After years of alternatively ignoring and mocking Melania Trump, the leftist media made it clear this week that they would NOT stand for ANY criticism of our incoming First Lady, Jill Biden. After years of writing and tolerating the most abhorrent trash that has ever been thrown at a First Lady, the media lost its collective mind after a Wall Street Journal columnist had the unmitigated GALL to question Jill Biden’s use of the “Dr.” honorific.
“Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the ‘Dr.’ before your name? ‘Dr. Jill Biden’ sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic. Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title ‘Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs.’ A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child. Think about it, Dr. Jill, and forthwith drop the doc,” wrote Joseph Epstein.
The column, which is written in the spirit of Andy Rooney’s old cantankerous “60 Minutes” monologues, was clearly not meant to be taken in absolute sincerity. This was a grumbling gruff, yelling at the passing clouds. We do not believe for one second that Epstein actually cares whether or not Biden calls herself “Dr.” or that he had even the slightest expectation that she would drop the honorific on his suggestion. The whole piece was meant to raise a smile, make a comment on the current state of education, and yeah, maybe ruffle a few feathers. As far as we can see, it succeeded on all counts – probably far beyond Epstein’s imagination.
At the very least, it certainly ruffled some feathers.
“If you had any respect for women at all you would remove this repugnant display of chauvinism from your paper,” raged Jill Biden’s spokesperson.
This was followed by elaborate, reaching columns in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and every other lefty outlet, decrying the stunning “misogyny” found in the original piece.
A lesser paper might have backed down, admonished Epstein, and made some tearful promise to do better in the future. To his immense credit, however, WSJ Editorial Director Paul Gigot penned a piece of his own, bravely defending his columnist from the attacks.
“These pages aren’t going to stop publishing provocative essays merely because they offend the new administration or the political censors in the media and academe,” Gigot wrote. “And since it’s a time to heal, we’ll give the Biden crowd a mulligan for their attacks on us.”
Epstein definitely managed to rile the left, but that’s no great feat these days. His more important accomplishment may have been to explain to America that our next First Lady, while she may call herself a “Dr.” is not the kind of doctor you might be thinking of.
There’s probably a parallel here with “President” Biden, but we’ll have to wait and see…