Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Historian Michael Beschloss

When did formerly distinguished American Presidency historian Michael Beschloss turn into such a partisan, unethical hack? It was at least six years ago, when he went on TV and completely misrepresented American presidential history—his specialty!—to make excuses for Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump. Since then, he has just become more and more obviously a Democratic Party mouthpiece, and a thoroughly ridiculous one.

Sad, really. But it gets him paid gigs on CNN and MSNBC, so there’s that.

His tweet today shows that the more one channels Democratic Party talking points, the more totalitarian-minded one becomes. Who, exactly, is the “we” who “need to know” why there were members of Congress who were not enthusiastic about the Ukraine president’s lobbying for more support? I don’t recall any Republicans darkly suggesting that “we” need to know why so many members of Congress were staring frowning into space and refusing to applaud the President of the United States during President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union message. I guess Beschloss thinks another investigation is in order. All dissent from Democratic administration policies are inherently suspicious, right? Let’s make these likely disrupters of the greater good explain themselves, and be accountable for their non-conforming ways.

As Thomas More correctly pointed out at his trial for treason, silence implies assent. There is no more reason “we” must know why members of Congress didn’t applaud Zelenskyy than know why all Democrats applauded him. There is no mandate that anyone has to be in favor of aid to Ukraine when the United States is bleeding money and there are so many urgent domestic uses those dollars could be put to. Support for Ukraine no matter what the cost or consequences is like wearing masks—it’s woke virtue-signaling, and anyone who doesn’t toe the mark is obviously a fascist, or a Putin-lover, or a MAGA Nazi, or something. Remember, this once-respectable historian responded to Biden’s disgraceful “Soul of the Nation” speech by saying,

“[A] historian 50 years from now – if historians are allowed to write in this country and if they are still free publishing houses and a free press – which I’m not certain of – but if that is true, a historian will say what was at stake tonight and this week was the fact whether we will be a democracy in the future, whether our children will be arrested and conceivably killed.”

We need to know how academics and scholars became so corrupt and determined to pursue political agendas rather than knowledge. We need to know why someone who says asinine things as often as Beschloss continues to be presented to the pubic as an authority. My “we” consists of everyday citizens who would like to have a functioning political system with free and open discourse with access to accurate and timely information. Beschloss’s “we ” are the Americans who demonize dissent and only hold part approved opinions.

19 thoughts on “Unethical Tweet Of The Month: Historian Michael Beschloss

  1. His tweet today shows that the more one channels Democratic Party talking points, the more totalitarian-minded one becomes…

    No, it’s the other way around.

    Yesterday I forgot that not everybody can tell the future the way I can, so I absent mindedly posted that reply against something in an earlier post before you put this one up. I regret the slip.

    • And I’ll wager that level of corruption has not changed. I actually emailed one of my Senators (Iowa’s Joni Ernst) early this morning and thanked her for not bowing the knee to gross spending and voting for that gigantic spending bill (which included many billions of dollars to Zelenskyy’s Ukraine).

      I also told her that if she voted “yes” on any future bill that sent any non-humanitarian aid of any kind to Ukraine (which she has done numerous times in the past), I would be done voting for her. As I age, I’m growing tired of supporting foreign wars, particularly wars being fought by grossly corrupt nations. And I’m completely tired of people like Beschloss, who don’t want to tolerate anything but complete acceptance of their positions.

      • “And I’ll wager that level of corruption has not changed.”

        I’ll take the OVER

        Resisting change is like holding your breath; has the “level of corruption” gotten better, stayed the same, or gotten worse?

  2. Sitting here looking at a Beschloss-authored book “Presidents of War” – which was given to me as a gift a couple of years ago – sitting on my bookshelf.


    It’s sad, really. Credible, non-partisan historians are desperately needed.

  3. “My “we” consists of everyday citizens who would like to have a functioning political system with free and open discourse with access to accurate and timely information. Beschloss’s “we ” are the Americans who demonize dissent and only hold part[y] approved opinions”.

    I agree, Jack, but the MSM is still the MSM. They now use Social Media as a conduit to amplify their positons. The censorship techniques employed by Social Media are the same techniques the MSM has used for decades. Primarily, suppress/demonize dissent. Your dissenting opinion is not seen or heard, only Beschloss’s 42,500 “Likes”.

    The “Crossing the Rubicon” moment occurred shortly after the 2016 presidential election when the New York Times essentially declared: We were not proactive enough in our efforts to defeat Donald Trump. Going forward, journalistic ETHICS be damned; we will use all available resources to ensure that failure does not happen again.

    It was a clarion call, and the majority of the MSM, along with their new allies, Social Media, took that call to heart. American media declared a “civil war” against non-progressive ideology and all those who oppose or question progressive policies.

    Four for years, despite being woefully outnumbered, Trump fought back using of all things, Twitter. His policies and successes proved effective and, in many cases, winning the “hearts and minds” of the American people. Then COVID hit and it opened a new front in the war. It allowed governmental agencies to double-down their “behind-the-lines” efforts to destroy Trump and his supporters. They succeeded. Beschloss and his ilk are now free to write or post this type of rubbish without fear of any recrimination.

    Caesar is now upon us.

  4. “When did formerly distinguished American Presidency historian Michael Beschloss turn into such a partisan, unethical hack?”

    Has anyone considered that Beschloss did not turn into a partisan unethical hack he is just now feeling emboldened to demonstrate his true colors. I would not be surprised if in his prior works he selected/focused on historical elements which made heroes out of the left and villains out of the right.

    Given his recent tweets, we might want to reevaluate the title he uses of Presidential Historian. There is a big difference between historians and PR flaks.

    • Indeed. Your comment is pretty much what I think, too. We aren’t seeing people becoming deranged. We are seeing what they’ve always been and just didn’t feel powerful enough to express. Now they do.

      Now for those like me who read history, I’ve developed a mantra:

      Read history.
      Read the preface and the introduction so you know where the author is going with it.
      Read history by authors you like and authors you don’t like. You can learn a lot from both.
      Read history about people you like and people you don’t like. You may change your mind. Or you may solidify your opinion.
      Read history written by authors who like the subject and who don’t like the subject. Identify their biases. Learn to recognize when authors are making rationalizations about people they like and when they are treating unfairly people they don’t.
      Read about history you know a lot about and what you know nothing about. New perspectives emerge sometimes.
      Read multiple history books about the same subject or person so you can form your own opinions.
      Read history so you can understand where we’ve been and where we could go.

  5. I admittedly did not hear the speech. Would I have stood?- I often do not stand at performances when others do so in adulation, because I was not as moved as the masses were. that is my right. I do not applaud pilots who land airplanes. I do not shout bravo for every singer that sings, I do not stand in awe for every canvas upon which paint has been distributed.

    The president of Ukraine, came to Congress to ask for more money. He did not give an account for the money he has already been given. The people of Ukraine are suffering we are told. But they suffered long before the Russians arrived. Is the cause of their suffering only the bombs being dropped or is there another source?

  6. “They” don’t owe “you” anything, you biased hack. How many times have you refused to explain yourself, I wonder? Until you can demonstrate you have never refused to explain yourself, you can take your demand for an explanation and stuff it up your ass.

  7. No one turns into “partisan, unethical hack”; such people merely expose themselves under the right conditions (say, when infected with TDS). You are either an ethical objective professional or not, period

  8. This rankles me. For a historian, he seems unaware of the history of compelled speech (which, apparently, he supports).

    The government official who made the mistake of being the first to stop applauding Stalin at a gathering.
    The father of German author Joachim Fest who ventured outside with no packages in his arms that would give him an excuse not to heil Hitler… and still didn’t heil Hitler.
    The unfortunate souls who were fooled by the fake news of Nero’s death and didn’t seem sufficiently sad.

    • Thanks for mentioning Stalin—I was going to in the post, and left it out. The fear of being seen as not applauding sufficiently when Stain appeared before Soviet leaders was so great that a special light was installed to signal that the clapping should stop.

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