That’s just ginger ale, in case you’re wondering…
1. “Nah, there’s no outrageous, flagrant, shameless mainstream media bias!” April Ryan, arguably the worst, most unethical, most biased and most unprofessional of CNN’s reporters (but it’s such a lively competition), attacked the confidential sources responsible for leaking a recording of Joe Biden making weaselly comments about his stance toward the “defund the police” movement. Ryan demanded to know who was responsible for allowing the embarrassing comments to be made public, because, as we all should know by now, the job of the media isn’t to report the facts, but to empower and protect Democrats. (She didn’t come out and say the last part, but after her performance over the last four years, she doesn’t have to.) Jonathan Turley appropriately nailed this one:
The fact is that Ryan was just stating what has become the approach of many in the media. As we recently discussed, we are moving dangerously close to a de facto state media with the cooperation of Big Tech companies. Ryan believes that it is outrageous to rely on unapproved material if it is critical of Joe Biden (despite her use of such material for the last four years against Trump)…CNN has not expressed any disagreement with Ryan’s view of the new journalism.
2. Santa Claus Ethics: If you can’t do any better than these Santas, you shouldn’t even try. But they do provide one reason to be grateful for social distancing. I think my favorite is this one…
3. Democrats think the Supreme Court justices are just partisan puppets, the President thinks the Supreme Court justices are just partisan puppets, the public thinks the Supreme Court justices are just partisan puppets. but the Supreme Court justices are not just partisan puppets.
The court, in a brief unsigned order, held yesterday that Texas lacked standing to pursue its lawsuit that had asked the court to throw out the presidential election results in four battleground states, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections.” Two conservative justices, Alito and Thomas, dissented from the standing argument, but also suggested the suit was less than persuasive.
Trump then tweeted that the Supreme Court “really let us down” by rejecting the lawsuit. Who’s “us”?
4. You know what? I don’t let elected officials tell me what I “should” do, especially ridiculous elected officials like my state’s governor, Ralph Northam of blackface fame. In an announcement this week, he told residents of Virginia that they “should” wear masks inside and outside, shouldn’t leave their houses between midnight and 5am, and should avoid groups of more than ten individuals even with social distancing.
If Virginia passes a constitutional law, that’s a different matter. But I don’t trust Northam, I have no reason to respect him, I’m smarter than he is, and I’ll decide what I “should” do. He, in contrast, can bite me.
5. “Nah, there’s no outrageous, flagrant, shameless mainstream media bias!“…The Sequel:
This would be unbelievable, if we weren’t so used to it: