The Incredibly Stupid But Nonetheless Revealing Nancy Pelosi Video Ethics Train Wreck

Seldom does a news story I deem too predictable and silly to warrant posting about suddenly explode into a full-fledged ethics train wreck, but this time, it did. President Trump apparently couldn’t resist the irony of Speaker Pelosi calling for “an intervention” for him in one of her typical rambling, halting, disturbing performances, and tweeted “PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE” along with a video.

This was, of course, both juvenile, petty and typical conduct by the President. At this point, I don’t see how anyone can get upset about it, be surprised by it, or pretend to be outraged by it. Doing so is one more marker of Trump Derangement: yes, we KNOW you hate the man and can’t stand his manner, manners, and mannerisms. These were a matter of record years before he was elected. Anyone who voted for him knew the was part of the package. What possibly is accomplished by railing about it now?

“The man’s an asshole! No, really, look, he really, really is an asshole! Don’t you see? HE’S REALLY AN ASSHOLE!!!!” We see, for God’s sake. We’ve always seen. Shut up! [See: The Julie Principle.]

Now, if Donald Trump were 14, or not President of the United States and obligated to be a role model and epitome of dignity and rectitude, one could sympathize with this latest example of tit-for-tat payback. Pelosi accused him of a “cover-up” because he has chosen not to cooperate with Democrats looking for things—something, anything— to impeach him with. This is the three year old “we know you must have done something horrible because you are horrible,” guilty until proven innocent smear that the “resistance” has used from the moment Trump was elected to try to undermine his Presidency in an  undemocratic, slow-motion coup unlike anything the nation has endured before. Then she made her “intervention” comment. Of course the President resents it and is furious, and he has never denied that his personal ethics code demands that he strike back when he is attacked. No, it isn’t ethical, admirable or Presidential. But it’s him.

The Speaker was also crossing lines of decorum that shouldn’t be crossed, but that horse not only left the Democratic barn long ago, it has traveled cross-country, mated repeatedly, and has nasty, mean-spirited, hateful colts galloping all over the place. One of Trump’s gifts is making his enemies behave worse than he does, and the Democrats and the “resistance” have taken the bait and asked for more, the fools. All they had to do was to take the high road, speak respectfully but sadly about the President’s transgressions, stick to the facts, and refrain from name-calling and ad hominem attacks. Like the man on the ledge heeding “Jump!” chants, they chose to follow the worst of their supporters’ demands instead, proving, of course, that they were no better than the President, and, I would argue, worse.

But this is how the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck has been rolling since November 2016. I’m bored. It wasn’t newsworthy, much less Ethics Alarms commentary worthy. Then…

  • The mainstream news media, notably the New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN, rushed to defend Pelosi, falsely claiming that the video Trump posted was “doctored” or “edited,” suggesting that it misrepresented Pelosi as stumbling when she did not.

Several observers pointed out that the frame rates of the clips were different, off by a half frame, but the content was the same, and the audio levels matched. The media, however, encouraged a misconception  by deliberately confusing the clip Trump tweeted with the video the Post wrote about in its story, “Faked Pelosi videos, slowed to make her appear drunk, spread across social media.”

Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!

The significance of these ethics train wreck passengers? They rushed to Nancy Pelosi’s defense, and were willing to distort the facts and confuse the public to do so. Over at CNN, the network showed Trump’s video and stated it was faked, but didn’t show the actual video that was supposedly doctored. Now what possible explanation is there for that? CNN didn’t show the “real” video because it would have exactly the same content as the one Trump tweeted.

  • Next on board were the Fascists of the Left, who, in part prompted by Trump’s trolling,  demanded that Facebook take down the obviously edited video of Pelosi speaking on another occasion, which slows down her speech to make her sound drunk. Facebook doesn’t want to get into the morass of removing posts that are deceptive or aren’t true, because Facebook users post misleading stories and headlines constantly, particularly anti-GOP and anti-Trump stories. For example, several of my Facebook friends posted a 26 month old story about an Oklahoma Republican saying that rape was “God’s will” as if it were current news. The “resistance” posts false or misleading stories about President Trump daily, sometimes hourly: I haven’t seen any demands from conservatives and Trump supporters that they should be censored.

Significance? It’s one more troubling example of how the left side of the political spectrum now sees censorship and silencing as the appropriate remedy for speech it finds unpleasant or inconvenient. It also shows how progressives and Democrats assume that the social media platforms naturally have their backs…as they usually do.

Then the train wreck got a surprise celebrity passenger, none other than…

  • Hillary Clinton herself! She intentionally or negligently confused the video Trump tweeted with the doctored one—this is how fake news becomes a “narrative”—and called it “sexist trash.”

I’ll let Ann Althouse take over here, because her reaction is identical to mine: BOY, am I sick of Democrats, and especially Hillary, reflexively dismissing any criticism of a female politician as “sexist.”

Althouse:

” I’m tired — and was tired long ago — of the Hillary Clinton theory that every attack on a woman is “sexist.” Women in high positions need to be attackable or I don’t want them in high positions. So that theory will perversely push me into the sexist position that women should not hold high positions….it’s certainly not sexist to mock a politician’s bad speech. Of course, Trump’s speech is mocked all the time. One of the points in favor of having Trump as the President is that we feel so free to mock him. To vote for someone deemed unmockable would sacrifice a highly valuable freedom — the freedom to mock the President….”

Exactly. It will take a lot of convincing to get me to vote for a black or female Presidential candidate until I’m certain that his or her supporters won’t try to intimidate critics by calling them racist or sexist—as with Hillary and Obama.

For the record, Pelosi sounds confused, addled and like an escapee from the retirement home much of the time, and no doctoring of videos is necessary to show it.

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Pointer: Dave Burelli

 

13 thoughts on “The Incredibly Stupid But Nonetheless Revealing Nancy Pelosi Video Ethics Train Wreck

  1. Ben Shapiro lamented Trumps response on Friday. I saw the original video and thought she had dementia. She is definitely having difficulties.

    Decorum means more than simply referring to someone as the gentlewoman or gentleman. It requires an honest attempt to work collaboratively instead of using every opportunity to diminish those with whom you disagree.

    With role models like Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Schiff, Swallwell and I sure some on the right as well is it any wonder that our politics has not gotten more civil since the days when lawmakers settled scores with duels?

    Trump is what we get (need) in response to the behaviors of the losers in the Electoral College contest. The progressives don’t care about decorum they care about cultivating power.

    We have several choices. We can unconditionally surrender to the left and do as they demand, tolerate Trump’s undignified retorts and work to get him reelected in 2020, or start stocking up on ammunition.

    • We have several choices. We can unconditionally surrender to the left and do as they demand, tolerate Trump’s undignified retorts and work to get him reelected in 2020, or start stocking up on ammunition.

      I am doing the latter two options. The first is never a valid option.

  2. Exactly. It will take a lot of convincing to get me to vote for a black or female Presidential candidate until I’m certain that his or her supporters won’t try to intimidate critics by calling them racist or sexist—as with Hillary and Obama.

    I think having a candidate like Condolezza Rice win is the antidote to that. The left being placed in the bind of not wanting to criticize as to not appear racist will be hard on them. It most certainly will be fun to watch.

    • The left trashes Candace Owens with impunity now. They will simply say they are criticizing policy which a democratic institution.

      • Exactly. Sexism and racism are inoperative concepts unless your political views are approved by the Left. They will simply send black Leftists and women to raise the same assaults they decry from the Right with impunity.

  3. We already had an “unmockable” President: you-know-who. He Who Is Free From Scandal.

    Every POTUS I can remember, since Nixon, have had masks made of them, and people wear them. But a rodeo clown got fired for simply wearing an Obama mask.

    Unmockable.

  4. Most of the political theatre — the entertainment of Clown World — seems to function as a shimmering foil so not to be able to see the larger dynamic of power-struggle.

    What is the *real nature* of the power-struggle manifesting itself in American politics and in the social world? I gained what seemed like a fuller perspective from this interview, or was reminded of what values and ideas stand behind the present obfuscating theatre.

    • Gábor Vona (founder of the Jobbik party of Hungary), from a forward to the book Handbook for Right-Wing Youth by Julius Evola.

      From this, it follows that total misunderstanding and serious short-sightedness has become the most common approach to politics.This stagnation of politics unavoidably causes people to drift into the muddy waters of intellectual aberration and ideological infection. Those who conduct their political thinking and activities without any real intellectual base and centre will-despite their best efforts-become nothing more than the playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible to them.Their situation is as hopeless as trying to distinguish colors with one’s eyes covered. And it provides even more evidence regarding the truth about our modern age that such a completely unworthy political role is not repulsive to the majority of the people who are involved in it. On the contrary, they find the same joy in it that they do in extreme sports. They don’t suffer in the intellectual desert, but instead recreate it over and over again, making it go deeper and deeper. Its utter futility is clear to see by anyone who experiences the level of today’s political debates, follows the futile and empty sessions of parliament, or looks into the eyes of some politicians. Public life is nothing more than a low-level squabble between those who are inspired by nothing more than economic and social interests, which they hope will grant them the good graces of a society which has been degraded to nothing more than social and economic interests.

      It is nearly impossible, anywhere in the MSM and in most of the conversations that occur about politics and current events, to come across people who are discussing the real issues. Simply because they are not seen and they are not defined. But the Clown Show of Clown World is seen on all channels (speaking actually and metaphorically).

      This interests me: “Those who conduct their political thinking and activities without any real intellectual base and centre will-despite their best efforts — become nothing more than the playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible to them.”

      The Political Theatre, the Spectacle, deals strictly in ‘aberration’ and ‘ideological infection’ and is both the symptom and the cause of the same. And since all things are related, and the downward spiral into chaos is the defining *motion* of today, it is again ‘aberration’ that is seen: it is present everywhere and is an ‘infection’. The body politic is in a mad, over-excited state. And the cultural *nourishment* is absurdiste. You can’t read and study on an empty stomach, but one lives in the illusion that one’s stomach is actually *full*!

      If such is going on in the larger body politic, one must ask questions about what is happening within the body and soul of the individual. I start from the premise that what we are — our soul, our spirit — become “playthings of powers unknown and imperceptible” to us. This alludes to the ‘metaphysical’ element, something dark and captivating. One requires a specific definition of the *demonic* in order to be able to understand what goes on in our present, and why. It corresponds to miring in extreme materialism — the essential message that comes from nearly all channels of communication — and as well to the insidious excitement of pornography: the most manifest form of material enthrallment. Everywhere one turns — in this sick Americanism — one is invited to be seduced and tricked. And then one defends what corrupts one as *freedom*.

      Who in America today is dealing in IDEAS, of the sort that a true Right-tending, a Right founded- political movement can be defined? WHO? It stands to reason that the work is essentially spiritual, and that intellectual work is included in it. It has to do with *recovery of self* from out of a mire of chaos and confusing signals: and this is what ‘America’ is right now.

      It’s not the ‘shining city on a hill’ [Matthew 5:14 where Jesus he tells his listeners, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”] but a perverse and perverting monstrosity. This is not to say that individual persons cannot, or will not, define and hold to exalted values, it is to suggest looking more closely at what is *really happening* around us, and examining the causes that have produced the present, and defining a realistic path toward what is higher and nobler.

      It is a total illusion to imagine this will come about on its own and that the *good* will float down and install itself in a person, in people, in culture, and in society. No, just as it is within the individual, it will involve a battle against powerful forces with infinite capacity to lie and deceive, and it is lies and deceptions that (best) define Our Present.

  5. Significance? It’s one more troubling example of how the left side of the political spectrum now sees censorship and silencing as the appropriate remedy for speech it finds unpleasant or inconvenient.

    They see it that way because it is both effective and possible for them to do unilaterally, without having to fear an in-kind response from the Right.

    We know the Left controls social and most mass media, and the great thing about it (from their perspective) is that they don’t have to have their leaders stand up and demand censorship — the mob is all too ready to stand in for them, so that censorship demands look like grassroots uprisings against “hate speech.” Social media in particular are all too ready to respond to such outrage mobs when they become loud enough, or just get enough face time on mass media.

    It’s hard to blame the Left for using a weapon that the Right does not possess. Politics, as we know, has become a zero-sum game from the Leftist perspective, and they have long since declared that such things as Constitutional principles are subordinate to the success of their movement and the destruction of their opponents.

    This is more than just a train wreck — it is an assault, and in fact, an unapologetic rejection of long-held founding precepts of the Constitution. It is an embrace of the the things the First Amendment explicitly rejects, and the Democrats are willing to embrace anything that will provide them access to the levers of power. When they get that, they intend to fundamentally change this country beyond the greatest fears of Benjamin Franklin’s famous answer-admonition:

    A Republic, if you can keep it.

    Regarding Pelosi, her age is showing. It happens to us all, which is why she should be an ex-Speaker rather than trying to continue, zombie-like, in a position her infirmities have rendered her unqualified for. She is not alone in this situation, alas.

  6. On a practical note I wonder what they’ll do if hey find out she is losing her marbles.

    Have her nominate a replacement during next election and give them support?

    Or would they just keep electing her

  7. “…that horse not only left the Democratic barn long ago, it has traveled cross-country, mated repeatedly, and has nasty, mean-spirited, hateful colts galloping all over the place.”

    Somehow, I just got around to reading this post. I’m glad I didn’t miss it; that has to be the best (and funniest) metaphor I’ve seen in a long time!

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