Ya gotta love The New York Occasions.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounts being in her workplace minding her personal enterprise when the Capitol riot breaks out. Shortly she races for the workplace toilet. She falls silent, terrified as a male voice yells “The place is she?”
I confess the thought crossed my thoughts…was she even within the Capitol? Within the way back and much away my first Washington job was working as a press secretary after which legislative director for a Pennsylvania congressman. I grew to become extraordinarily accustomed to all three Home workplace buildings – Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn.
All named for former Audio system of the Home. If there may be one factor I discovered it was that the one Members of the Home who’ve places of work within the U.S. Capitol are the Home Management of each events and really senior, been-there-for-decades Members. Ocasio-Cortez matches none of these classes. Ergo, she had no Capitol workplace by which to cover.
To say as Ocasio-Cortez did that she shut herself in her workplace toilet needed to imply just one factor – she was not within the Capitol constructing the place the assault was going down. Positive sufficient, she was outed by South Carolina Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace. Fox Information reported this:
‘I deal in details and actuality. And the actual fact is there have been no insurrectionist, no violent rioters that have been within the halls of the Cannon Workplace Constructing that day,’ stated Mace, whose workplace is down the corridor from Ocasio-Cortez. ‘Everybody was terrified. We have been nervous. It was a harrowing, life-threatening expertise. Nobody questions that. However after we get into the small print and the details and let that slide, that that didn’t occur, that is the place I take subject. We should be sincere or folks inform the reality and deal in actuality and details.’
In line with Mace, that is removed from the primary time that Ocasio-Cortez has tried to make use of a scenario for political functions.
‘[S]he tends to politicize actually all the things. And I am sick and drained. I am sick and uninterested in that,’ Mace stated.”
Then there’s the small matter of Texas Senator Ted Cruz reaching out to AOC in settlement on the GameStop/Wall Avenue subject to be greeted with this response: “You nearly had me murdered 3 weeks in the past.”
The New York Occasions has rapidly rushed to Ocasio-Cortez ’s protection, with Maggie Ambrose penning this:
“Since Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat, took to Instagram Dwell on Monday to explain what the Jan. 6 riot was like from contained in the Capitol complicated, critics have claimed that she wasn’t the place she stated she was, or that she couldn’t have skilled what she described from her location.
These claims are false.”
Mace, it ought to be repeated, was simply two doorways down. In the identical Cannon workplace constructing. Ambrose was not there. And as Tim Graham has reported right here the “reality checker” web site Snopes rushed to Ocasio-Cortez’s protection as effectively, making time to smear Ben Shapiro’s Every day Wire for factually reporting the reality.
And oh sure, one reads the Ambrose article from begin to end and there may be not a single point out of the Democrat’s blatant lie that Ted Cruz nearly had her murdered. Name it journalism by omission.
Okay. Full cease. Let’s shift to one other Occasions column, this one by expertise columnist Kevin Roose. The headline:
How the Biden Administration Can Assist Clear up Our Actuality Disaster
These steps, consultants say, may prod extra folks to desert the scourge of hoaxes and lies.
During which Mr. Roose proposes as follows:
“I’ve spent the previous a number of years reporting on our nationwide actuality disaster, and I fear that except the Biden administration treats conspiracy theories and disinformation because the pressing threats they’re, our parallel universes will solely drift additional aside, and the potential for violent unrest and civic dysfunction will solely develop.
Appoint a ‘actuality czar.’
A number of consultants I spoke with beneficial that the Biden administration put collectively a cross-agency job pressure to deal with disinformation and home extremism, which might be led by one thing like a “actuality czar.”
The opposite evening in his monologue, Fox’s Tucker Carlson reminded of some historical past I can truly bear in mind. That may be the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. As Tucker fairly precisely reminded, JFK’s murderer was a devoted Marxist, Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald had been to Russia, married a Russian, lastly returned and tried and didn’t defect. He grew to become a fanatic defender of a pro-Castro group referred to as “Honest Play for Cuba” and, it was ultimately found, had earlier tried and didn’t assassinate a retired right-wing U.S. Military common named Edwin Walker, a Dallas resident.
However with Oswald captured nearly instantly, his far-left background and beliefs rapidly found — the media of the day insisted on a unique narrative altogether. In line with the media of the day JFK was killed by, because the conservative Republican Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater famous in his memoirs, the “radical proper.” So intense was this smear marketing campaign, an utter untruth, that Goldwater wrote this:
“The Draft Goldwater Committee (for president) closed its Washington headquarters due to threats. (Texas Republican) Senator John Tower and his household moved out of their house to a lodge room due to cellphone callers who threatened their lives. Conservatives across the nation reported related incidents.”
Hmmm. In different phrases? This enterprise of ignoring “actuality” — actual details — in the event that they don’t match a leftist narrative has been happening for many years.
If there have been a actuality czar then would AOC be summoned to testify about her disinformation? Had a “actuality czar” existed in 1963, would these spreading the “right-wing kooks killed Kennedy” narrative have been summoned?
In fact not.
Which is strictly why the Roose proposal, to not point out Ocasio-Cortez’s personal proposal for a “fee” to “rein in” the media, is so harmful.
As Tim Graham identified in his column on Snopes, when confronted with a blatant untruth – or “disinformation” because the Left likes to say –
Snopes immediately retreated to not fact telling or “fact-checking.” Nope. Fairly predictably they resorted to “left-wing running a blog.”
One doesn’t must be a rocket scientist to see how Roose’s “actuality czar” would work. In case you are a left-winger it is possible for you to to say something you need, together with making up tales out of complete fabric as Ocasio-Cortez simply did each about what occurred to her and about Ted Cruz.
And in doing so, The New York Occasions, to not point out any and each lefty media outlet on the job will rapidly suppress the reality (because the Ambrose article suppressed the false cost about Cruz) or exit of their approach to defend the untruth as not unfaithful and disinformation in any respect.
So thanks New York Occasions. In a single fast immediate you will have illustrated precisely how the “actuality czar” thought truly works in apply.