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Saturday, April 28, 2018

They don't want credibility

T. Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner forced me to wade into the Joy Reid controversy because he made so much sense.

She went from blogger to MSNBC presenter, and now some of her old blog posts are haunting her. Instead of taking ownership of her writing, she said she was hacked. When that was proven to be a lie, she said she doesn't remember writing the stuff.

Meanwhile, 56 women reporters signed a letter that implied the woman reporter who accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment is lying. Brokaw said he may have given her a kiss.

Another MSNBC presenter, Nicolle Wallace, turned Reid into a martyr, tweeting, "Everyone of us will walk in Joy Ann Reid's shoes some day -- filled with remorse and regret over something we have said or done, but I predict that few will do so this eloquently. Sending support and admiration to you and your amazing panel and team."

Lying and denying are not remorse and regret.

Joan Walsh of CNN threatened Glenn Greenwald for speaking out on Reid's post which he (and others) labeled homophobic. He is gay.

Then Adams on Twitter put all this battening of the hatches in perspective.

He wrote, "In the past 24 hours, big league journalists and pundits have rallied to the defense of Joy Reid, who is clearly lying, and Tom Brokaw, who stands accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct. It's a real mystery why people don't trust wider media to be fair and impartial."

Adams also wrote, "The press’ credibility problem is 100 percent of its own making. POTUS didn’t start this. He is simply capitalizing on it because it's a gimme. That so many in my industry don’t see this, and prefer instead to see themselves as persecuted martyrs, is astonishing."

And he wrote, "No one is going to believe or trust us so long as we pretend like we’re not part of the credibility problem. Look in a mirror, people."

Nice guy, but Adams is giving the benefit of the doubt to people who have no interest in credibility. In fact, they want the public to distrust the media because that helps a fascist state oppress the people.

Theodore Dalrymple explained this well.

"In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to," he wrote.

He is a retired prison psychiatrist whose real name is Anthony Malcolm Daniels, which gives him insights into the psychology behind propaganda.

Logic dictates that if the press is so unconcerned about losing its credibility, then that is its goal.

Thus, CNN and others continue to treat the king-discredited Russian dossier as legitimate.

Thus the media pushed an unverified story about White House physician Admiral Ronny Jackson getting drunk and disorderly on a trip with President Obama. Only after Jackson withdrew his nomination to head the VA did anyone bother with verification. There is no Secret Service report such an incident.


  1. I don't know who is telling the truth about Brokaw but I have a real problem with these long delays in coming forward. It puts men in the position of having to prove their innocence long after physical evidence is gone and witnesses are both hard to find and have faded memories.

    1. The left is going to hate living by the rules they invented, to borrow a phrase.

      Everyone is entitled to justice before the law. Those who want to play destroy-by-rumor can't complain when the tables are turned.

  2. "There is no Secret Service report such an incident."

    Which the White House surely knew but did not use in a spirited defense of its nominee. What's more pathetic than the willingness of Democrats to lie in order to torpedo the nomination, is the failure of the White House to go on the offensive against the liars instead of letting him twist in the wind.

    When their false claims were first made by the Dems, the White House was criticized for not having vetted their nominee carefully enough. Well, sure enough, their background checks of him found no evidence of improper behavior because none were to be found. The claims were false. It was the Dirty Harry (Reid) smear tactic once again. The first reaction we saw to those false claims was to criticize the WH; instead, it should have been to challenge the partisan Democrats to prove their claims against the nominee. Where was their evidence? There was none.

    1. This is all true. Another way to look at it is the possibility that maintaining a technique that has been found to work is more important than defending a relatively minor individual with the truth.

      Truth is something they have no interest in. Power is.

    2. Iapetus, it's awfully hard to prove a negative, such as proving that something didn't happen.

      If the WH had gone on the offensive, and then the Dems produced proof that it had happened after all, it would have been really bad for the WH and President Trump, and hard to walk back. It would have given the Left ammunition for a long, long time.

      I've often hoped that Trump has his own security team, as even the SS may not be entirely trustworthy. I recall that back in the beginning of 2017 a woman agent said she wouldn't take a bullet for Trump, and I wonder how many other 5th columnists we might have in the ranks.

      I hope the Secret Service is more trustworthy than the FBI, but that's a low bar these days!

  3. Further re totalitarians forcing people to accept & parrot lies. This is also reflected in the "Identity" shtick. Though I'm an eighty-two year old man of average heights, I identify as a seven foot tall Chinese woman basketball star. If you don't accept my identity, you are a racist, misogynist, etc.

  4. The NYT started this with its Harvey expose. Originally they thought it was just a good story( I'm told) but soon realized it could be exploited against Trump and even HC herself since there were many photos of her and Harvey together. They saw it as an opportunity to get rid of her, replace her with someone who would be more of a servant to their own increasingly left ideological shift , a role Obama had served so well, to thereby reassert dominance as king makers in the Democratic Party.
    Even though they had loyally licked shit off Bill Clinton's boots for years they were never fond of him and often complained about his unprogressive politics in schizoid editorials. She was no different as her cash collecting trips to Goldman Sachs often demonstrated. The Clinton foundation coffers were filled with Capitalist gold in return for promises of future competitive advantage. Being old fashioned Bolshevik Reds, the NYT owners always felt unclean around them.
    This whole business of a woman remembering some embarrassing moment 20 years before to try and destroy the male side of the moment will only hurt women in general. Who will ever trust them again, in general terms? Truman never met a woman behind closed doors and neither does Pence. This will become the new paradigm. Yet, If a door cannot be closed on a conversation between two parties, nothing of true substance will ever be discussed between them. No confidence, no responsibility, no job of any importance can result.
    But Brokaw is a wealthy Manhattan liberal elitist of the first rank. He fully deserves his moment of shame for bad behavior, all the more if it never even happened, given the track record of DT coverage-by his former employers at NBC, about which he has been so proud.

    1. You got it.

      This is a hit. Maybe because some Conservatives might view him favorably because he described the American military as great.

  5. The dang car accident lie was easy to verify, but the Left ignored it. The FBI review of him after Trump was sworn in apparently didn't find such an incident or any of the others.
    I have gotten to the point that I no longer want to stay clean and not stoop to the Left's level. If I had any dirt on those who parroted these lies, I would call them out ASAP.

  6. Vaclav Havel also documented this in his own writings.

    He talked how the point of all the rules - actual and unwritten in what you could do and say - had another goal. To suffocate the spirit of the people so they would submit and comply.

    He wrote with all the insight of someone who suffered a front-row seat to the horrors of communism.

    1. The people don't always play by the other side's rules.
      Nicolae Ceausescu learnt that lesson the hard way.

    2. whatever story you have heard, ceaucescu was taken out by the russians, he had become too public a handicap to them.

  7. Here is how any journalist can obtain and maintain credibility:

    1. Tell the truth.
    2. Tell the whole truth.
    3. Tell nothing but the truth.
    4. Never spin the truth.

    1. Buuuuuut, will they? I asked my Magic 8-Ball; it said "No WAY, Jose!"

    2. besides, they'd be fired if they stuck to the truth.

  8. The silence from Obama and his minions is rather deafening in this matter. He surely had knowledge, or one of his people did, that this was a blatant lie designed to destroy the credibility and livelihood of a good man simply because they don't like him.

  9. Let them eat their own. I truly do not care about most journalists other than the fact they tend to lie for liberal, leftist causes.

    Which is sad.

  10. I wonder if Brokaw will be Cosbyed. I mean he's called members of the American military "greatest".

  11. The enemedia cannot force me to believe them. My default position is, they're LIEING.

  12. "Lying and denying are not remorse and regret."

    Why Don, Joy Ann Reid was full of remorse. Remorse that she got caught!

    She was also filled with regret: regret that she couldn't think of any valid excuses.

    Joy Ann Reid is full to bursting with another substance, too; one that draws a lot of flies and smells really bad- but no one can point that out without being some kind of "-ist," so I'll just leave that there.

    Try not to step in it!