“The truth has to matter.”
—–Sarah Silverman, actress, comic, progressive activist, rebuking MSNBC’s Joy Reid for a typical fact-free and inflammatory statement.
Ron DeSantis, the Republican Florida governor, announced a proposal last week that would allocate $3.5 million in state funds toward re-establishing the Florida State Guard.
As an announcement explained:
The establishment of the Florida State Guard will further support those emergency response efforts in the event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies. The $3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard will enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques. By establishing the Florida State Guard, Florida will become the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government.
Somewhere a memo went out from Democratic Party Cheap Shot Hysteria Headquarters encouraging disgraceful reactions like this, from Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo, who is running for governor:
On the plus side, it’s good for voters to know that Annette can’t read: note that the information that 23 states already have a state guard is right in the announcement.
Can’t read, or won’t stop trying to confuse the public? Here’s former Florida Governor Charlie Christ, making a solid effort to surpass Taddeo’s idiocy:
A “secret police” with a public announcement!
Naturally that “let’s all lie about De Santis” memo went out to the mainstream media and friends, so CNN’s reliably ridiculous contributor Dean Obeidallah tweeted, “Wake up America: GOP Gov. ‘DeSantis proposes civilian Florida State Guard military force HE would control.’ This is a new ‘Red Army.’ The GOP wants to be ready for the next Jan 6 with an army!!” MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the race-baiting hack so outrageous that even CNN wouldn’t hire her (I think), had to pile on, tweeting,
For some reason, this pinged the usually sluggish ethics alarms of opinionated progressive stand-up comic Sarah Silverman, who responded to Reid, by tweeting,
What a refreshing concept to propose to the likes of Reid, MSNBC, and the mainstream media generally! Make sure your criticism is based on what the facts are! Don’t just hurl wild characterizations that are unmoored to reality! Try actual journalism occasionally!
Good luck with that. The truth obviously doesn’t matter to the media, and especially to the likes of Reid, who is a left-wing conspiracy theorist and hate-monger, but it’s nice to see Silverman, a reliable conservative and GOP basher, register the complaint. Ethics Alarms hasn’t marked this period as the ascension of Facts Don’t Matter for nothing, and it isn’t just politicians (to whom facts seldom matter anyway) and the news media’s propagandists who now lie to the public with impunity.
Look at this jaw-dropping piece from David Rothkopf, a professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. It is a variety of the new fad in Big Lie punditry of late, the claim that if the public doesn’t keep Democrats in power, democracy is doomed. Doomed! I am convinced this deliberate fear-mongering by the Left is a desperate attempt to distract from all of the Biden Administration’s abuses of power, many now being shut down by the courts, that make President Trump look like Calvin Coolidge. Still, it’s frightening to see a professor just outright lying with stuff like this…
[D]uring the Trump years…[t]here were the 30,000 lies, the Muslim ban, Charlottesville, the Russia cover-up, firing Comey, the Mueller report and the clear obstruction case against the president, the Barr cover-up of that, one impeachment, Ukraine and a second impeachment, and then the Big Lie and Jan. 6, along with hundreds of thousands dead from a needless public-health catastrophe. For the first time in our history, there was not a peaceful transfer of power following a U.S. presidential election
Wow. I’m not even sure Joy Reid would try to push crap like that. (All right, all right. She would. Has, in fact.) Let’s see:
- “30,000” lies. I may be one of the few people who actually read that dishonest and biased list. Every sarcastic joke, every obvious hyperbole, every opinion offered by Trump was labeled a “lie.” The name of the list was more of a lie than 75% of the alleged Trump “lies” on it.
- “The Muslim ban.” The professor really wrote this as Joe Biden is “banning” Africans.
- “Charlottesville.” Yes, the professor is invoking the false “white supremacists are good people” narrative.
- “The Russia cover-up.” What Russia cover-up?
- “Firing Comey”! FIRING COMEY??? If there was any remaining question that Comey had to be fired when he was fired, what has come to the fore since eliminated all doubt.
- “The Mueller Report”—Did the guy write this in 2019? We now know that the Mueller Report was based on false information paid for by the Clinton Campaign, and the “collusion” it was supposed to be investigating didn’t exist. Despite a team of partisan prosecutors assembled to bring Trump down, it found no “collusion” whatsoever.
- “Obstruction case”? Mueller was not obstructed. The argument that he was is weak and partisan. The investigation was an effort to circumvent the election, and Trump would have been justified in shutting it down entirely.
- “Barr cover-up”…shameless. The evidence for an obstruction case was all in the report, so nothing was “covered up.” Barr’s assessment was fair.
- “Impeachments”—ugh. Both impeachments were pure political warfare, the first for conduct that nearly all previous Presidents engage in as a matter of course; the second the unprecedented “snap” impeachment based on false allegations and unexamined evidence.
- “The Big Lie” is, I assume, that the election was illegitimate. There is no question that Trump believed and believes that, so it’s no lie, and there were and are still good reasons to doubt the election’s fairness.
- Yeah, yeah, “Jan. 6,” the non-“insurrection” where a Capitol police officer was killed, when he wasn’t. There was a completely peaceful transfer of power, which occurred on January 20, without the violence in D.C. that accompanied the 2016 Trump inaugeration.
- “hundreds of thousands dead from a needless public-health catastrophe.” Anyone who says or writes this is wearing a “I’m a shameless partisan jackass” sign on his or her forehead.
Yes indeed Sarah, “the truth has to matter.” Nice that you see that. Now explain how you continue to support the side of the political spectrum that is in the process of rejecting that principle “for the greater good.”
Joy Reid and the rest are only following the game plan.
Pointer: Other Bill