Ethics Dunce, Cultural Dunce, Journalist Dunce—Yes, These Are Our Elite Journalists, Folks!—Times Reporter Maggie Haberman

This would have a KABOOM! tag, but my head is all exploded out today.

But think about it as you read: Haberman has been the primary reporter for the New  York Times on “Russiagate,” and she is obviously Trump Deranged, infected by crippling confirmation bias, and to be crude because sometimes crudity is called for, a total dumb ass.

New York Post reporter Nikki Schwab tweeted today, “Edelweiss” was being played as we walked into the @WhiteHouse”

The woke and culturally literate Haberman responded in horror, “Does…anyone at that White House understand the significance of that song?” Yes, Haberman, who has been crippled by the “resistance” narrative that the President is a Nazi, thinks “Edelweiss” is a Nazi anthem, because, well, see the descriptors above.

No, you lazy, biased, musical theater-challenged moron, “Edelweiss” is the anti-Nazi anthem sung by Baron Von Trapp at the climax of “The Sound of Music,” the artistic creation of two Jews, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Jr. The  paternal head of the singing family defiantly sings the song as a sentimental salute to Austria before the Nazi’s took over, as the Austrians sing and the Nazis scowl. It’s a scene much like the famous Marseillaise scene in “Casablanca.” Maybe Maggie also thinks the French national anthem is pro-Nazi. Why not? It’s no more ridiculous than her misunderstanding of “Edelweiss.”

A ten second Google exercise would have addressed Maggie’s confusion, but hey—why check facts? Journalists don’t do that any more. She just assumed that the President, being a Nazi, was happily playing a Nazi ditty . Then she tweeted out her utter ignorance, using it to take a gratuitous slap at Trump to relieve her frustration that she can’t help lead the “resistance’ mob to impeach him for “collusion.”

Maggie was on fire today with embarrassing tweets. Another one read,

For all of the efforts by POTUS and some of his advisors/aides to undermine or discredit the real-time reporting from multiple outlets, the political reality is it helped take away a lot of the shock value for the public, which has heard much of what’s in the report before.

You know, like I am discrediting her cretinous tweet suggesting that the White House was filled with the strains of a Nazi anthem.

Millie Hemingway of The Federalist clarified with a sharp, and accurate, return tweet:

Also that you were completely wrong with the conspiracy theory you pushed, in which you routinely accused Trump of treasonous collusion with Russia to steal the election.

Haberman, who owes everyone an apology and should hide her head in a sack, will doubtless claim that she was confused because the “Sound of Music” song is used ironically as a Nazi anthem in the cable series, “The Man in the High Tower.” Nope. She is so determined to denigrate Trump that she shot off her metaphorical yap without checking her facts or knowing what the hell she was talking bout.  That’s the reporter who has been pushing the collusion lie in the front pages of the New York Times.

Perfect.

38 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce, Cultural Dunce, Journalist Dunce—Yes, These Are Our Elite Journalists, Folks!—Times Reporter Maggie Haberman

  1. I am confused. In July 2016, former FBI director James Comey was celebrated as a national hero for declaring that no reasonable, competent prosecutor would charge and try Clinton for her use of an unsafe and illegal server. Isn’t Mueller saying essentially the same thing about Trump? Doesn’t he really say there is insufficient evidence of collusion but if Congress wants to pursue obstruction charges tobimpeach Trump, have at it?

    jvb

    • Don’t be confused. Obstruction requires intent, and there is no intent or way to prove it, especially when there was no justice to obstruct, since there was no crime. Hillary’s security breach, however, does not require intent: the act is enough.Comey made up a standard that didn’t exist. And the acts in Hillary’s case were undeniable.

      • I just realized that my comment had absolutely nothing to do with your post. Sorry. I didn’t want show my Philistinian ways by openly declaring that I am not a big fan of “The Sound of Music”. I hang my worthless, culture eschewing head in shame.

        jvb

        Ed. Note: it is true that this commenter is a Philistine but don’t judge him too harshly. He is the ultimate Rush fan so he has one or two redeeming qualities. He doesn’t like “The Sound of Music” mostly because he is not a big fan of musicals, though, truth be told that is a pretty good one. We are working with him. Be patient. This Editor wonders how he will react when he figures out that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is, in fact, a musical.

        • ‘The Sound of Music’ is a guilty pleasure. So is Rocky Horror.

          Just admit to the vice. One can live years without exposure and public shame. Try not to enthuse in the presents of the unafflicted, draw the shades, buy the movies with cash, and you, too, can manage your condition.

        • … This Editor wonders how he will react when he figures out that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is, in fact, a musical.

          Obviously, since he knows readers’ sensibilities, he will say “say it ain’t so”.

  2. Edelweiss is a beautiful song. I can see how it might be mistaken as Nazi propaganda though:

    Edelweiss Edelweiss
    Every morning you greet me
    small and *WHITE*
    Clean and bright
    You look happy to meet me

    Is this an ode to a white flower? Or something more sinister? Imagine if you will, Donald Trump cradling baby Barron in his arms and softly singing this song to him every morning. Call me paranoid, but that sounds a touch racist to me.

    • Yes paranoid and delusional as well. It could be a Jewish anthem too because they are white too just like the Swiss, and other people living in Alpine regions.

      I am sick of these veiled suggestions that anything and everything associated with being white or non POC is a throwback to Nazi thinking. I am pissed that I had to stop going to family events because one brother suggested publically I espoused Nazi ideals when I commented that illegal immigrants could be housed in Hawaii pending their asylum hearing. He equated that to the Nazi’s Madagascar plan. He is no longer a brother but a devout member of the resistance. These continued references are destroying the fabric of our society. I hope you are all satisfied.

      • I took Leslie’s comment as tongue-in-cheek, but only after initially taking it seriously. If my second guess is right, you may have found someone whose snark skills are worthy of hiring for mercenary work against your brother.

        My own brother was initially a staunch Republican who, through many gradations, transitioned through fiscal-conservative Libertarianism into staunch quasi-monarchist Distributism. Sometimes I fear he’s surpassed me, which would be insufferable from a younger brother, so I have to stay sharp at all times. That was all set-up to assure you that I know the value of what you’ve lost. You have my condolences. I’m not without my own personal sacrifices, but none so deep. May the perpetrators of this civil war not go unpunished.

        • Ben,
          You may be right but it looked more like an actual belief.

          The problem I have is when called out on the Nazi references they laugh it off saying they were being tongue in cheek. In my brothers case, who defended his remark as tongue in cheek, he is a rabid resistance member and a professor in the Humanities department at our community college. In my view you cannot use the tongue in cheek excuse if you actually believe Trump and his supporters are white supremacists. I have little to go on with Leslie’s comment so I took it at face value.

          • I think we’re in agreement in all the things we’re certain of. I don’t think, for instance, an insult with the intent of ostracizing its target can be properly defined as tongue-in-cheek unless the insult is ironic somehow.

          • Yep, I was being ironic. But I can’t blame you for taking it at face value. I guarantee you there are real people out there who would agree with what I said with no sense of irony whatsoever. And MY brother ALSO happens to be one of them. That’s three siblings in political disharmony with a brother. From one conservative to another, I salute you, sir, with the secret Republican salute that we all use with each other during private meetings (i.e. you know, one hand extended from the neck into the air with a straight hand)

            • I salute you, sir, with the secret Republican salute that we all use with each other during private meetings (i.e. you know, one hand extended from the neck into the air with a straight hand)

              Adolf Hitler was unable to make that salute properly after a war injury restricted his movement.

    • Leslie wrote, “…small and *WHITE*…”, “Call me paranoid, but that sounds a touch racist to me.”

      HA!!!!!!!!! I spit my coffee out when I read that. It’s been a long week, thanks for the morning humor, I needed that laugh!

      What’s kinda scary is that that’s exactly how the army of social justice warrior blithering idiots would twist the words of the song completely out of context, and they’d believe it whole-heartedly. It’s a vicious circle; hate begets delusion, and delusion begets hate, and both do some really strange things to the ability of the individual to critically think and properly reason.

    • Edelweiss Edelweiss
      Every morning you greet me
      small and *WHITE*
      Clean and bright
      You look happy to meet me

      Is this an ode to a white flower? Or something more sinister? Imagine if you will, Donald Trump cradling baby Barron in his arms and softly singing this song to him every morning. Call me paranoid, but that sounds a touch racist to me.

      If I knew you better I might better discern if this is an ironical joke (rather in my own style!)

      I vote something more sinister. Devilish. Imagine him combing out the blonde lockets of the girl Ivanka and — I always figured this must have happened — humming in German his love for his pretty white daughter. (Before she betrayed her race and her people!)

      Let’s all sing Drume Negrita to begin a process of rectification.

      ¡Make America Fight Again!

  3. Maggie Haberman is doubling, tripling, and quadrupling down now that hundreds of commenters have educated her about Edelweiss. I’ve never seen anything like it. She’s not only failing to admit she’s wrong…she’s making cryptic comments suggesting that everyone else is clueless but her.

    It’s really worthwhile to visit her Twitter feed and see the derangement up close.

  4. Maggie Halberman has never seen The Sound of Music. She’s only seen Youtube clips of it, read the Cliff Notes about what the plot is.

    She has no more inkling of what Edelweiss means in the context of the play or movie than what “effective cross section for absorption” means in the context of nuclear reactor core geometry.

  5. I’m in awe of the utter cultural, civic, and historical ignorance of these biased blithering idiots that are elevated to prominent places in the minds of today’s political left, the sheep just blindly follow these imbeciles.

    This is the United States of America, how the hell did we get here?

    I have no words.

    • See? You are on to something. The Left destroys anything and everything it touches. It elevates shit to the level of high art and ridicules, mocks, or annihilates cultural gifts. The Left tells us that “Piss Christ” and “Elephant Dung Madonna and Child” are beautiful representations of the artist expressing ideas, as opposed to them being cynical, nihilistic caricatures of cultural rot.
      Consequently, “Edelweiss” is not a song about a flower or nostalgia for peaceful times of youth, but an ode to white supremacy and Jewish genocide. Look at popular music, right there in the worthless pages of Rolling Stone. Those Neanderthals told us the Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop were exalted representations of modern music while ripping gifted, well-written music apart.

      If The Left can denigrate something it will. It will declare anything representative of Western civilization as racist, hegemonic, and genocidal. Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus to us) is a blood thirsty conqueror bringing death and disease to the “New World”, which we all know was the Land of Milk and Honey filled with peace loving peoples living as one with the universe (save and except those ritualistic cannibals, tribal wars, and buffalo runs off of cliffs). It is the same mindset that thinks Notre Dame should be rebuilt, not as a basilica in the Catholic church but as a multicultural religious center representing all people of faith and no faiths. Now, I ask you: what do the Zorastrians or Wiccans have to do with flying buttresses and the Eucharist?

      jvb

      • It is the same mindset that thinks Notre Dame should be rebuilt, not as a basilica in the Catholic church but as a multicultural religious center representing all people of faith and no faiths.

        It’s actually been done before. After one of the French Revolutions (who can keep them all straight?), after they’d killed all the priests they’d promised to spare for having taken an oath of loyalty to the new regime, they turned their churches into temples of “reason”. Then the system fell apart, because they began killing each other for not being “reasonable” enough, following the same insatiable, cascading, murderous trend of that revolution as a whole. When you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place ,whoso readeth, let him understand. Armageddon rages on. History doesn’t repeat so much as rhyme.

    • . . . It began when the North invaded, occupied and destroyed the South, my dear child. These are octaves of the same.

      It won’t stop till the Edelweiss is uprooted from the White Mind.

      Won’t you please help?

      • I haven’t had enough coffee this morning, my mind is distracted by way too many things happening at once, I took a brain break and read Alizia’s comment and now I’m a bit confused.

        I’m biting the bait.

        I wrote…

        I’m in awe of the utter cultural, civic, and historical ignorance of these biased blithering idiots that are elevated to prominent places in the minds of today’s political left, the sheep just blindly follow these imbeciles.

        Then I asked…

        This is the United States of America, how the hell did we get here?

        Based on what I wrote and asked, Alizia answered with this…

        . . . It began when the North invaded, occupied and destroyed the South, my dear child. These are octaves of the same.

        Can anyone other than Alizia (seriously, I really don’t need or want a dissertation sized deflection this morning) relate the answer Alizia wrote to the context of what I wrote and asked. I get that Alizia’s last two sentences are likely a joke but did I miss the joke in the answer?

        • The beginnings of the social justice warrior hysteria started with the northern propaganda war against the South and its rebellion. The present hysterical reaction with its statue toppings and denigration of America is an octave of what was begun much earlier. It is a Puritanical emotion deeply linked to one version of Americanism, the one now ascendent. You don’t understand this because you have not carefully examined the history of that conflict, and you do not understand that everything going on today has roots in history and is an effect of specific causal lines. What I say and think confuses you because you have never made these connections. Your ignorance is slightly tragic but it is also typical among the mass of so-called ‘conservatives’.

          I only want to help!

          • Alizia Tyler wrote, “You don’t understand this because you have not carefully examined the history of that conflict, and you do not understand that everything going on today has roots in history and is an effect of specific causal lines.”

            …then you wrote…

            Alizia Tyler wrote, “The beginnings of the social justice warrior hysteria started with the northern propaganda war against the South and its rebellion.”

            “Started with”?

            Well now, that’s interesting coming from you.

            You who boldly state that others don’t carefully examine history enough to make relative connections are making a claim that something as general as the social justice warrior hysteria started as the result of a relatively specific event in history? I call bull shit, Alizia! You’re condemnation of my historical knowledge is completely unfounded and you’re cherry picking specific historical events that you “think” support your narrative. The fact is that all historical events are the cause of other historical events all the way back to the dawn of man. The core of where we are today could just have easily be caused by cascading events throughout history since say the Declaration of Independence was signed or, better yet, how about the rise of Egypt between 3100 BC – 2950 BC.

            Honestly Alizia, why didn’t you pick something more directly relevant to today’s social justice warrior mentality like the anti-war protest in the 1960’s or the civil rights movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s? Or how about attributing this all to the deliberate dumbing down of America like Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt talked about? Or how about you pick something even more recent and relevant like the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States and the associated propaganda that began around that event in history? And of course you could also blame it all on Trump like the political left does.

            You boldly state that “everything going on today has roots in history and is an effect of specific causal lines” and you specifically cherry picked a starting point? By the way genius, you cant have “specific” causal line when it’s related to history because everything event in history has cause and effect even if we as a culture don’t recognize it as such; remember the pebble in the pond metaphor.

            • [Trying to get this to post, it was rejected as duplicate].

              Alizia wrote: “The beginnings of the social justice warrior hysteria started with the northern propaganda war against the South and its rebellion. The present hysterical reaction with its statue toppings and denigration of America is an octave of what was begun much earlier. It is a Puritanical emotion deeply linked to one version of Americanism, the one now ascendent.”

              I am not the first to describe the Civil War as ‘the defining event’ within American history.

              [Dr. James McPherson]: “The Civil War is the central event in America’s historical consciousness. While the Revolution of 1776-1783 created the United States, the Civil War of 1861-1865 determined what kind of nation it would be. The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation of sovereign states or an indivisible nation with a sovereign national government; and whether this nation, born of a declaration that all men were created with an equal right to liberty, would continue to exist as the largest slaveholding country in the world.”

              My understanding is that the character of America, and the character of Americans, is defined through the ACW and through the control, if you will, of the definition of that war. That is, the victor, the North, created the narrative and ‘explained’ the war (even though the classic explanation is partial, tendentious, deceptive and misleading). It seems to me simply a fact that all subsequent events that have to do with national definition stem from the definition process that the North controlled.

              I think one can examine a film such as Mississippi Burning as a ‘text’ and one can ‘read’ it and discover, perhaps, its hidden meanings. In this scene, the FBI agent breaks all the rules and really violates the Constitution in pursuit of the righteous cause that the movie established. The viewer is allowed to participate in the enactment of righteously channeled hatred & contempt toward the ‘bad Southern man’ who has, in fact, no redeeming feature. When you create an enemy with no redeeming feature, there is nothing that you cannot do to them. Take for example that way that ‘the Nazi’ is defined. It is quite similar because a Nazi has no redeeming feature.

              Americans allow themselves, once they have identified their ‘enemy’, or have had the enemy defined for them through propaganda and PR, to use any and all tools and weapons to do harm to that enemy. This is a feature of Americans and of Americanism. You can do any sort of harm to anyone and you never have to pay any price at all. In fact you do not have to be bothered to consider any of this harm from an ethical or moral (or legal) standpoint. What an American does — that is when they punish and inflict harm — is metaphysically correct and proper. Gene Hackman as the FBI agent gives to the viewer — the average American — a peculiar license.

              Because the man Clinton has within the drama been established as the Absolute Villain, the viewer participates in a strange vicarious filmic ritual of channeled hatred. It is a ‘dirty pleasure’ if you will. Also, the viewer is able to vicariously do away with guilt for the treatment of the Negro, be that in the South and, as was actually the case, in the North where the treatment was often harsher, more inhuman.

              My view is that this is a ‘feature’ of the American psyche. The classic Social Justice Warrior of today carries forward a similar channeled rage project, and does so with e sense of absolute — even almost divinely offered — righteousness. This person does not have to think deeply at all. All he or she has to do is locate the emotional core where this special form of righteous hatred is located and is allowed, and to channel it forward.

              As Americans, of course, you are not immune to the same hysteria as the SJW you notice. In fact you, Zoltar, have very clear and rather obvious characteristic and tendencies of rather immense self-righteousness. You love to ‘identify your enemy’ and describe all the evil in them. You project it outside of yourself very conveniently. Myself, I am simply an observer interested in better understanding America, Americanism and the psychic and philosophical dimension of all that is going in the present, which surely is one of the strangest junctures.

              • Alizia wrote, “I am not the first to describe the Civil War as ‘the defining event’ within American history.”

                I think your assertion that because someone else has pointed out that the Civil War was a defining event is a rationalization and doesn’t make what you claim true. The Civil War was a defining event for the United States, no one is denying that but I think your claim that that was THE defining event for the current irrational cult of social justice warriors is a huge stretch and not provable. What you don’t get, and likely never will, is that just because the Civil War was a defining event for the United States it does not mean that it was THE defining event that spurred the current irrational cult of social justice warriors. Was it a small piece of the pie, sure it was but you have not proven your claim – I don;t think it’s provable.

                What I think is that in your tunnel visioned efforts to make things all about race, I think you’ve failed in critical thinking.

                We could easily, and probably more accurately and reasonably provable, attribute the current cult of irrational social justice warriors to the attacks on 9/11. That attack, on mostly civilians, cut deep into the psyche of the people in the United States we were no longer “safe” from the extremist in the world and that sparked irrational fears to growing rapidly. At the very core of the current cult of irrational social justice warriors is irrational fear, we see and hear their irrational fears everywhere…

                I’ve stated my peace, you can have the last word(s).

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