Chris Wallace sat down with Vladimir Putin. The goal of the interview, it seemd, is to show the world how important Chris Wallace is. The video, if it is still available, is at this link.
The unmitigated arrogance of “journalists” is, or should be, breathtaking. Wallace practically jumps out of his chair. I have questions. That he has questions is taken by him, and by reporters everywhere, as an undeniable urgency. You must answer because I am asking.
Reporters believe they are greater than those in power. They believe this with some reason, as reporters did until recently have the unimpeded ability to destroy lives. All lives, any lives. Whoever they perceived as an enemy. And since, to most of them, the ends justified the means, any slur, insinuation, slander or libel was employed in an effort to confirm their preconceptions.
The point is not this Wallace, but his bratty behavior is typical. Tell me, he asked (and I’m paraphrasing), why did Mueller choose to issue this indictment only a day before you and Trump met?
The implication was not only did Russia launch an army of bots that reached deep into Ohio, and which swam far from the internet to influence people to vote for Hillary, and that people had not choice but to follow the whispered orders of their occult Russian masters, but that Putin’s tendrils were still deep into the deep state and that the heroic Mueller is on to him.
You do not meet this kind of blind idiocy every day. Or, that is, you do. Trump has driven his enemies mad. Every one of them is in a lather as they try and convince you Bigfoot was seen piloting a UFO over Loch Ness to bring back mystical mind-altering chemicals.
Did the USA ever try to influence the election, in any way, of a foreign government? Did a cabal of FBI and other intelligence agents do their best to ensure Trump did not win the election? And, if so, does that not make them akin to a foreign government and therefore justifiably worthy of public criticism? Were reporters meddling in the election when they used every calumny short of accusations of murder to take down Trump? Just asking.
Here again is a (long) excerpt from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s “A World Set Apart” speech:
The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom. (I shall be using the word press to include all media.) But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?
Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no true moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsibility does a journalist or a newspaper have to his readers, or to his history — or to history? If they have misled public opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes by the same journalist or the same newspaper? It hardly ever happens because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake, but the journalist usually always gets away with it. One may — One may safely assume that he will start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.
Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors, and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none — and none of them will ever be rectified; they will stay on in the readers’ memories. How many hasty, immature, superficial, and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press — The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it. Thus, we may see terrorists described as heroes, or secret matters pertaining to one’s nation’s defense publicly revealed, or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: “Everyone is entitled to know everything.” But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era.
The greatest benefit of the internet is the impeachment of the heretofore sacrosanct class of journalists. We no longer have to take them seriously. Indeed, their foibles, mistakes, and biases are exposed daily.
As is their insanity. The key word yesterday was “Treason!”. They meant it. They were in tears, shaking with rage. They are seeing their impotence and they hate it.
Man, was it enjoyable.
Pat Buchanan liked it, too. Trump Calls Off Cold War II. “Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway…Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, ‘Peace with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.'”
Amen to that.
Update Another fun take.