Monday, May 18, 2020

Mollie Hemmingway: Media Must Report Truth Of Anti-Trump Spy Operation Before It's Too Late For Them

Hemmingway is a freaking national treasure:
   The less deft at pushing out the partisan talking point include MSNBC’s Brian Williams, who literally asked implicated former CIA chief John Brennan if he could “once and for all” explain to people who had heard about the scandal despite his corporation’s best efforts why it was no big deal. Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo complained that a biased NBC News piece that itself attempted to wave away the scandal was not biased enough for his liking. The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein begged Axios not to cover the issue lest it help Trump, in the way that covering Hillary Clinton’s email scandal may have helped Trump.
   Susan Glasser at the New Yorker suggested that acknowledging the Obama administration’s recorded attempts to undermine a duly elected administration through spying and leaking was a form of political agitprop. Her husband Peter Baker over at the New York Times took the same line but went with the authoritative gaslighting approach in which he suggested it was odd that Trump would want to correct the false narrative that he was a traitor to his country and replace it with the truth that he was the victim of a coordinated attack to spy on his campaign, criminally leak against him, and force him out of office. CNN’s Jake Tapper, a journalist implicated in one of the early Russia hoax stories, reported for duty to spread this partisan talking point as well. 
   Many of these people are simply in too deep. They’re not giving back the awards they got for peddling the false story uncritically. To do so is a level of honesty they are not currently capable of. ...
Here are the parts I doubt:
   First, that this can be fixed by an appeal to the self-interest of leftist journalists. I doubt that they'll pay much of a price for their naked propagandizing and suppression of the truth. First, because I don't see much evidence that they paid any price for it with respect to Russiagate. Second, because I think there's a booming market for progressive groupthink. I don't see any evidence that the supply exceeds the demand.    Second, that we ought to be appealing to their self-interest anyway. We ought to appeal to their better natures, if such things exist. If that doesn't work, then **** 'em. Among other reasons, you can't rely on there always being some self-interest angle that will induce someone to do their ****ing job. These people are supposed to have some sacred obligation to report on the facts. But it seems that only about four of them actually believe that. "Report the truth"--rather like "follow the science"--now just means produce progressive-left propaganda and insist that anyone who denies it is a troglodyte
   Oh and don't forget: the fundamental belief of the PC left is that questioning the beliefs of the PC left is morally wrong. The central method of "inquiry" and persuasion of the PC left is: stifling disagreement. From campus speech codes, "deplatforming," and liberal use of the heckler's veto, to Antifa violence to hysterical, indiscriminate accusations of racism, misogyny, etc., to censoring of social the stuff Hemmingway discusses in this piece, the PC left aims to prevent its opponents' case from being made and heard. They are totalitarians. The fact that they are, perhaps, the most powerful cultural and political force in the country right now should horrify us all.


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