November 25, 2020

EVERY TOPIC LEADS BACK TO RACE:  Terry McAuliffe & Don Scott don’t just think marijuana should be legalized.  They argue that we need “conscious and purposeful investment” in minority-owned marijuana businesses too.

November 24, 2020

FIRE THEM ALL, AS A LESSON TO OTHERS: Penguin Random House Staff Confront Publisher About New Jordan Peterson Book. Publishing staffers are a dime a dozen, and can easily be replaced by people just as competent, and less self-important.

NOW OUT: Kurt Schlichter’s latest Kelly Turnbull book, Crisis.

HOLD THE LINE: Georgia Is On My Mind and It Is Imperative We Get Our Priorities Straight Now.

REMINDER: HOLLYWOOD IS RUN BY GARBAGE PEOPLE. Dave Chappelle gets show pulled because Viacom wasn’t paying him. “They stole that from me. They just took it. And I’m not here trying to tell you guys that I believe Comedy Central gave me a raw deal just because I’m black. I believe they gave me a raw deal because this fucking industry is a monster.”

Plus: ‘Star Wars’ author says Disney is stiffing him on royalties. “Foster added that Disney has ignored his agents’ and legal reps’ efforts to collect the cash and pressed him to sign a nondisclosure agreement before even starting negotiations — something no one else has ever asked him to do.”

EVEN LEFTISTS CAN’T TRUST LEFTISTS: “The Obama staffers are now cutting out the people who got Biden elected. None of these people found the courage to help the VP when he was running and now they are elevating their friends over the Biden people.”

Watch out: The most dangerous thing for a socialist is to be ruled by socialists who are not his friends.

VIDEO: My favorite rocketship, the nuclear Orion.

OPEN THREAD: Here we are now. Entertain us.

SPACE: Rocket Lab on road to reusability after successful booster recovery.


SCIENCE: Lockdowns Not Linked With Lower COVID Death Rates, New Study Finds.

I LINKED THIS INTERVIEW YESTERDAY FOR TALK ABOUT COVID POLICY AND CLASS WAR, but it’s worth quoting this part, too, because it shows a lefty with more connection to reality than most:

I, too, have been shocked at the refusal to acknowledge Trump’s wins, many of which were actually really progressive. Thanks to his economy, the base pay of the lower 25% of wage earners rose by 4.5%, which is unprecedented in recent history (certainly, nothing like this happened under Clinton or Obama). He brought truly unprecedented unemployment to marginalized communities and gave millions and millions of dollars to HBCUs. He freed over 4,000 Black men from prison; men sent to prison because of Joe Biden’s crime bill, the irony of ironies. Had the Democrats not been so totally committed to their loathing of Trump, they could have gotten much more out of him. This is a man who will do literally anything to be praised on cable news.

There are a number of reasons the mainstream news media refused him that praise even for policies they should have applauded. For starters, the media realized in 2015 that hating on Trump was really, really good for business. TV ratings for CNN and MSNBC went through the roof. With Google Analytics and social media, you know exactly what stories are getting clicks, and the anti-Trump stuff did so well it literally saved the New York Times, which was struggling for its existence.

This is why Trump’s name appears so often in the Times — every 250 words or so, even in places like the Food section. It’s because of the Times’ digital media business model. Like Facebook, the Times is selling its readers’ emotions to advertisers—literally. Look up “Project Feels.” The more the reader feels, the more likely they are to click on an ad. And just the name Trump makes affluent liberals see red.

In other words, digital media met an affluent liberal audience desperate to be told that the people they looked down on were evil racists and that we live in a white supremacy. So the New York Times, Vox, MSNBC, and CNN gave them what they wanted. And media companies went from being broke to making bank.

All of this gets to your really smart point about the Democrats, who are supposed to be the party of the people. There was a time when Democrats represented labor, while the Republicans were all about the rich. We’ve seen a reversal of that under Trump. Trump’s economic agenda was protectionist in nature, and very much geared at the working class. (Like many Scandinavian countries, he coupled this with a big corporate tax cut early on.) Meanwhile the Democrats have doubled down on a thirty-year trajectory of going all in on college-educated voters. . . .

That’s how you end up with an MSNBC host worth $25 million looking down her nose at a person without a college degree and sneering, “You voted for Trump? You racist!” and feeling like a hero.

Yep. Flashback: Donald Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad.

YEP: COVID-19 mild in most children, study finds.

STACEY LENNOX: The COVID-19 News the Corporate Media Doesn’t Publish. “Here is a rundown, with detailed sourcing, linking to recent news and previous information. The job of media is to inform so people can make individual decisions based on all available information. This is especially important as we move into the season of gathering with friends and loved ones. And Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNN, and Andrew Cuomo are hardly the final word on everything.”

THEY’RE IMPORTANT: Let’s Talk About Toilets.

WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE: Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Compares Biden Picking Cabinet to ‘Fantasy Football.’

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AMERICA FIRST OR WHENEVER: Xi’s Gotta Have It: China Welcomes Biden With Orders From Beijing With Love.

FYI: Safety Recall Notice on the M&P Shield EZ Pistol.

LOOKS LIKE A CHURCH SERVICE: Child Abuse? HBO Max Documentary Celebrates 4-Year-Old Boy’s Transgender Identity.

THIS IS CNN: CNN silent as nurse’s viral tale of patients denying coronavirus from deathbeds falls apart. ‘Of course, CNN has yet to air an acknowledgment or correction,’ Curtis Houck [of NewsBusters] wrote.

EXPLOSIVE: Media Suppression of 8 Key Stories ‘Stole This Election’ for Joe Biden.

WEIRD, MINE IS FULL OF NOTHING WORSE THAN FOOD AND WINE AND GOOD COMPANY: Washington State University hosts speaker who says Thanksgiving is full of stereotypes of indigenous people.

HOMEMADE MASKS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THOUGHT: ‘Exhaustive’ study shows cloth masks help protect both wearers and those nearby. But not just any cloth mask: “The research, led by airborne disease transmission expert Linsey Marr, found, based on testing different materials, that a three-layer mask consisting of outer layers of a flexible, tightly woven fabric and an inner layer made from one of several materials designed to filter small particles, should provide at least 74 percent material filtration efficiency for the most penetrating particle size.”


I’m somewhat surprised by how good it is. The FX, the miniature work — it’s fantastic. Ed Bishop’s no-nonsense Straker is a man under unbelievable stress, when you think about it, and what seemed cold and brusque when I was a kid is now the character of a fellow who has no time for error or lassitude.

I think the thing that sealed the deal, and said this is not silly kitsch, was an early episode in which Straker’s spending the day with his son. He’s divorced. After he drops off the kid, there’s a traffic accident, and the child is seriously injured. Because the sonsuffers from a plot-induced condition, he needs a rare medicine, and Straker pulls strings to get SHADO air assets to transport it. But oh no, there’s a UFO attack! He has to decide – get the medicine to his son, or bring down the threat?

He goes with the former, and there’s a few tense moments, but the plane eventually gets the medicine to the kid, as we knew it would.

But it’s too late and his son dies and his ex-wife curses him.

That’s the thing about UFO: for a show made by people known for rictus-faced marionettes, it’s remarkably dark. That doesn’t make it good, of course. But it gives it a character that’s more shaded than the garish overlit shots suggest.

And of course it has a fantastic theme.

Gerry Anderson’s finest hour as a producer and show creator. (No actually, there were several good episodes; and the suspension of disbelief needed to watch UFO was much lower than Anderson’s next series, the crapfest that was Space: 1999.)

COLORADO: Larimer County restaurant owners: New COVID order a death sentence; we will not shut down.

A group of restaurant and brewery owners in Larimer County said Monday afternoon that enough is enough. They will not be shutting down in-person dining under the county’s new “Level Red” designation on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID dial.

“While COVID is not a death sentence for the majority of people who get it, this order will be for many Loveland Businesses,” said Clay Caldwell in a news release. “To follow this order would mean laying off dozens of people who then don’t know if they have enough to pay rent and give their family a nice Christmas.”

Caldwell, owner of Betta Gumbo, and Morgen Harrington, one of the owners of Grimm Brothers Brewhouse — both in Loveland — are leading the effort. They announced their decision through a news release Monday afternoon. They said they will continue to operate at the “yellow” level they have been.

Larimer County is in the sparsely-populated northern reaches of Colorado’s Front Range, and despite the surge in COVID-19 infections, still enjoys high ICU availability.

WELL, GOOD: Study: Asymptomatic and secondary infected individuals do not infect others.

DIGITAL PATERNALISM: Twitter to show a warning when you try to like a labeled tweet.

BECAUSE OF COURSE HE DOES: Ohio Gov. DeWine Vows to Veto Bill Stripping His ‘Ultimate’ COVID Powers.

NOW TALK ABOUT HOW THEY HANDLE SEX: Junk food, booze often star in America’s hit movies.

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT HE TURNED OUT TO BE: James Mattis: Joe Biden Must Eliminate ‘America First’ from U.S. Foreign Policy.

HMM: Merck to acquire U.S. biotech with experimental COVID-19 drug.


Obligatory flashbacks: PAUL KRUGMAN ON ELECTION NIGHT 2016: “If the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.”

And from March: GIVEN HIS TRACK RECORD, THIS IS THE BEST NEWS I’VE SEEN IN WEEKS: Paul Krugman: Market signaling a ‘permanent recession.’

SO HE’S ON THE OTHER SIDE THEN: US should encourage China’s rise, Biden national security pick Jake Sullivan says.

Don’t question his patriotism.


The backlash is coming.

It already seems clear that the first major political and cultural eruption of the Biden years will be a roiling populist backlash against the next round of COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions on ordinary life.

We saw this sentiment play out in sporadic anti-lockdown demonstrations last spring, and it has driven ongoing resistance to masks. But it is, in all likelihood, about to reach a entirely new level — fueled by exhaustion with the virus, infuriating displays of elite hypocrisy and the shattered credibility of the public-health establishment.

The ascension of Joe Biden will add force to the reaction. It is an iron law of American politics that whichever party doesn’t control the presidency will suspect the other of plotting to impose a tyranny, so the fear and loathing of COVID-19 restrictions, somewhat muted on the right while Donald Trump was president, will deepen and intensify.

The right’s populism and limited-government impulse, which separated in the Trump years, will presumably be reunited in the push against lockdowns in a way that they haven’t been since the days of the Tea Party.

“Lockdowns. Mask police. Curfews. What about freedom?” asked conservative Rep. Jim Jordan in a recent tweet, forecasting things to come.

Why would there be any backlash, when AP is “reporting” that “The pandemic has forced people to spend more time with themselves than ever. It has reshaped and broadened the way many think about how they treat themselves — what has come to be called self-care. People are baking, gardening and learning new skills.” Lockdowns are a wonderful thing in the AP collective mindset!

As Twitchy asks, “Remember when the AP was something you could trust? Good times.” Yes, but that was quite a long time ago. At the end of the otherwise calm spring of 2008, AP was busy reminding people that “Everything Seemingly is Spinning Out of Control,” to help prime the pump for the coming Obama era.

DON SURBER IS NOT WELCOMING THE NEVERTRUMPERS BACK INTO THE FOLD: “This is not Romney’s party or McCain’s or Bush’s. We push back now. And if those who conspired with Democrats against The Donald think they are re-taking the party, they have another thing coming to them.”

But read the whole thing. Including this bit from Chris Caldwell: “Trump didn’t sell out his supporters. In fact, his presidency saw something extraordinary, even if it was all but invisible from the country’s globalized cities: the first egalitarian boom since well back into the twentieth century. In 2019, the last non-Covid year, he presided over an average 3.7% unemployment rate and 4.7% wage growth among the lowest quartile of earners. All income brackets increased their take. That had happened in the last three Obama years, too. The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. In the Trump economy, the distribution was different. Net worth of the top 10% rose only marginally, while that of all other groups vaulted ahead. In 2019, the share of overall earnings going to the bottom 90% of earners rose for the first time in a decade.”

A BEAUTIFUL BLESSING FOR TOUGH TIMES: OneHeartDC is a coalition of Washington, D.C. region congregations that came together to, among much else, produce this remarkable video version of a song based on Numbers 6:22-26.

No, it’s not political, but it is something hopeful and beautiful during this week when millions of Americans will not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. Whether or not you happen to be a person of faith, I’m confident this will be a blessing to you.

IN THE MAIL: From Kurt Schlichter, Crisis (Kelly Turnbull Book 5).

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: The CDC Doesn’t Want You Singing Any Thanksgiving Carols, Seriously.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does the CDC think it is we rubes do for Thanksgiving?

Answer: They picture us doing keg stands before gathering around the hi-fi boom-box to sing our favorite Thanksgiving carols at the tops of our lungs, apparently.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Fox Woke News crashes and burns.
  • Portland restauranteur complains about antifa vandalism, then his restaurant burns.
  • Meet Colorado’s attractive, young, gun-toting congresswoman.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

VIRGINIA POSTREL: The History of Fabric Is the History of Civilization. New video from Reason TV:

Postrel’s newest book is The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. Your Political Leaders Hate You And Think You’re Stupid.

You might think the state’s top medical lobbyists would think twice about flagrantly disregarding COVID guidelines, or even feign an apology like Newsom, but no. A spokesman for the CMA told Politico that “the dinner was held in accordance with state and county guidelines,” which prohibit more than three households from gathering privately—but do allow restaurants to seat people from more than three households together. See?

Apparently this is a pretty common attitude among California politicians and their lobbyist buddies. With much of their state locked down by government fiat, last week a bunch of state lawmakers and corporate lobbyists flew off to Hawaii for a five-day conference and schmooze-fest at an upscale Maui resort. Legislators and their families mingled with representatives of businesses and trade groups that paid thousands of dollars for access to the lawmakers in what has become an annual lobbying tradition—even during a global pandemic!

Dan Howle, chairman and executive director of the Independent Voter Project, which hosts the conference, didn’t apologize.

Read the whole thing.

WE REALLY NEED A VOTING AND VOTE-COUNTING SYSTEM THAT IS MORE TRUSTWORTHY: Almost no Trump voters consider Biden the legitimate 2020 election winner. “A mere 3% of voters for President Donald Trump think President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election, while 73% think the incumbent was the victor, according to a CNBC/Change Research poll.”

Of course, this story blames “Trump’s unsubstantiated claims” without noting how Democrats prepared the ground with four years of talk about “hacked elections.”

Plus: “Loyalty to Trump runs deep among the respondents. Asked with whom they would identify if the president left the GOP, 72% responded Trump’s party, while 28% answered the Republican Party.”

Caveat: This is a poll. How reliable have they been lately?

DECOLONIZE THIS: Professor instructs students on ‘decolonizing your Thanksgiving.’

I’M GLAD TO SEE THIS, SINCE HE ACTUALLY MAKES STUFF: Elon Musk passes Bill Gates to become world’s second-richest person.

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THE FIX WAS IN: Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Other Tech Execs’ Roles For Biden Draw Outrage.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Unfortunately, No Kraken Will Be Served for Thanksgiving. “One does not promise a Kraken, then proceed in a most un-Krakenlike manner, as Powell soon found out.”

A WAVE OF RACIAL HATE DISGUISED AS ANTI-HATE: Post-George Floyd, a Wave of ‘Anti-Racist’ Teaching Sweeps K-12 Schools Targeting ‘Whiteness.’


DEMS HOPED TO CRUSH AND DEMORALIZE THE DEPLORABLES, BUT IT’S NOT WORKING OUT THAT WAY: Four more years: 66% GOP wants Trump to run in 2024, 79% say election ‘stolen.’

Hey, it’s not like I didn’t warn them:

Trump was big on the national stage long before he was president. Why would he go away after the election is over? He’ll still have tens of millions of (probably angry) followers, deep pockets and a huge megaphone.

There has already been some talk of Trump starting his own television network to rival Fox News, and/or his own social media platform — the latter made more plausible by the heavy censorious hands of those running Twitter and Facebook — and I suspect that Trump would regard a 2020 loss as a setback, not a defeat. Grover Cleveland came back to win a second term after losing the White House, Trump might reason. Why not me? He’ll probably hold campaign-style rallies around the country starting right after the election.

Trump’s been down before and staged dramatic comebacks. I’m sure he thinks he can do it again, and so do a lot of his supporters.

#METOO: White House still planning holiday parties, despite coronavirus warnings.

Related (From Ed):

BYRON YORK: How Republicans Crashed Nancy Pelosi’s Party.

Not long before Election Day, the Associated Press ran a story headlined “House already won? Pelosi thinks so, and reaches for more.” The article said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so confident about keeping control of the House that she was preparing for an expanded Democratic majority. “Pelosi notes experts have suggested Democrats will pick up between five and 15 House seats,” the outlet reported. The speaker said her “goal originally was to hold the House,” but with the prospects of a big victory, “everything we get after that will just be a further enhancement.”

A week later, Pelosi and fellow Democratic leaders were stunned when the party not only did not pick up 15, or even five, seats but actually lost at least nine seats — the count is still going on in a few final races — and came dangerously close to losing the House altogether. The predictions that President Trump was a drag on Republicans and that the Left’s agenda was experiencing new popularity turned out to be wrong.

Elderly women keep promising the Democrats sweeping victories and then failing to deliver.

#RESIST: California Residents Take To The Streets, Protest COVID-19 Restrictions.

ONE GIANT STEP BACKWARDS:  One of the best things the Trump Administration’s Department of Education did was turn away from the Obama Era policy prohibiting disparate impact based on race in school discipline.  There are already hints that the Biden Administration will return to that policy.  Here is my explanation for why such a return would be very unfortunate for both students and teachers. 

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: The Government’s Reckless Student Lending is Creating a Budget Hole Akin to the 2008 Crisis, New Analysis Shows.

DISARMING MINORITIES RARELY ENDS WELL: Private Arms and Civil Unrest: Lessons from the Black Freedom Movement.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Buy a Pulse Oximeter in Case You Catch Covid. I was looking into why having a pulse oximeter at home in case you get Covid for the reasons discussed in the link isn’t strongly recommended by the public health establishment. Having read a bunch of articles that acknowledge the potential benefits but stop short of recommending purchase, medical professionals are afraid people with low levels for other reasons (like sleep apnea) will become convinced they have Covid, that people feeling really, really awful with Covid who may need medical attention won’t call them them if their blood oxygen levels are okay, and so forth. I.e., some people are too stupid to use it wisely/properly. Some people may in fact be, but why refrain from recommending it for everyone on that basis? I think it’s the same with Vitamin D–fear that instead of taking a reasonable dose to ensure no deficiency, people will conclude that if 2000 IUs daily is good, 200,000 (which is toxic) is better. We really shouldn’t be making medical policy based on the (perceived) lowest common denominator

FITTING: Buttigieg Campaign Office to Become Pole Dancing Studio. “A fitting homage to former mayor’s legacy of aggressive gentrification.”

WELL: Apple security chief Thomas Moyer indicted in concealed firearm permit bribery case. “According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer and insurance broker Harpreet Chadha were accused of offering bribes to Santa Clara Undersheriff Rick Sung and Captain James Jensen to receive concealed firearm (CCW) permits.”

Normally, I’d cut anyone slack for doing whatever they think is necessary to try and get a CCW in California, but then there’s this from 2016: Apple Removes The Gun Emoji, Replaces It With A Squirt Gun.

UNEXPECTEDLY:  Oregon Tougher on Thanksgiving Families than Antifa Terrorists.

If you’re a family of faith, you may be out of luck if you don’t line up early for church. While faith institutions may stay open, they can only host 25 people indoors. Be thankful, this holiday season, if you’re able to enjoy your constitutionally protected right at all.

If you violate any of the governor’s orders, you’ll be subject to hefty fines or even jail time. According to the order, knowingly violating the will of Brown is a misdemeanor offense. You could be hit with $1,500 fine or 30 days in jail—or both.

In stark contrast, if you’re an Antifa domestic terrorist who participated in near-nightly riots in Portland, you weren’t treated as harshly. Indeed, if you managed to get arrested, you were likely quickly released and almost certainly not charged.

It’s much easier to target innocent families enjoying Thanksgiving than mask-wearing thugs. I suspect even in Oregon, “the chump effect” is a growing phenomenon.

HELP WANTED: Harvard University is creating a new position:   Associate University Librarian for Antiracism. It will pay up to $240,300 per year.

FINGERS CROSSED: Trump Campaign Gets Legal Victories in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

SO YOU’RE SAYING TRUMP WILL BE BACK? The Democratic Party is often violent, divisive and hypocritical; if it doesn’t change, Trump will be back.

FROM DEPLORABLE TO UNCONQUERABLE: Most in GOP say Biden ‘stole’ election, want Trump to fight on. Regardless of who winds up in the White House, the deplorables will stay together. And as long as they do, they’re unconquerable.

Richard Fernandez:


WHO KNOWS THE DARKNESS IN THE HEARTS OF THE LEFT’S PLOTS? THE BEE KNOWS:  Walmart Thanks Government For Completely Obliterating Their Small Business Competition.

And this is why the left hates the bee, and keeps claiming they’re not satire. Because you know, they’re right. The left while claiming they don’t like corporations, actually do what they can to favor them. Because communism has melded with fascism (see China) and big corporations are easier to control (see, Joe Biden’s plans.)

THIS? THIS? THEY AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET:  The left is now reaping what it sowed.

… the problem is they’re a cult. And their revelation says that the arrow of history means they always win. May the Lord have mercy on our souls, that we let it fester this far.

AS FORETOLD IN THE PROPHECY:  Study: Asymptomatic and secondary infected individuals do not infect others.




Go read.


He says these many months later, he’s still saying “you shouldn’t. No, really you shouldn’t.”

THANKS. WE KNEW THAT GOING IN. THE FRAUD WAS PRETTY HIGH TOO. IT STINKS TO HIGH HEAVENS:  WATCH: Alan Dershowitz suggests it’s possible Powell and Giuliani can win, but the bar is high…


So all you luvies that say “we’ll get them n 22” might want to think of the USSR elections. The DDR elections too. By 22, they’ll have 100% of the vote. And the Green Nude Heel on your neck.
Unless you intend to learn to eat grass and go “baaaah” stop that nonsense.

DEFINITELY:  Forest for the Trees.


Spit out the black pill, boys and girls. If you let them take this one, with this MUCH in your face fraud? You might as well concede we couldn’t keep the republic. And if that’s what you’re going to do, go elsewhere. The adults are fighting.

Oh, and before you say there was no fraud, go here, here, and here.  And btw I live with a mathematician. Every mathematician, statistician and numbers person  who hasn’t sold his mind to the lefty cult is going nuts because the numbers make no sense. And the only way for the numbers to make no sense is for them to be cooked. Numbers people hate that. It’s like looking at a slightly ajar drawer. which in my experience mathematicians also don’t like.

Sure, convincing yourself there’s no fraud is soothing. So is an excess of sleeping pills, or opening your veins in a warm bath. NONE are healthy, though. Or survivable.

IF EITHER OF THESE TWO TELL YOU TO DO SOMETHING? DO THE OPPOSITE:  Sorry, Dr. Fauci. You, too, Joe Biden: Americans refuse to cancel Thanksgiving.

CANCEL THE ATLANTIC, URGES SANITY:  Cancel Thanksgiving, Urges The Atlantic.

TOO MUCH OF THE FIRST, NOT ENOUGH OF THE SECOND:   Arbitrary Lockdowns And Civil Disobedience.


RIP: David Dinkins, NYC’s first black mayor, dead at 93.

OPEN THREAD: Monday’s almost over.


As demanded by the mob of staff, the Times adds an editor’s note to Cotton’s column. It says the op-ed had been approved in a “rushed” editorial process that did not meet its standards. Sulzberger emails employees, “Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years.”

Days later, editorial chief Bennet is finished. The Times announces he has resigned. The same newspaper that defended controversial op-eds such as the one signed by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2013, and even an anti-Trump opinion piece that hadn’t been signed at all and was published anonymously, was now adjudicating the words of a prominent US senator to be just too incendiary.

It is a strange place, indeed, where news reporters can editorialize but op-ed editorials cannot. On June 1, 2020, after President Trump walked through a public Washington, DC, park amid national protests and riots—to a church that had been burned a block away—Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, tweets:

Trump just stands in front of the church and holds up a bible while posing for photos. He does not even go inside for a faux tour of the damage or make a pretense of having any purpose in going there other than to pose for photos.

The latest developments remove any lingering doubt as to how the Times sees its modern mission: serving and pleasing the left-wing activists on its staff and the liberal activists who dominate on the news and social media. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger’s dictum when he fired the newspaper’s public editor in May 2017 had come to pass in a terrible way. Recall that, at the time, he declared that the Times’ followers on social media would “collectively serve as a modern watch- dog, more vigilant and forceful than one person could ever be.”

The Times let itself become hopelessly slanted. Captive to organized feedback on social media. Beholden to irredeemably conflicted staff members. Consumed by internal demons.

Make no mistake: other media outlets are taking note. In this way, they are motivated to self-censor news and information, lest they draw the wrath of the mobs. One editorial figure at a major international publication who did not want to be identified recounted numerous pieces he has recently killed for fear of the organized backlash.

“They can bankrupt me,” he tells me. “Facebook, Twitter, Google— they can ruin you in a matter of hours. For somebody like us, they can destroy you. So what do we do? We pull our punches. To raise certain issues is to cut your own throat.” He continues, “The newsman in me says, ‘Tell the truth,’ and that sounds great. But if I do that and destroy [my publication] in the process, what kind of pyrrhic victory is that?”

The information landscape becomes ever narrower, squashing diversity of thought and facts. Pretty soon, we won’t know what we don’t know. And that will be that.

All is happening in accordance with the prophecy:



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