1. Too late! Fox News fired Chris Stirewalt yesterday. He is the veteran politics editor who was the prime onscreen face of the supposedly conservative-tilting network’s election night projections that Joseph Biden . had defeated President Trump in Arizona. Arnon Mishkin, a long-time Democratic Party pollster, was Fox News decision desk chief for the 2020 presidential election. He called the state of Arizona and its 11 electoral votes for Joe Biden at 11:20 p.m. Eastern time on election night, not long after the polls closed. Fox news anchor Bill Hemmer, standing at the Fox News election map, expressed surprise. “What is happening here? Why is Arizona blue?” he asked. “Did we just call it? Did we just make a call in Arizona?”
Stirewalt quickly came onscreen to defend the network’s decision, explaining that vote margins were too great in Arizona for the Republican candidate to overcome. He assured viewers that “We’re going to be careful, cautious, and earnest,” adding that “Arizona is doing just what we expected it to do and we remain serene and pristine. He dismissed voter fraud claims, “Lawsuits, schmawsuits — we haven’t seen any evidence yet that there’s anything wrong.” Mishkin also came on camera later to defend the call. I found him supercilious and obnoxious.
Reflecting on the decision to fire Stirewalt, the usual media suspects are pointing out that in the end, Fox’s call was correct. That’s pure moral luck. Fox News was the first news outlet to call Arizona for Biden, anmd when your brand is the news network that balances the hard progressive, Democratic, anti-Trump bias of 95% of the news media, that’s a stupid unforced error. Stirewalt has to be aware of the company’s brand and best interests. Why jump the gun to call a state Trump probably needed to win? Furthermore, Stirewalt’s “Arizona is doing just what we expected it to do” sounded like spin, because it was. The polls, including Fox’s, had already been proven wildly off, and the voting “expectations” were based on polling.
It would not have cost Fox anything to wait to call Arizona, especially since networks declaring winners in states is subjective, unnecessary, and arguably manipulative. Regular Fox viewers were alienated, and this was predictable. President Trump denounced the networkand urged supporters to watch Newsmax and One America News instead. He should not have done that, but it was also predictable. Stirewalt was substantially responsible for losing Fox News viewers and revenue, and accomplished nothing.
He deserved to be fired. I would have fired him too.
2. “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!” “Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now. I have chills,” New York Times editor Lauren Wolfe said in a tweet yesterday with a screenshot of a report from CNN showing Biden’s plane landing. Well of course she has chills, since she and her paper have been trying to defeat, then destroy, then defeat again Biden’s predecessor, and finally did it. Wolf’s “chills” were hardly surprising; what was surprising was that she would be so foolish as to admit it publicly, but then we have been seeing a lot of this lately. The AUC (that’s “Axis of Unethical Conduct” for the uninitiated, the “resistance,” Democrats and news media) has become careless and cocky after Biden’s election, and has let its masks down repeatedly, not that the face it has exposed should have shocked anyone paying attention for the past four years. You know…
Wolfe was immediately mocked and excoriated on social media, so she returned with several tweets denying any bias and claiming that she was just naturally exited about a historic moment. Riiiiight. Among her tweets,
- “I’m shocked that you all don’t feel the importance. Such historical events are deeply moving and thrilling. This attempt to shit on me is nothing more than shortsighted presumption”
- “So a bunch of people think me being excited for the transfer of power tomorrow is somehow disgusting/idiotic/against journalism. It’s a shame. We should all be interested on historical moments”
- (to Brit Hume) “Really, Brit? You’ve never felt excited at historical moments? Stop inciting your fans who are coming after me with threats. This was an innocuous tweet and you know it.”
Of course, it was a biased tweet that exposed her and the Times’ unethical bias that screams out from the paper every single day, and she knows it. Wolfe eventually deleted the tweets, which are similarly self-indicting.
3. Speaking of the Times, the apparently approved AUC disinformation regarding claims of voter fraud in the election is that it is”baseless.” It is in today’s Times again. Such claims may be wrong, but they are definitely not baseless; that characterization is false. There is a basis for suspicion about the election, ergo a basis for claims that there was fraud. The simple fact of mail-in ballots is a basis for such claims: before the pandemic, there was near universal consensus that mail-in ballots were too vulnerable to fraud, and history shows that if a system is vulnerable to fraud in an important election, there will be fraud. There is a mountain of circumstantial evidence that the vote totals are not as they should be, and it is not a lie to make that observation, nor unreasonable to base a belief that voter fraud occurred on the basis of such evidence.
Indeed, the fact that the AUC so vociferously denies irregularities is itself a legitimate basis to suspect voter fraud.
4. Oh-oh. Republicans are acting like Democrats in Wyoming. The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming censured Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump. The censure resolution passed in a unanimous vote by the 45-membe committee, and included a demand that the Bush VP’s daughter appear before the committee to defend her actions.
“Our representative did not represent our voice,” said Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti IV, who presented the resolution to the central committee at a Saturday meeting where the vote took place.
No elected Representative has an obligation to take orders from anyone, including her party and her constituency. Being elected to Congress means that an individual is pledged to act as he or she believes is in the best interests of citizens and the nation. I think Cheney’s vote was foolish, legally ignorant and dangerous, but not because the Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County wanted her to vote otherwise.
5. Why Joe Biden can’t put us back into the Paris Accords on “Day One”...we were never in the Paris Accord legally in the first place.
The United Nations describes the virtue-signalling sham ( the United States leads the world in reducing carbon emissions while not being part of it) as “a legally binding international treaty on climate change.” The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties states that a treaty is “an international agreement concluded between [two or more] States in written form and governed by international law.” But the U.S. Constitution states clearly in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 that the President “shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur.” Barack Obama never received such consent. He unilaterally and illegally signed the United States onto the treaty during the last months of the 2016 presidential campaign, knowing—he’s supposedly a constitutional scholar, remember—that as a treaty it had to go to the Senate for ratification. Instead, Obama avoided referring to the agreement as a treaty so he could disingenuously maintain that Senate ratification wasn’t constitutionally mandated. He played a similar game when the U.S. was illegally bombing Libya.
“…the moment Biden illegally gets us back into the Paris climate treaty, Republicans will mount a legal challenge to it, and the Supreme Court will rightfully strike it down.”
Incidentally, is there any question that if President Trump insisted that he had committed the U.S. to a treaty without Senate approval, the Democrats would have impeached him for it? If they had, ironically, they would have been on far firmer ground than the impeachments they did pass.