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2021-01-23

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I think we have a theme today, although it has little directly to do with our Amazon Product du Jour.

  • Liberty Unyielding passes on an observation: CNN celebrates new sheriff in town by hypocritically deleting its COVID death ticker.

    CNN has a new look this morning. No, it’s not a change in the on-screen “talent.” All the familiar lovable faces are still there. Nor has the network changed its logo.

    What’s different is that, now that Donald Trump is no longer president, CNN has seen fit to deep-six its macabre COVID death ticker, which formerly appeared on the righthand side of the screen. The photo at the top of the page [linked above], which is a screenshot from last September, shows the now-defunct ticker.

    CNN has dubbed this a lie.


  • OK, but how about this from Eric Boehm: The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris’ Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water.

    When The Washington Post published a 2019 campaign trail feature about then-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris' close relationship with her sister, it opened with a memorable anecdote in which Harris bizarrely compared the rigors of the campaign trail to…life behind bars.

    And then proceeded to laugh—at the idea of an inmate begging for a sip of water.

    The original WaPo story contained:

    "It's a treat that a prisoner gets when they ask for, 'A morsel of food please,' " Kamala said shoving her hands forward as if clutching a metal plate, her voice now trembling like an old British man locked in a Dickensian jail cell. "'And water! I just want wahtahhh….'Your standards really go out the f—ing window."

    Kamala burst into laughter.

    We're used to Kamala breaking into inappropriate deranged laughter, not surprised at her casual f-bomb dropping.

    As Boehm notes in an update, the WaPo has readjusted its story. Because it made them look like the Democrat cheerleaders they are.


  • In other WaPo news, brought to you by the Daily Caller: WaPo Fact Checkers End Trump ‘False Claims Project,’ No ‘Plans’ To Start One For Biden.

    The Washington Post ended its false claims project for President Donald Trump on Wednesday and has no current “plans” to start a new database for President Joe Biden, the paper told the Daily Caller.

    Throughout Trump’s four years as president, The Post’s fact checkers said that he made 30,573 false or misleading claims – this number was revealed shortly after Biden officially became the 46th president. Glenn Kessler, editor and chief fact checker for The Post’s fact checking team, tweeted that he “never would have believed this number was possible when” they “started four years ago.”

    B-b-but I thought "Democracy dies in darkness".

    Apparently that only applies when a Republican is in the White House.


  • Kyle Smith watches as the Media Bootlickers Hurl Themselves at Biden’s Feet. He's got examples. Who doesn't? But here's what I wanted to excerpt instead. Compared to the previous sex-machine lightworking Democrats in the Oval Office:

    And Joe Biden? Joe Biden isn’t sexy, he’s senescent. He isn’t transformational, he’s tired. His own close associates marvel at his incompetence.

    He’s a congenital liar, a notorious blowhard, and a dimwit backslapper who brings to high office not the glow of a lightworker but merely the DNA of a used-car salesman. He owes his current position not to any accomplishments worth boasting of but to three passive characteristics: his not being Donald Trump, his not being Bernie Sanders, and his being plucked out of the Senate by Obama, who was so nervous about his own lack of Washington experience that he chose the party’s most avuncular figure to balance him out as a running mate (then discouraged Biden from trying to succeed him).

    Joe Biden isn’t the first black president, he isn’t an unusually young president, he isn’t . . . anything interesting. He’s just a quintessential Washington blarney machine who managed to stay kicking until he floated to the top. Pretending that he’s a groundbreaking or cathartic or unifying figure won’t work: He’s been around too long. People know him too well. He’s not even interesting. And he’s not especially popular. An NBC poll released a few days ago put him at 44 percent approval, only four points higher than Trump. The RealClearPolitics polling average puts him at 50 percent. Obama came into office with approval ratings near 70 percent.

    We usually switch on the Boston CBS station at 7pm to watch "Wheel of Fortune". If we're early, we endure the last minutes of the CBS Evening News. On Thursday, the day after the inauguration, Norah O'Donnell closed with the previous day's celebratory fireworks.

    She did not say: "I know it's not news, but please wallow with us in this meaningless symobolism."

    She maybe should have.


  • Honest lefty Matt Taibbi writes on The Echo Chamber Era.

    A day after Joe Biden's inauguration, the headline in Axios read: “Trust in media hits a new low.” Felix Salmon wrote that “for the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media.” The Edelman survey showed overall faith in the press dropping to 46%.

    The traditional explanation for this phenomenon is that Republicans hate the press a lot, but Democrats just a little. The Axios story bore this out somewhat, as only 18% of Republicans reported trusting media, versus 57% of Democrats.

    Still, 57% of half your potential audience is nothing to brag about, when you’re in the trust business. Other numbers, like 56% of respondents believing journalists are “purposely trying to mislead people,” or 58% thinking that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology… than with informing the public" are more ominous.

    Taibbi notes a recurring MSM theme: "[A] were asked for a time to care about certain things as if their lives depended on it, then just as quickly asked to forget the issues ever came up. And they wonder why people feel manipulated?"

    The latest example: protesters planning to storm capitols in all 50 states!

    As you might have noticed, it didn't happen. No network talking head explained, let alone apologized.