Friday, September 16, 2016

The MSM vs. Trump

"A man's judgment cannot be better than the information on which he has based it" - Arthur Hays Sulzberger

            During a rally in New Hampshire Donald Trump announced that the representatives of the press were going to be a half hour late and had asked him to postpone his speech.  He responded with a definitive NO.  The audience gave a resounding cheer for his response.  This disturbed the CNN’s talking heads, Ashleigh Banfield and Dylan Byers. Banfield complained, “So what I’m wondering is why so much cheering, other than a lot of people who go to Trump events like to besmirch the media too. Do people not realize or are they forgetting that other critical element of it?  Either you have a media, or you have what I witnessed in Saddam’s era … where you never got to actually call yourself press or you’d go to jail for it.  Byers complained that trust in the media was at an all-time low.  He attributed this to the Republicans and Trump in particular with his aggressive anti-media rhetoric.

            It is difficult to believe that these supposedly well educated and successful people are so clueless.  However, they are following in the footsteps of generations of people who have traveled to the Soviet Union, Communist China and Cuba, and have seen paradise.  Sociologist Philosopher Lewis Feuer commented, ”The Intellectual Elite in both the United States and Europe has a record of recurrent misjudgement and misperception of social reality.  Its members have yielded to wish fulfillment, emotional indulgence and even insincerity while claiming to the public at large that they were inspired by scientific reasoning.”

            Banfield and Byers’ “misjudgments” depend on a lack of information.  They are even ignorant of the history of their own organization.  In 2003 CNN head Eason Jordan admitted in a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece titled “The News We Kept to Ourselves” that he deliberately whitewashed Saddam Hussein’s atrocities.  Other examples of blatant media “misjudgments” include Jayson Blair and Pulitzer Prize winner Janet Cooke.  Of course the greatest Pulitzer winner was Walter Duranty who successfully covered up the Ukrainian famine for the New York Times.   On a visit to Berlin in June 1931, Duranty informed A.W. Klieforth of the US Embassy that, "in agreement with The New York Times and the Soviet authorities, his official dispatches always reflect the official opinion of the Soviet regime and not his own.”  Newspapers have a long history of distorting the truth in order the achieve their objectives.  William Randolph Hearst told Frederic Remington when he was on assignment for the paper, “You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."  It is quite possible that the United States would not have recognized the Soviet Union in 1933 or engaged in the Spanish-American War if not for the media.

            Donald Trump has been somewhat restrained in his contempt for the media.  When reporter Walter Winchell told President Roosevelt that Alger Hiss was spying for Moscow, Winchell claimed, “Leaning closer and pointing a finger in my face, he [Roosevelt] angrily said, ‘I don't want to hear another thing about it!  It isn't true.’"  Winchell was not invited back to the White House for several months.  In the final days before the election, three newspapers that endorsed John McCain were booted from the Obama campaign bus. The New York Post, Dallas Morning News and Washington Times were unceremoniously shown the door immediately after their papers' endorsements appeared and were replaced with Jet and Ebony magazines.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Colin Kaepernick's Pig Socks

The current kerfuffle over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is all part of the continued psychological conditioning of the American public.  It is part of the fundamental transformation of Western society advocated by the Frankfurt School.   As First Lady Hillary Clinton stated, “remolding society certainly in the West is one of the great challenges facing all of us.”  The owners of the NFL are members of the elite who are working for this outcome.  They see nothing wrong with Kaepernick’s behavior, in fact they encourage it.  The owners of the NFL have repeatedly revealed where they stand.

The NFL has imposed penalties for behavior during games.  Players are prohibited from excessive demonstrations after touchdowns.  The Dallas Cowboys were told they could not honor fallen officers with a patch on their helmets.  Kaepernick has been wearing his idiotic “pig socks” during practice without comment.  Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show in February was a tribute to the Black Panthers.  The “hands up, don’t shoot" pose has become popular.  Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction was not an accident.  All these incidents are designed to push the progressive agenda forward.  Kaepernick is praised by the president and egged on by the media.

Kaepernick states, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”  He wears a Fidel Castro t-shirt.  Perhaps he should try to remain seated during the playing the Cuban national anthem on a visit to Havana.  

At one time America was populated by “deplorables.”  Most NFL fans are still “deplorables.”  Through the media and academia the progressives have managed to reduce the number of “deplorables.”  The public schools and universities are teaching that America is the greatest source of evil in the world using textbooks by Howard Zinn and others.  

Many professional athletes are multimillionaire thugs.  Their crimes are kept out of the media unless they are so outrageous that it is not possible to suppress.  They have no sense of gratitude.  It is remarkable that in spite of their tremendous success they can still feel resentful.  If a professional athlete were crazy enough to display a Confederate flag there would be no babble about freedom of speech.  One just has to recall the fate of John Rocker.  He made some innocent statements about New York and was promptly sent to reeducation camp.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent

            Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent provides excellent commentary on the dangers of distorting history.  However, he frequently repeats commonly accepted distortions.  When discussing the bombing of Hamburg he states, “the statistics were not reliable.  In a city where bodies were concealed beneath a mountain of rubble, where some had been
fused together by the intense heat while others were reduced to mere ashes, it was impossible to measure the number of dead with any kind of precision.”  Yet, when discussing the bombing of Dresden he states the claims of 100,000 deaths are refuted by “most reliable sources” who put the figure at 20,000.  Over ninety percent of Dresden’s city center was destroyed.  It’s population had swelled to approximately 1.2 million with mostly women and children refugees fleeing the Red Army.  U.S. and British bombers had dropped 650,000 incendiaries on the city creating a firestorm.  Anyone looking at photographs of the rubble and believing it resulted it only 20,000 fatalities cannot be serious.  People claiming that Dresden was bombed for military reasons are not aware that the city’s military borough, the Albertstadt, was never targeted.
            Lowe minimizes the atrocities committed during the expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe.  He makes only a brief reference to Henry Morgenthau who was instrumental in forming U.S. postwar policy.  He makes no mention of Harry Dexter White, the author of the Morgenthau Plan and a Soviet agent of influence.  This plan was devised by White to push the rest of Europe into the arms of the Soviets.  Lowe does not believe that Europe was on the verge of going Communist.  Most foreign policy experts believe the opposite.  Lowe claims “McCarthy’s portrayal of American Communists . . . was every bit as irrational as eastern Europe’s anti-Americanism.”  Senator McCarthy had no idea of how extensive Communist infiltration was.   His fears were far from irrational.

            There is an acceptable narrative that must not be contradicted.  Lowe mentions author John Sack who wrote a book about atrocities committed by Jewish prison camp officials in Poland.  Sack’s agent refused to represent the book and his published who had paid for the book decided not to publish it.  Lowe states, “like James Bacque’s book about German POWs, was considered dangerous precisely because it contained seeds of truth.”  The 1978 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records has a category for Mass Killings.  It placed Adolf Hitler in third place after Mao and Stalin.  The category did not appear in subsequent editions.  Clearly there is an effort to suppress information that does not conform to this narrative.  My own work on the Morgenthau Plan deserves more coverage than it has received.