I don’t know about you, but I found Jan. 6’s orgy of hype and hate by Democrats and the news media in their effort to make a year-old event that had little significance into a permanent threat to the nation stunningly transparent. In many ways, it was also more damaging to the nation and its political culture than what it was supposedly condemning.
It amazes me that the same party that has been flogging the imaginary “destroying democratic norms” accusation against Donald Trump would have its own party’s President smash a critical norm so cynically by attacking a previous President and potential re-election opponent like Biden did yesterday. It was desperate, it was hypocritical, it was unwarranted, and it was flagrantly divisive. It also came from a POTUS who entered office pledging his determination to be a unifying force. Harris, meanwhile, managed to be even more nauseating than Joe by comparing the Capitol riots to the 9/11 bombings and Pearl Harbor. Is she that stupid? Meanwhile, the President’s whose party—and Vice-President—cheered on the BLM rioters ended his remarks with “We’re a nation of laws, of order, not chaos. Of peace, not violence.”
How much of the public is completely unable to see such hypocrisy? Democrats better hope it’s a lot. but as H. L. Mencken observed, no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people…
1. From the archives: Res Ipsa Loquitur…
2. And nobody could possibly go broke underestimating the stupidity and shamelessness of journalists…S.V. Dáte, the Huffington Post’s White House correspondent, tweeted that the January 6 riot was “1000 times worse” than 9/11.
How can anyone justify or explain that, except as uncontrolled Trump Derangement or deliberate false narrative building?
3. The Federalist did a nice job recalling episodes of leftist mobs violently invading government buildings, none of which have been noted in mainstream media accounts of the 1/6 riot—all the better to prevent their readers from having necessary perspective. One took place as recently as October 14, 2021, when climate activists breached the Interior Department, and demonstrators outside struggled with law enforcement officers as the mob tried to force its way in the building, shouting “Go inside! Go inside!” Some pinned police against a wall, and there were a number of injuries, with one police officer being transported to the hospital. In 2011, thousands of progressives opposed to Republican Gov. Scott Walker invaded the Wisconsin state Capitol. Then there was the George Floyd mob’s attack on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon in July 2020. They began setting fires inside the fence protecting the courthouse and launching projectiles over it while trying to take it down. Several rioters got over the fence, as the mob aimed projectiles and flashed lasers at the federal police officers who tried to protect the building.
Of course, all of the incidents recalled by the Federalist are materially different: they couldn’t be connected to support for Donald Trump, or used by the media and Democrats to undermine it.
4. Jonathan Turley better watch out…if he isn’t careful, his blog will turn into a crazy right-wing echo chamber. The American University Constitutional Law prof whom we have seen increasingly lose patience with the allies of his progressive brethren issued an excellent (and for him, remarkably blunt) take-down of the Democrats’ January 6 orgy. Read it all, but here are some highlights..
...as shown by a recent CBS News poll…[the] majority of the public does not believe that this was an “insurrection” despite the mantra-like repetition of members of Congress and the media. The public saw that terrible day unfold a year ago and saw it for what it was: a protest that became a riot….
Not surprisingly, the poll received little comparative coverage on a day when reporters and commentators spoke of “the insurrection” as an undeniable fact….Using the term insurrection is now a litmus test. In the age of rage, one’s legitimacy is based on your volume and fury…Yet, “insurrection” and “sedition” are legal terms. They have a meaning. The FBI investigated thousands after January 6th and charged hundreds. Not one is charged with insurrection or sedition or conspiracy to overthrow the country… the fault still remains with the rioters themselves but this would have remained a protest if Congress had taken obvious steps of fencing and guard deployments. Indeed, those measures were used previously in Lafayette Park when the White House security was almost breached by rioters.
Yet, there remains a determined effort to keep the “insurrection” narrative “preserved.”
….media is now locked into echo chambers of their own making. We have seen the rise of advocacy journalism where the narrative, not the news, controls the reporting…
…The effort to disqualify Trump or Republican incumbents is unlikely to succeed. That will not diminish the damage. Indeed, it will only further fuel the anger and, yes, the potential for violence on both sides.
…there is a choice for the public. It can still reach its own conclusions . . . increasingly without the help of the media.
This wasn’t Ted Cruz carefully debating the meaning and suitability of words and making a handful of concessions in the process; this was Ted Cruz noticing that his previous position had made him unpopular with his base… there was nothing “sloppy” about Cruz’s use of the word “terrorism.” Indeed, he had used that word in both official statements and interviews on a number of occasions before this week, including on January 7, 2021, on January 8, 2021 (twice), on January 25, 2021, and in May 2021. The difference this time was that someone with a big platform attacked him for it, and, coward that he is, he couldn’t take the heat….
Cruz would have been better off had he simply said, “Look, Tucker, I still want to be president, and your taking shots at me is hurting me, so tell me what I need to say to make you stop, I’ll agree to say it, and then we can all move on.”
Bingo. Cruz is a pandering weasel without integrity or an ethical core, and thus despite his intelligence and erudition, cannot be trusted.
7. Bias makes you stupid, and so will the mainstream media. In today’s New York Times op-ed pages, Deputy Opinion Editor Patrick Healy reports on what the Times learned from two focus groups, one made up of Democrats and one all Republican. This was yet another media effort to widen the divide in American society by hyping it.
In the Democrat room, six of nine participants claimed that the riot was “one of the biggest things” that happened in 2021. Since the riot had no lasting or substantive effect on the nation whatsoever except to provide the Democrats and the media with another narrative to beat Donald Trump with, how could they, or anyone, believe that? They believe it because their news sources worked so hard to make them believe it. The members of the public who favor the same biases carried by the Times, NPR, the Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC and the rest, so they absorbed an otherwise indefensible view of reality, just as the propagandists and their clients want them to.
8. Being stupid also makes you stupid…Among the Republicans, 7 of 9 said they believed that Trump won the 2020 election.