I am late getting up the first post of this Saturday—experience shows that if there isn’t at least one post up by 10:30 am, the total traffic for the day will resemble that of Hooterville at midnight in mid-February—because I was watching with my face in a rictus of horror as the Pentagon’s various flacks tried to spin the unspinnable and treated the American public as idiots as well as the news media (but then the reporters are idiots, to be fair.)
The various contrived reports—What a wonderful and heroic job the U.S. military is doing in evacuating people! Teamwork! Coordination! Brilliantly executed planning! It’s a triumph!–were dripping with Authentic Frontier Gibberish like “throughput.” I don’t trust officials who won’t speak plain English. The Pentagon’s mouthpieces kept describing the situation as “fluid and dynamic,” over and over, obviously and deliberately misleading adjectives with false positive vibrations that were carefully chosen to deceive. It reminded me of Phillip Roth’s satire “Our Gang” in which White House spokesmen keep describing the President as “resting comfortably” when he is in fact dead.
When one of today’s liars was asked about one of his assurances last week that turned out to be completely false, his response was, “That was absolutely true at the time I said it.” He also kept repeating, “I’m not going to get into threat assessments at this time.”
How can anyone with sufficient cognitive ability to tie their shoelaces trust people who talk like this ever? How can they ever trust the organizations and institutions they represent? The answer is simple: They can’t.
Nor can Americans trust the organizations and institutions who continue to cover for the liars. Apparently the Afghanistan fiasco turned out to be a tipping point after all: after spinning, lying and hiding uncomfortable facts about Joe Biden for more than a year (after all, they had to make sure Trump lost), most of the mainstream media is mad as as hell and isn’t going to take it any more—for their own survival; don’t think for a minute they care about you or the nation. These media hacks know that the trust the public has regarding their reporting is at a dangerous all-time low, and they are not going to throw away what little remains for a weak, petty and mentally declining mediocrity like Joe Biden, who has placed himself in the starring role of the naked Emperor in Hans Christian Anderson’s tale.
It isn’t only the conservative media that is pointing out Joe’s lies and delusions during his defiant speech yesterday, though they are clearly having a ball as in this example from Instapundit reacting to Biden’s risible (or scary) statement, “I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world.”
However, now it isn’t only Factcheck.Org (the closest we have to an objective factchecking organization) having the integrity to call Biden on his lies, obfuscations and misrepresentations, but such Democratic propaganda outlets as the New York Times and PolitiFact. The latter was particularly vociferous:
This isn’t funny or satisfying, it’s tragic. The news media’s sudden decision to try practicing journalism comes far too late. Americans have no reason to trust their government, its elected leaders, the military or the “press,” which our Founders designated as essential to make democracy possible through an informed citizenry. Nor can citizens trust each other, as still, partisanship poisoned friends and relatives prove incapable of accepting reality when it contradicts false narratives that have been pounded into their brains since childhood.
Democracy is a form of government that cannot survive without mutual trust. Everything is reminding me of movies today, I don’t know why, but I keep picturing the falling gauge in the nuclear plant that nearly blows up in “The China Syndrome,” and the depth indicator in “Crimson Tide” that shows the sinking submarine nearing the point where pressure will squash it flat. In both movies, disaster is averted at the last second. America’s trust meter is at that point right now. If it starts rising again in time to avert disaster, it will be pure moral luck.