The moment when I realized that Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay’s satire about a decadent society facing a world-ending comet, would fail in its grand ambitions arrived early in the movie, when his story briefly took aim at my employer, the New York Times.
Oh, the newspaper is called the “New York Herald” in the movie, but it’s got my own newspaper’s font and brand and prominence: It’s the first place that the protagonists, a pair of Michigan State scientists — played by Leonardo DiCaprio in amusing middle-aged-dad mode and Jennifer Lawrence in goth-girl camouflage — turn to when their attempt …
This article appears as “Misreading the Times” in the January 24, 2022, print edition of National Review.
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