Clearly, everything I know about life I learned from “Animal House.” I know. Sad.
I am foolishly trying to get up one last post before starting out on the 2 hr and 34 minute drive in the dark to Charlottesville, where I will be doing a three hour CLE seminar in a debate format with my old friend and tormentor John May. John, among other things, is a much-sought after defense attorney for lawyers accused of malpractice and ethics violations. In the matter of legal ethics, he takes a pragmatic, law firm practice approach, so in this course, titled “Ethics Wars!,” he plays Darth Vader to my Yoda. At least that’s how I look at it. You can find details about the session here, where you can sign up for the live or recorded version.
1. Birth of a Big Lie. In Del Rio, Texas, tens of thousands of people who have illegally crossed the border have been living for more than a week in a makeshift camp under a bridge. A photographer took a photo of a Border Patrol officer on horseback trying to stop people who were trying to cross the Rio Grande River illegally. Sawyer Hackett, who works for former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro, tweeted it out claiming, “Border patrol is mounted on horseback rounding up Haitian refugees with whips. This is unfathomable cruelty towards people fleeing disaster and political ruin. The administration must stop this.” Of course, the Border Patrol doesn’t use “whips,” but facts don’t matter, and a Democratic Administration prefers to vilify and falsely impugn its own law enforcement officers when to advances the narrative of the Good Illegal Immigrant.” Biden’s paid liar Jen Psaki appeared on CBS Morning News on claiming that Border Patrol agents’ actions were “horrific and horrible.” “That’s not who the Biden and Harris administration is,” she said.
The next day, Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters, “What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were, was horrible. And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it.” Tough guy Joe didn’t wait for facts, because facts don’t matter. “It’s outrageous,” Biden said. “I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation, underway now, and there will be consequences. There will be consequences.” The administration announced that henceforth, the Border Patrol won’t use horses. As usual, the news media pushed the story of the “migrants” being “whipped”—you know, like slaves, or as shameless hack Times columnist Charles Blow wrote today, the “outrageous images of agents on horseback herding the migrants like cattle.” His employers wrote last week about “images of agents on horseback chasing, & in some cases using the reins of their horses to strike at running migrants.” Big Lie established! Mission accomplished! But it was all garbage and propaganda, not the any of it will be banned on social media. he photographer who snapped the infamous images of the skirmish between Border Patrol and the Haitian migrants had already said, before the Times published its story, that he did not witness the alleged abuse of Haitian migrants. Finally, The Times edited the story and printed a retraction of sorts, writing that it had “overstated” what had occurred in Del Rio, and admits there is no evidence that Border Patrol agents had struck the would be border-jumpers. “An earlier version of this article overstated what is known about the behavior of some Border Patrol agents on horseback,” the correction stated. “While the agents waved their reins while pushing migrants back into the Rio Grande, The Times has not seen conclusive evidence that migrants were struck with the reins.”
2. Speaking of disinformation that sticks, blogger Joseph Campbell does a nice job debunking the story now accepted as fact that Nixon’s appearance in the first televised TV Presidential candidate’s debate led to his defeat. This appears to be almost entirely a hindsight bias explanation that doesn’t comport with contemporary reports, but again, never mind: that’s what’s in the books. His analysis is here.
Arrgh. I’m being told that have to hit the road. Sorry for the truncated post…I’ll make it up to you.