THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2022
American systems break down: On this most glorious Bloomsday, we're headed off for our latest look inside the American health care system.
We won't post further until this afternoon, if then. Before we leave, though, this:
Yesterday, we linked to this report in the Washington Post about the ongoing claim that Rep. Barry Loudermilk (D-Ga.) had led a "reconnaissance tour" of the Capitol on January 5, 2021.
The report quoted the Capitol Police saying they had found no problem with what Loudermilk did that day.
Later yesterday, the January 6 committee pushed back against this finding. The committee offered videotape evidence which seems to call the judgement by the Capitol Police into question.
In this morning's print editions, the New York Times offers this report. We link to the Times because the increasingly odd Washington Post features nothing on its web site this morning about the committee's rebuttal.
(If you enter "Loudermilk" in the Post's search engine, you could find this analysis piece by Aaron Blake. As of this morning, there was no way to find this piece except through use of the search engine.)
At this point, it's hard to know why the Capitol Police offered the judgment they did. In our view, it's amazing to think that, seventeen months after the fact, this important question still seems to be a matter of unresolved and poorly-explored conjecture.
Our American systems are falling apart; as usual, this includes our journalistic systems. On this morning's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough went off his meds again in his comments on this topic. Needless to say, Willie and Mika eager to repeat every unfounded statement.
Is it true? Was some sort of reconnaissance being conducted on the tour which Loudermilk conducted on January 5? If so, did Loudermilk know that this was happening?
At this point, we can't answer those questions. We can tell you this:
As best we can tell at this point, creative paraphrase is being widely employed within our news organs as our tribunes report what Loudermilk has said about this matter in the past.
As we noted several decades ago, the power to paraphrase is the power to spin. You shouldn't assume the accuracy of every account you're handed.
(A rule of thumb: If ten straight pundits say the same thing, you can assume it's wrong.)
When you hear our tribunes saying that no tours of the Capitol complex were allowed as of January 2021, we'll advise you that you should possibly check your wallets. More on that to come.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our nation's systems are coming undone. This has been going on for a long time, and the people handed to us as our blue tribe's tribunes have long been a part of this problem.
We humans just aren't "the rational animal," and we never were. Our scribes are inclined to prove this fact with their daily groaners.
Also this, RE Pence: We expect to watch today's committee hearing. Before we're done, we'll comment on the way our own blue tribunes have dissembled about Mike Pence's role in what happened on January 6.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. Under the ministrations of Donald J. Trump, the red tribe has largely lost its mind, but our own highly self-impressed tribe has long been failing us too.