Good morning from Austin!
I really woke up in the Austin Marriott feeling pretty well for the first time in over a month. The bad news is that I might just have to stay here forever…
1. Tales of the double standard. The news media almost universally thinks that Nancy Pelosi’s sarcastic applause routine at the State of the Union this week was hilarious. Let’s keep this in mind the next time these people bemoan the deterioration of civic discourse and the toxic partisanship in Washington. It’s such a cliché by now that it is useless to repeat it, but I’ll say it anyway: imagine what the media reaction would have been if John Boehner or Paul Ryan had treated Barack Obama that disrespectfully during one of his speeches. They would have been up in arms in protest, and they would have been right. Or, if you like, imagine the fury from the news media if President Trump had responded in kind to Pelosi’s affront, and raised his middle finger right in her face.
At this point, he might as well.
2. Air Travel Ethics. I usually make sure that I have an aisle seat, but this time I was stuck at a window. When the plane reached the gate, the gentleman on the aside in my row just sat there, refusing to get up and allow me and the woman in the center to begin gathering our belongings from the upper bins. The woman in the center seat did everything short of saying, “Hey, ass, get up and let us out,” but he just sat there, chatting with his friend across the aisle. In actual time, this probably delayed my exit from the plane a minute or two, but the feeling of being trapped is not pleasant. I’ve been on hundreds of flights, and this is the first time anyone deliberately blocked me in.
3. Northam-Fairfax-Herring fiasco updates!
- The Washington Post is calling for Northam to resign, saying,“His shifting and credulity-shredding explanations for the racist photograph on his medical school yearbook page, and the silence into which he then succumbed for days — after initially promising to do ‘the hard work’ of atonement and apology to restore his standing with Virginians — is simply too much.” Oh dear—this is frighteningly close to what I suggested last night…
- Ann Althouse comments…
And I think the real reason the WaPo editors are against Northam is not that they want the wearing of a Michael Jackson costume to deserve the new political death penalty. It’s that so many prominent Democrats put their reputations on the line demanding that Northam resign, and the editors don’t want to leave them exposed. But they are all exposed.
- Let’s use that cliché again, shall we? Conservative blogger Liz Shield writes this morning,
Does anyone think that either one of these jokers, Northam or Herring, would be accorded any courtesy by the media if they were Republicans? No. There would be special theme songs on cable and network news, there would be special graphics, there would be people interviewing every person that ever went to school with these blackfacers. The media would be parked outside their residences, following relatives around, going through trash. There would be confrontations by angry activists captured on video. Think of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing as a paradigm. Why aren’t we seeing this?
Presumably that last is a rhetorical question. And yet my addled Facebook friends in D.C. adamantly refuse to accept that the Washington Post is anything but a paragon of journalistic virtue. It’s not that they can explain why the paper, for example, pilloried the Covington students without checking facts, or pretended that the Obama IRS interference with the 2012 election was a “nothingburger,” they just deny that there’s mainstream media bias, and insist that the problem is in my head, probably from watching too much Sean Hannity. It’s astounding. How did they get like this? It’s like watching a family member start to insist that he is Napoleon.
- Now this: Aides say Virginia Democrat knew about sexual assault allegation against lt. governor. “Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott was made aware of allegations of sexual assault against now-Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax over a year ago by the alleged victim herself.”
Nice. “The Party of Women.”
4. Buzzfeed endorses online political censorship. The recently disgraced website news and gossip site wants to know why Twitter hasn’t censored this viral meme:
Let’s see: because it’s funny? Because Twitter shouldn’t be looking for reasons to squash political expression? Because the dumb all-white stunt deserves to be mocked, hard?
4.Sexual assault and harassment headline of the month: A Florida politician allegedly made a habit of licking men’s faces. She’s now resigned.
5. Awwwww! (Yecchhh.) HLN is gushing this morning over the story about the 10-year-old cub scout who “took a knee” during the Pledge of Allegiance. Dad says he was so proud! The kid says he was protesting “racial discrimination.” What the child was doing was virtue-signaling, and that’s all it was. The stunt had no effect or possible effect other than to call attention to him.
Somebody please explain to the kid where he’s confused, before yet another self-righteous, useless, professional narcissist is added to society.