1. Here is the cutline from the New York Times editorial this morning, as the situation in Afghanistan worsens by the minute: “The U.S. should nudge the Taliban toward inclusivity, not root for their failure.” No, I’m not kidding.
In the letters section, there is no mention of Biden’s lies, his embarrassing bluster, or Afghanistan at all. The other op-eds? Charles M. Blow thinks the most important issue this week is “The Anti-Gay Agenda.” Paul Krugman is concerned that Californians may “throw away” the Leftist paradise bestowed on them by the Democratic Party—you know, a land where shop-lifting isn’t a crime, illegals are legal, and up is down (and vice-versa). (I did not read the column.) The third op-ed is about the threat to a mother’s right to kill her unborn child.
Hey, no need in joining all of those racist/sexist conservatives on Fox News in falsely claiming that the Afghanistan exit is a multi-dimensional human and political catastrophe! One of the ways the media circulates fake news is by how it prioritizes stories and buries developments unhelpful to their favored political party.
2. Eugene Robinson, the African-American Washington Post columnist who is both a Democratic Party hack and an embarrassingly mediocre analyst, writes of the unfolding chaos,
“That is tragic. But it would be true, I believe, whenever and however the U.S. mission ended. The images we’re seeing from Kabul are shocking, heartbreaking and embarrassing. But the real stain on our national honor was in making promises to Afghans that we never had the intention or even the ability to keep. Twenty years of U.S. blood and treasure gave Afghanistan not a secular democracy but its flickering illusion. And history will see this withdrawal, painful as it is to watch, not as ignominious but as inevitable.”
See? Just mouthing a talking point that has been decided upon by the Democratic Praetorian Guard, and that everyone in its media orbit has been instructed to parrot. I’d read the Post reader comments, but that shredder is already looking inviting to my head; I don’t want to take the chance. But I will say, “I told you so!” Remember? Althouse commenter Big Mike knocks Robinson’s garbage out of the park far more effectively than Althouse (this is why she tried banning commenters), writing:
“How many times over the course of my career did I see weak and ineffectual managers try to argue that no one could have done a better job than the mistake-filled “leadership” they had provided. No one intelligent buys it. We could have and we should have coordinated with our NATO allies. We could have and we should have gotten the Afghani people who worked with us out. We could have kept Bagram open until all the American civilians were out and all the Afghans we had promised to rescue were out and only well-armed military personnel were left. Even if we couldn’t get all of the Afghans out, we could have and should have tried a lot harder. We could have destroyed any armaments we couldn’t carry out with us. How much war equipment did the Russians leave behind when they left Afghanistan?..
“Making promises that they can’t keep and don’t intend to keep us what politicians do, and American politicians are no different from most others in that respect. But don’t worry that we’ll ever again be able make promises, whether we intend to keep them or not or even can keep them or not. After Afghanistan no one sane will believe our promises, so in that respect Joe Biden through his unique mix of malice and incompetence. has tied the hands of future Presidents for at least the next forty or fifty years. This will be a part of his legacy.”
But nobody will let Mike write that in a column, nor will the Post or Times publish a letter authored by him that makes those points. Heck, if he keeps this up, Althouse may ban comments again.
Robinson, low-wattage that he is, still is more tolerable than MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” host Joy Reid, who is so unethical and obnoxious that even CNN probably wouldn’t tolerate her. On August 17, here was het whataboutism defense of the Biden: “What about the 626,000 Americans who died of COVID because of Donald Trump?” No, I told you I am NOT kidding! How brain-rotted does a viewer have to be not to laugh hysterically and turn the channel when a host utters something so moronic?
Then, leaving the silliest for last, is the risible claim by Jonathan Chait, an established denialist and purveyor of false information. (He was one of those who repeated the false history that Hillary lost in 2016 because “If you listened to the political scientists, Hillary Clinton’s defeat was relatively predictable — winning a third term for a party is pretty difficult.” No, you ignorant fool, it’s NOT.) He actually wrote in “The Intelligencer” section of New York Magazine that the news media is being harder on Biden than it was on Trump. This is like writing in Scientific American that the Moon is made of cheese: it’s not an opinion, it’s a delusion, and it shouldn’t have been published. Such an assertion is an insult to the publication’s readers….except that if they nod and say, “Mmmm, yes, the man makes a good point!,” they deserve to be insulted.