When the Wall Street Journal got an aging member of its editorial team on camera to talk about New York City’s new bike share program, we thought the hysteria over Citi Bike had reached its peak of wackiness, with nowhere to go but down.
“Look, I represent the majority of citizens,” Dorothy Rabinowitz declared of her opposition to the program. (Meanwhile, back in the real world, 72 percent of New Yorkers said they supported the program when polled last year.)
How can you beat a line like, “Do not ask me to enter the minds of the totalitarians running this government”? Or the interviewer declaring that “fire trucks can’t get into subway stations”? Or, our personal favorite, “If the mayor had had any guts, he would have undertaken a study”?
But Frontpage Mag (their motto, which can’t seem to agree on a capitalization style, reads: “Inside Every Liberal Is A Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out”) watched Ms. Rabinowitz’s ill-informed anti-bike share hissy fit, saw in it a challenge to top her craziness, and declared “challenge accepted!”
In introducing New York City’s Department of Transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, Frontpage scribe Daniel Greenfield dredges up a tidbit from the dustbin of history which is clearly relevant to the issue at hand: “Khan is the granddaughter of Imam Alimjan Idris, a Nazi collaborator and principle [sic?] teacher at an SS school for Imams under Hitler’s Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini.”
Classy as ever, Mr. Greenfield continues:
In 1933, Idris wrote a letter asking why Allah would have chosen the Jews, whom he described as, “the most despicable, repulsive and corrupting nation on earth.” It’s hard to say what Imam Idris would have made of his granddaughter marrying a Jewish law professor and peddling bikes that no one wants from a nearly bankrupt Montreal government company.
But considering that Imam Idris was at times accused of being a Soviet agent and did some work for Imperial Japan, it seems likely that he would have understood.
Mr. Greenfield later moderates his tone, conceding that the designs of a certain “Muslim Nazi collaborator’s granddaughter” have made the streets only “nearly” as impassable as Dresden after the Allies’ bombed the city back to the stone age. Reasonable!
Your move, Dorothy.