Former CBS journalist Lara Logan gave a podcast interview that she said might be her “professional suicide.” In it, she conceded that the vast majority of news media outlets slant their stories with so much liberal bias that “we’ve become political activists in a sense. And some could argue, propagandists, right?” (I guess this is only controversial when someone who's actually in the media says it.)
Logan said about 85% of journalists are Democrats and joked that another 14% are just too lazy to register. She also laments the rudeness to the President by White House reporters like Jim Acosta and the collapse of journalistic standards for vetting stories before running with them. She says all these stories that rely on one unnamed anonymous source are not journalism, they’re “absolute horse---…” Well, I won’t use her word, but she refers to what’s left on the street after a circus parade passes by, appropriately enough.
While those comments will no doubt get the most attention, I’d like to cite two other comments of hers that, together, illustrate the biggest problem with our current news media. She mentioned how liberals point to Fox News as being on the right, but it’s only one outlet, and with every other outlet repeating the liberal line, it’s easy to believe it because it’s what everyone is saying. She also admits that until recently, “I didn’t even notice there was a bias in the media. People would say it to me all the time, and I argued passionately and ferociously against that because I really believed when we do it well, and the majority of serious journalists were all trying to do their best to overcome those biases and rely on the facts and good systems.” They’re like fish that can’t comprehend the concept of water because they’ve spent their entire lives immersed in it.
This is what I tried to warn them about in my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.” I wrote about the liberal bubbles in which the LA/DC/NYC media elites live, and how they assume their viewpoint is the only correct one because they never venture outside those bubbles to talk to anyone with a different view. This disconnect from the viewers and readers they allegedly serve is summed up perfectly in their use of the dismissive term “Flyover Country” to describe 95% of America. Living in cocoons of arrogant, affluent, liberal privilege makes it easy to assume that nobody who thinks differently has a legitimate reason for doing so.
This is how we get such self-serving false narratives as the idea that voters who approve of Trump’s call to enforce immigration laws are bigots or even “white supremacists.” That’s an easy slur to accept when you never had to worry about illegal immigrants who don’t have to pay for taxes or licenses or bonding and who work for less than minimum wage taking your job as a Hollywood star or TV news anchor or trendy liberal website editor.
When coal miners complained of President Obama deliberately trying to destroy their jobs, these bubble-dwelling elites sneered that they should “learn to code,” that is, simply retrain to be computer programmers. It was the modern liberal equivalent of Marie Antoinette’s alleged response when told the peasants had no bread: “Let them eat cake!”
They’re now getting a hard lesson in how that kind of disdainful arrogance feels. When several media outlets (McClatchy, Buzzfeed, HuffPo, etc.) recently announced major layoffs of news writers, some conservatives gave them a taste of their own medicine by suggesting they “learn to code.” Their response was to howl with fury and indignation about how cruel and unfair that was, which led to big social media platforms, as usual, suspending the accounts of conservatives who dared to use the phrase “learn to code” as if it were hate speech.
Here are two things all these liberal bubble-dwelling journalists need to learn: (1.) They might be able to transmit leftwing horse droppings 24/7, but they can’t make us think it. All it does is make us think less of them, as surveys of popular opinion of the media bear out. And (2.) they might be able to get their fellow liberals in Silicon Valley to censor social media posts that tell them to “learn to code.” But they will never stop us from thinking it.
While the national news media have stepped on more rakes than Sideshow Bob in the past month, give credit where it’s due: many local reporters are genuine professionals who work hard to dig up the facts and bring the public real news. For instance, while national media figures were unquestioningly repeating the Jussie Smollett attack story and using it as a weapon to attack President Trump and his supporters, some local Chicago reporters were burning shoe leather to get to the truth. Kudos to them for showing their overpaid coastal colleagues how the job is supposed to be done.
Speaking of the Smollett story, there have been a number of new developments. For instance, the two brothers police described as “persons of interest” released a statement claiming that contrary to previous press reports, they are from America, not Nigeria, and they are not anti-Trump. Also, Smollett has reportedly fired the attorney who represented Michael Cohen and hired new attorneys and a “crisis management team” (i.e., spin doctors).
Also, according to the local news site CWBChicago.com, federal authorities are looking into connections between an alleged threatening letter sent to Smollett and the alleged attack a week later. It would be cool if this bizarre case were solved by the US Postal police.
This story also reveals that there might have been a witness to the alleged attack, a woman who was looking down from her apartment window. But what she claims she saw doesn’t sound like what Smollett described. Of course, she probably wouldn’t make for a good witness in court since she admits she was smoking pot at the time. But then, this entire story sounds like something someone would come up with after smoking a lot of pot. Details at the link.
If you thought the “Green New Deal” was an awfully benign and misleading name for an attempt to impose socialist control over your entire life, then try this:
There’s a bill moving through the House (H.R. 1) that allegedly “reforms” the election process. What it would actually do is radically transform America by making vote fraud easier and criminalizing efforts to stop it, allowing all felons to vote the minute they get out of prison, usurping the right of states to run their own elections, shifting power over elections to a partisan appointed board in Washington, and in general, assuring that Democrats cement themselves into one-party rule forever. Naturally, like the “Green New Deal,” it’s backed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other deep-thinking leftwing extremists. And what is this bill called?
The “For the People Act of 2019.”
Why am I reminded of the “Twilight Zone” episode where the space aliens’ book titled “To Serve Man” turns out to be a cookbook?
I try to be consistent in my principles and not change them to fit the shifting political winds. For instance, I defended Brett Kavanaugh’s due process rights, but I have also defended those same rights for liberals who faced calls for their heads over accusations for which there had yet to be a trial or even any evidence. I do that because without due process rights for anyone who is accused, there can be no justice, and in America, justice should wear a blindfold. That means it doesn’t matter who the accused is; race, gender, wealth or lack of it, political views and all other traits are irrelevant: all that matters is the evidence. This shouldn’t be a “left or right” issue, it should be something that every American agrees on.
Unfortunately, some Americans – some of whom have reached disturbingly high places in government – only realize the importance of such bedrock American principles as due process rights when they’re in a position to need them themselves.
It appears that Bernie Sanders will run for President again in 2020. It will be interesting to see whether the Bernie Bros from 2016 will still feel the Bern now that he’s no longer a youthful 75 and the only socialist in the running. This time around, the field will be crowded with candidates who are peddling the same socialist poison in sexy new packages. Plus, never underestimate how much of Bernie’s appeal rested on the fact that he was the only alternative to Hillary Clinton (Democrats who think a Russian conspiracy was the only way Trump could have won still haven’t come to terms with just how unappealing their nominee was.)
At least Bernie is qualified as an example of the only way that socialism ever works: he never succeeded at anything until he got into government, and now he’s worth an estimated $2 million and has a $600,000 beach house. Too bad the only people for whom socialism works that well are the ones in “public service.”
I mentioned in writing about the tragic mass shooting last week in Aurora, Illinois, that the shooter had a felony record that should have prevented him from owning a gun. But just as with the Parkland school shooter, the laws already in place weren’t enforced. This is why the constant calls to pass more anti-gun laws are pointless at best and counter-productive at worst, because the only people they actually disarm are law-abiding citizens who might be able to stop criminals and mass shooters if they were armed. Otherwise, passing more useless laws when the ones in effect now either aren’t or can’t be enforced is just adding layers of meaningless paperwork and bureaucratic burdens to already-stretched law enforcement personnel.
I know that the gun control crowd won’t listen to me, so here’s the Aurora Police Chief admitting that the shooter would not have been in possession of a firearm if the existing laws had been enforced.
Those of us who keep a close eye on the news media have noticed the creation of a new narrative that’s been dubbed “Republicans pounce.” Whenever the left does or says something outrageous (embracing socialism, infanticide, fake hate crimes and 90% tax rates; abolishing ICE; releasing criminal illegal aliens; replacing airplanes with trains; banning billionaires and flatulent cows; etc., etc., etc.), the media make the story about the negative reaction to it by Republicans: “Republicans pounce.” The implication is, “How dare those partisan Republicans try to exploit the fact that Democrats have clearly gone insane!”
Be on the lookout for this tactic, because it’s becoming more and more common the crazier the Democrats get, and with AOC in the House and setting the agenda and an election year looming, the Democratic presidential debates might have to be moderated by an abnormal psychologist.
In the meantime, leave it to the Christian satire site, the Babylon Bee, to sum this trend up with some hilariously accurate humor.
Appropriately, on the very same day that Bernie Sanders once again tossed his mangy Cossack fur hat into the presidential ring, President Trump traveled to Florida and made an epic speech denouncing socialism. Citing Venezuela and Cuba as examples of great countries destroyed by socialism (to a raucous reception from the Miami crowd that included many Cuban and Nicaraguan immigrants), Trump said that Venezuela has exposed the ugly truth about socialism, that it’s in its twilight and is dying, and it will never come to America. Here’s a sample:
"We know that socialism is not about justice, it's not about equality, it's not about lifting up the poor -- it's about one thing only: power for the ruling class. And, the more power they get, the more they crave. They want to run health care, run transportation and finance, run energy, education, run everything. They want the power to decide who wins and who loses, who's up and who's down, what's true and what's false, and even who lives and who dies."
You likely heard little if anything about this from most media outlets (I assume they were too busy covering anti-Trump stories that will likely turn out to be hoaxes), but you can read about it and watch the whole thing at the link below. And you really should. If you’re depressed by how many naïve young people have had their heads filled with socialist nonsense at their $50,000-a-year academic indoctrination centers, this might give you a little hope for America’s future.
Let’s all give a farewell salute to an American hero who inadvertently became synonymous with the end of World War II.
Sunday, at an assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, George Mendonsa passed away at 95. In 1945, Mendonsa was on leave in his Navy uniform in Times Square when word came that Japan had surrendered and the war was over. As the crowd went wild in celebration, the jubilant Mendonsa ran down the street, grabbing and kissing any woman in sight. Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt was there, trying to capture the joy of the moment, when he spotted Mendonsa, followed him and snapped a photo of him kissing a nurse clad all in white. That photo appeared under the title, “VJ Day in Times Square” and later become known as "The Kiss," one of the most iconic images of World War II.
Eisenstaedt never got the couple’s names, but it was later determined that they were Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, who died in 2016 at 92.
Incredibly, in the past couple of years, that photo has been branded as “controversial,” an “act of public sexual assault,” and someone even vandalized a statue of it with “MeToo” graffiti shortly after Mendonsa’s death.
For the record, here’s what Friedman had to say about the idea that she was "sexually-assaulted":
"It wasn't that much of a kiss, it was more of a jubilant act that he didn't have to go back [to fight in the war]."
I wonder how many of the self-proclaimed “social justice warriors” who condemned Mendonsa have any idea what it’s like to fight in an actual war? Just more proof that leftists are as determined to destroy America’s past as they are to destroy its future.