levels of nihilism, but still have enough faith in humanity to believe these tweets didn’t go viral on their own.
In true dramatic fashion, Sheera’s tale makes good use of tears: Enter Sheera’s one-year-old daughter. The reporter wouldn’t have seen six missed phone calls from several TV stations that wanted to host her at 6-7 a.m. if it weren’t for her little angel, whose sobs woke her at 5 a.m. I could barely stop up my own tears when I discovered that this was probably before the arrival of Sheera’s full-time nanny, a factoid the reporter mentioned in a NY Times column she dedicated to her calamity but must’ve forgotten to include in her original, viral Twitter post.
Luckily, our heroine is able to foist her brat — who is probably a patriarchal collaborator trying to keep working moms down — off on grandma and rushes off to San Francisco. She later confessed to having “broke[n] many traffic rules to get there on time,” though surely a coveted 8 a.m. spot on MSNBC is worth imperilling a few liberal lives.
But alas, the greatest foe remains to be vanquished as, in a shocking twist, the TV studio itself takes on the role of Sheera’s nemesis.
“There is no makeup person, and even if there was, the makeup is all made for Caucasians,” the poor, sympathetic, Boston University-educated journo laments. “The camerawoman sees my panic and buys me 2 minutes to slap on some of my own makeup. (Bless you camerawoman).”
Can you believe the vile racial animus “progressive” TV stations and their cosmetic departments use to oppress poor journalists who attended private colleges with tuition costs outpacing Harvard, Princeton, and Yale? Harrowing! Perhaps MSNBC’s makeup artists could use a taste of the social media lynch mobs their stars have helped gin up on behalf of #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and so many other movements.
Nonetheless, I’m glad this story had a happy ending, which was Sheera getting to preach to the converted on Russian hacking for a little less than two minutes. I haven’t read all of her Trump-Russia coverage, but I’m sure everything’s completely grounded in facts and totally not politically motivated. This is, after all, the same Sheera Frenkel who, prior to getting scooped up by NYT, spent seven years working for NPR and the illustrious BuzzFeed.
Her experience last week “is just one example of how the system isn’t set up for moms,” according to the journalist, who proceeded to say she hopes her daughter “never has to fight for equal pay,” and asks us “why aren’t our systems built to accommodate family and work?”
Indeed. How dare frivolous things like reality and opportunity cost get in the way of people who, despite having attained a high-caliber degree and prestigious job, still navigate the world with the hopeless idealism of a kindergartener who thinks they can grow up to be Spiderman?
Hopefully, Sheera’s story will persuade other beleaguered journalists to come forward and share their own ordeals raising children while trying to find or fabricate anything that can undermine the Trump presidency. For now, I’ll leave you with a phrase from Sheera’s NY Times column that I found the singularly most courageous, inspiring, and truthful:
“I don’t have answers.”
Some may argue that Sheera’s betrayed her kid by hiring a full-time "mommy;" her country by writing for The Times; and her own entitlement and ignorance about how “the system” is supposed to work, but at least she hasn’t turned her back on the modus operandi of establishment journalism:
Complain first, offer solutions never.