I know I said I was semi-retired, but the RNC auto da fé in Cleveland has convinced me that this election is such a clear and present danger to our democracy that remaining silent would be an act of omission on the order of treason, and I am returning to the fight for the duration.
Gawker is dead. It is dead because they decided, cruelly, to “out” a wealthy gay man, and then foolishly decided to publish a stolen sex tape from a public figure and then refused to take it down because of their committment to “journalism.” And now this:
Gawker.com is out of business because one wealthy person maliciously set out to destroy it, spending millions of dollars in secret, and succeeded. That is the only reason.
Yes, Virginia, some sophist has decided to continue to bamboozle the public and the poorly-educated among the journalistic community that Gawker was a champion of journalism and free speech, rather than an arrogant assortment of snarky wordsmiths with an inflated view of their value to society and a casual disregard for the pain that their words could cause, magnified through the megaphone of mass media:
Gawker Was Murdered by Gaslight
Tom Scocca / Gawker
— A lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth. Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com. — This is the final act in what Thiel wished to present, and succeeded in presenting, as a simple and ancient morality play, a story of hubris meeting its punishment….
Alas, the moral question is far different than Mr. Scocca pretends it to be. Continue reading
I know that they MUST have one, and that it MUST have an Orwellian tinge, like “Clean Skies Initiative.” The latest example of whatever-you-call-it showed its ugly face for the Olympics (and, of course, NOT racially at all):
Social Media Outraged After Gabby Douglas Doesn’t Put Hand Over Heart During National Anthem
CBS New York
RIO DE JANEIRO — Several people took to Twitter to take Gabby Douglas to task for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem after the U.S. women’s gymnastics team captured the gold at the Olympics….
No Republican leaders in evidence, of course. Continue reading
Howie Kurtz definitely leaned to the right when he was at the Washington Post, pretending NOT to. I covered this during the “Private Beauchamp” controversy*, when the “milbloggers” and the Bush Administration ganged up on The New Republic to slander and smear their anonymous soldier correspondent who’d had the unmitigated gall to suggest that all of our troops in Iraq WEREN’T angels with dirty faces and only slightly tarnished halos.
(Beauchamp’s sergeant, BTW, is serving a 40 year sentence in Leavenworth prison, for the execution-style murder of four Iraqi detainees — so much for the simon-pure myth.) Almost no one remembers that Howie Kurtz PERSONALLY walked that story from the Right-wing Echo Machine into the mainstream**. And since he’s been at Faux Nooz, Howie seems to have found his “niche.”
Media trumpeting Trump implosion, but is it real?
Howard Kurtz / Fox News
This is what a full-fledged feeding frenzy looks like. With Donald Trump facing the roughest stretch of his candidacy, the media have moved from questioning his sanity to depicting a campaign in disarray and top Republicans still wondering whether they can dump the nominee. That won’t happen, of course, but it’s an indication of the toxic nature of the coverage and the flood of anti-Trump leaks now washing across the media landscape….
It is worth taking the time to note that the article he writes manages to say virtually nothing, takes no stance and doesn’t really question the stories he claims to question. Instead, he sticks to vacuous statements that vaguely question without strenuously defending or correcting … ANYthing. Continue reading
“Idiot” in its original form is what I’m talking about here. Ignore both meanings 1 AND 2. Look at the derivation.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
[Middle English, ignorant person, from Old French idiote, from Latin idiota, from Greek idiotes, private person, layman, from idios, own, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]
~ American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. 2011
‘Idiot’ comes to us from Athenian democracy and is the term reserved for those who do not participate in civic life.
America is beset with idiotes.
They have never been to a political party meeting in their lives, even though anyone can pretty much join any party they want to. They have never been to a city council meeting, a hearing of the state legislature nor anything more civic than a free tour of the state capitol.
And their votes count for just as much as yours or mine.
Which makes them easy prey for predators. Example: Continue reading
For all you “patriotic Americans” giving me endless shite over my original investigative reporting (mostly in social media): TOLD JA SO.
As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue
David E. Sanger / New York Times
WASHINGTON — An unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders in Philadelphia: Is Vladimir V. Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?
Ah, but the NYT remains at least 48 hours behind my reporting: Continue reading
There’s an old saying in journalism: if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
Bernie Sanders Campaign Chief Says Someone Must Be ‘Accountable’ for What DNC Emails Show
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News!
— Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said his team was “disappointed” by the emails from the Democratic National Committee leaked through WikiLeaks, which seemed to reveal staff in the party working to support Hillary Clinton.
For left-wing anti-Hillary zealots, the news is “too good to be true” outstripping their wildest conspiracy theories. Now, given that, how credible would you say these documents are?
Let’s start with what we know: the documents were hacked. We KNOW that. So, hacked by whom? Continue reading