MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2023
No buzzkill need apply: Tribal warfare can lead us humans to say the darnedest things.
In fairness, we won't all agree on what the silly things are. In our view, Michelle Goldberg made a fairly silly suggestion in this portion of a recent New York Times column:
GOLDBERG (3/31/23): [T]he hush money payments to Trump’s paramours might seem like a minor issue, but it’s part of a pattern of anti-democratic behavior. As The Wall Street Journal reported, in addition to hearing about the payoff to the porn film star Stormy Daniels, the grand jury in New York heard extensive questioning about the payoff to a Playboy model, Karen McDougal. Both women were going to tell their stories before the 2016 election. Unlawful means were used to silence them, which is why Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, went to prison.
For the record:
Michael Cohen went to prison after pleading guilty to eight separate criminal charges, only one or two of which involved the payments to Daniels. As we've repeatedly noted, Goldberg's embellishment concerning this matter is now a standard part of blue tribe novelization and lore.
It's also true that Daniels wasn't "silenced" in the scary way that scary term might imply.
Was Stormy Daniels "silenced?" Stating the obvious, Daniels could have proceeded to "tell her story" any time she wanted. Instead, she chose to negotiate with Trump's agents, seeking a big sack of cash.
(Were "unlawful means" used to "silence" Daniels? As far as we know, no one claims that there was anything illegal about the payments to Daniels themselves.)
For our money, Goldberg has her thumb on the scales in various ways as she thumbnails this story. (We've omitted the fact that Cohen keeps saying that he was forced to plead guilty to crimes he didn't commit.)
In our view, Foldberg told a fairly novelized tale. So it can go when a very large nation splits into tribes and invents a journalistic world which is segregated by viewpoint.
Tribunes of the warring tribes may sand the edges off basic facts and embellish freely. They do so confident in the knowledge that their accounts will never be challenged within their own tribal realm.
So it can go! According to experts. so it can go when human populations split into tribes, with different sets of novelized, perhaps even cartoonized, facts.
That said, we still haven't reached the part of Goldberg's presentation which strikes us as basically silly. What strikes us as basically silly is this suggestion:
We needed to hear Stormy Daniels' story before we could know how to vote!
That suggestion strikes us as deeply silly, bordering on the demented. That said, it was just a suggestion in Goldberg's hands—but that very same night, Lanny Davis directly stated this silly idea, speaking with a reliably compliant Lawrence O'Donnell.
In fairness, Davis is a well-known lawyer. In this case, he's representing Cohen. Still and all, it must be said:
He came right out and said the following, as a tribal enabler looked on:
DAVIS (3/31/23): Let's just say, final comment to you, Lawrence. This is a very powerful case about a very serious crime that is not just what Mr. Pence said was a finance crime, a campaign finance crime, as if that's not an important crime.
This is called, by the Southern District prosecutors who worked for Mr. Trump, a serious crime that can undermine a democracy.
If somebody can pay money to stop the American people from getting information that they need in order to vote, this is a serious crime.
Yes, he actually said it! In order to know how to vote within our beloved democracy, "the American people" needed to know that Daniels had sex with Donald Trump on one occasion. On one occasion in 2006!
Or at least, we needed to know that she says she did. When she "tells her story!"
American citizens, please! How could we the people have known how to vote if we weren't allowed to hear Daniels tell her story about that one (1) alleged sexual interaction?
A "very serious crime" was committed when Daniels was "silenced," to use the misleading term Goldberg employed. Speaking with Lawrence, Davis came out and stated the view which Goldberg had merely suggested.
That said, how about it? Was our democracy undermined when Daniels silenced herself? When we the people didn't get to hear her "tell her story?"
In our view, that statement moves past "silly" to a much more pitiful realm. In fairness, Goldberg had merely made the suggestion. As Lawrence sat obligingly by, Davis brought in all back home.
Were we the people, and "our democracy," undermined in that way? If so, perhaps we need to move beyond the mere proposal that candidates should be required to publish their tax records.
Perhaps we need to require candidates to list all sexual partners over something like the previous twenty years! Not necessarily excluding the various times they "lusted" or "committed adultery in [their] heart!"
Davis's statement to Lawrences struck us as stunningly silly. Others will reach a different assessment. That said, we move on to this:
In our view, a whole lot of silly was spilling out of blue tribe cable last week. But over on red tribe cable, the behavior was sometimes three steps past astounding.
On Tuesday and Wednesday nights of last week, Tucker Carlson fumed and foamed concerning the "transgenderist" mobs who feel free to murder our Christian children because they believe that they themselves are God.
It was already crazy (and stupid) on Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, it got worse.
On Thursday afternoon, the Trump indictment was announced. Just a few hours later that evening, Carlson was saying that he agreed with this:
WHITLOCK (3/30/23): Today, in our state capitol, which is right here in Nashville, the transgender antigun crowd took over the House for a time. And then, by the time I get home, I find out Donald Trump has been indicted. And I hear you loud and clear.
They are agitating for unrest. That's the only way to interpret this. They are agitating for unrest. And there's a godless element in this country that doesn't care about fairness. They don't care about the will of the people. They care about power and control.
As you have spelled out this week, they think they're God, and they think that they can make up the rules. They can decide what fairness is. They don't have a Biblical worldview.
It's sickening for me. I'm upset. I'm emotional. I'm—I'm ready for whatever is next. And I hope, every other man out there watching this show, I hope you're ready for whatever's next.
If that's what they want, let's get to it.
Jason Whitlock is ready "for whatever is next." For his fuller remarks, just click here.
For the record, Whitlock is fully sincere. He said he hopes that every man in Carlson's audience is ready to go there with him.
There was more, a great deal more, and Carlson said he agreed with his guest. But over on our own blue cable, happy talk experts like Lawrence and Rachel simply refuse to discuss this.
Over on our own blue cable, a happy mellow feeling prevailed in the wake of Trump's indictment. Nicolle Wallace finally got to relax. Rachel went on and on, then on and on and on and on, about the way there's nothing to look at here.
Elsewhere, Carlson was preparing for war. As has long been the norm, his conduct went almost wholly unreported. It was Tucker Ignored and Unbound.
All this week, we'll discuss what Carlson and some of his guests were saying all last week. In keeping with upper-end journalistic tradition, you won't read about this in the New York Times. You won't be hearing about this on our tribe's side of the segregated cable news aisle.
At this site, we thought we heard lot of silly last week. Did we also hear a lot of dangerous / disordered / deranged?
Our blue tribe was feeling mellow. And when our tribe is feeling mellow, no buzzkill need apply!
Tomorrow: Shall we start with last Tuesday night?