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MAGA Bro Pens Love Letter to MAGA CAP: Dammit Gannett
Posted By Chris Davis on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 9:14 AM
“Non-partisan” and “fair and balanced” journalism sound like great ideas. But they probably aren’t what you think they are. They’ve been made to sound like best practices for ethical news gathering. But historically these ideas are artifacts of technology and capitalism.

I bring this stuff up because getting beyond all the usual ideological mess and straight bullshit like this tone-deaf nonsense from The Tennessean, is crucial to understanding why “writer and social media personality” Ryan Moore’s weird love letter to his Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat appeared in Gannett newspapers including The Commercial Appeal.

click to enlarge A screen shot/excerpt from The Commercial Appeal.

A screen shot/excerpt from The Commercial Appeal.

America’s partisan-funded press came skidding to a halt in the last quarter of the 19th Century when new, high-speed printing made it possible for newspapers with enough up-front investment capital to distribute their products farther than ever before. Lots of attention is paid to the idea that “a biased news medium is bad for a self-governing people.” But the thing is, at scale, it was also bad for business. Politically neutral papers could reach bigger markets becoming valuable to local interests and emerging national brands wanting less partisan places to advertise. Economic realities forged the new journalistic ideals regarding what makes appropriate news content, not idealistic struggles for better information and freer reporting. And they still do.

A similar technological disruption bent the modern media mythos away from big-market “objectivity” toward a more useful narrative for an exploded economy: “fair and balanced.” This works in a crowded field because you can’t know the truth until you’ve heard every [hardline ideological] side, right? When cable news blew up and America went from having only three major news networks to having so many choices you could no longer get by without a remote control, the basic idea of what constitutes respectable market shares reduced considerably. Niche marketing and partisan reporting made sense again. This is where Fox News comes from and with it the logical fallacy that all tits require right-wing tats.

So what does any of this have to do with Gannett’s MAGA-Man-crush?

Like I’ve said before, markets determine content and Tennessee remains a solid red patch on the political map. Gannett’s earnings are in the shitter and its products, deformed as they are by a loss of local autonomy and investment, waste like plague victims. So much reporting and media opinion following the infamous MAGA-Teen’s 15-minutes in the barrel, cast MAGA caps in a bad light, and judging by the color of those electoral maps I’ve linked above, that’s the favored headgear of many if not most Tennesseans. In other words, the news smacked lots of Gannett’s subscribers and potential subscribers right across the brim.

Market served. “Tat” accomplished.

Moore’s editorial is mostly familiar rhetoric about folks needing to be respectful of other folks and judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their stupid, racist hats. I could do a whole post on irony and the character of Moore’s content, but that’s not my purpose.
This stuff’s candy — bulked up by outrage-shares and sweetened with hate-clicks.
If serving readers/viewers/listeners is important it’s probably not a good idea for news-oriented media to be in the business of promoting standard, white-male victimization narratives. If media serves a public good it’s also probably a bad idea to participate in softening symbols that, regardless of what secret, special things they may mean to social media personalities, are also, inarguably, touchstones for white supremacists.

But c’mon! From a commercial POV this stuff’s candy — bulked up by outrage-shares and sweetened with hate-clicks. Win-win for everybody! Unless the consumer was looking for information instead of a daily rise, in which case, not so much there.

Nevertheless, the story went big opening Moore’s complaint up to a wider dialogue.

Loser Media Reporter Has Advice for Shelby GOP

Would you take advice from someone who hates you and wishes you complete failure and obliteration?

Didn’t think so, but that is what Ryan Poe expects Republicans to do. He writes the 9:01 which “is a coffee-fueled weekday column on all things Memphis” for online readers of the CA. In the January 28 episode he gives the Shelby GOP advice on how to win in the future. We all know the media always has Republicans in their best interest, right?

And wouldn’t you take advice from an employee of a company that is failing badly, both here and across the country? Gannett just days ago laid off people nationwide, as did many other media outlets. Obviously, their failed model should inspire us to do what they advise. This also comes from someone, who, if he was that perceptive, would recognize it’s time to get off the sinking USS Commercial Appeal.

Last year, Democrats embarrassed the Republican Party of Shelby County by winning every countywide office, reversing their own embarrassing showing eight years before.

The sting of those losses are still fresh as local Republicans prepare to choose a new slate of party officers — including a new chairman — during their regular, bi-annual reorganization in a county-wide convention at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Arlington High.

Chairman Lee Mills confirmed this morning that he won’t seek reelection. Party vice-treasurer Chris Tutor, an attorney specializing in corporate and real estate law, is the only candidate who has publicly announced plans to seek the party’s top seat.

The convention gives Republicans an opportunity to take stock of why they lost so badly in 2018 — and how they can bounce back in 2020. First, here are the GOP’s hurdles:

Party polarization. President Donald Trump is one of the most polarizing presidents in recent U.S. history, according to Pew Research Center. And more polarization means less crossover. If you have less crossover, then in a Democratic county like Shelby — where 61 percent of county voters picked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 — Democrats will generally win.
Choice of candidates. Democrats fielded a slate of likable, diverse candidates in 2018. The result? What became known as a “Pink wave” and “Black Girl Magic.” Women won six of 10 countywide elections, and four of those women were black.
Communication, organization and vision. After years of squabbles and too few results, the Shelby County Democratic Party was forcibly disbanded in 2016. In contrast, the Republicans seemed to have their act together, as evidenced by the past two countywide elections. But in retrospect, the reorganization of the SCDP came at exactly the right time. While the streamlined SCDP presented a unified front and worked toward common goals last year, Republican officials privately complained about a lack of communication, organization and vision from party leaders. One example of that breakdown was how close Republicans came to choosing Keith Alexander — who had ties to white nationalists and had said inflammatory things about Martin Luther King Jr. and black ministers “preying” on women — as their nominee in the assessor’s race.

So, how do Republicans make 2020 competitive? They need to present a unifying vision, proffer a slate of candidates with diverse races and backgrounds and refresh old power structures.

They also need a message that energizes their base yet still attracts new voters, and especially younger voters. Outgoing chairman Mills said he’s tried to do that by reinvigorating schools clubs, but says there’s still more to do there.

“It’s going to be hard, no doubt about it,” Mills said of winning elections. “Because young people have more going on than going to vote. But it’s important, and you have to make them know how important that is.”

As for Republicans’ chances in the next county mayor’s race in 2022, Mills said he’s optimistic that the administration of Democratic Mayor Lee Harris will give Republicans reasons to turn out. We’ll see. But waiting for your opponent to make a misstep isn’t a reliable winning strategy. If Republicans want a chance at winning, they need a vision that brings Memphis and Shelby County together around meaningful solutions.

First, it’s easy to blame Donald Trump. He’s everyone’s favorite boogeyman. You think Hillary Clinton wasn’t polarizing? Last time I checked, she didn’t occupy 1600 Pennsylvania.

If Trump did cause any problems, it’s because life is so much better now than it was during the Obama oppression, that people didn’t feel the need to go out and vote in a county election. I guess Poe is telling us it’s futile to run any Republican ever in Shelby County because the demographics are against us. I’m sure he’d like that.

As to “likable, diverse candidates,” they were not very diverse at all. Mostly black, few whites. I hardly found Tami Sawyer likable, but with a press behind her hiding all the negatives about her and fawning over Lee Harris as if he were some super human nice guy, the Dems didn’t have to do anything. The media gladly glosses over any improprieties they do. They supply us with hagiographies of St. Lee and St. Jim. No one on the Republican side ever catches a break, as David Lenoir found out in a Sunday front page story outlining his personal woes.

I really don’t think the Dems are that better organized, except when it comes to publicity and media. Again, any time they squawk about things like voter disenfranchisement that didn’t happen (the uproar over an early voting location that was totally fabricated), the media gives them a megaphone.

When it comes to a single shout of “racist” everyone comes running to virtue signal. One day, that will no longer work.

As for the future, Poe says, “waiting for your opponent to make a misstep isn’t a reliable winning strategy.” Interesting, considering that is exactly what the Dems in Washington do all the time.

Frankly, I think the Shelby GOP should set up an opposition research committee to study every move made by current office holders and potential candidates. Outrageous comments and actions could be sent out via email to every GOP member (including names from the state and national committees) plus hammering local media with them.
Then there’s fraud. Never discount it happening in a Democrat county. Alarms ring out when the polls are closed, results come in and then there’s a pause. Usually that’s when a Republican is ahead. We had unexplained two hour pauses in August and other times. What else would a thinking person infer but fraudulent forces are at work?

If the Republican party is as hapless and loser as Poe says, why did Tennessee turn even deeper red in November? Why did their perfect candidate, Phil Bredesen, lose so badly to Marsha Blackburn? Attention Poe: we’re not dead yet.

I agree that we can use some energy and revitalization in the local party. It’s part of a political cycle. Other ideas I have will be shared soon.

For now, I would hesitate to embrace highly prejudiced concepts produced by a failing biased company. It may be out of business way before any Republicans are.

Yes, They Hate You

Kurt Schlichter at Townhall brings the truth down on us. He asks, “What will it take to make you understand and accept that they hate you?”

You need to die because of your smile.

That’s the position of our enemies, and we know it because they told us – openly, proudly, in the garbage public forum that is Twitter and elsewhere. Oh, they backtracked a little when the extent of their killing fantasies got exposed, scampering like their insect analogy, the roach, when someone flips on the kitchen light. But that kid in DC with the Frigidaireborne reefer ranger banging that drum in his baffled mug? They wanted that kid to die for having a Wrong Smile.

Cue the excuse chorus: “That’s nonsense! We just wanted to pummel that kid and then destroy him, his family and and all his classmates! Don’t look behind the curtain at the woodchipper comments and bomb threats, you cisnormative monsters!”

Think of what they would do with real power…

Accept that that kid was you, and me. If they’ll ice a kid for not having the right grin, they’ll waste you or me in a heartbeat. Murder is, after all, how leftists roll. The USSR, Red China, Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba – that cadaver-strewn litany teaches what’s lurking at the bottom of the slope we’re sliding down. The Dems are spooning with socialism, and the goal of socialism is written in blood on the pages of history. The unapproved must be liquidated, and they are making no secret that you are unapproved.

Understand that and accept it.

I know it’s hard. It goes against everything you’ve been taught to believe to acknowledge that that a significant and influential group of other Americans – not that they identify that way – want you dead or enslaved. But they do. The Fredocons will scoff, but the conservaquisling collaborators’ actions speak louder than their weasel words – they’re currying favor with the enemy, betting that their abject groveling and supine submission will mean that they get the chop last.

You better get your head in the game or you’ll find your head in a guillotine – definitely figuratively, maybe literally.

You want to reject this reality, to dismiss it, to wave it off as crazy talk. But listen to what they say. Watch what they do. Have the strength to accept the harsh truth that is punching you in the face.

They hate you for not submitting, for being an obstacle to their rule.

The problem is that you are nice, and you project your niceness. Projection is human nature. So while leftist spittle-spewing sociopaths project their own shriveled morality when they shriek about how we’re all racist fascists of fascist racism when racist fascism is actually their jam, we Normals tend to project our decency when we assume that our opponents are just confused friends who are in the throes of a grievous misunderstanding about us that we can remedy with facts and evidence.

That’s 100 percent wrong. Facts and evidence don’t matter because the trial is already over and you’ve already been condemned because of who you are. You can’t ever clear yourself with the left because they don’t hate you for what you did or will do, but for who you are. That’s where the babble about “white privilege” comes from – if you’re white and conservative you’re wrong, and if you’re not white and conservative, you’re even…wronger.

It’s not about race or gender or orientation, but about power – they want to take yours, to strip you of your sovereignty and make you kneel. Their SJW posturing is all a lie and a scam. They don’t care about ending racism, sexism, homophobia, or any of the myriad other -isms and -phobias they blather about. Those poses are just weapons to be used to capture what they really want – total power over you. They seek to shame you into submission, and if that won’t work, then they’ll do whatever it takes.

Do you think the Democrats of yesterday spent a lot of time weighing the evidence before lynching black men? Those Democrats murdered black men for two reasons – because they wanted to send a message to other black men about the price of resistance, and because they enjoyed doing it.

When the Democrats of today were on Twitter mobbing those children from Kentucky for daring not to submit, couldn’t you sense the hideous joy they felt screeching for the heads of those kids? Their souls are empty of morality and religion, and nature abhors a vacuum, so they filled that vacancy with pagan bloodlust.

Orwell wrote about the daily “Two-Minute Hate,” and how is this any different? These unloveable losers have nothing else in their lives, no connection with anything, so they find meaning by joining together with other misfit psychopaths so they can lose themselves in a frenzy of hatred where they get to play the role of righteous avengers.

Think of what they would do with real power…

And understand that they might get it. The Democrat Party is not just listening to them. It’s being transformed by them. Name the prominent Democrat politician who stood up and said, “This Covington Kid crucifixion is wrong!”

Cue the tumbleweeds…

Not one. Not one senior Democrat said that this was wrong. In fact, the big names joined in. Big Chief Lizzy tweeted about how these designated monsters from Kentucky, with their MAGA hats and audacity to march in support of their political beliefs, had disrespected a “Vietnam War veteran.” Even as this is written, and even after garbage outlets like the garbage Washington Post have had to confess their credulous reporting of Dick Blumenthal’s Saigon battle buddy’s garbage lies, Senator 1/1024th’s demonstrably false Twitter smoke signal is still up.

Think of what they would do with real power…

Do you think that a leftist Supreme Court majority won’t construe the First Amendment to exclude protection for “hate speech,” by which I mean any thoughts you might wish to express that they object to?

Do you think they won’t turn the federal bureaucracy – including law enforcement – against their political enemies a thousand times harder than before, having been rewarded for the last decade of doing so?

Do you think they won’t start tossing dissenters into prison? They do in England. You can go to jail for a tweet there – and do you think the left thinks that’s a bad thing, or a creative European innovation that needs to be imported?

How about the Second Amendment? Are you kidding? The idea that our citizenry maintains the ultimate veto over tyranny drives them bonkers.

Do you think they won’t use violence to make you conform? Hell, Democrat presidential candidate Eric Swalwell is willing to nuke you for not giving up your guns. We know that because he said so.

It’s time to stop pretending that people who hate our guts don’t hate our guts, and that given the chance they won’t act exactly like people who hate our guts would act.

The time to stop them is now, while we still can peacefully, before they quit tweeting about killing and start doing it beyond the occasional Bernie Bro at a ball field. We need to purge the weakhearts and Fredocons from positions of authority in our movement and be all-in for victory in 2020. In the meantime, we need to aggressively push our campaign to remake the courts. And it sure would not hurt to follow the Founders‘ advice to exercise our Second Amendment rights to reinforce the deterrent to tyranny that is an armed citizenry.

Just remember to smile as you fight to keep your freedom, because that shows them that they don’t get to win.

Now, if you want to see in more (action-packed and often hilarious) detail what will happen if they ever do get real power, check out my latest novel, Wildfire, and my earlier installments People’s Republic and Indian Country. Those 100 million corpses generated by socialism in the last century are not a hypothetical.

I might add that it is true in Memphis, too.

Certainly Steve Cohen hates us. He’s always one of the first to jump on the racism bandwagon to proclaim how evil and racist we all are.

So does Jim Strickland. He despises Republicans and conservatives. He didn’t hesitate to take down historical statues without even a vote. He’d like to do more and probably will if reelected.

Lee Harris? He has one aim: to advance minority causes no matter the cost nor the consequences of having inadequate people in charge of the county.
All of them would like to strike the Second Amendment from the Constitution. That would render us completely incapable of fighting back, should they impose their fascism on us.

Schlichter is, unfortunately, right. Our side is very naive and refuses to fight.

Just look at our Shelby GOP. Is there any fight there? Any strategy? Any energy?

Of Course It Was Rigged!

I don’t know a lot about football. That might disqualify me from commenting on the two games that determined the Superbowl contenders.

Contrarily, that might give me a bit of perspective not shared by fans.

When I heard about the bad calls made during the Saints game, I couldn’t help but think the game was rigged. Why would the NFL do that? How about ratings? The underdog Saints, who come from a relatively small red state, along with the Kansas City Chiefs – ditto – would not please our New York/LA masters. In their world, these are Deplorables and no one in the massive coastal cities would want to view them. That means fewer sponsors and $$.

Today there is validation to that theory in the American Thinker story by Peter Skurkiss titled “Did the NFL tinker with the Rams-Saints game?”

All the sport’s world knows by now about the game-deciding pass interference that wasn’t called against the Rams in the fading minutes of regulation time in the NFC Championship game. Come Monday, everyone admits, including a ‘contrite’ NFL, that the refs blew the call. But the League’s apology won’t send New Orleans to the Super Bowl.

The question arises: Did the refs really blow the call? To an impartial observer, there were many bad calls throughout the Saints-Rams game. Strangely, most seemed to go against New Orleans. Shouldn’t incompetence balance out? To some, this smells fishy. What possible motive would the NFL have in tilting the scales towards Los Angeles?


In the two championships games on Sunday, there was a chance the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs would prevail. This would then lead to two small market teams playing in the NFL’s yearly extravaganza event — the Super Bowl. From the League’s perspective, this would be every bad news. Far better for ratings if the massive LA market was instead involved. This is especially true since the NFL has been struggling with sagging ratings all season long.

It is also in the NFL’s interest to pump up the Rams. In recent years, LA has not been happy hunting grounds for pro football. Both the Rams and Raiders failed there. The Rams are now back for a second try with hopes that a new multi-billion-dollar stadium in 2020 will make a difference.

It is bottom line imperative for the NFL that the Rams succeed in L.A.

I’m sure this is all just wild conjecture. Inferences are just inferences, right? And Roger Goodell is a good man of honor and integrity — he’d never do something underhanded for mere ratings, would he?

No matter. The NFL has diminished itself. The question of the integrity of the game is more in doubt than ever. There is too much game-deciding subjectivity involved. And this can only get far worse as legalized sports betting is allowed in more and more states. Whether or not refs (or players) are on the take won’t matter to many. Just the possibility will poison the game for them, and they’ll stop watching. Look at what gambling did to boxing.

Does the NFL conspiracy theory hold water? Answer: Much more water than does the Trump-Russia collusion theory, and look at the legs that story has so far.

He infers that politics is involved, too, which it is. California – the way Progressives want the country to go – must be viewed as a winner, even though the state is flailing and its citizens leaving.

Then again, politics and money go hand in hand, particularly now. The NFL has already shown it doesn’t care about its fans. Look at how many have been lost over taking a knee. Why would they care about flyover country fans? They don’t.

They hope fans will once again swallow their will. Isn’t that, after all, what are DC Deep State masters do, too?

Deplorables and the Gilets Jaunes

The protests by everyday French people – calling themselves the gilets jaunes – has been widely ignored by our media. They are too busy worrying about potential thought crimes in the minds of young Catholic MAGA supporting boys.

This weekend, for example, French women joined the march. They were protesting abortion. That’s something the liberal media just can’t report. After all, it’s only knuckle dragging flyover country religious bigots who do that.

They never try to explain the issues behind the gilets jaunes. At first it was a high gas tax, but after that, not much explanation has been revealed.

This article explains a lot. It’s not just a Make America Great Again movement in our country; it’s a worldwide effort.

It is from Christophe Guilluy via Spiked-Online.com. It appeared at ZeroHedge under the headline: “The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Are Unstoppable: ‘Now, The Elites Are Afraid'”

The gilets jaunes (yellow vest) movement has rattled the French establishment. For several months, crowds ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands have been taking to the streets every weekend across the whole of France. They have had enormous success, extracting major concessions from the government. They continue to march.

Back in 2014, geographer Christopher Guilluy’s study of la France périphérique (peripheral France) caused a media sensation. It drew attention to the economic, cultural and political exclusion of the working classes, most of whom now live outside the major cities. It highlighted the conditions that would later give rise to the yellow-vest phenomenon. Guilluy has developed on these themes in his recent books, No Society and The Twilight of the Elite: Prosperity, the Periphery and the Future of France. spiked caught up with Guilluy to get his view on the causes and consequences of the yellow-vest movement.

spiked: What exactly do you mean by ‘peripheral France’?

Christophe Guilluy: ‘Peripheral France’ is about the geographic distribution of the working classes across France. Fifteen years ago, I noticed that the majority of working-class people actually live very far away from the major globalised cities – far from Paris, Lyon and Toulouse, and also very far from London and New York.

Technically, our globalised economic model performs well. It produces a lot of wealth. But it doesn’t need the majority of the population to function. It has no real need for the manual workers, labourers and even small-business owners outside of the big cities. Paris creates enough wealth for the whole of France, and London does the same in Britain. But you cannot build a society around this. The gilets jaunes is a revolt of the working classes who live in these places.

They tend to be people in work, but who don’t earn very much, between 1000€ and 2000€ per month. Some of them are very poor if they are unemployed. Others were once middle-class. What they all have in common is that they live in areas where there is hardly any work left. They know that even if they have a job today, they could lose it tomorrow and they won’t find anything else.

spiked: What is the role of culture in the yellow-vest movement?

Guilluy: Not only does peripheral France fare badly in the modern economy, it is also culturally misunderstood by the elite. The yellow-vest movement is a truly 21st-century movement in that it is cultural as well as political. Cultural validation is extremely important in our era.

One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.

The Brexit vote had a lot to do with culture, too, I think. It was more than just the question of leaving the EU. Many voters wanted to remind the political class that they exist. That’s what French people are using the gilets jaunes for – to say we exist. We are seeing the same phenomenon in populist revolts across the world.

spiked: How have the working-classes come to be excluded?

Guilluy: All the growth and dynamism is in the major cities, but people cannot just move there. The cities are inaccessible, particularly thanks to mounting housing costs. The big cities today are like medieval citadels. It is like we are going back to the city-states of the Middle Ages. Funnily enough, Paris is going to start charging people for entry, just like the excise duties you used to have to pay to enter a town in the Middle Ages.

The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.

spiked: What role has the liberal metropolitan elite played in this?

Guilluy: We have a new bourgeoisie, but because they are very cool and progressive, it creates the impression that there is no class conflict anymore. It is really difficult to oppose the hipsters when they say they care about the poor and about minorities.

But actually, they are very much complicit in relegating the working classes to the sidelines. Not only do they benefit enormously from the globalised economy, but they have also produced a dominant cultural discourse which ostracises working-class people. Think of the ‘deplorables’ evoked by Hillary Clinton. There is a similar view of the working class in France and Britain. They are looked upon as if they are some kind of Amazonian tribe. The problem for the elites is that it is a very big tribe.

The middle-class reaction to the yellow vests has been telling. Immediately, the protesters were denounced as xenophobes, anti-Semites and homophobes. The elites present themselves as anti-fascist and anti-racist but this is merely a way of defending their class interests. It is the only argument they can muster to defend their status, but it is not working anymore.

Now the elites are afraid. For the first time, there is a movement which cannot be controlled through the normal political mechanisms. The gilets jaunes didn’t emerge from the trade unions or the political parties. It cannot be stopped. There is no ‘off’ button. Either the intelligentsia will be forced to properly acknowledge the existence of these people, or they will have to opt for a kind of soft totalitarianism.

A lot has been made of the fact that the yellow vests’ demands vary a great deal. But above all, it’s a demand for democracy. Fundamentally, they are democrats – they want to be taken seriously and they want to be integrated into the economic order.

spiked: How can we begin to address these demands?

Guilluy: First of all, the bourgeoisie needs a cultural revolution, particularly in universities and in the media. They need to stop insulting the working class, to stop thinking of all the gilets jaunes as imbeciles.

Cultural respect is fundamental: there will be no economic or political integration until there is cultural integration. Then, of course, we need to think differently about the economy. That means dispensing with neoliberal dogma. We need to think beyond Paris, London and New York.

It all sounds familiar, doesn’t it? The elites find themselves in a corner and they are lashing out at middle America and middle France. They push back by name calling, but increasingly it’s not working.

The same foes are there, too: the media, universities, bureaucracy, business companies that need immigrants.

Who will win?

Bombshell Yawn

Yesterday when I got wind of the story that had all of liberal media lit – that Trump told Michael Cohen to lie – it didn’t disturb me one whit. It had a whiff of hype and hysteria that we have come to expect from them.

It was only worth a yawn. Why? If Trump stubs his toe it’s an impeachable offense to these people. Their hatred has overriden common sense. They are so used to manipulating the news that they don’t realize facts anymore.

The story just didn’t make sense. Cohen has been swinging from one side to the other. He is obviously an opportunist who only cares about his own skin. This was someone to listen to? No.

Breitbart has outlined their reasons for raising an eyebrow when the story broke. Nick Nolte writes:

Here are nine reasons to be skeptical of this report:

1. BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Is a Proven Liar

The lead reporter on the story is Jason Leopold, someone no less than Columbia Journalism Review declared a “serial fabulist.”

Hey, way to hire, Ben Smith!

2. BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Has Published Fake Bombshell Scoops Before

In 2006, Leopold shook the world with the news that Karl Rove — get this — “told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials” he would be indicted for leaking Valerie Plame’s name to the media.

Leopold assured his readers that multiple sources “confirmed Rove’s indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove’s situation.”

Of course, Rove was never indicted, nor was he responsible for the leak.

3. BuzzFeed’s Lead Reporter Had His Own Memoir Cancelled

Columbia Journalism Review:

Fast forward to March 2005, when Leopold’s memoir, Off the Record, was set to be released. In the book, according to Howard Kurtz, Leopold says that he details his own “lying, cheating and backstabbing,” and comes clean about how he got fired from the Los Angeles Times and quit Dow Jones just before they fired him because, as he said, it “Seems I got all of the facts wrong” on a story about Enron.

Rowman & Littlefield, the book’s publisher, cancelled production just before it went to press after one of the book’s sources threatened to sue. That source, Steven Maviglio, who was a spokesman for California Governor Gray Davis, said that Leopold “just got it completely wrong” when recounting how he allegedly told Leopold that he “might have broken the law by investing in energy companies using inside information.”

4. We Are Supposed to Believe Michael Cohen

Lost in all the hype over this story is the fact that the source of the allegation against Trump can only be Michael Cohen, who has already pled guilty and will be going to prison for, among other things, lying.

5. Why Would Trump Ask Cohen to Lie When Don Jr. Told the Truth?

Thanks to the media’s previous bombshell report on this very same subject, a report that proved — like all the others — to be fake news, when the president’s own son, Donald Trump Jr., testified before congress on this Russia deal, he told the truth, he told congress that this particular Russia deal stayed alive (in some nebulous form) until June of 2016.

But now we’re supposed to believe that, even though his own son told the truth, Trump still instructed Cohen to lie — to testify the Russian deal died six months earlier, in January of 2016.

Why would Trump accept all the legal and political risks of instructing his attorney to lie when his son told the truth?

This just doesn’t make sense.

In fact, the best way to get caught in a lie is to offer up competing stories.

6. Buzzfeed Reporter Admits He’s Seen No ‘Evidence Supporting Our Report’

The second reporter on the Buzzfeed story (the one who is not Stephen Glass 2.0) told the far-left CNN Friday that neither he nor Leopold have “personally” seen any evidence to back up their “bombshell” that is really fer real closing the walls in on Trump this time.

“Have you seen any of that corroborating evidence.”

“No, not personally.”

Okay, then.

UPDATE: Stop the presses! That Leopold guy is calling his reporting partner a liar. He told MSNBC he has seen documents.

Nothing juices my confidence in reporting like reporters who cannot keep their story straight.

7. Why Would Buzzfeed’s Sources Not Show Them ‘Corroborating Evidence?’

So BuzzFeed’s two deep state law enforcement sources allege there is evidence proving Trump suborned perjury — texts, emails, documents, transcripts with other witnesses within the Trump organization — but Buzzfeed’s sources didn’t bother to back up this wild claim by showing these reporters any of this?

All this proof in the form of emails and texts and no one bothers to– oh, wait…

8. Uhm, Trump Doesn’t Use Email or Texts

Trump is famous for refusing to use texts and emails. So how can the smoking guns be texts and emails?

See how none of this makes sense…

A guy who has spent his life avoiding putting anything down in writing would break that rule to obstruct justice, to commit a felony?

Other than texts and emails from Trump himself, whose texts or emails would corroborate such a thing?

9. This Is the 657th Bombshell Certain to Get Trump Impeached

Not this shit again.

From my count, this is the gabillionth time a left-wing news outlet went ahead and ran an unverified anti-Trump bombshell based on deep state sources… And let’s not forget that all the ones that came before were either eventually exposed as fake news or Nothingburgers sold as something else.

What’s more, even though the rest of the media have yet to independently corroborate the BuzzFeed report, they are still running amok with it. We now live in a media world where the guy who moderates Meet The Press is so excited he decided to light himself on fire this morning: “NBC News has not yet confirmed the Buzzfeed report. But if true — and if Mueller does have the receipts — why is this news significant?”

“If true.”

“Has not yet confirmed.”

Here’s an idea…

How about if you wake me when you have a smoking gun that is not clenched in the fist of a bitter deep stater who refuses to show that smoking gun to a “serial fabulist” working for a partisan racket like Buzzfeed?

In the meantime, ZZZZzzzzzz *snort* zzzzzzz….

Then again, the story could be true.

The media needs to go back and consider the story of the boy who cried wolf. It didn’t end so well for him.

They just don’t need to bother anymore. We Deplorables in the foxholes have gotten used to the incoming. We simply shrug anymore and go on about our business.

Every time they do this the media loses credibility and Trump gains it. He’s gone well beyond a Teflon presidency. And it’s all been applied by the media. By the time they’re finished they’ll end up canonizing him.

Is CA Demise Near?

The Flyer thinks so, or at least reporter Chris Davis does who wrote this:

On Gannett, The Commercial Appeal, and Digital First
Dead Pools & Death Stars

“I am most afraid of our important, consequential work getting upended because our business model is further disrupted.”

– Commercial Appeal managing editor Mark Russell in an interview published by Poynter.org, 1-13-2019.

“In April, The Post published the editorial headlined ‘As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved,’ calling on Alden Global Capital to sell the newspaper after it cut 30 more positions in the newsroom, leaving it at a fraction of its size just a few years ago. Then in May, three top figures at the Denver Post, including its former owner, resigned amid budget and staff cuts.”

– From an AP report about Alden-backed Digital First Media’s move to acquire The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, Gannett Co. Published 1-14-2019.

If MNG/Digital First Media successfully acquires The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, Gannett Co., it’s time to start a dead pool. Only, instead of celebrity deaths, we’ll bet on daily newspapers. Also, I’m calling first dibs: The Commercial Appeal, 2021 — RIP.

After news broke that Digital First media was making moves to acquire Gannett, many local media watchers wondered if there was any juice left to squeeze from Memphis’ already greatly diminished daily newspaper. It’s a fair question, but only a tiny piece of the bigger picture. Whether or not the CA can withstand another round of screw-tightening, the market’s certainly interested in finding out. Gannett stock rose 21 percent following the announcement and, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, this makes it harder for Gannett to, “justify turning its back on the offer,” or go forward with plans to expand its own digital footprint by purchasing Gizmodo Media (Previously Gawker Media).

Frankly, if not for Digital First’s reputation as “The Death Star of newspaper chains,” the company’s reasons for making an offer and encouraging Gannett to pursue other offers, might sound downright noble.
From the WSJ:

In the letter, Digital First accused [Gannett’s] management of poor stewardship and of damaging the company’s financial position by making several “aspirational digital deals” that haven’t paid off. It demanded that Gannett put all digital acquisitions on hold and hire bankers to review strategic alternatives.

That sounds like the Gannett we all know. But to extend the Star Wars metaphor, this isn’t Han Solo swooping in with his blaster to save the day. To borrow from Will Bunch at Philly.com:

“The dirty little secret is that DFM learned — at least for now — that it can sell longtime readers an inferior (or, to use the technical term, crappier) newspaper and only 10 percent of reach each year will cancel. Do the math, though, and it’s clear that much of America outside the biggest cities will become news deserts by the early 2020s, after Smith and his fellow hedge-funders have sucked out every last drop.”

Is Bunch being alarmist? He’s certainly not the only media watcher to sense a disturbance in the force. I caught a similar chill and the market’s positive response to the Digital First news instantly called to mind a line in James T. Hamilton’s 2003 book All The News That’s Fit to Sell. When applied to the information business, economics really earns its reputation as “the dismal science.”

Hamilton’s book is aging well. It delves into how markets shape media bias with attention paid to how little the value of well-informed communities has to do with the value of commodified media product. It more or less describes and defines the kinds of changes we’ve all observed in local media markets. It’s what happens when the public’s interest shapes public interest and profit drives all.

What happened to Alderaan can happen here.

The Digital First news took me back to that happy moment in 2018 when The Daily Memphian, a new startup, siphoned away much of the CA’s top talent, effectively cloning the ailing Gannett property in a locally owned but digital-only environment. Most media consumers cheered, but I went full Cassandra on social media and any excitement generated by the prospect of a new information startup was dampened by the sense that we’d now crossed some kind of risk threshold. Every media startup’s a dicey proposition; now the Gannett-damaged CA had been cut in half — its talent gutted by a digital twin with good intentions. The idea of having no daily non-broadcast news source in Memphis within the next decade had to be seriously entertained.

In spite of recent and well-justified optimism, I once again submit my modest observation: The sky is falling. Maybe not for everybody and maybe not right now. But someday and soon and as reported elsewhere, there are no good guys in this deal. But if Digital First takes Gannett there won’t be a Commercial Appeal in 2022.

Write it down.

Another Take on SCOTUS Case

The Daily Memphian reported this on the SCOTUS arguments concerning Midtown’s Kimbrough Liquors:

ennessee’s liquor lobby squared off against mom-and-pop liquor store operators from Midtown Memphis and a national chain Wednesday in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association argued Tennessee is well within its rights to require store operators to be longtime Tennessee residents, while lawyers for Total Wine & Spirits and Kimbrough Fine Wine & Spirits argued the rule is blatantly unconstitutional.

Justices alluded to the case possibly having broader, perhaps Amazonian implications, as Total Wine’s lawyer argued the Tennessee law should be struck down as pure economic protectionism.

“The sole purpose of this statute was, as my friend here who represents the retailers association proves beyond any question, what this is designed to do is be exclusively protectionist,” said Carter Phillips, representing Total Wine, a national retailer, and Kimbrough owners Doug and Mary Ketchum. Phillips argued the law runs counter to Commerce Clause protections against state laws suppressing interstate commerce.

But attorneys for the retailers association and the state of Illinois argued store owners hadn’t proven a case that the Commerce Clause trumps a state’s right to regulate the liquor industry under the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition.

“The statute here, Your Honor, goes to the question of who can sell to whom and on what terms,” said Illinois solicitor general David L. Franklin. “That’s always been at the heartland of what the 21st Amendment was meant to protect, the state’s ability to structure the intrastate sale of its product.”

Michael Bindas, senior counsel for the Institute for Justice, which represents the Ketchums, said later, “We’re very confident that the Supreme Court is going to hold that Tennessee’s discriminatory residency requirements are unconstitutional.”

“As Justice (Elena) Kagan pointed out, if you accept that the state can pass these kinds of laws to protect in-state interests, then the sky’s the limit, the state can do whatever it wants. I don’t think the court is willing to accept that argument,” Bindas said.

Mary Ketchum agreed. “Oh yeah, we won. I hate to be so … but I’m pretty sure. Doug and I both agreed, we’re not lawyers, but we agreed we’d be really surprised if they kept any kind of residency requirement at all.”

Phillips, the store owners’ lawyer, made a point of lack of participation in the case by Tennessee’s attorney general. The case revolves around the state law’s residency requirement for retail liquor store licenses. Tennessee officials didn’t file a brief in the case.

The law says a person must live in Tennessee two years to initially receive a liquor store license and 10 years to renew the license. Because a license is good for one year, it effectively means a person must live in Tennessee nine years to own and operate a liquor store on a continuing basis.

The Ketchums moved from Utah in 2016 to buy the 80-year-old Kimbrough store at 1483 Union, but found themselves at the center of a legal controversy over the residency rule. They got their license, as did Total Wine for a Knoxville superstore, after a federal court in Nashville ruled the residency rule unconstitutional.

The association, representing more than 500 independent store owners, has led appeals of the lower court rulings.

The stakes are high for the Ketchums. They could lose their store, purchased with their life savings, if the ruling goes against them. Bindas said it could be a couple of months before the Supreme Court rules.

“We’re mostly just happy that a majority of this is all done,” Mary Ketchum said. “Right now, it’s in the justices’ hands and they get to decide what they want to do. We can just let it go and try to move on.”

The Ketchums traveled to Washington with their daughter, Stacie, who has cerebral palsy, and whose health challenges motivated their decision to move to Memphis from Salt Lake City and buy a business.

Observers have said the case could lead to further expansion for Total Wine, which operates megastores in multiple states, and entry into the market by companies such as Amazon.

The oral arguments at times led to laughter in the high court chamber, such as when Justice Samuel Alito commented, when questioning the association’s attorney, “Suppose if it was … a grandparents requirement. So you can’t — you can’t get a liquor license in Tennessee unless your grandparents were Tennessee residents. That would not create a dormant Commerce Clause problem?”

Shay Dvoretzky, representing Total Wine, said it wouldn’t be an interstate commerce problem because the 21st Amendment enshrined the states’ pre-Prohibition powers to regulate liquor, “which included the power to discriminate against out-of-state interests.”

Justice Stephen Breyer said suppose Tennessee had a law that “any liquor store has to use paint made in Tennessee, asphalt made in Tennessee for the parking lot, neon — you know, I can go on?”

Justices questioned the liquor stores’ lawyer about where the challenges of state liquor regulations would end.

“Isn’t the next business model just to try and operate as the Amazon of liquor?” asked Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Phillips said, “No, Amazon wants to operate … as the Amazon of liquor or may at some point. No, my client operates on a more brick-and-mortar business model that says we’re perfectly comfortable operating within the sphere of regulation that the state imposes on in-state operator(s). And all we are seeking to have is not to be discriminated against.”

Dvoretzky said residency rules help states better police the industry. “It facilitates investigation and enforcement of the law because somebody who’s been there for a while is more likely to have substantial assets that can be enforced — that can be seized, and is less likely to flee at the first sign of trouble,” he argued.

Phillips said Total Wine “would regard ourselves as an in-state retailer within the meaning of that. We have satisfied every condition necessary to … operate in state, with a presence in state of a very large facility that can be examined, can be determined to be in compliance, can satisfy every single one of the state’s vast requirements.”