To my father and all the rest…
Thank-you for saving the world.
1. About that Eva Murry story. The last we heard from Eva Murry, she was telling the story of how creepy Joe Biden complimented her on the size of her breasts 12 years ago, when she was 14. Ethics Alarms noted at the time that the woman’s detailed account had no effect on the credibility of Tara Reade’s allegations one way or the other, since we already knew Biden was creepy. However,earlier this week Fox News reported :
A past organizer for Delaware’s First State Gridiron Dinner now says Joe Biden did not attend the event in 2008, after a woman recently claimed the former vice president and senator sexually harassed her there, Fox News has learned….
Local news reports from the time said Biden was having sinus surgery earlier that week — to address issues including a deviated septum — and was scheduled to be out of work for the whole week.
At the time, his spokeswoman said that she “anticipates that he’ll be out for the remainder of the week recovering at his home in Wilmington,” according to a report in the News Journal at the time.
Murry’s aunt, Christine O’Donnell (of “I am not a witch” fame) says she remembers Murry talking about the event at the time, and stood by her viece’s accusation, telling Fox,
“Yes, it could have been another year. So what? She was a teenager when I ran for office. It doesn’t make it okay. It happened when I was running for office against him. If it was 2007, that makes it even worse.”
But it couldn’t have been in 2007 either, because records place him in Iowa that evening.
All anyone can figure out is that young Murry ran into a different creep that she thought was Biden, though that seems unlikely too. What’s going on here? Why would the woman subject herself to national scrutiny and embarrassment by telling her story in such detail when it wasn’t true?
Since the new evidence came to light, she has been notably silent. That’s not right; she made an accusation against Biden, and needs to follow up with either an explanation or an apology.
2. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias! Martin Tolchin, a veteran journalist who worked as a New York Times reporter for many years before leaving to help found The Hill, authored a letter to his old employer in response to an editorial board article titled, “Investigate Tara Reade’s Allegations.” He wrote in part,
I don’t want an investigation. I want a coronation of Joe Biden. Would he make a great president? Unlikely. Would he make a good president? Good enough. Would he make a better president than the present occupant? Absolutely. I don’t want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office, and Mr. Biden is our best chance. Suppose an investigation reveals damaging information concerning his relationship with Tara Reade or something else, and Mr. Biden loses the nomination to Senator Bernie Sanders or someone else with a minimal chance of defeating Mr. Trump. Should we really risk the possibility?
So this veteran journalist supports keeping the truth from the public in order to increase the likelihood that it will vote the way he prefers.
What are the odds that his attitude was any different when he was an active reporter?
3. What was your first clue, Sherlock? Nate Silver, the statistics maven who founded and edits FiveThirtyEight, reacted with exasperation to an Axios report asserting that the U.S. lagged behind Europe in coronavirus recovery, with the “number of new cases every day … not going down.” The New York Times this week published a story containing a similar argument, titled, “As Trump pushes to reopen, government sees virus toll nearly doubling.”
Silver: “Not providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it’s revealing about the media’s goals. It’s more interested in telling plausibly-true stories (“narratives”) that sound smart to its audience than in accuracy/truth per se.”
Yes, Nate, the media’s goals have been quite apparent to those of us who were paying attention for some time now, but thanks for your input.
4. Once again, I have to say that I don’t understand this marriage at all, and if I were Kellyanne Conway’s boss, I’d tell her to deal with the problem or resign. Conway’s husband is George Conway, a D.C. lawyer who has partnered with some other NeverTrumpers to form “The Lincoln Project,” an ironic title for a “resistance” organ since the entire resistance effort has been based on the hope that Lincoln was wrong, that you can fool all of the people, or at least enough of them, all the time. Yesterday I saw its latest TV ad that states that the U.S. under Donald Trump is “weaker and sicker and poorer.” This is deceit, and wildly misleading, though it nicely illustrates the “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t” politicizing of a pandemic that the foes of the President think they can exploit to doom him in November. Like so many other similar attacks, it is based on emotion and assumes, as well as tries to spread, ignorance. It also is aimed at goading Trump, and because he has no impulse control at all and never heard of the Streisand Effect, the ad caused him immediately threw a Twitter tantrum.
He should save his rage for his White House Counsellor. George Conway is free to have political views that differ from those of his wife, but he is using the name recognition his wife provides him to try to put her out of work, and disrupt and undermine her workplace. That doesn’t just cross over a line, it obliterates it. At this point, I see little distinction between Conway’s attacks on the President and the abusive spouse who keeps barging into an employee’s workplace requiring security to throw him out.
What George is doing goes beyond politics to deliberately interfere with his wife’s career. Apparently Mrs. Conway has no influence over him whatever, or, in the alternative, is somehow content to allow him to keep slandering her boss. That’s negligent, disloyal and irresponsible on her part.
I would require my Counselor to fix the problem, one way another other. [Pointer: Steve Witherspoon]