July 15, 2020

With all the political and racial unrest going on in the country right now, there’s a very different --- and extremely welcome (to me) --- kind of unrest going on at the same time. It’s happening in the media, as “cancel culture” starts to eat its own.

Yesterday, we brought you the story of Bari Weiss, a self-described “centrist” journalist who very publicly left her job as a writer and editor at THE NEW YORK TIMES after finding out what it was like there to try to express an individual, intellectually curious, non-sanctioned thought or even to report a story that didn't advance a leftist, anti-Trump agenda. In case you didn’t see her open resignation letter, here it is at her website. There is still smoke coming off of it.

Weiss justifiably slams media people, particularly at the NYT, for their sense of self-importance. “A new consensus has emerged in the press,” she writes, but perhaps especially at this paper that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”

Seems to me that it should have been enough that Weiss was upset at Donald Trump’s victory and even cried at her desk when he won. But, no, that wasn’t nearly enough. In fact, they were all too busy sobbing at their own desks to notice her dismay. She soon found out that in the new Era of Trump, all so-called “journalists” were required from that day forward to have a single-minded focus on destroying...HIM.

(By the way, I thought it was interesting that Weiss’s colleagues called her a “Nazi” while also complaining that she was "writing about Jews again.” Just wondering: if they’re complaining about her writing about Jews, just who are the Nazis here? Do these so-called professional journalists even know what a Nazi is? But I digress.)

Brian Kilmeade, subbing for Tucker Carlson on his Tuesday evening show, played a clip of Ms. Weiss from “The Joe Rogan Experience,” talking about what happened. She makes a very interesting point about “cancel culture”: “The people who are inoculated from it [the ostracism, firings, etc.] are people that are already extremely successful and can take the risk. It’s why Ricky Gervais can be Ricky Gervais; it’s why J. K. Rowling can tweet what she tweeted a few months ago and survive it, because they’ve already accumulated enough capital. The people that I hear from that are completely screwed by it are people like artists and poets and untenured professors are aren’t famous and no one knows about, and are, you know, having to go with a begging get support after they’ve, you know, made a bad joke, or whatever it is.”

Weiss apparently hadn’t reached the point in her career at which she could get away with expressing her own thoughts. Thank goodness actor/comedian Ricky Gervais had attained that level by the time Hollywood “cancel culture” inspired him to ridicule it, which he has done mercilessly. And he hasn’t let up. (My theory: he knows what he says is really what most people think.)

Kilmeade pointed out that another NYT editor, Liz Spayd, sounded very much like Weiss in an interview with Carlson back in December of 2016 (right after Trump was elected). Spayd lost her job (surprise!) shortly after doing that interview. “I consider it almost an unrecognized point of view,” she said, “that The Times has that comes from being in New York, being in that, you know, in a certain circle, and seeing the world a certain way, not being in touch with people who don’t live like them or don’t live in cities and who are the ones who elected Donald Trump to the presidency. They’re just out of touch with that.”

I’ll say it again: they should have just read my 2016 book GOD, GUNS, GRITS, & GRAVY.

Journalists who try to challenge their more radical, “woke” colleagues at The Times to look outside their safe little thought-bubble tend not to last long there. It’s a hostile work environment, to say the least. Weiss believes there are many in the same position she was in; they just do what they know is expected of them and don’t speak up. I would imagine that even some of the editors directing and correcting their underlings are doing it out of fear of “cancel culture,” protecting their own job security.

But now Andrew Sullivan has left his job at THE NEW YORKER. Sullivan is someone who does have quite a big name. He says the underlying reasons for his exit are “pretty self-evident” and that he’ll address them in his last column on Friday. Sullivan also has backed Weiss, saying, “The mob bullied and harrassed a young woman for thoughtcrimes. And her editors stood by and watched.”

Someone else has resigned, not from the media but from another influential post in popular culture: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art senior curator of painting and sculpture Gary Garrels. As reported by Robby Soave at REASON magazine, he was accused of “toxic white supremacist beliefs” in a petition from museum employees for daring to say he would still accept works of art from white men. I am not kidding –- that is ALL he said. I wish Garrels, after 20 years with the museum, had put up more of a fight against such a ludicrous accusation, but at least this puts into focus how a small minority of crazies are trying to run the show. More sane people will become fed up with this type of radical orthodoxy, and more WILL fight back.

Finally, today's look at what’s happening with media wouldn’t be complete without examining how it’s blurring the lines between news and outright campaign advocacy., known as “Courier,” was created and funded by the Democrat-aligned digital organization Acronym. It is absolutely political, but because it’s organized as a media outlet, it doesn’t have to disclose its donors or the total dollars it spends promoting Democrat politicians. (In that way, it’s a lot like Black Lives Matter not having to report its source of funding.)

According to this story in POLITICO, “Experts in media ethics and misinformation worry that the advocacy-cloaked-in-journalism tactic is pouring gasoline on a raging fire of consumer misinformation and online disinformation." Yes, there is that, but I also agree with those who say that this trend will further undermine the public’s trust in news, which has already fallen to about as low as it can go. It gets harder all the time just to find accurate information on a candidate or an issue, even as partisan “fact-checkers” abound. That’s why we’re trying so hard here to sort it all out and be a valued and trusted source.

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  • Dr. Michon Hawkins

    09/03/2020 09:02 AM

    I heard that the Supreme Court has made the Electoral College ineffective. I dont like the idea that if I don't live in California, New York or Chicago my vote won't count, now.

  • Steven J Fuller

    07/18/2020 01:01 PM

    In what I consider now a bygone era, Journalists were considered hard working, hard hitting, hard hunting "truth seekers", today we have small minded people who call themselves "journalists" when really they are nothing more than opinionate gossip mongers writing for gossip "rags" where truth, integrity, honesty, accountability are words NOT in their limited vocabulary.....

  • David Schott

    07/18/2020 10:00 AM

    The hatred towards Trump and co is horrible.

  • Carol Mathews

    07/16/2020 09:22 PM

    Slowly by slow with a lot of prayer, people will wake up. If they can't see what is happening and that it is only going to get worse and they still vote for the Dems, then they deserve exactly what they will get and for the rest, if at all possible MOVE. Many are. BUT DO NOT Bring your bad voting habits into the safe places you seek.

  • Aaron Woien

    07/16/2020 09:08 PM

    New anthem? How about "America," the 1980 hit single by Neil Diamond? I loathe hillbilly "music."

  • nascarccmgrlfan

    07/16/2020 03:46 PM

    I'm a 30 year old version of Anne, politically. Like her, I'm not enrolled in a party, but lean right.f

  • Patti dawson

    07/16/2020 03:32 PM

    Love the Huckabee show!! Watch every sat night..

  • Anne Turner

    07/16/2020 02:10 PM

    Thank you. More people are going to have to speak out. Conservatives are generally polite and nice. I live Just outside the limits of a town that is very outspokenly liberal. I have a nickname that I use, but if they figure it, I imagine I’ll hear from some. They are not violent, just caught up in TDS. It is a college town.

  • Donna C. Tompkins

    07/16/2020 01:07 PM

    Thankyou for standing you ground. You have set a great example as a True Journalist for My granddaughters to look up to.
    Hold fast girl hopefully more will follow.

  • HelenC

    07/16/2020 12:25 PM

    Glad that someone else is boycotting Twitter. I quit Twitter after I found out about people who get paid to post on Twitter with negative, derogatory comments en masse.

  • Louise Barner

    07/16/2020 10:58 AM

    Keep up the great work! Read you every day!

  • TOMMIE Houser

    07/16/2020 10:49 AM

    Respectfully I must inquire as to how might anyone conclude that the
    November Election will be FAIR ? American Citizens having Elected the Best President EVER in our Nations History Has, within two years of HIS service achieved accomplishments no other could or dare would; “IN SPITE of Domestic Enemies; obstruction/ TREASON to these UnIted Sates of America “. Our Military was in shatters, Economy was projected to never recover after being fundamentally Reformed by eight years of Biden, Obama !
    Having the mightiest MILITARY, has NOT prevented FOREIGN &domestic enemies such as CHINA and (Democrats) and THEIR State Of Lawlessness from destroying America; WHILE having little to NO/ ZERO Accountability !!

  • Jerry Korba

    07/16/2020 10:05 AM

    This morning I listened to John Roberts refer a criminal as a protester; after watching what appears to be a black person beat a white police man from behind with a cane or 2X4 on the head opening his skull up. Either the action on this video has been altered or the word meanings John Roberts uses to describe this event have changed, or Chuck Schumer put a John Roberts mask on and made this report. John Roberts is a professional speaker he knows that his description is misleading and he is a friend of Fake News. He and Sandra Smith are why I do my outside chores in the morning.

  • Robin Durham

    07/16/2020 08:31 AM

    Apparently, it doesn’t bother the drive-by media that they are no longer believed. Reminds me of the kids who “ran” everything in jr. high school and the administration looked the other way. I no longer believe the press to be honest; too many times they have been caught lying.

  • Deb Parcell

    07/16/2020 05:45 AM

    You are definitely a valued and trusted source. Three kinds of people: sheep, sheep dogs and wolves. The sheepdogs are under attack, and when the sheepdogs are destroyed, the wolves will feast. I can’t quote the author of that statement but it’s what is happening right now. The wolves are antifa, BLM (the official group), violent protesters etc- the “mob”, Soros etc who want to transform, i.e. destroy America, and turn it into a socialist-Marxist - communist country. We are in the battle for our republic.

  • Linda Phillips

    07/15/2020 11:35 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee--your newsletter is informative as well as entertaining. I pray that you remain non-partisan--that you remain obliged to no man or political alliance--but to God alone.

  • Norman North

    07/15/2020 10:20 PM

    RE: Real Journalists
    I think most of them have died in war zones. The rest that are left must be communists cause I can't relate with them on any level.
    When I was a young man I looked forward to watching the news on the major networks ABC, NBC and CBS. Today, I no longer enjoy any of them so I watch NHK World out of Japan where they still have real journalists.

  • John Chick

    07/15/2020 08:46 PM

    And still democrats will parse your writing to say you are not telling the truth. I do not understand. I believe you stand for goodness and the American way. Thank you Mike Huckabee.

  • john todd

    07/15/2020 07:41 PM

    The media appear to be out to destroy the USA, they favor Globalism, Socialism/ Communism and the New World Order. Remember 90% of the media are controlled by only 6 corporations, almost all with direct ties to communism. I see a parallel with what they are doing and Russia in the 1930's. Remember that Joseph Stalin worked for the MEDIA in Russia, he was the Editor of their news source, Pravda, translated, “The Truth”, he departed the media went on to bring Socialism/ Communism to Russia to accomplish that initiative Stalin killed 20 Million Russians!

  • James Gallagher

    07/15/2020 07:23 PM

    Terrific to read that ... perhaps that'll start a trend among journalists: write what they know to be true, rather than attempt to baffle the audience with persuasive poppycock as directed by

  • David Womer

    07/15/2020 06:43 PM

    The level of thoughtless behavior in this country is out of control. Hitler changed people's views, in part, by burning books, preventing people from seeing the world in a different way. Today, extremists in this country are doing the same thing using different methods. They will outlaw any views they deem unacceptable and do not support their agenda.
    Personally, I think it is time for every person wronged by these radical groups to start suing their employers as well as those who caused them to lose their jobs.
    Why are conservatives so timid? If you are fired for unjust reasons, you have the right to challenge the unfair behavior and sue them for damages. Maybe if employers have to start paying out millions of dollars in damages they will begin to think twice before cowering to the thought police.
    I cannot wait to see people's heads explode if Trump gets re-elected.

  • Ruth Heinz

    07/15/2020 06:17 PM

    I appreciate the sorting out that you and your colleagues do, Mike. I struggle to research and find out who is paying for what while gritting my teeth at commercials by RealFactsNC, which has yet to impart anything truthful. You all are an encouragement to my family. Thanks!

  • Elaine Liming

    07/15/2020 06:02 PM

    As usual a summary exposing's clear understanding of what has happened to journalism especially the print type. I know most of my friends don't read the newspaper anymore even the local rags.
    They are doing their own research and back to reading books. The Regan Library here in Ca. has used visual conferences with conservative authors to help get the real message out. Plus the internet is another way to get information. When we come to understand all media is created and has a given purpose of the creators, we are able to see more clearly. Now it should be clear to everyone, our way of life, our values, our religion, and our Democratic republic is in deep danger. This election will be the most important one in our lives. May God help us!

  • Bonnie Sappington

    07/15/2020 05:37 PM

    It's about time the ones who have good sense begin to get a belly full.

  • Joseph Orsini PhD

    07/15/2020 04:50 PM

    Harder to find valid information about critical things, e.g. Covid-19: do kids spread it? Do virus die in the sunlight? Does hydroxychloriquine help or not?