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MEMORY HOLED: NYT Hilariously Stealth Edits a Paul Krugman Column After He Gets Caught Undercutting His Own Claims.

Yet another reminder that for the Left, 1984 was less of a cautionary tale than a user’s manual.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Media Say Biden’s Female-Led Comms Team Is A First. It’s What Trump Has Now.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Why a Liberal Reporter Saved a Ton of Headlines from Liberal Media Outlets Concerning the Electoral College.

YES, INDEED. THAT’S WHAT WE NEED. INSTANT MEMORY HOLE:  Twitter releases new ‘Fleets’ function for temporary musings.

That will save Jack Dorsey’s minitrue.  Hey, Twitter. We’ve seen your future. It’s full of derp.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Meet the Man Who Was Our First Multiracial Vice President.

CHRIS RUFO: Riots and Looting: How the Democratic Party and its allies used the threat of violence as a campaign tactic.

The rest of us shouldn’t move on so easily. Riot preparations are unprecedented in modern American electoral history. The media have quickly moved to establish a new narrative—the “return to normalcy” under a presumptive Biden presidency—and would prefer to relegate the much-discussed pre-election tensions to the memory hole.

The threat of election violence should be understood in the context of the months-long rioting that began with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Despite a handful of incidents involving right-wing agitators, most urban unrest has been driven by the activist Left, loosely organized under the banners of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. This reality has been exhaustively documented in newspaper reporting, activist livestreams, and police-blotter mugshots.

While the national media can afford to peddle a largely imaginary narrative about “white supremacist violence,” business owners in New York, Minneapolis, and Portland have no illusions about where the real threats come from: they’ve spent the past five months defending themselves against vandalism, looting, and robbery from black-bloc rioters and criminal opportunists. Across the country, many downtown stores put up signs declaring their allegiance to Black Lives Matter, implicitly saying: “we’re on your team, please don’t burn us down.”

In political terms, the activist Left’s campaign of violent protest provided a convenient foil for the Biden campaign. Biden adopted the high-minded language of racial justice, promising to combat “systemic racism,” while benefiting from the implicit threat of violence from far-left shock troops on the ground. It’s the same logic of extortion that any thug would use—vote for us and things will return to normal; vote for Trump and your cities will burn.

Yes, and they were pretty open about it.

MEMO TO NEW YORK TIMES: 1984 WAS NOT A HOW-TO BOOK. It’s almost as if re-writing history and secretly purging material when they go off the rails is something embedded in The New York Times’ culture.

As you’ve seen elsewhere, The Old Gray Lady has been called out for revisionism and flawed research inherent in its controversial “1619 Project.” The Times, true to form, circled the wagons and “stood by” the work. Except they didn’t. In fact, historians and journalists pointed out that The Times used undisclosed “stealth” corrections to significantly alter the original piece:

“The announced intention of reframing the country’s origin date struck many readers across the political spectrum as an implicit repudiation of the American revolution and its underlying principles […] Rather than address this controversy directly, The Times—it now appears—decided to send it down the memory hole—the euphemized term for selectively editing inconvenient passages out of old newspaper reports in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.”

You’d think that is bad enough. Nope. It gets worse. Bret Stephens, the house “conservative” so hated by his fellow Times editorialists was raked over the coals by the News Guild unit representing those journalists. As Glenn Greenwald explained:

“THE NEW YORK TIMES GUILD, the union of employees of the paper of record, tweeted a condemnation on Sunday of one of their own colleagues, op-ed columnist Bret Stephens. Their denunciation was marred by humiliating typos and even more so by creepy and authoritarian censorship demands and petulant appeals to management for enforcement of company “rules” against other journalists. To say that this is bizarre behavior from a union of journalists, of all people, is to woefully understate the case[…] They are demanding that their own journalistic colleagues be silenced and censored. What kind of journalists plead with management for greater restrictions on journalistic expression rather than fewer?  (Emphasis added).

Now, the big reveal: the union has deleted the tweet Greenwald refers to. It never happened:

This is to me, as a journalist, media ethicist and lawyer, indicative of a culture that is more Orwell than Murrow. It’s in their DNA. Allow my colleage to explain. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

**DISCLOSURE: I was for many years a member of the then-called Newspaper Guild, now the “News Guild.”**

UPDATE (From Ed): This is the since-deleted tweet from the Times’ union that Smith is referring to:

(Updated and bumped.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE. Breaking: Cops looking for gunman who opened fire at Trump rally.

KURT SCHLICHTER: The COVID Chaos Is a Net Plus for Trump’s Campaign.

But now Trump has options and does not have to be the focus every day, giving his soft supporters a respite from his restless energy. He couldn’t stop doing press and rally events before without drawing scrutiny, but now he can. Ditto dodging the next debate – he can do it if he wants, or not do it if he wants, with no fallout. He can still talk to the press if he feels like it, he’ll just have to be in a plastic bubble. But if he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t have to, and then you have a press with no one to talk to, so maybe the pressure grows on Joe to fill the void. And when Joe fills a void, it’s like when Nadler fills his trousers.

There are a couple of other intangibles. The first is this is yet another moment where the Democrat left comes off the leash and starts saying out loud all the things they were only supposed to say under their breath. Their dancing around hoping that Donald Trump will die, and that his wife will die too, is repellent to normal human beings. Since normal human beings are not a key liberal demographic, they probably don’t understand what psychos they sound like. The Democrats had to put the message out to their legions to stop rioting because that was freaking out the squares, and then stop trashing Amy Coney Barrett for liking Jesus and not being a barren, whiny, feminist shrew, because that was also freaking out the squares, and now publicly cheering on the death of the president and his wife will further freak out the squares. And there are a lot more squares voting than edgy elitists who think being avant garde means tweeting about how they hope Trump dies.

Perhaps that’s why Jack Dorsey decided to do cleanup duty for his fellow leftists on Twitter: Twitter to remove posts hoping for Trump’s death.

I hope our sister site Twitchy is screenshotting those by the best-known Democrats before they’re tossed down the memory hole.

It’s safe to conclude there are a fair number of ghoulish tweets: “The poll—conducted by the technology company Morning Consult and the political publication Politico—polled nearly 1,000 Americans on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.. The pollsters asked several questions about people’s reactions to Trump’s diagnosis. While 55 percent of Republicans reported feeling ‘sad’ and 51 percent reported feeling ‘worried’ about his diagnosis, 40 percent of Democrats said they felt ‘happy’ and 41 percent said they felt ‘indifferent’ about it.”

THEY DIG QUITE A MEMORY HOLE AT THE ATLANTIC:

ALL THE HISTORY THAT’S FIT TO MEMORY HOLE: Down the 1619 Project’s Memory Hole.

Not least of which:

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: As a Young Senator, Biden Supported Keeping ‘Boat People’ Out of the U.S.

As a freshman senator in 1975, Joe Biden joined Sen. Robert Byrd (D., W.Va.) in opposing legislation allowing 130,000 Vietnam War refugees asylum in the United States, including thousands of children.

President Gerald Ford proposed a Vietnam refugee relief program that would settle thousands of Vietnamese and Cambodian families in the United States. The bill was met with resistance from a Democratic majority in Congress. Sen. Byrd cited fear of admitting “undesirables” such as “barmaids, prostitutes, and criminals” to the country.

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Byrd—Biden’s colleague and an early opponent of Ford’s plan—was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan as a young man.

In addition to Slow Joe’s recent, err, even further slowing down, perhaps fear of Trump discussing Biden’s often sordid backstory on a national stage is yet another reason why Nancy Pelosi recently said, ‘I don’t think there should be any debates’ between Biden and Trump.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: The Trayvon Hoax: Are Young Blacks Weary of Being ‘Played?’

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: This is why Jacob Blake had a warrant out for his arrest:

The cops involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake — which touched off a fresh wave of angry, anti-police sentiment across the country — were attempting to arrest him for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault, The Post has learned.

Blake, 29, was forbidden from going to the Kenosha home of his alleged victim from the May 3 incident, and police were dispatched Sunday following a 911 call saying he was there. The officers were aware he had an open warrant, according to dispatch records, though it’s not clear if they knew the specific allegations of violence.

Not that the left needed much of an excuse to burn Kenosha down: Kenosha police find helmets, gas masks, more in out-of-state vehicles; arrest 9.

Related:

IN SOVIET AMERICA, DEMOCRATS MEMORY HOLE THEMSELVES! Good point: Did anyone notice that President Trump’s impeachment ‘didn’t even warrant a mention’ at the Democratic convention?

Video of Democrats’ memory erasure procedure:

 

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Illegal immigrant hailed at Democrats’ Convention deported under Clinton, re-arrested under Obama.

CANCEL FLANNERY O’CONNOR? WHY STOP THERE? “If you’re going to Mao up the canon, don’t half-ass it. Really get in there. Don’t rest until every last one of your heroes who ever thought a single thought on the wrong side of history is not only dead—but forgotten. And don’t delay: time is short, justice is impatient, and you have a lot of reading to do. Or you could, you know, get therapy.”

Read the whole thing, which is quite a list of authors who could go down the memory hole at any time. But when does Marx get cancelled for his stone cold racism?

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Man arrested for driving through protest crowd, but with a couple of big twists.

First of all, the protest in question wasn’t a Black Lives Matter march. It was a Blue Lives Matter demonstration in support of law enforcement officials. Also, the driver in question hadn’t been blockaded in the middle of the street. The protest was taking place on the grassy field of a local park. And the motorist wasn’t “fleeing in terror” from anyone. He deliberately steered his SUV off of the street and went crashing across the park to intentionally run down the demonstrators.

Read the whole thing, which probably won’t be making the evening news broadcasts anytime soon.

DOUG ROSS: Google Declares Me Guilty of Thought Crimes, Sends My Blog Posts to the Memory Hole. “Google has a great search engine when they’re not squelching conservative and GOP (not the same thing) content. I recommend using DuckDuckGo; here’s why.”

“WE ARE WITNESSING AN INDUSTRY-WIDE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN:” New York Times compares America’s enduring caste system to India, Nazi Germany.

Related: ‘Y’all have lost your minds’: New York Times gets tossed in the shredder after reminding everybody why Mt. Rushmore is problematic.

They really did; I’m not sure why the Times’ Democratic Party operatives with bylines didn’t get the memo in time:

So will Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest get memory holed ala Song of the South, or simply have a warning before it airs again on TCM about all those racist sculptures in the film’s climax? Best to get a physical copy to be on the safe side. As Sonny Bunch warns: Want to fight corporate censorship? Buy physical media.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Seen on Facebook:

UPDATE (From Ed): Have the talking points gone out Journolist-style, or is this simply socialist groupthink? MSNBC Dubs Mount Rushmore as a ‘Racist’ ‘Symbol of White Supremacy.’

(Updated and bumped.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: The first vice president of color was a Republican elected over 90 years ago.

THOSE MEMORY HOLES DON’T IGNITE THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW: The war of the statues is a battle for freedom. If we simply destroy the evidence, we impoverish our heirs’ understanding.

NEWS YOU CAN USE:

Shot:

Those are the pragmatic reasons I buy physical media. But there’s a third, increasingly important one.

I own the first ten seasons of The Simpsons on DVD. The season three premiere is an episode called “Stark Raving Dad.” It features guest star Michael Jackson playing a mental patient who wasn’t Michael Jackson (but believed he was). It was a sweet, funny, memorable episode, and Jackson’s involvement wasn’t even confirmed/admitted until years later.

In 2019, upon the launch of the Disney+ streaming service, “Stark Raving Dad” was missing, despite a major pre-launch selling point of the service being the inclusion of the entirety of the Simpsons canon.

Why was this episode missing? Simple. The producers no longer felt comfortable with Michael Jackson’s involvement, given the allegations against him detailed in Leaving Neverland.

Most interestingly, producer James L. Brooks said of the controversy: “I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”

I’m not here to defend Michael Jackson. I use this example to point out that even content that is considered substantively “permissible” may be deleted from existence because of an association. I also get pretty nervous when someone unironically says, “I’m against book burning, but . . . “

I’ve been thinking about that a lot this week, as I’ve watched an op/ed by a sitting U.S. Senator that represents a majority viewpoint cause an explosion at the New York Times, and Drew Brees have to issue multiple apologies after stating the apparently-now-forbidden opinion that he believes kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful.

As online conservatives seemingly hyperbolically warned us for years, and which Andrew Sullivan astutely informed us in 2018, the campus culture has engulfed society at large. Another prophet on this front was Peggy Noonan, who warned us last year that Cultural-Revolution-esque struggle sessions would be here soon enough.

Now, they’re here.

—“Buy Physical Media,” Tom Garrett, Ricochet.com.

Chaser: ‘Gone with the Wind’ pulled from HBO Max until it can return with ‘historical context.’

—CNN, today.

Hangover: Today would have been Hattie McDaniel’s 127th birthday. Here is her Oscar speech after becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award, for..Gone with the Wind:

Presumably, Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles is on the shortlist for the Memory Hole as well. As John Nolte warned in 2014 at Big Hollywood: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Review: Buy a Copy Before the Left Burns Them All.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: The MSM Continues To Cover Up Al Sharpton’s Racism, Homophobia, Misogyny, And Antisemitism.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Remember when Joe Biden gave a eulogy for Strom Thurmond?

 

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Six officers have died in the last 10 days. The media has barely said a word.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Wait. Did Twitter Just Get a Head Start on Throwing Joe Biden’s Racist Comments Down the Memory Hole?

FLORIDA WOMAN: Rebekah Jones’ firing is the COVID clickbait the media dreams of – but it’s all fake.

Dozens of media outlets, both in Florida and nationally, published the sensational story of Dr. Rebekah Jones, a state Department of Health employee who was fired by the administration of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally, after – she says – she refused to manipulate data to support the governor’s plan to reopen the state.

But a deeper look at the underlying facts expose a less sensational, yet all-too-common narrative: a media feeding frenzy caused by a deep-seated desire to report on scandal and cover-ups, which Rebekah Jones’ claims delivered – if only they were true.

They are not.

Let’s pick through the individual pieces of wreckage from this crashed-and-burned narrative one by one:

Claim #1: Rebekah Jones was the “architect” of the Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The truth: Jones was more like the drywall hanger of the dashboard rather than the “architect.” The dashboard was built on the same visual mapping tool that Johns Hopkins University made famous at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. In fact, Florida’s tool looks extremely similar. That’s because Johns Hopkins University is not the “architect” of the dashboard, either. The tool is actually built not on any of Florida’s many data servers, but using ready-made modules from a subscription service called ArcGIS. Jones’ job was to load data into those modules and decide how it appeared to visitors.

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The media outlets listed above will not issue retractions. They will double down on the idea that DeSantis’s administration is withholding / manipulating / deleting / altering data. That, too is totally false. But mark these words, the embarrassment of touting Rebekah Jones as their coronavirus martyr will quickly fade into the mainstream media memory hole.

Read the whole thing.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: The Coronavirus Timeline Liberals Don’t Want You To See.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Flu Pandemic.

(Bumped.)

JAZZ SHAW: The CNN, Larry King Live Story On Tara Reade Takes Another Strange Turn.

But let’s get back to the original, curious question about that Google Play feed. So it doesn’t look like CNN could have deleted the entry from the index. That brings us back to the other possibilities I was mulling over yesterday. It either had to be some bizarre technical glitch or somebody deleted it. The “glitch” theory still seems like total gibberish. The rest of the entire 1993 season is displayed in chronological order. Also, as noted yesterday, the August 10 and 12 shows are listed with sequential episode numbers rather than showing a gap in the sequence. That smacks of an intentional choice to disappear the episode down the memory hole.

Something stinks.

MEMORY HOLE: What the Media Wants You to Forget About Their Biased Coronavirus Coverage.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Anti-Racists Should Think Twice about Allying with Socialism.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Remembering James Hodgkinson.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Iran proved vital to al Qaeda’s safe passage, according to bin Laden records, 9/11 commission.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE, PART DEUX: Crime isn’t dropping in NYC. They’re just not calling it crime anymore, thanks to “reform.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE. Mashable: 2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell.

To be a totalitarian, he knew from his contemporary totalitarians, you had to seize control of truth itself. You had to redefine truth as “whatever we say it is.” You had to falsify memories and photos and rewrite documents. Your people could be aware that all this was going on, so long as they kept that awareness to themselves and carried on (which is what doublethink is all about).

The upshot is, Winston Smith is gaslit to hell and back. He spends the entire novel wondering exactly what the truth is. Is it even 1984? He isn’t sure. Does Big Brother actually physically exist somewhere in Oceania, or is he just a symbol? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Winston is what passes for well-educated in his world; he still remembers the name “Shakespeare.” He’s smart enough not to believe the obvious propaganda accepted by the vast majority, but it doesn’t matter. The novel is about him being worn down, metaphorically and physically, until he’s just too tired and jaded to hold back the tide of screaming nonsense.

Don’t call him Winston Smith. Call him Mr. 2019. Because it’s looking increasingly like we live in Oceania. That fictional state was basically the British Isles, North America, and South America. Now the leaders of the largest countries in each of those regions — Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro — are men who have learned to flood the zone with obvious lies, because their opponents simply don’t have the time or energy to deal them all.

As Tom Wolfe famously wrote about the far left versus the center-left LBJ administration in “The Intelligent Coed’s Guide to America,” as collated in his 1982 anthology of his nonfiction, The Purple Decades:

“For the past hour I have my eyes fixed on the doors here,” [Gunter Grass] said. “You talk about fascism and police repression. In Germany when I was a student, they come through those doors long ago. Here they must be very slow.”

Grass was enjoying himself for the first time all evening. He was not simply saying, “You really don’t have so much to worry about.” He was indulging his sense of the absurd. He was saying: “You American intellectuals—you want so desperately to feel besieged and persecuted!”

He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.

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By 1967 Lyndon Johnson may have been the very generalissimo of American imperialism in Southeast Asia—but back here in the U.S. the citizens were enjoying freedom of expression and freedom of dissent to a rather astonishing degree. For example, the only major Western country that allowed public showings of MacBird—a play that had Lyndon Johnson murdering John F. Kennedy in order to become President—was the United States (Lyndon Johnson, President). The citizens of this fascist bastion, the United States, unaccountably had, and exercised, the most extraordinary political freedom and civil rights in all history. In fact, the government, under the same Johnson, had begun the novel experiment of sending organizers into the slums—in the Community Action phase of the poverty program—to mobilize minority groups to rise up against the government and demand a bigger slice of the pie. (They obliged.)

And, speaking of community organizers, socialism, and Mashable’s aforementioned “obvious lies,” Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” for 2013 goes entirely unreferenced in their look back at the 2010s, which apparently started less than three years ago:

As Michael Barone noted in 2013, “More than all past presidents, Obama uses 1917 Espionage Act to go after reporters.” And yet, in Mashable’s article on the past decade, CTRL-F, “Obama” brings up zero returns.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE MEMORY HOLE: Educational Earthquake: ‘Disappearing’ the Great Writers From Schools.

It is hard to overstate the alarming implications of this educational earthquake. Deliberately withholding Shakespeare from young minds is a form of aesthetic starvation, but depriving them of Orwell is a moral crime. It is from Orwell’s “Animal Farm” that young minds first grasp the nature of totalitarian evil, whether it arises from the left or the right, and understand the preciousness of their freedoms.

Evil arising from the right today, such as the neo-Nazi movement, is instantly recognizable and universally deplored. But the collapse of the Soviet Union did not shame left-wing intellectuals into embarrassment for their ideology. The utopian dream of human perfectability and equality of outcome under an all-powerful state persists and grows in the West. Today, on the 70th anniversary of its 1949 publication, Orwell’s novel “1984,” which exposes the inherent perils of Marxist ideology, is as worthy of study as it was at the height of the Cold War.

“1984” was not meant as prophecy, but as warning. “I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive,” Orwell said, “but that something resembling it could arrive.” Has “something resembling it” arrived in the West? Is progressivism that “something”?

Yes. Next question?

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO MEMORY HOLE: New York Times memory-holes its own report that Ukraine interfered in 2016 election.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF “NAME THAT PARTY” AND THE MEMORY HOLE: CBS Fails to Note Party ID of Corrupt Democrat Baltimore* Mayor as ABC, NBC Ignore.

Evergreen:

* Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office over a half century ago.

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS NO ONE IS ASKING: How Soledad O’Brien Became CNN and the Mainstream Media’s Most Outspoken Critic.

“As a woman of color,” she said, “you sit there and think, this shit is just racist, and I’m disappointed when journalists have a really hard time in just saying ‘this thing is a lie, this thing is racist, this thing is bigoted, this thing is misogynistic.’ It’s not super-complicated.”

O’Brien added: “The idea of something being ‘racially charged’ or ‘racially tinged’—what the fuck is that? Journalists will bend over and literally do gymnastics to avoid calling someone a racist. Or ‘verifiably untrue.’ It’s just a lie! What is wrong with you? That actually drives me insane. It’s just a failure of journalism.”

Some of those gymnastics to avoid calling someone a racist are just like a home run — right into the Memory Hole.

GENTLEMEN, YOU CAN’T COMMIT JOURNALISM HERE – THIS IS A NEWSROOM! ABC News Conspires with CBS to Get Whistleblower Who Leaked Amy Robach Video Fired:

So, in summary:

  1. ABC News protected Jeffrey Epstein
  2. Amy Robach complained, on camera, about the network protecting Jeffrey Epstein
  3. An ABC employee had access to the clip of Robach’s complaint, and it made its way to James O’Keefe
  4. That employee, who has since moved to CBS News, has been fired

If you were still under the impression that journalists are in the business of giving you the news, this might come as a surprise. For those of us who’ve been paying attention, it’s just another day. Here, put this on a coffee cup:

More here: “Looks like two media outlets conspired to retaliate against a whistleblower. Meanwhile, they’re claiming Resistance talking point that merely identifying Ukraine leaker — even though he’s protected from retaliation— is unacceptable. Interesting.”

Earlier: The House of Stephanopoulos Airbrushes Jeffrey Epstein Down the Memory Hole

Flashback: Jennings and Brokaw Defend Rather Who Sees Effort to “Smear” Him.

OVER AT ED DRISCOLL.COM: The House of Stephanopoulos Airbrushes Jeffrey Epstein Down the Memory Hole.

Plus a reminder that Disney, ABC’s parent company, was in bed with Harvey Weinstein for over 20 years.

SMOKE SIGNALS FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Ouch: Elizabeth Warren Deletes Embarrassing DNA Test Video After PJ Media Story.

Not surprisingly, Jim Treacher, who celebrated “Happy Anniversary to Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test!” yesterday, is taking a victory lap today: “Don’t worry, Liz. You’ve still got the journos on your side. Now that they know you’re not really Native American, they’re circling the wagons. Don’t you just love irony?”

Heh, indeed.™

DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE: Rosie O’Donnell deletes Twitter poll that failed to show support for impeachment.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: N.J. Schools Pushing Far-Left Indoctrination. What the Hell Is Betsy DeVos Doing?

Melissa Barnett, a supervisor of English Language Arts in the Washington Township School District in New Jersey, caused outrage on Twitter by tweeting out a photo of hundreds of books in dumpsters. “This week, dumpsters were filled with books that should have left decades ago @TWPSchools and replaced with engaging, relevant, culturally diverse literature.”

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Amongst the “books that should have left decades ago” visible in these bins are “Hiroshima” by Pulitzer Prize winner John Hersey, a 1946 journalistic account of the lives of 6 survivors of the atomic bomb, which started some of the 1st debates about the morality of atomic weapons.

Along with “Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, 1984, by George Orwell, Slaughter House Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, Dante’s Inferno, and Night, by Elie Wiesel.”

To be fair, why keep copies of 1984 on hand? It might remind the kids that they’re living it out first hand.

Related: “The Problem with Canceling History,” as Laura Ingalls Wilder and her  Little House on the Prairie are getting tossed down the Memory Hole.

THIS IS CNN: America’s 9/11 Amnesia: Right-Wingers Are America’s Deadliest Terrorists.

CNN’s Brian Stelter tweeted a segment by his colleague John Avlon, with the chyron reading, “America’s 9/11 Amnesia.”

Avlon attacked President Trump, before pivoting to what he calls, “another form of violent extremism: white nationalist terrorism.”

“Here’s a startling statistic,” he drones on. “Since 9/11 right wing terrorists have killed more people in the United States than jihadist terror. That’s according to New America.”

‘New America’ is one of your classic D.C. think tanks packed to the gunwales with establishment foreign policy impresarios, including — though not disclosed — Avlon’s CNN colleague Fareed Zakaria.

Amongst New America’s donors are the same old names: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the Omidyar Network, and of course George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.

But New America didn’t publish such a report, it simply aggregated an article written by the far-left Slate magazine. The author — Daniel Byman — has written about “right wing” terrorism almost every other month this year for Slate, with headlines ranging from Right-Wing Terrorism Could Get Even Worse After Trump” to “Trump’s Rhetoric Is Raising the Risk of Right-Wing Terrorism.” Breadth, perhaps, is not Byman’s strong suit.

On Aug. 5, 2019, he published what CNN laundered as a think-tank article by New America, titled: “Right-Wingers Are America’s Deadliest Terrorists.”

Byman’s article in turn leans on research conducted for New America, by author Peter Bergen, another CNN employee. You see how the D.C. merry-go-round works?

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE: “Pretty f***ing bold to use the chyron ‘America’s 9/11 Amnesia’ while showing articles claiming ‘Right-Wingers Are America’s Deadliest Terrorists’ which memory hole the fact that, um, al-Qaeda’s attacks on 9/11 killing 3,000 people were by far the deadliest in American history,” Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner tweets in response.

LIONEL SHRIVER: The abject stupidity of the San Francisco George Washington murals debacle.

So what’s the problem with these images? I fear I will bore you. ‘Don’t tell us,’ you say. ‘Pictures of slaves and dead Indians make students feel “unsafe”. The murals are “offensive” to certain “communities”. Did we get that right?’ Of course you did. But to be fair, when 49 freshmen at George Washington High were asked to write about the murals, only four wanted the works erased; the rest would preserve them intact, visible, and in place. Aside from a handful of noisy activists, this isn’t a snowflake story. It’s the grown-ups who are the idiots, and who assume that their city’s children are idiots — since if there are any kids who repeatedly pass these murals on the way to class and fail to get their message (and that’s hard to imagine), these children are already in a school where at least in theory one learns things.

It’s progressives of the sort who sit on the San Francisco School Board who are always banging on about the importance of teaching students the sordid aspects of American history. They’re the ones who would happily set aside lessons on the ingenious civic architecture of the Constitution in preference for concentrating solely on the document’s initial hypocrisy over slavery, and who denigrate George Washington as a slaveholder. They’re the ones who love nothing better than to induce a burning sense of hereditary shame in upcoming generations over how the West was won. So they’re the ones who, we presume, had they the talent, would paint the very murals they now want to obscure. ‘Bewildering’ doesn’t begin to say it.

Would that I could reassure my British readers that this urge to artistic vandalism is an American affliction, perhaps one specific to whackadoodle California. But campaigns to take down monuments and ban art that doesn’t pass an ever-stricter political purity test is not constrained to the US.

Read the whole thing, as the left’s cancel culture airbrushes down the memory hole the work of a communist painter hired by the FDR administration, in the name of what Rod Dreher dubbed “moralistic therapeutic barbarism.”

DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE, ALONG WITH EPSTEIN’S BODY: What Happened to the Epstein Story? A lot of powerful people are hoping it stays this way, and doing their best to make it so.

IF TRUE, DAYTON INCIDENT TO BE MEMORY HOLED IN 3…2…1…: The Dayton Shooter Was a Satanist, Leftist-Socialist, and Bernie/Warren Fan, Supported Antifa.

Earlier: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Dayton Shooter Connor Betts: Twitter Posts on Being a Leftist, Guns. “Kill every fascist.”

Related: El Paso Shooter Wanted To Kill People To Save Environment.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Now, why does this premise seem just a bit flimsy? WaPo columnist says it’s time for the media to choose sides:

Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the time is now for members of the national media to choose sides and become pro-gun control.

Curiously, Sullivan had no problem choosing sides when she declared Fox News “An American Plague” in March. Not to mention her claim today that the media must (the “gasp” is a nice touch) choose sides is pretty rich coming from someone employed by a newspaper that through its then-subsidiary publication declared “We Are Are Socialists Now” on the eve of Obama’s inauguration in early 2009. Two years later, the Post itself then rushed to smear Sarah Palin and declare her clip art the magical driving force behind the shooting of then-Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 24 others (including a Bush #41-appointed federal judge who was quickly airbrushed out of the story to avoid muddying the narrative).

Related: The left’s big blame game after El Paso: Guns, Trump, white supremacy.

OF COURSE, THIS HAPPENED DURING A WEEK WHEN I’VE BEEN FIGHTING SOME VERY ODD VIRUS. FORTUNATELY I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING, SINCE MY FANS GOT ALL WEAPONIZED OVER THIS. NONE OF THE PAGES TARGETED WERE DELETED. BUT…  GIVEN THAT NONE OF US ARE NEWBIES OR UNKNOWN, IT’S AMAZING THEY TRIED AT ALL:  Web Reference Giant “Wikipedia” Officially Changes Its Name to “The Memory Hole.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Democrats Can’t Take Their Own Medicine.

I can imagine Trump at some point next year getting up and saying, “Never before in all our history have these forces [the media and the opposition party] been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”

Actually those are the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in his last major campaign speech before the 1936 election. FDR didn’t refer to the media outlets that opposed him (like the Chicago Tribune) as “the enemy of the people.” Instead, he called them “the Tory press.” And what did he mean by the term “Tory”? Subtle, perhaps, but it meant they were anti-American.

Read the whole thing for additional examples.

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MEMORY HOLE: Destroying Our History: Of Wokeness and ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Barbarism.’

Pity future generations who will live in a world scrubbed clean of the sins of our forefathers.

And sins there were. No one denies that. No one questions it. But to judge their entire lives — their foibles as well as their majestic accomplishments — without viewing both sides of their Janus face, demonstrates a towering ignorance and an aggressive denial of the truth.

What is truly frightening about the current attitude present in our “woke” culture, is the utter lack of care and concern for the damage being done to history on the part of the self-proclaimed arbiters of purity. Someone (always unnamed), somewhere might/could be offended by a sculpture, a painting, or a statue. The “offense” is that viewing this devil’s work might/could “trigger” an unwanted emotion of some kind. (Not to mention the encouragement it gives to white supremacists!)

Then there’s the case of the San Francisco school board voting to spend $600,000 to destroy a Depression-era mural of George Washington painted by an ardent Communist.

Forget “future generations” — found via Maggie’s Farm, a Website called McSweeney’s is getting a jump on things by publishing satiric “Obituaries for the Recently Canceled:”

Matthew Edwards, 41, was canceled early Friday evening after he was seen in his car singing along to “Remix to Ignition.” Mr. Edwards has not watched the R. Kelly documentary, but colleagues say he was aware of its existence and general content. He leaves behind his intersectional feminist wife Julia and two woke children.

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Following a long battle in defense of a controversial Facebook post, Meredith Van Dorn, 20, finally succumbed to cancellation at her home on Thursday night. Ms. Van Dorn was surrounded by friends and loved ones who, upon her cancellation, insisted they always had kind of a weird feeling about her, actually. Ms. Van Dorn’s parents, Peter and Linda, would like their daughter to be remembered for her sweet smile and love of dancing, rather than her provocative feelings about Japanese toilets.

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Simon Mulchfield, 27, was a rising journalist at The Atlantic. On Saturday he canceled himself at his parents’ Westchester home, after re-reading an essay he wrote in his freshman year of college about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Mulchfield leaves behind his uncanceled fiancé, Shayna Al-Ahmadi, who is fluent in both Hebrew and Arabic and whose undergraduate essays have been read before Congress. Ms. Al-Ahmadi remains grateful for their time together and notes that if Mr. Mulchfield had not canceled himself, she absolutely would have done so.

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On Wednesday, three-day-old Lily Hobbes became the youngest person ever to be canceled, when her father read to her from Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming and she immediately started crying.

Mao’s Struggle Sessions: a warning from the past for the rest of us — a how-to guide for today’s left.

The Red Guard parades an official through a Peking street and force him to wear a dunce cap as a mark of public shame. He is the member of an anti-revolutionary group and, according to the writing on the cap, he has been accused of being a political pickpocket. This picture was made in the Peking on Jan. 25, 1967 and was obtained froom Japanese sources in Tokyo. (AP caption.)

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE MEMORY HOLE AND THE STRUGGLE SESSIONS: Woke Fascism.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Ohio’s Bowling Green State University Strips Name of Lillian Gish (1893-1993) from Campus Theater.

The “First Lady of American Cinema” Lillian Gish has had her name removed from a university theater and it’s not sitting well with many movie buffs. More than 50 film industry leaders ranging from Martin Scorsese to Helen Mirren to James Earl Jones are protesting the decision of Ohio’s Bowling Green State University to remove the name of actress Lillian Gish from a campus theater because she appeared in the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation.

The letter accuses the university of making “a scapegoat in a broader political debate.” Lillian Gish is considered a pioneer of film acting. Her career spanned 75 years, beginning in 1912 in silent film shorts. The Whales of August in 1987 was her last film. She was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and for more than 40 years, the theater at Bowling Green has honored Ohio-born actresses Dorothy and Lillian Gish with its name.

According to the IMDB, Gish appeared in 120 movies and TV shows during her lengthy career, which spanned the first eight decades of the movie industry. But if we’re going to banish all the bad people of the past because of hurt feelings, when does early “Progressive” Woodrow Wilson face the memory hole, given that he was an enthusiastic proponent of Birth of a Nation, including screening it in the White House and proclaiming the film “is like writing history with lightning.”

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in the Christian Science Monitor in 2008 to promote Liberal Fascism (Wilson stars in several early chapters, not surprisingly), “You want a more ‘progressive’ America? Careful what you wish for. Voters should remember what happened under Woodrow Wilson.”

Of course, all of the memory holing of the recent years helps to greatly reduce the odds of that happening. For that reason alone, perhaps it’s a good thing his name remains at Princeton.

KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS GET WOKE, BECOME FUTURE CRAZY CAT LADIES: Popular Craft Platform Ravelry Bans All Trump Support: ‘Undeniably Support for White Supremacy.’

I’ve said this before and I’ll continue to repeat it: Leftism is a religion— the LGBTQ agenda and abortion are their sacraments. Anyone who does not demonstrate proper fealty to the progressive articles of faith must be silenced and marginalized.  Not even knitting is safe from the atheist Neo-Puritans. Heretics must be shamed, their craftcrimes sent down the memory hole.

Ban the crimethinking knitters!

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Mural of George Washington that ‘traumatizes students’ of George Washington High School in San Francisco to be covered up.

And that cover-up won’t be cheap, no matter what method is chosen:

A high school in San Francisco is considering three options for censoring a mural of George Washington deemed problematic by the local activist community: putting up a curtain (price tag: $300,000), painting over it ($600,000), or hiding it behind panels ($875,000).

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According to National Review‘s James Sutton, most of the students want to keep the mural, or don’t really care one way or another. The controversy is the work of “outside busybodies.” Naturally, it looks like they are going to get their way. The school board is currently deciding between three different plans, all of which involve destroying the mural, or covering it up. A final decision is expected next week, reports The College Fix.

By the way, if you’re wondering why it would cost several hundred thousand dollars to get rid of the mural, here’s your answer: Officials are required to conduct environmental impact reports before they take any action.

It’s important that the memory hole be as carbon-neutral as possible.

Flashback: “Here’s the irony, though. The murals were painted in 1936 by artist Victor Arnautoff, who was a protégé of Diego Rivera and a communist.’ He included those images not to glorify Washington, but rather to provoke a nuanced evaluation of his legacy. The scene with the dead Native American, for instance, calls attention to the price of ‘manifest destiny.’ Arnautoff’s murals also portray the slaves with humanity and the several live Indians as vigorous and manly,’ The Wall Street Journal reported in late April.

As I wrote in May at that last link, Stalin smiles (and so does Mao).

WOODY GUTHRIE TO JOIN KATE SMITH IN THE MEMORY HOLE? This Land Is Not Your Land: Woke Culture Now Demanding Woody Guthrie Be Canceled Over Folk Music Faux Pas.

In a grueling 3,000-word article for Folklife, Native rights activist Mali Obomsawin calls the song an embarrassment for liberal culture, and admits to being “shaken up like a soda can” every time she hears the lyrics — to the degree that she believes the song itself should either never be played again, or come with a trigger warning about Guthrie’s limited, mid-20th century view of American culture.

“These lyrics shake me up like a soda can every time I hear them. As an activist, folk musician, and songwriter (in Lula Wiles), and recent label-mate of Woody Guthrie on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,” she says, “my social circles tend to worship Guthrie as the father of all musical protest. But as a Native person, I believe ‘This Land Is Your Land’ falls flat.”

The problem is that Guthrie simply wasn’t woke enough about “this land.” Although one of the founding fathers of protest music, Guthrie somehow missed that the land he was singing about — the United States — was, in fact, land stolen from Native Americans, so it wasn’t really “his land” at all.

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“By critiquing ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ I don’t mean to imply that Guthrie himself promoted conquest, but the song is indicative of American leftists’ role in Native invisibility,” Obomsawin says, “The lyrics as they are embraced today evoke Manifest Destiny and expansionism (‘this land was made for you and me’). When sung as a political act, the gathering or demonstration is infused with anti-Nativism and reinforces the blind spot.”

I eagerly await apologies from Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama over their rampant anti-Nativism and all-around lack of wokeness.

(Via Ace of Spades.)

THE MLK STORY NO ONE WANTED TO READ:

This punch-in-the-gut article undoubtedly knocks the wind from its author most. David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer for a biography of King, boasts membership in the Democratic Socialists of America, and remains, alongside Taylor Branch, the most acclaimed biographer of the civil rights leader, undoubtedly becomes not only part of the story — a fate dreaded by historians — but a villain in it. Most U.S. press outlets ignore his shocking research. The Washington Post, which rejected his article, focuses not so much on his revelations but the critical reaction to them in its story, “‘Irresponsible’: Historians Attack David Garrow’s MLK Allegations.” At its conclusion, Garrow displays a naïveté in answering whether he worries about the publication damaging his reputation. “No,” he maintains. “Not at all. I think that’s impossible.” In the final line of his article published by the UK’s Standpoint magazine, Garrow writes that some aging King scholars — he is only 66 — may not live to see the 2027 release of the transcripts and audio, suggesting a motive for releasing an article on the summaries now before others get the jump on the information or before the grim reaper gets the jump before 2027.

The King revelations reveal several curious inflection points of the 21st century American elite left. In March Star Parker noted that “The Left’s Identity Politics Rejects the Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.,” and as Garrow told Dominic Green of the London Spectator at the beginning of the month, “the King transcripts are not about race. They are about the abuse of male power,” a topic that’s been at the forefront of the American left since the fall of 2017. But the DNC-MSM would not give Garrow’s revelations traction, because, Green writes, “Garrow alleges that the editors are afraid of being attacked as racist by Twitter mobs — a theory that seems to be confirmed by the Post’s attack on Garrow,” adding:

We might add that King is sacred to liberalism — perhaps so much a saint that the prelates of the press are covering up his feet of clay. Whether caused by misplaced paternalism, cowardice, or simple partisanship, this is a dereliction of journalistic duty. It’s hard to imagine the same newspapers demurring from running transcripts involving Richard Nixon or Donald Trump.

While lesser figures can be easily consigned by the left to the permanence of the Memory Hole, it’s understandable that the media refused to do the same to King’s reputation. as one of Rod Dreher’s readers wrote, “I hope Dr. King remains celebrated; I also hope that his sexual behavior (again, assuming this story is true) is not forgotten. And in the future, when someone on the Left advocates the abolition of Columbus Day, or the taking down of monuments to Washington or Jefferson or many less well-known figures, I hope that people bring up Dr. King, NOT in the spirit of ‘Whataboutism’, but in order to remind them that there is no incompatibility between celebrating the achievements of people in the past and acknowledging that those people had – as we all do – major flaws.”

THE ARC OF THE MORAL UNIVERSE IS LONG, BUT IT BENDS TOWARD THE MEMORY HOLE: Obama White House Deleted Online Speeches About The Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Entered Office: Report.

(Via Ace of Spades.)

BLACKFACE STILL EMBARRASSING IN NEBRASKA: Unlike some other states. But one Nebraska university engaged in its own embarrassing behavior by suspending a librarian simply for posting pictures of students in blackface at a 1926(!) campus party. Lesson learned: Never make the “wrong” decision about what goes down the memory hole.

QUESTION ASKED: Did American outlets refuse to publish the MLK sex transcripts?

David Garrow is an accomplished historian of the Civil Rights era, an experienced interpreter of FBI material, and a biographer of Barack Obama. He holds a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of King, and he also happens to be an erstwhile member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The ideas that Garrow is a sensationalist or that his MLK article is a ‘conservative’ hit job are ludicrous. But a chorus of academics have attacked Garrow in the Washington Post, one of the outlets which looked at but refused to publish his discoveries.

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No less appalling, if true, is Garrow’s claim that senior editors, almost all white and male, overruled their frequently female and non-white staff when it came to publishing his findings. Naming the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic, Garrow alleges that the editors are afraid of being attacked as racist by Twitter mobs — a theory that seems to be confirmed by the Post’s attack on Garrow.

We might add that King is sacred to liberalism — perhaps so much a saint that the prelates of the press are covering up his feet of clay. Whether caused by misplaced paternalism, cowardice, or simple partisanship, this is a dereliction of journalistic duty. It’s hard to imagine the same newspapers demurring from running transcripts involving Richard Nixon or Donald Trump.

As Garrow says, the King transcripts are not about race. They are about the abuse of male power. In this season of #MeToo, the suppression of this story by major American newspapers, if that is what really happened, should be as much of a scandal as Garrow’s revelations themselves. Listen to this podcast, and judge Garrow and his methods for yourself.

And thus the limits of #MeToo. It was fine when middle-aged or elderly guys who were already losing their institutional power or cultural cachet such as Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Jann Wenner, and Kevin Spacey, et al were being demonized and/or airbrushed from history. But the DNC-MSM historical narrative is sacred. The new revelations about King are the ultimate example of Jim Treacher’s observation that:

Of course, as one of Rod Dreher’s readers wrote, it’s an extremely good thing that MLK isn’t being memory holed: “I hope Dr. King remains celebrated; I also hope that his sexual behavior (again, assuming this story is true) is not forgotten. And in the future, when someone on the Left advocates the abolition of Columbus Day, or the taking down of monuments to Washington or Jefferson or many less well-known figures, I hope that people bring up Dr. King, NOT in the spirit of ‘Whataboutism’, but in order to remind them that there is no incompatibility between celebrating the achievements of people in the past and acknowledging that those people had – as we all do – major flaws.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE MEMORY HOLE AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Did you hear, Glenn has a new book out? In The Social Media Upheaval, he writes:

In bragging about how he manipulated the political news media, Obama foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes described them this way: “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Knowing nothing makes you easy to manipulate. Lack of relevant life experience makes you easy to manipulate. So maybe people should know more? I’ve written elsewhere about the failures of our educational system, but in a time when two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is, it’s not crazy to think that our populace could be toughened up when it comes to mental nutrition.

Good lord. I’ve linked here before to a 2013 video by Holocaust education advocate Rhonda Fink-Whitman, interviewing depressingly clueless incoming freshmen (hope that f-bomb isn’t too triggering) at several Philadelphia-area colleges, but I had no idea that number had been quantified, but as the Washington Post reported last year, “Holocaust study: Two-thirds of millennials don’t know what Auschwitz is.” AOC and Ilhan Omar’s future constituencies are assured.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: CNN Completely Edits African American Pro-Lifer Out of Abortion Documentary.

Evergreen:

Though the tweet from Iowahawk on the media that we often use to accompany it is a little too spot-on in this case:

MEMORY HOLED: Michael Avenatti conspicuously missing from CNN’s homepage.

Evergreen:

Related: CNN Continues Its Death Spiral as Ratings Collapse in Epic Fashion.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Amy Klobuchar Claims She Has Not Heard Northam’s Late-Term Abortion Comments.

WHEN SOME FILMS ARE BANNED, ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE BANNED FILMS:

The prerecorded disc market is about to disappear. At some point in the near future, UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and standard DVDs will no longer be sold by Amazon and other retailers because most content will be available for streaming in very high definition.

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When the day comes that only a handful of major streaming services – Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and soon Disney and Apple and others that fund the creation of content and control the content that you are able to view — then some films and television series that are now or in the future considered politically incorrect will begin to disappear.

It’s not just the work itself being considered “politically incorrect,” the left wants entire oeuvres of problematic men tossed down the memory hole, no matter the actual product. With Maoist Cancel Culture in full bloom among the modern left, a lot of stuff is going to be disappeared. Or as Christian Toto writes at the Hill, Could problematic films eventually be pulled from home video and streaming services? Sound hysterical? It’s currently in vogue to tear down statues that don’t align with current groupthink. So why would pop culture artifacts be spared? In fact, it’s already been done.”

HOW THE MEMORY HOLE WAS WON:

[Andrea] Dworkin is best known as a fierce campaigner against pornography, which she accused of complicity in the oppression of women. Along with Catharine Mackinnon, a lawyer, she worked tirelessly to discredit and ban pornography—by which they meant any sexual depiction of women, portrayed in any medium. Dworkin, Mackinnon, and their followers (the “Macdworkinites”) ruffled feathers on the Left by forming alliances against pornography with the Christian Right and the Reagan administration, at the very moment feminists were uniting to defend Roe v Wade from these same powers. This political realignment catalysed a damaging internecine split in the feminist movement into its “anti-sex” and “sex-positive” tendencies.

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The Macdworkinites opposed obscenity laws, which were based on a community standard they considered too permissive. They instead opted for a “civil rights” approach to censorship, arguing that displays of sexual expression were themselves harmful to women. They drafted a pro-forma law, the Antipornography Civil Rights Ordinance, which they encouraged city and state legislatures to adopt. This was far more draconian than obscenity law, because it defined pornography so broadly and subjectively as to include any potentially sexual expression, and because it handed the power of censorship to any “concerned citizen.” Any woman, using the law, could claim to have been harmed, and then take legal action: against a producer of pornography, a television company, or a bookshop. Their law was adopted in parts of the United States, but was later struck down under the First Amendment. However, their initiative enjoyed greater success in Canada, where it was adopted as a part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. As if to demonstrate the unintended hazards to which the slippery-slope of censorship can lead, two of Dworkin’s own books were banned in Canada in 1994, under the very law she had helped to create.

Read the whole thing.

MEMORY HOLED: The Media’s Sudden Disinterest in the Denver STEM School Shooting Proves Greater Interests In Agendas than You.

Facebook posts from concerned people dotted the social media site and Twitter was ablaze with anti-gun rhetoric once again.

And then it all suddenly went silent.

Now, the media seems far less interested in the shooting. An odd turnaround for the media who take every opportunity to hammer home the idea that guns are the problem in this nation, not something else. Why? It’s because the identity of the shooters was released, and it doesn’t fall in line with any of the approved columns for a media-based attack.

They found that one of the shooters is gay and another is transgendered and biologically female, as NBC reported in the update about her. Even NBC buried these facts in their own report about it, choosing instead to call the gay shooter a “bully” instead of highlighting their identities and backgrounds first…One of the shooters also expressed his hatred for Christians according to Heavy, which is also unfitting for reports as Christians are always the bad guys in the story.

As Jim Treacher has said:

THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Another anti-Semitic Democrat? Valerie Plame announces congressional run.

Related: Leftist Darling Valerie Plame Wilson Is A Bit Of An Anti-Semite. She recently deleted several anti-Semitic tweets, including this one from 2017:

In 2014, Plame Wilson tweeted a link to an article by the same author entitled: “Why I Dislike Israel.”

“Well put, Mr. Giraldi,” she wrote in a tweet linking to the piece.

Also memory holed, along with a tweet apparently linking to yet another article by Philip Giraldi, that reads “I never heard this story about 9/11: The Dancing Israelis.”

I know this is a rhetorical question, but will any journalists ask her about these tweets?

JAMES LILEKS: Minneapolis Star Tribune publishes op-ed that argues that not changing the names of buildings away from those who committed doubleplus ungood crimethink in the past is Orwellian. “So: If you decline to rewrite the past to fit the ideas of the present, that’s Orwellian. Also, you’re a Nazi.”

There is no end point that will satisfy the person who is more concerned than the author. The author may believe he represents the point of rational, balanced, necessary concern, but people who come later — say, tomorrow, or the day after — will regard him with pity for not realizing how much more work had to be done. Must be done.

Read the whole thing, which also has some thoughts from James on the “cancel culture” left’s efforts to memory hole lefty cartoonist R. Crumb.

HOW OUT OF TOUCH WITH REALITY DO YOU HAVE TO BE, TO THINK THAT TRUMP IS “SLAVISHLY SUBORDINATE” TO PUTIN?

Reality: Democrats, Join Trump Against Russian Aggression: His administration has been tough on Moscow’s meddling, both in U.S. elections and abroad.

Mr. Mueller did indict 13 Russian nationals for offenses related to election meddling. We know Moscow spent money on Facebook ads designed to exploit America’s divisions, targeting voters on both sides of the aisle. And Mr. Trump and the Republicans have responded. Under legislation enacted by a Republican Congress, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and intelligence agencies.

Beyond the meddling, Mr. Trump has slammed Russia with bold moves designed to weaken Mr. Putin on the world’s stage. This administration imposed sanctions on Russia for violating nonproliferation laws by supporting weapons programs in Iran, Syria and North Korea. The Trump administration also issued more sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and its continuing occupation of Crimea. In 2017, the administration expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers and ordered multiple Russian consulates to close after Russia used a military-grade chemical weapon in the U.K. Mr. Trump even blocked Mr. Putin’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for Russia if it goes ahead.

These tough actions have had an effect. Between January and July 2018, the Russian ruble declined 9% against the U.S. dollar. Russia’s Economic Development Ministry expects its economy to grow only 1.3% in 2019. The U.S. economy grew 2.9% in 2018 and is headed for another strong year.

In 2017, Mr. Trump supplied Ukraine with weapons so it could defend itself against Russian attacks. Remember, it was President Obama who stood idly as Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has also engaged in hard-fought battles with Russian mercenaries in Syria.

In a sense, Russia succeeded in its mission to stoke division and fear within America. Some top Democrats have played right into Moscow’s hands by pursuing endless partisan investigations. If Democrats care about thwarting Russian meddling and aggression, they will disavow their conspiracy theory that our president is Mr. Putin’s puppet, and stop wasting taxpayer money peddling disproved collusion narratives. Instead, they can support this administration’s efforts to stand tall against the consistent threat Russia poses to America’s national security.

As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran

That Trump is planning to do precisely the opposite of these things may or may not be good policy for the United States, but anybody who thinks this is a Russia appeasement policy has been drinking way too much joy juice.

Obama actually did all of these things, and none of the liberal media now up in arms about Trump ever called Obama a Russian puppet; instead, they preferred to see a brave, farsighted and courageous statesman. Trump does none of these things and has embarked on a course that will inexorably weaken Russia’s position in the world, and the media, suddenly flushing eight years of Russia dovishness down the memory hole, now sounds the warning that Trump’s Russia policy is treasonously soft.

Think of them as Democratic operatives with bylines, and no particular loyalty to the country’s best interests, and you won’t go far wrong.

But remember while America’s political class is focused on Russia, Chinese influence is running wild. That’s not an accident.

AT THE INTERSECTION OF FAHRENHEIT 451 AND THE NOTRE DAME FIRE: Don’t Oppress My People With Your Public Libraries! As David Thompson writes:

Further to recent rumblings in the comments, Captain Nemo steers us to the Twitter feed of Library Journal, a “global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators,” and which proudly directs its readers to the mental exertions of Ms Sofia Leung:

Our library collections, because they are written mostly by straight white men, are a physical manifestation of white men ideas taking up all the space in our library stacks. Pause here and think about this.

Ms Leung, an academic librarian, is unhappy that public libraries in the US, a white-majority culture with a white-majority history, tend to have, among other things, lots of books by authors with pale skin. This, we’re told, is an “interesting mini-eureka moment” that our Queen of Intersectional Rumination feels compelled to share. When Ms Leung discovers that public libraries in China and South Korea have quite a few books by Chinese and Korean authors, I’m sure she’ll be equally aghast. Every bit as offended.

Ms Leung airs her distaste for “white men ideas” — as if they had been uniform across continents and throughout history — while reminiscing about attending a “white AF conference” two years earlier. I was unsure what the “AF” might refer to and searched for some literary or scholarly explanation. It then occurred to me that a “white AF conference” is, to borrow the woke vernacular, a white as fuck conference. Which is how not-at-all-racist academic librarians convey their thoughts, apparently.*

Rod Dreher describes Ms. Leung’s actions as “A Smokeless Cathedral Burn:”

Do you not see what’s happening here? Those who control a culture’s memory control its people. Sofia “Social Justice Work Is Library Work” Leung wants to throw certain books down the memory hole because they are racially impure. If this catches on, then some sane institutions stand to inherit some valuable books tossed out by woke universities … unless Sofia Leung Thought requires the burning of those whiteness grimoires so they can’t pollute the minds of others ever again.

Why can’t universities simply expand their collections to include books and documents from a greater diversity of writers, scholars, and artists? If Leung was calling for that, who could possibly object? Not me. But she’s not calling for that at all. She’s calling for getting rid of books and documents that incarnate “whiteness,” whatever the hell that is.

As Ray Bradbury wrote in the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451, “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

* Curious how the mainstream left sounds increasingly like the mirror image of the alt-right, huh?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): Remember, when taxpayers tire of supporting this sort of “woke” academic bullshit, we’ll be told that it’s because of “anti-intellectualism.”

TENN. CONGRESSMAN MARK GREEN: Democrats, Join Trump Against Russian Aggression: His administration has been tough on Moscow’s meddling, both in U.S. elections and abroad.

Mr. Mueller did indict 13 Russian nationals for offenses related to election meddling. We know Moscow spent money on Facebook ads designed to exploit America’s divisions, targeting voters on both sides of the aisle. And Mr. Trump and the Republicans have responded. Under legislation enacted by a Republican Congress, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and intelligence agencies.

Beyond the meddling, Mr. Trump has slammed Russia with bold moves designed to weaken Mr. Putin on the world’s stage. This administration imposed sanctions on Russia for violating nonproliferation laws by supporting weapons programs in Iran, Syria and North Korea. The Trump administration also issued more sanctions in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine and its continuing occupation of Crimea. In 2017, the administration expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers and ordered multiple Russian consulates to close after Russia used a military-grade chemical weapon in the U.K. Mr. Trump even blocked Mr. Putin’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for Russia if it goes ahead.

These tough actions have had an effect. Between January and July 2018, the Russian ruble declined 9% against the U.S. dollar. Russia’s Economic Development Ministry expects its economy to grow only 1.3% in 2019. The U.S. economy grew 2.9% in 2018 and is headed for another strong year.

In 2017, Mr. Trump supplied Ukraine with weapons so it could defend itself against Russian attacks. Remember, it was President Obama who stood idly as Russia invaded Crimea in 2014. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has also engaged in hard-fought battles with Russian mercenaries in Syria.

In a sense, Russia succeeded in its mission to stoke division and fear within America. Some top Democrats have played right into Moscow’s hands by pursuing endless partisan investigations. If Democrats care about thwarting Russian meddling and aggression, they will disavow their conspiracy theory that our president is Mr. Putin’s puppet, and stop wasting taxpayer money peddling disproved collusion narratives. Instead, they can support this administration’s efforts to stand tall against the consistent threat Russia poses to America’s national security.

As Walter Russell Mead wrote in 2017:

If Trump were the Manchurian candidate that people keep wanting to believe that he is, here are some of the things he’d be doing:

Limiting fracking as much as he possibly could
Blocking oil and gas pipelines
Opening negotiations for major nuclear arms reductions
Cutting U.S. military spending
Trying to tamp down tensions with Russia’s ally Iran

That Trump is planning to do precisely the opposite of these things may or may not be good policy for the United States, but anybody who thinks this is a Russia appeasement policy has been drinking way too much joy juice.

Obama actually did all of these things, and none of the liberal media now up in arms about Trump ever called Obama a Russian puppet; instead, they preferred to see a brave, farsighted and courageous statesman. Trump does none of these things and has embarked on a course that will inexorably weaken Russia’s position in the world, and the media, suddenly flushing eight years of Russia dovishness down the memory hole, now sounds the warning that Trump’s Russia policy is treasonously soft.

Think of them as Democratic operatives with bylines, and no particular loyalty to the country’s best interests, and you won’t go far wrong.

But remember while America’s political class is focused on Russia, Chinese influence is running wild. That’s not an accident.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF HOLLYWOOD INTERRUPTED AND THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: A Nation of Felicity Huffmans.

The latest elite-college admissions scandal rests on a foundation of pure silliness; as Jim Geraghty writes, people with rich, famous, well-connected parents are the ones who least need the imprimatur of a famous college to speed them through life. Yet these same people are the ones with the means to indulge the status obsession that plagues most of us. Let’s not think of Felicity Huffman et al. as unusual: Everybody with the means to steer their kids into top-drawer colleges is thinking about how to game the system. This is because an elite-college degree isn’t an instrument or a tool; it doesn’t have to lead to anything. It’s a status symbol in itself. Yale is Louis Vuitton is Piaget is Mercedes.

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Somehow those of us who don’t own an Audemars watch or a Birkin handbag manage to muck on without them, and we don’t fret about whether our children will someday own one. Few of us have a hole in our soul because we don’t own the fanciest car in town. Because we realize worship of material goods is beneath us. Diploma worship ought to be equally so.

Meanwhile, Hollywood is about to toss another star down the memory hole: Let’s face it — Lori Loughlin has committed career suicide.

Make no mistake: however this turns out, it’s an enormous blow — on the public relations front, emotionally and (bottom-line) financially — to Hallmark, a network that prides itself on fluffy, family-friendly programming, which it sells (very successfully) to advertisers buying onto their bland, greeting-card world of handsome architects, city women fleeing back to their hometowns and finding true love or innumerable sappy Christmas movies. (Loughlin starred in “Homegrown Christmas” in 2018). It’s a world in which crime hardly exists, or if it does, is never very serious — as in Loughlin’s “Garage Sale Mystery” movies, in which she plays antiques-dealer-turned-sleuth Jennifer Shannon. She’s made 15 of these “Murder, She Wrote”-type movies so far (they air on Hallmark Movies & Mystery) and several are in pre-production.

All of Loughlin’s movies have proven very popular and generated hefty cable viewership (on both networks) for Hallmark Channel. That, in turn, translates to advertising dollars. And when any business feels its financial health threatened, it takes action and cuts bait.

Loughlin’s career is sunk. Deal with it.

Ed Morrissey spots “Fellow celebrities, late-night comics tee[ing] off on Huffman, Loughlin college-admission corruption.” It’s bipartisan scorn:

Earlier this morning, I guest-hosted for Hugh Hewitt — and for three hours, this was the story listeners wanted to discuss. We had callers in almost every segment, even if we couldn’t get to them. The disgust and scorn for everyone involved in this scheme, but especially for the celebrities, was palpable. This crosses partisan lines, regions, and all other demographics in its bald affront to fair play. These families had all of the advantages possible and still committed fraud to game the system. It’s a story practically built for ridicule and satire.

Between Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, Michael Jackon, Jussie Smollett and now this, our “Progressive” betters in Hollywood have sure been covering themselves in glory over the past years.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S ERASURE FROM HISTORY BEGINS:

James L. Brooks, co-creator of The Simpsons, says that the 1991 episode guest-starring Michael Jackson is being yanked, permanently.“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” Brooks told the Wall Street Journal. “The guys I work with—where we spend our lives arguing over jokes—were of one mind on this,” he added.

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Brooks says the episode in question will be removed from all platforms including DVD sets and streaming services. “I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter,” he told the Journal.

But tossing his episode down the memory hole is in itself is a form of book burning. Should Michael Jackson have appeared on the Simpsons? In retrospect, of course not. But the assumption that 21st century audiences can’t handle knowing that he once did seems beneath a series that once — a long time ago — contained some of Hollywood’s smartest comedy writing. (When does Apu start getting spliced out?)

Pop culture of the past exists in part as an unintentional time machine, showing us how its creators viewed the world at that time. We laugh at the stilted acting and $1.99 production design of Jack Webb’s 1960s version of Dragnet, but millions of mid-‘60s Americans shared Webb’s views on narcotics and crumbling social mores. The original Star Trek had at least one episode that can be viewed as grudgingly defending the Vietnam War, and its (very silly) final episode was premised on the sexist notion that even in the 23rd century, women won’t be allowed to command a starship. M*A*S*H’s first three seasons were awash with sexism – and contained the series’ funniest writing. What about Archie Bunker’s racism? Will network execs give 21st century audiences the benefit of the doubt that they can figure out that Bunker was a parody, not a role model?

As I warned a year ago, when the #MeToo crowd started looking askance at Hollywood’s sex-obsessed 1970s sitcoms, I Felt a Grave Disturbance In The Force, As If Millions Of Sitcoms Suddenly Cried Out In Terror And Were Suddenly Silenced.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE, PART DEUX: Democrat Party Press Office — New York Times Branch — Airbrushes Jussie Smollett Off Front Page Of Today’s Paper.

As Jim Treacher has said:

Earlier: Democratic Virginia Scandals Evaporate from ABC, CBS, NBC.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Democratic Virginia Scandals Evaporate from ABC, CBS, NBC.

Flashback: “Jim Geraghty of NRO estimated that in 2006, the Washington Post ran ‘approximately 100 articles, op-eds, [and] editorials’ spotlighting Republican George Allen’s moronic ‘macaca’ gaffe involving his botched effort at calling out a mohawk-wearing video tagger hired by his opponent, Democrat Jim Webb, to stalk the Allen campaign,” and then repeated the same playbook (this time unsuccessfully) three years later when Republican Bob McDonnell ran for the governship of Virginia.

As for the Virginia Democrats’ current racism and #metoo-related scandals being tossed down the memory hole, just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

SMOKE SIGNALS FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: Elizabeth Warren on Meet the Press (3-11-2018) said she “never used [Native American status] for anything.”

“The Texas Bar card was very damaging because it’s part of the drip, drip, drip of Warren’s obfuscation as to what she did with her false claim to be Native American. Warren never volunteers information, she only reacts when others have uncovered her use. She only tells you what she thinks you already know.”

BRUCE BAWER: The Privileged Elitist Who Saw Blackface, Not Black Lung. “Drop down the memory hole what may well be the only remaining image of some of those coal miners, the sole record of their lives of labor, in order to satisfy the sensitivities, reasonable or not, of one man who happened to be in that restaurant one evening for a party.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: ‘Such a fraud!’ Joe Scarborough’s past just caught up with him, and boy, is it awkward:

How is Joe Scarborough so bad at this? And by “this,” we mean “everything.”

For some reason, Scarborough thought that Al Sharpton was just the guy to weigh in on Donald Trump’s problematic remarks. Unfortunately, Scarborough apparently forgot that he has a congressional record, one that’s not too hard to find if you know where to look:

Just NBC the size of the memory hole here: Al Sharpton: Power Dem.

Related: Here’s the anti-Semitism the media doesn’t want to mention.

Like Sharpton himself, just think of the media as Democratic activists with bylines, and it all makes sense.

NEW ANDREW GILLUM TALKING POINT: RON DESANTIS WROTE A BOOK JUSTIFYING SLAVERY, YOU KNOW.

Anti-slavery Founders made a Faustian bargain with the pro-slavery wing to bring them into the fledgling country. Get them to sign onto the Constitution by avoiding any immediate confrontation over slavery, the abolitionists calculated, and then hope that the new constitutional order would gradually and peacefully steer the practice into disuse. That calculation … did not work out, but it did make national union possible in 1787. That gamble was worth taking, DeSantis is saying, given that it ensured the formation of the United States and that slavery in the south would have gone on even if the southern states had refused to ratify a new, strictly abolitionist Constitution. If that amounts to DeSantis “justifying slavery,” you could claim by the same logic that Gillum and his progressive fans believe the United States should never have existed.

Which would be an awkward position to be in for a guy running to be governor of America’s most electorally important southern state and maybe someday president.

Between banning Columbus Day, getting the vapors over Winston Churchill, and attempting to memory hole original “Progressives” Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (is FDR next?), that’s the next logical step for the left, isn’t it? (The Obamas tap-danced around the notion with Michelle Obama’s infamous “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country” quote.) Or as Dennis Prager once wrote, “As a famous Soviet dissident joke put it: ‘In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it’s the past which is always changing.'”

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: 253 Theaters Have Dropped Gosnell As the Mainstream Media Ignores the Film. Director Nick Searcy Blames the Left, Which Wants to Shut Up Any Negative Story on Abortion.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MEMORY HOLE: USA Today Deletes Tweet, Edits Column After Columnist Writes Kavanaugh ‘Should Stay Off Basketball Courts’ With Kids.

Before it was deleted, the ratio was strong in this one:

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole.

In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are more idiots and more geniuses among men than among women. Darwin’s research on evolution in the nineteenth century found that, although there are many exceptions for specific traits and species, there is generally more variability in males than in females of the same species throughout the animal kingdom.

Evidence for this hypothesis is fairly robust and has been reported in species ranging from adders and sockeye salmon to wasps and orangutans, as well as humans. Multiple studies have found that boys and men are over-represented at both the high and low ends of the distributions in categories ranging from birth weight and brain structures and 60-meter dash times to reading and mathematics test scores. There are significantly more men than women, for example, among Nobel laureates, music composers, and chess champions—and also among homeless people, suicide victims, and federal prison inmates.

Darwin had also raised the question of why males in many species might have evolved to be more variable than females, and when I learned that the answer to his question remained elusive, I set out to look for a scientific explanation. My aim was not to prove or disprove that the hypothesis applies to human intelligence or to any other specific traits or species, but simply to discover a logical reason that could help explain how gender differences in variability might naturally arise in the same species.

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Three days later, however, the paper had vanished. And a few days after that, a completely different paper by different authors appeared at exactly the same page of the same volume (NYJM Volume 23, p 1641+) where mine had once been.

Read the whole thing.

TIME-WARNER-CNN-HBO’S MEMORY HOLE KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER: CNN pulls Asia Argento episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.

JUST THINK OF THE MEDIA AS DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH PHOTOSHOP, AND IT ALL MAKES SENSE: Poof He’s Gone! MSNBC and ABC crop out Louis Farrakhan from Aretha Franklin funeral photo.

Relax though — Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos assure me that there’s no bias at either of their networks.

Flashbacks: Establishment Media Bury Obama-Farrakhan Photo, memory hole Nation of Islam activists on Obama camp payroll.

ANOTHER #METOO TORPEDO CIRCLES AROUND: Porn, Sex Toys, Cocaine, A Rolodex Of Groupies and Boasts about Manhood Size — The Sordid Truth About Life Inside Atlantic Records in the 1980s, the label Behind Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones:

Watching porn in the office, using dildos as decor, and executives bragging about the size of their manhood: This was the record industry before the age of MeToo.

Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive for Atlantic Records — the label responsible for bringing us musical legends such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Aretha Franklin — was 24 years old when she landed a job as a secretary for founder Ahmet Ertegun.

The music mogul had a nightly routine which consisted of downing 14 vodka tonics, four lines of cocaine, two joints, and plenty of women.

On the one hand, why are Democrat-dominated organizations such cesspits of depravity? On the other hand, at the risk of sounding like the “Let ‘em crash” guy in the Point/Counterpoint debate in Airplane!, this just in: the late Ahmet Ertegun, millionaire owner of record label who awarded multi-million dollar contracts to Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, lived his life like the members of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. And on the gripping hand, note that Atlantic is a division of Time-Warner-CNN, which had a network-wide meltdown over Clay Travis’s “First Amendment and boobs” joke last year.

Do we need to stock-up on Stones and Zeppelin records before they’re memory holed?

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE MEMORY HOLE: What Happened To The DNC Investigation Of Keith Ellison’s Alleged Domestic Abuse?

EZRA LEVANT IS PRYING OPEN THE MEMORY HOLE: Canadian media hides Toronto shooter’s links to Islamic terror (video).

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE MEMORY HOLE: U. Manchester students paint over Kipling poem, replace it with Maya Angelou.

If only someone had predicted at the end of the 19th century that intellectual life was about to face a systematic “recessional,” with dire and lasting consequences to the West. (Lest we forget.)

BUSINESS INSIDER SURRENDERS TO THE SOCIAL-JUSTICE WARRIORS:

Trace Lysette, a transgender actress who plays a transgender character on the Amazon series Transparent, protested the casting of [Scarlett] Johansson not because the character was an insult to the transgendered. Lysette was offended that Johansson was taking work from people like her.

Lysette complained on Twitter that “not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived . . . so twisted. I’m so done.”

This strikes me as silly. Not long ago, simply calling attention to the existence of the transgendered was deemed a victory for their cause. In 1999, Hillary Swank received massive critical praise — and an Oscar — for playing a transgender woman in Boys Don’t Cry (a movie I despised). No one complained about stolen narratives then. (By the way, did anyone complain when Charlton Heston, an Episcopalian, stole the most famous Jewish narrative of all time by playing Moses?)

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If Business Insider had simply opted to reject the piece at first, that would have been fine, and it would have spared itself a lot of embarrassment. Instead, its editors opted to cave to political pressure. Its surrender to the mob tells us a lot about the power of the social-justice-warrior mob and the weakness of Business Insider’s editors.

Business Insider was always left-leaning, but usually appeared pretty sane. As with the Atlantic, beginning with Andrew Sullivan’s Trig Truther obsession and culminating in its recent institutional meltdown over the hiring of Kevin Williamson, its editors may find it’s quite difficult to recapture their publication’s reputation after this week’s debacle.

Related: In the Washington Post today, Daniella Greenbaum, the author of the column that the SJWs at Business Insider attempted to memory hole writes, “The social media mob is a danger to society:”

As the definition of what constitutes offensive speech grows ever wider, more and more people who are certain that their views fall somewhere in the mainstream will find themselves backed into corners. Ultimately, even the wokest of the warriors will realize that when it comes to outrunning the predatory mob they’ve created, no space is safe.

As conservative videomaker Ladd Ehlinger warned in 2013 while Justine Sacco was having her life destroyed by the Twitter outrage mob being ginned up by BuzzFeed, “Just because you’re in the mob one day, don’t think it protects you from the mob the next day.”

MEDIA JUMPS THE GUN AGAIN: You’d think that after Reuters editor and others immediately — and wildly incorrectly — linked Trump to the newspaper shooting in Annapolis, that they’d have learned a lesson. You’d be wrong. NPR just couldn’t help themselves. (Flushed down the memory hole, of course).

It’s almost as if they had no duty to investigate.

***UPDATE: NPR NOW SAYING TWEET WAS FAKE, 24 HOURS AFTERWARDS. As for me, I sourced the screen shot from several places, and constantly checked (several times) and queried NPR who did not respond prior to my posting. I don’t believe my post was an “endorsement” but if I led people to that conclusion with imprecise language I was wrong.

 

THE KAUS-REYNOLDS PARADOX:

1. A government agency fails.

2. When it finally ‘fesses up, the failure is immediately consigned to the memory hole.

3. The consequences of its failure are then used as a justification for giving that agency more power over ordinary citizens who had nothing to do with the failed policies and botched operations.

Read the whole thing.