It’s a glorious day here in Northern Virginia!
Makes me feel like things are looking up, even though they probably aren’t.
1. I refer you to the most recent post about “the resistance’s” arsenal of big lies. specifically Big Lie #5, “Everything is terrible.” In the Times’ Sunday Review section, usually a resistance nest to one degree or another, though less so in recent months, Trump Deranged Times columnist Michelle Goldberg offers a long essay beginning with the assumption that current day America is a dystopian society. How does she justify this ridiculous assertion? Referencing the science fiction novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in which women in the U.S. “are stripped of their identities and consigned to reproductive slavery for the elite.” Goldberg writes,
“It’s hardly surprising that in 2016 the book resonated with people — particularly women — stunned that a brazen misogynist, given to fascist rhetoric and backed by religious fundamentalists, was taking power despite the wishes of the majority of the population.”
I especially like the “despite the wishes of the majority of the population” part, but the whole statement is dishonest agitprop. Nobody “took power;” an election took place under Constitutional constraints. Goldberg cannot possibly gauge the “wishes” of the majority, since, as usual, the majority didn’t feel sufficiently concerned about the Presidential election’s outcome to bother to vote, meaning they didn’t “wish” for either candidate to win with enough seriousness or commitment to be part of any persuasive analysis. Meanwhile, the President was elected according to the system the United States has operated under since its inception. And describing Trump, who is about as religious as most recent Presidents, which is to say, not at all, was “backed by religious fundamentalists” is as accurate as saying that Barack Obama was backed by anti-white racists.
Read the whole stupid thing. It is irresponsible for a legitimate newspaper to publish such crap, but no more so than for one to employ a biased disinformation specialist like Goldberg as a regular contributor.
2. Once again, Andrew Sullivan finds his way toward calling out unethical journalism. In a recent essay for New York Magazine, the occasionally conservative, gay, religious, emotional but determined truth-teller—as he sees it, anyway—declares the New York Times a publication that has abandoned journalism for activism.
Two quick reactions: a) Ya think, Sherlock? and b) THIS was your first clue?
He concludes strongly, though, writing, “To present a truth as the truth is in fact a deception. And it is hard to to trust a paper engaged in trying to deceive its readers in order for its radical reporters and weak editors to transform the world.”
Hard? The right word is “irresponsible.”
Related: This excellent essay by Peter Wood expounds further on the duplicity of the Times’ much heralded “1619 Project.”
3. Not to pick on racist pundit Jamele Hill, but I’m picking. Here’s a recent tweet from the new Atlantic contributor (speaking of radical reporters and weak editors):
No, Jamele, the continued strength of Creepy Joe at the polls is based on the fear that sane folks won’t vote for the extremist, totalitarian whack jobs on the stage. He is only the “best candidate” in the absurdly limited field provided to voters by the incompetent Democrats after pandering to the far, far left for three years. Very few people believe he’s the best candidate, just as almost nobody believed Donald Trump was “the best candidate” in 2016. Biden is the best of may terrible choices, and the Democratic Party is 100% responsible for that. But not in Jamele’s view. Guess who she thinks is at fault? Come on, guess.
In another tweet, she explains, “I think Trump gave a lot of voters PTSD.” This is the Clinton narrative again: the wonderful Hillary lost because so many Americans are racist, sexist, and white supremacists. The fact that the real lessons of Donald Trump’s ascension remain completely unrecognized by his opponents after all this time is an epic in denial, and the bigoted disinformation spread by fools like Hill (as distinguished from the fool ON the hill, who was at least smart enough to shut up about politics) doesn’t help.
The reality is that Joe’s “best horrible candidate” status won’t stand up, in great measure because, in addition to the fact that he’s pathetic, a large proportion of the Democratic base is bigoted against old, white, straight men.