1. Final plug, as the bat above (and in my hands) reminds me: If you are set up with Zoom (it’s free, you know), you still have time to register for the Smithsonian Associates program tomorrow evening (at 6:45 pm, EST) wherein I hold forth on how baseball has influenced American culture, values and history. Yes, it’s $35 bucks, but it goes to a good cause, and may help the Institute hire more competent employees who don’t peddle junk like the chart on “whiteness.” You’ll be able to ask questions, and I’m storing these experiences for the Ethics Alarms Zoom experience to come. Read all about it here…
2. If a left-wing dim bulb like Jonathan Chait can figure this out, surely more are to follow. He writes in New York Magazine…you know, where Andrew Sullivan was regarded as too conservative?…
The ideology of the racism-training industry …collapses all identity into racial categories. “It is crucial for white people to acknowledge and recognize our collective racial experience,” writes [ Robin DiAngelo, of temporary “White Fragility” fame,] whose teachings often encourage the formation of racial affinity groups. The program does not allow any end point for the process of racial consciousness. Racism is not a problem white people need to overcome in order to see people who look different as fully human — it is totalizing and inescapable. Of course, DiAngelo’s whites-only groups are not dreamed up in the same spirit as David Duke’s. The problem is that, at some point, the extremes begin to functionally resemble each other despite their mutual antipathy…. In some cases its ideas literally replicate anti-Black racism.”
3. So Roger Stone is an asshole. Who doesn’t know that? Why is that news? With all the things the New York Times strategically decides not to write about, it publishes a story headlined “Roger Stone Uses Racial Slur on Radio Show/Mr. Stone, while being questioned about the commutation of his sentence by President Trump, used a racial slur in referring to his interviewer, who is Black” Why?
Well, you know why. President Trump commuted his sentence, which was excessive, and if Stone would use a racial slur, it means that by commuting his sentence, the President is a racist. Of course, anyone with two brain cells to rub together can figure out that Stone’s racial views have nothing to do with the President’s action, but this is how Big Lie #4: “Trump Is A Racist/White Supremacist” is pushed every day, in insidious little ways, by the Times and the rest of the media.
Stone’s words were, in fact, signature significance for a bigot. Morris W. O’Kelly, the black host of radio’s “Mo’Kelly Show,” was interviewing the GOP operative when he heard Stone mutter something to the side that sounded like, “arguing with this Negro.” O’Kelly confronted him and asked him to repeat what he said, whereupon Stone remained silent for almost 40 seconds—an eternity on the air— then denied that he used the word. It wasn’t the word that was the real tell, though. It would have been just as demeaning if Stone had said, “I can’t believe I’m arguing with this African American.” What does O’Kelly’s race have to do with the legitimacy of his argument, or whether he is worthy of Stone’s time? Stone was using “Negro” as a synonym for “idiot.”
4. Mask insanity. You know, I’ve been wearing a mask in public for months, but people are being such hysterics and jerks about it that I am sorely tempted to go maskless just to visually say, “Bite me.” A friend made a hysterical post on Facebook saying that she wondered if people without masks were trying to kill her, and I pointed out the FACTS that a) while masks are probably better than nothing, b) there is still no consensus on how much good they do and c) acting as if a non-mask wearer is a mortal threat is irrational. Then she and others on Facebook went ballistic. She’s in a high risk group! She works in an office!—wait, what? If you are in a high risk group, working in an office is one hell of a lot more risky than encountering the periodic person not wearing a mask.
I also said, again correctly, that no case of the Wuhan virus has been definitively attributed solely to someone not wearing a mask. This was also reacted to as if I had said that babies were delicious. The various “authorities” like WHO and the CDC have waffled on masks like Eggos; there is still doubt that asymptomatic persons can spread the virus; it is now now no longer believed that you can get the virus from surfaces; some say 6 feet of social distancing isn’t enough—and now masks are suddenly the panacea?
This is political. And the Left’s own commitment to fearmongering is driving THEM crazy.
Meanwhile, mandatory mask laws are unenforceable and, again, just grandstanding. Earlier I wrote about porous masks. Professor Turley recently explained that these useless masks will still comply with any mandatory mask laws or edicts. Of course they will. Turley writes,
Most laws like Alabama‘s only refer to a “covering” not a mask with protective qualities:
“2. Facial coverings for individuals. Effective July 16, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., each person shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where ten or more people.”
5. I would make this a full post, except a) I just wrote about this particular lie and b) anyone who doesn’t know Chuck Todd is a liar yet is too dumb to read this blog.
Professor Turley flagged this, and had to for me to know about it, since I would no more spend time watching Chuck Todd than I would playing Candy Crush:
We recently discussed the false tweet sent out by CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta that mocked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for saying that “the science should not stand in the way of this.” That quote was artificially clipped to leave the diametrically opposite impression from what actually said. The clip suggests that McEnany was dismissing science when she was actually highlighting scientific work supporting the position of the White House. While Acosta later sent out another tweet noting the real meaning and his colleague Jake Tapper corrected the false narrative on the air, Chuck Todd on Meet the Press decided to play the misleading clip not once but twice on Sunday. It was not just running an overtly misleading clip but defiantly doing so after other journalists have challenged the erroneous impression left by the clip.
I would say “Incredible,!” but if Todd still has a job after all of his barrel-bottom biased journalism, anything from him is believable.
Turley added in part,
If an ill-considered tweet is a venial sin for Acosta at CNN, this is a mortal sin for Todd at NBC. This was no careless tweet, but an airing made long after the false account was flagged during the CNN controversy. It is another example of how the echo-journalistic model not only undermines the faith in the media but actually undermines the effort to fully inform the public on the pandemic. Rather than focus on legitimate questions about the Administration’s efforts, Todd instead knowingly played a false gotcha clip…. There comes a point where you are not long informing but indoctrinating the public.
My God, Professor, “there comes a point”? THERE COMES A POINT? I’m grateful that someone with objectivity is willing to call out such behavior, but this is more than a little late to observe that the news media is undermining its credibility. The credibility is undermined, and indeed non-existent. Until partisan hacks like Acosta and Todd (and Don Lemon, and Chris Cuomo, and Joy Reid, and Rachel Maddow, and so, so many others) are removed from a position of misinforming the public, credibility isn’t worth discussing, or hoping for.