SENSELESS LOSS OF LIFE
At a pro-Trump rally in Denver over the weekend, a Trump supporter was shot to death by what was initially reported to be a “security guard.” There appears to be much more to this story, and it’s still coming out. Here’s the latest, but I expect there will be more. Read this to catch up, and in the meantime, please say a prayer for the victim, Lee Keltner, and his family, and that people will rediscover humanity and morality and stop putting politics above the sanctity of human life.
The Associated Press’ style guidelines have tremendous sway over media outlets, which in turn can help form the way voters think about issues. Unfortunately, the A.P. seems to have decided that the reason for its style guidelines is not proper grammar or making the facts of a story clearer, but fuzzying up language to make Democrats look better. Here, the Western Journal gives some examples and explains why they refuse to comply.
Over the weekend, we saw the most blatant example yet of how the A.P. has morphed into the DNC’s press release editor. Democrats have hit on a new fake talking point of claiming that by confirming Amy Coney Barrett, which Republicans have the power to do courtesy of the last elections, Republicans are “politicizing” the court,” (even though it’s liberal judges who make rulings based on their personal politics instead of the law or the Constitution.)
So Democrats claim that by adding however many Justices it takes to get an insurmountable liberal majority, they’re actually “depoliticizing” the court, and it’s their opponents who call that “packing the court.”
Astoundingly, the lapdogs at the A.P. tried to endorse this assault on the English language, but there was rapid and vicious blowback. Rep. Lee Zeldin responded, “Adding Justices to the US Supreme Court would be the most political, radical, partisan power grab possible for the Judiciary. That move is the polar opposite of ‘depoliticizing.’ I’ve got very bad news for those pushing this new ‘depoliticizing’ spin: Americans aren’t idiots!”
Once again, it appears that the Democrats are letting George Orwell write their PR materials. In his novel “1984,” the official slogan of Big Brother’s Party was “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.” All they have to do is add “Politicizing is depoliticizing.”
Also worth noting: in "1984," that slogan was carved in huge letters on the side of the Ministry of Truth, which was in charge of coordinating all the lies the government told through the media and rewriting history. Maybe we should also add “The Associated Press is the Ministry of Truth.”
Back in 2016, I got a lot of indulgent chuckles on TV when I predicted a Trump win at a time when Hillary Clinton was allegedly leading in the polls by up to 13 points. Interviewers thought I was just being a good GOP soldier and whistling past the graveyard. In fact, I had seen the difference in enthusiasm firsthand while campaigning with Trump. And I’d examined those polls and knew that when you have to oversample Democrats by, to cite one example, up to 24 points to get Hillary a five-point lead, she was in trouble.
The polls you’re hearing about now that forecast a Biden landslide also oversample Democrats. But polling insiders say they’ve found other ways to skew the results.
One old reliable tactic is to poll only registered voters and not likely voters. A more creative way is balancing the Democrat-Republican sample, but avoiding rural Democrats who are likely to support Trump and polling suburban female Republicans who are more likely to support Biden. And then there’s the unknown factor of the “shy Trump voter:” people who refuse to tell pollsters that they back Trump because they’re afraid it will leak and crazy/angry Democrats will attack them the way they vandalize cars with Trump stickers. But when they’re in the privacy of the voting booth, they will relish voting for Trump in anticipation of the crybullies’ Election Night meltdowns. Nobody knows how big that vote is, but I would guess “substantial.”
I assume the idea behind this kind of dishonest polling is to demoralize Trump supporters and make them think they can’t win so why bother voting? I don’t see that happening. I think most Trump voters are so sick of the opposition’s endless tantrums and slanders that they would crawl over broken glass to vote for Trump. I’ve observed in many past elections that the biased media actually harm the Democrats. They get intellectually lazy from never being challenged, so in debates, Republicans who constantly have to defend their ideas eat them alive. And in this case, the skewed polls might make their voters complacent and convince them that they don’t need to vote. A lot of dead people may vote for Biden, but it won’t be because they rose from their graves to vote out of enthusiasm for him.
Finally, for those who think I’m just whistling past the graveyard again (if I am, it’s the graveyard where the pollsters’ credibility is buried), take a look at this.
Someone went back and found Hillary Clinton’s poll lead in key swing states in the Real Clear Politics average of polls on October 10, 2016, and compared it to Biden’s lead on the same date in 2020. In every case, Hillary was polling better than Biden is now. And in every case, Trump went on to win that state.
So why does this rigged system to create and promote false narratives continue to be taken seriously, election after election? Roger Kimbell at the Spectator has a theory: it’s because these days, being a Democrat requires you to believe in “magical thinking.”
(PS – I should warn liberal readers who take comfort in believing that anyone who questions their political views is a knuckle-dragging moron that Mr. Kimbell does use phrases such as “epistemic nihilism” which could cause you to suffer a cognitive dissonance-induced stroke.)
Another reason to take the “Biden landslide” talk with a pillar of salt: voter enthusiasm. Compare the tens of thousands of people who show up to Trump rallies with the Biden/Harris campaign event in Arizona where practically nobody showed up. Remember in 2016, when Hillary couldn’t fill a high school gym with supporters? Joe can’t fill a gym bag.
But wait: Biden supporters claimed that Democrats are too smart to show up at political rallies where the coronavirus might spread (they only show up at protest rallies where it doesn’t spread. SCIENCE!!) They prefer to stay home in their basements like their candidate and relate to the world via the Internet. That’s why Joe hosts “virtual” campaign events for his virtual campaign.
Okay, let’s see how that’s working out. Joe Hoft at Gateway Pundit compared online viewership of Trump’s then-most recent rally in Duluth to Biden and Harris’ big “Soul of America” event in Arizona where about eight people showed up in person.
He tallied up reported views across all streaming platforms, and these are the totals:
Trump: 2,461,000 views
Biden: 77,000 views
Maybe Biden supporters are afraid that if they watch him online, they’ll contract a Chinese computer virus. SCIENCE!!
THREE OF SIX PLOTTERS TIED TO LEFT-WING GROUPS
At least three of the six men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have now been tied to BLM, anarchist groups and radically anti-Trump rhetoric. So maybe it’s time for Whitmer to apologize for blaming the plot on Trump and Trump supporters? Naaaah, that’s crazy talk!
THE STATE OF JOURNALISM
Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage.com sums up the state of journalism in 2020 with a single headline, on an article analyzing a Washington Post story about George Floyd:
“Washington Post Blames ‘Systemic Racism’ for George Floyd Robbing a Latino Woman at Gunpoint.”
It’s well worth reading to see how the Post (and by extension, virtually every mainstream media outlet) twists logic like a pretzel to arrive at the conclusion that America is so racist, racist, racist, nobody is personally responsible for anything they do, unless they’re white. One of the best parts is how WaPo claims that as a child, Floyd wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice, but because of America’s racism, he just kept getting arrested for drugs, theft and armed robbery.
Greenfield then points out that there is a black man on the Supreme Court who has no arrest record (Clarence Thomas), and the Washington Post did everything in its power to keep him from being confirmed.
REALLY? A BIDEN LANDSLIDE? YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?
Since the 1970s, punk icon Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) of the Sex Pistols has been saying things that deliberately outraged the establishment, but after 40 years, he may have finally found the hot button to truly make their heads explode when he told a BBC interviewer:
“Yes, of course I’m voting for Trump. It’s ‘bad person’ or not. I don’t want a politician running this world anymore…He’s an individual thinker, I’ll give him that for a start. He’s not the most lovable fellow on God’s earth, but I cannot see the opposition as offering me anything by way of a solution.”
So you’re seriously telling me it’s “Biden in a landslide” when even Johnny Rotten won’t vote for him?