I hate even to link to this, because it’s so embarrassing, just a national shanda. But there it is: the president of the University of CaliforniaÂ willingly trivialized by Deborah Solomon when his press is uniformly terrible and he (and we) are teetering on a cliff.
It’s not like Solomon snuck up on him: her whole schtick is to diminish interviewees with deeply silly, smirking, ignorant questions and then edit the responses to sound flip. Reasonable people sit still for something like that when they’ve just achieved something big, not when their reputation and institution are hanging by a thread and all trends are down. Does Yudof just have a completely tin ear? Rod Blagojevich would do some insouciant thing like this.Â I want to think our president has better judgment than Rod Blagojevich.
Maybe someone set him up; is the UCOP flack office harboring vengeful malcontents, or is it some sort of remedial PR training program?Â Â Are any grownups watching these people? Should we expect to see Yudof eviscerated by Letterman next, or …or…Heaven help us, don’t let Tina Fey smell this blood in the water.