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… I remember seeing pretty women on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue.
The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board that has only three answers, no matter what the question. The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech and stricter gun control.
As I expected, a substantial chunk of the Main Stream Media is not taking Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter very well. This is particularly true of folks at media companies owned by billionaires such as WaPo.
This headline from the NYT probably sums up the Main Stream Media’s reaction—Twitter Under Elon Musk Will Be a Scary Place.
Indeed, it likely would be scary for them to have to compete with uncensored reporting of Facts that contradict The Narrative.
That’s what Elon Musk is promising, but the deal hasn’t finally closed, and we haven’t seen how much change will come or how quickly.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to those changes, and I will wait to see them before I make changes of my own. Come back around midnight to read a bit more.
As CNN+ bites the dust, …Of course, they can always learn to code. I learned Fortran when I was a teenager and several other programming languages since then. These days, most coding is done with a keyboard, but I’ve found another tool useful for some forms of communication.OK, at least one of the Gentle Readers is going point out that manual telegraphy is as slow, essentially obsolete form of communications. That’s true, but Morse code still can deliver truthful information faster than CNN+ ever has. That’s why it will still be in use next month.
As my podcasting partner Stacy McCain has noted, Netflix shares are down over 60 % so far this year.
And now, Warner’s is pulling the plug on CNN+.
UPDATE—Disney stock has set a 52-week low.
Hogewash! isn’t an anonymous blog. When I started blogging in 2011, I had a discussion with the late Mrs. Hoge about whether the blog should be anonymous. I wasn’t looking for controversy, but I didn’t want her involuntarily sucked into any unpleasantness that might come along. She thought that I should blog using my real name. She even suggest the blog’s name, one that’s pretty hard for me to use anonymously, and she never expressed any regret for her advice.
If you click on the DMCA Contact tab in the menu, you can find my home address and cell phone number. I’m undoxable.
I do have some noms de cyber—for example, I’m @JohnnyAtsign on Twitter—but the vast bulk of my Internet scribblings are openly tagged with my real name.
OTOH, I understand not everyone can safely be as open as I can, so I allow anonymous comments here so long as they don’t involve the use of someone else’s identity and meet the other requirements laid out in The Fine Print.
The recent doxxing of @libsoftiktok by Taylor Lorenz and WaPo was pure cyberthuggery, and the flat out lying about having posted their victim’s personal information is shameful.
But I doubt they feel any shame. Oh, I’m sure they’re displeased with being ratioed on Twitter when they tried to first defend and then deny the doxxing. Discomfort, yes. Shame, no. Next, they’ll move on to claiming that they’re the victims and go on to more thuggery.
Democracy Dies in Derpness™
A hot project at work kept me away from the Interwebz all day. I missed Elon Musk’s offer to buy Twitter and the ensuing panic that a billionaire might take control of a means of mass communication. I found this oped … um … interesting.
I wonder what Jeff Bezos, the owner of WaPo, thinks about billionaire ownership of mass media. Actually, I don’t wonder at all about how he feels.
Democracy Dies in Derpness™.
… and WaPo has got the message. They’ve joined in reporting more or less truthfully on Hunter’s laptop. So have CNN, Politico, The Hill, and NBC News.
Isikoff says he didn’t see this coming.That implies that he’s no longer on the inside of the Media Deep State Complex.
It’s clear the reason a grand jury has been kept in business investigating Hunter Biden is to provide an indictment if The Big Guy becomes too much of a liability. Given the failures over the past 15 months, it’s not surprising that the battle space is being prepared for a change.
The New York Times is reporting that Hunter’s laptop isn’t Russian disinformation after all.
However, Twitter Safety was provided with the Narrative Change Notice in advance, and there is no indication that the NYT will be banned as the NYPost was in 2020.
This has turned up on Teh Twitterz—The Gentle Reader may remember that Ms. Chalupa is a Democrat operative who worked with her contacts in the previous Ukrainian regime in 2016 to oppose the election of Donald Trump. Real Clear Investiagations reports:
Former DNC contractor and opposition researcher Alexandra “Ali” Chalupa not only worked closely with the Ukrainian Embassy and Clinton campaign, trading dirt on Manafort and Trump, but also Congress and the Obama White House, State Department and even the FBI.
Chalupa appears connected to the anti-Trump conspiracy plot Special Counsel John Durham is investigating, according to sources familiar with his probe. She is a material witness at least, but it is not known if she has been interviewed by his investigators.
Ms. Chalupa was part of a propaganda operation that failed. Perhaps she is jealous of Tucker Carlson’s success in presenting views she opposes.
That was Harding’s successful campaign slogan in 1920. He was running in a country turned upside-down by the Wilson’s wartime proto-Fascist government. Wilson, who was no friend of the Constitution, had stuck the government’s nose into too many corners of American life, and the people pushed back against his overreach.
I’ve been writing about the overreach the Democrats have been engaging in since the 2020 election. They’ve sought to impose abnormality on the public, and the public is starting to push back. And the trigger seems to have been what is happening to kids while they are in school.
Forced cosmetic masking and coverups of crimes against students were issues that swayed the election in Virginia last year. Racist propaganda in the form of so-called Critical Race Theory, inappropriate sexual topics in kindergarten, and hidden efforts to promote and enable “gender” transitions have sent parent lobbying at state legislatures this year.
For the most part, it seems their pushback is winning. Several states have outlawed teaching racism. This week, Florida passed a ban on inappropriate class related to sexuality.
Of course, the media and the Democrats (BIRM) are howling, and it looks as if many of them are willing to go into this November’s elections without letting go of their overreach.
Meanwhile, the public is beginning to notice that inflation is at its highest in over 40 years, that the world is tending toward WW3, and that they can’t afford to buy $55k EVs. Things are about to get uglier.
В «Правде» нет известий, в «Известиях» нет правды. There is no news in Pravda and no truth in Izvestia.
—Soviet-Era Russian Saying
Has the CBC been made part of the Ministry of Truth?“Experts say.” Which experts? The lexicographers working on the next edition of the Newspeak dictionary?
It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well. … Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
Also I think the difference between a conspiracy theory and an announced fact is down to 2 weeks.
The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got used to it.
—H L Mencken
Sacrificing good men to journalism is like sending William Faulkner to work for Time magazine.
—Hunter S. Thompson
Jonathan Swift, call your office.
Bernie Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper the following on “State of the Union” last Sunday—
I hope that we will bring a strong bill to the floor of the Senate as soon as we can and let Mr. Manchin explain to the people of West Virginia why he doesn’t have the guts to stand up to the powerful special interests.
What Bernie misses is that the special interest group whose interest Joe Manchin is protecting is the voters of West Virginia—and that what he’s protecting is his constituents desire to keep their state’s sovereignty and its republican form of government as guaranteed by the Constitution. I’ll bet Joe Manchin is looking forward to explain to the people of West Virginia how he’s been standing up for their special interests.
Politico reports that early polling gives Donald Trump the edge over Joe Xiden in a 2024 rematch.
Well, duh, Xiden’s approval is almost as low as it deserves to be. Buyer’s remorse has surely set in. Indeed, I’d be surprised by any polling that showed Xiden ahead of any of the potential candidates now on the radar. No, strike that. Xiden might poll better than Kamala Harris. Baring a miracle, he’s toast. No polling is required to see that.
However, there’s almost a year to go before the mid term elections. I concentrate on them for now.
Yesterday, a person who claimed to be a producer for NBC News working under the supervision of someone with MSNBC in New York was caught tailing the bus taking the Rittenhouse jury from the courthouse to their secret parking area. Today, Judge Schroeder banned anyone associated with MSNBC from entering the courthouse for the remainder of the trial. The judge also said—
This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury bus–that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.
Certainly, the threat of doxing jurors could be considered a form of jury tampering. However, the prosecutor who would normally handle the case is the prosecutor trying to convict Kyle Rittenhouse and who has a potential interest in an unfair verdict. It will be interesting to see to whom the judge refers the matter.
I’m not making this up, you know!
Congressman Devin Nunes has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazine Media for publishing an allegedly false story about a farm operated by his family. The district court dismissed the suit, but the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has reinstated two of the claims—one related to Lizza’s republishing the story on Twitter and the other about an alleged conspiracy between Lizza and Hearst.
This one should be worth watching.