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Autopsy of a Dead Coup.

Good stuff from Victor Davis Hanson:

Journalists themselves consulted with the Clinton campaign to coordinate attacks. From the Wikileaks trove, journalistic grandees such as John Harwood, Mark Leibovich, Dana Milbank, and Glenn Thrush often communicated (and even post factum were unapologetic about doing so) with John Podesta’s staff to construct various anti-Trump themes and have the Clinton campaign review or even audit them in advance.

Some contract “journalists” apparently were paid directly by Fusion GPS—created by former reporters Glen Simpson of the Wall Street Journal and Susan Schmidt of the Washington Post—to spread lurid stories from the dossier. Others more refined like Christiane Amanpour and James Rutenberg had argued for a new journalistic ethos that partisan coverage was certainly justified in the age of Trump, given his assumed existential threat to The Truth. Or as Rutenberg put it in 2016: “If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, non-opinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable. But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?”

I suppose Rutenberg never considered that half the country might have considered the Hillary Clinton presidency “potentially dangerous,” and yet did not expect the evening news, in 90 percent of its coverage, to reflect such suspicions.

The media is no longer biased, as Ace noted a few years ago — it’s explicitly partisan. Or as I noted back around the time of Obama’s ascension, if Eisenhower were alive today, instead of the Military-Industrial Complex, he’d warn us against the Democrat-Media Complex.

And unless we find some way to tame this beast, I get the feeling that the last two years will end up just being a practice run for the next time the “wrong” person gets elected president. And the next time they’ll be better at it, having gotten so much practice this first time around.

DJT Jr. again with the burn!

Best Jussie Smollett hate hoax memes:

If you've seen any other good ones, feel free to post them in the comments.

And the first rule of journalism today is: all stories have something to do with Donald J. Trump and what an awful person he is. Case in point:

Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in aggressive attacks by Iranian and Chinese hackers who security experts believe have been energized by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year and his trade conflicts with China.

Recent Iranian attacks on American banks, businesses and government agencies have been more extensive than previously reported. Dozens of corporations and multiple United States agencies have been hit, according to seven people briefed on the episodes who were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

Holy cow! Whatever could be causing "aggressive attacks" from two sworn enemies of the United States? What have we done to deserve this? Why do they hate us? After all, things were just swell under Barack Hussein Obama, especially with Iran!

Chinese cyberespionage cooled four years ago after President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping of China reached a landmark deal to stop hacks meant to steal trade secrets. But the 2015 agreement appears to have been unofficially canceled amid the continuing trade tension between the United States and China, the intelligence officials and private security researchers said. Chinese hacks have returned to earlier levels, although they are now stealthier and more sophisticated.

Threats from China and Iran never stopped entirely, but Iranian hackers became much less active after the nuclear deal was signed in 2015. And for about 18 months, intelligence officials concluded, Beijing backed off its 10-year online effort to steal trade secrets.

It's all Trump's fault, and don't you forget it.

 

The issue is settled.

El Chapo's Daughter to Launch Fashion Line Inspired by the Notorious Drug Lord.

In the future, everyone will be able to cash in for 5 minutes — and the future is now:

Two years after Barabas made bank off its "Most Wanted Shirt" design, the drug lord's designer daughter is attempting to profit off her father's name with an El Chapo-inspired clothing brand. It's a pretty well-timed venture, as the kingpin is in the midst of a highly publicized trial for drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder.

The Daily Mail reports Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán, one of El Chapo's 10 known children, has spent the last several weeks promoting her brand called El Chapo 701—a reference to El Chapo's ranking on Forbes' 2009 list of the world's billionaires. Alejandrina has also launched the brand's official website, which features photos of the forthcoming designs. There's apparel pieces like T-shirts, blazers, puffer coats, and button-ups, as well as accessories like hats, leather belts, and iPhone cases.

Steal one while supplies last.

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The indispensable website that tracks fake hate crimes, fakehatecrimes.org has been down all day.

Perhaps heavy traffic crashed the system -- or something else is going on. This isn't the first time the site has gone down.

 

 

Oh.

What did Smollett expect?

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