Will we learn the lesson *this* time?

The Jussie Smollett attack story has been shown to be something…well, less than accurate. But that didn’t stop the pundits and politicians from making broad pronouncements about the state of the country, and Republicans in general, as soon as the accusations were made. It exposed (again) how much the media really wants this narrative to be true.

And Lara Logan, formerly of CBS News, agrees that the media doesn’t just vote Left; it skews its reports left. Guess we won’t be seeing here on a network anytime soon.

And denizens of New York City restaurants are shocked that prices are going up…after a minimum wage hike. Is anyone paying attention there?

Mentioned links:

Yes, Jussie Smollett Lied

Stars Call for Justice as Jussie Smollett Recovers From Homophobic, Racist Attack

Hate-Crime Hoaxes Reflect America’s Sickness

Ex-CBS Star Lara Logan Calls Media ‘Mostly Liberal’ in Scorched Earth Interview: I’m Committing ‘Professional Suicide’

Former CBS Star Lara Logan Goes NUCLEAR on ‘Horsesh**’ ‘Propagandist’ Press

Full Lara Logan video 3 hours, 40 minutes. Media bias discussion starts at 2 hours, 16 minutes. [Language warning]

Some New Yorkers aren’t happy that $15 minimum wage has increased food prices

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Show transcript

“Never forget.” That’s the sort of phrase you hear after events that require a lesson be learned. It was heard after World War II and the Holocaust. I remember hearing it after 9/11. But here’s the thing about forgetting; there’s the question about what it is we shouldn’t forget, and the fact that we do forget.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. Is that what comes from never forgetting? And what were we supposed to never forget from 9/11? To hear it from pundits these days, it was to never trust right-wing white guys. But to be fair, over time, we tend to forget quite a bit. “Never” is a pretty long time. So how long is too long?

Well apparently, one month is too long, at least for left-wing media and pundits. Fresh off the half-baked hot-takes with the Covington Catholic school kids, came the reactions to the Jussie Smollett alleged attack. I say “alleged” because I’m just showing the media that it can be done in cases like this.

Now, I understand that something like this is news and needs to be reported. We can’t wait until all the facts are in before even mentioning it. “Good Monday morning. This just in from last Thursday, someone was attacked.” That’s not a problem. What is a problem is the politicians, pundits, and celebrities deciding that this is what all of America is like based on an accusation made less than 24 hours ago. They passed judgement on all Trump-supporting, MAGA-hat-wearing, white guys as racist and homophobic. They’ll be careful to note that the Islamic State, ISIS, doesn’t represent all of Islam, but these white guys are avatars for all whites.

Well, except they weren’t white. And they weren’t racist or homophobic. And this wasn’t an attack.

But it fit the narrative so perfectly that the Left just couldn’t help themselves from pouncing all over it. Again. In the span of less than a month. Throw a MAGA hat on some white kid or adult, literally or dishonestly, and you can say what you want about them, and the Left will forget all the recent lessons about jumping to conclusions. National Review’s Andy Ngo noted the reaction of some politicians, who arguably can cause much more harm when they act on bad information.

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker described the attack as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” He used the incident to press for more hate-crime legislation. California senator Kamala Harris, who is leading the polls for the 2020 race, repeated Booker’s words. Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the attack as “an affront to our humanity.” Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez castigated media for describing the incident as a “possible” hate crime. Her colleague Rashida Tlaib wrote that “the right wing is killing and hurting our people.”

People talk about “white privilege”. I have a question; what is this? What do you call it when millions of people, some very powerful, believe what you say at face value, attack anyone who is suspicious of the story, and make sweeping generalizations about the whole country based on it? That sounds like some manner of privilege to me. A tweet I read said this, “Imagine being so privileged that you need to hire people to oppress you.” Y’know, maybe this sort of hoax is America today. I don’t think it’s very prevalent, actually, but it would be seriously ironic.

But let’s give credit where credit is due. There are people in the media – precious few of them, but they do exist – that see the bias in their profession and speak out about it. Bernard Goldberg is a former CBS News journalist who left and wrote the book, “Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News”. Sharyl Attkisson is a former CBS News investigative journalist and occasional substitute anchor for the CBS Evening News who left and wrote the book, “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington”, where she writes about how the network would often spike or whitewash stories about problems of the Obama administration.

Now comes word of another journalist calling out the left-leaning bias of the media. Lara Logan is a former foreign affairs correspondent and “60 Minutes” reporter for CBS News (and I’m beginning to see a trend here), who went on a podcast to denounce the media’s leftward bias, not just in the US but worldwide.

And it’s not just that 85% of journalists in the US are registered Democrats. The response to that charge is that journalists have biases but they don’t let them filter into their reporting. Logan thinks otherwise.

It’s got nothing to do with whether I like Trump or I don’t like Trump. Right? Or whether I believe him or identify with him, don’t. Whatever. I don’t even want to have that conversation because I approach that the same way I approach anything. I find that is not a popular way to work in the media today because although the media has always been historically left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense or at least the effort to be objective today. The former executive editor of the New York Times has a book coming out, Jill Abramson. And she says, “We would do,” I don’t know, dozens of stories about Trump every single day and every single one of them was negative.” She said, “We have become the anti-Trump paper of record.”

Well, that’s not our job. That’s a political position. That means we’ve become political activists in a sense. And some could argue, propagandists, right?

Well, right. As loudly as some journalists might react, there is plenty of that going on. Not so much at the local level, but at the national level it certainly has taken hold of a number of newsrooms. We knew this, and sometimes people come out from behind the curtain to let us know we were right.

The whole interview is about 3 hours and 40 minutes and the video of it is linked to in the show notes. The language is most definitely Not Safe For Work, so be advised. Unfortunately, as Logan also notes in the interview, this is essentially professional suicide for her. It’s the price that the elites expect to be paid for shining a light on them.

And finally, some New Yorkers are upset and even surprised that restaurants are raising their prices in response to the higher minimum wage. Honestly, is anyone in New York City paying attention at all?

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