“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common,” — Satchel Paige1
Time magazine has forgotten the motto “All the News That’s Fit to Print” made popular by Adolph S. Ochs, owner of The New York Times, in 1897.2 While his purpose was to make clear that his newspaper would be impartial in its coverage, the philosophy of that era also implied civility and decency in its presentation. Unfortunately, Time has chosen the crass route in an attempt to be relevant or cool.
In its “Love it/ Leave it” section of the May 23, 2016 edition, it wrote “Adele stopped her concert in Denmark to praise Beyonce’s Lemonade [emphasis retained]: ‘How is it even possible that she only ever gets better? How is that possible? She is Jesus f-cking Christ.’”
Needing another thrill after that sophomoric rush wore off, it decided to quote Priyanka Chopra two weeks later in its June 6 issue: “F-ck that – I wanna be Bond” in response that she might be the next Bond girl.
Perhaps Time magazine no longer needs readers looking for real news. The publication would rather cater to the immature element of our society — which is sadly understandable seeing how prevalent being common has become. Glad Satchel Paige didn’t live to witness this decline.