Alas, it seems my favorite SJW doesn’t understand how Twitter works.It Twitter had an IQ filter set for a lower limit at around 90, it’s traffic would plummet, something an advertising-based service can’t afford. She’ll just have to deal with the capitalist reality of the situation.
Q What do all these have in common: The Washington Post, The New York Times, Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN), The Guardian, National Public Radio, TMZ, Atlantic Media Inc.,Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., Diocese of Covington, Diocese of Lexington, Archdiocese of Louisville, Diocese of Baltimore, Ana Cabrera, Sara Sidner, Erin Burnett, S.E. Cupp, Elliot C. McLaughlin, Amanda Watts, Emanuella Grinberg, Michelle Boorstein, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Antonio Olivo, Joe Heim, Michael E. Miller, Eli Rosenberg, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Kristine Phillips, Sarah Mervosh, Emily S. Rueb, Maggie Haberman, David Brooks, Shannon Doyne, Kurt Eichenwald, Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie, Joy Reid, Chuck Todd, Noah Berlatsky, Elisha Fieldstadt, Eun Kyung Kim, HBO, Bill Maher, Warner Media, Conde Nast, GQ, Heavy.com, The Hill, The Atlantic, Bustle.com, Ilhan Omar, Elizabeth Warren, Kathy Griffin, Alyssa Milano, and Jim Carrey?
A It is reported that one of these has been set to each of them—
Of course, The Truth is a defense to a defamation claim.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
One of the complaints from the Left about the Right’s seizing and pouncing on Democrat’s gaffes is that the Right is manufacturing outrage about anti-semitism or economic derpness or abortion/infanticide. OK, but to the extent that any outrage was manufactured the process involved telling the truth about what was actually said or done by Democrats.
OTOH, the outrage stirred up against the Covington kids was based on lies.
I believe the Gentle Reader can readily sort out the intrinsic difference between the two approaches.
After seeing several comments on the Interwebz about how the Right was “pouncing” on the errors made in the misreporting of the Covington Kids harassment story, I clicked on the Dictionary widget on my Mac and found this as part of the definition of pounce—
notice and take swift and eager advantage of a mistake, remark, or sign of weakness: reporters who are just as eager to pounce on a gaffe as on a significant news story.
Well, I suppose we are taking advantage of the Left’s mistake. Their whole pitch was based on lies. It was their drummer who invaded someone else’s space. It was their “elder” who tried to provoke children, and it was they who cyberabused the youngsters. And it was their “elder” who may not be a respectable veteran, but a liar who misrepresented a military service record that appears to include stateside AWOL rather than service overseas.
Yeah, we pounced on that, and in the process, turned the Left’s fake news gaffe into a significant real news story.
I hope Film Ladd is correct, at least about the firings. In the case of lawsuits, the process is the punishment, and it can punish both sides. It would be better for the media companies involved to offer generous settlements to the children they appear to have victimized and keep the matter out of court.
However, the individual Twitter thugs shouldn’t be left unaccountable for their cyberbullying. The question remains of how to make a public example of them sufficient to deter such acts in the future.
Public shaming? One massive lawsuit against hundreds or thousands of defendants alleging that they are jointly and severally liable for the incitement to violence?
Alea iacta est.
My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up at The Other McCain about a nice turn of events for the Southern Poverty Law Center and one of its lawyers. The SPLC is facing yet another lawsuit that seeks to hold it accountable for lying. As part of his post, Stacy briefly describes that organizations foolish attempt to paint him as a white supremacist.
Over the years, the SPLC’s smear against me has been endlessly recycled, despite its self-evident falsehood. Anyone who actually knows me knows that I am not a “white supremacist,” and if I were concealing a crypto-Nazi agenda, you might think there would be substantial evidence of this. The paucity of evidence — beyond guilt-by-association smears and what I’ve called the “Ransom Note Method” of assembling parts of disparate statements to create a sort of word-collage — is particularly remarkable, given that I’ve been an independent blogger for 11 years now. How can anyone believe that it is my desire to incite hatred or advocate racial oppression, when I’ve published so many thousands of posts here, with no editor to filter my entirely candid expressions, but never once written anything that would justify the “white supremacist” label?
Read the whole thing.
One rather dangerous trend over the past year or so has been the reliance on the SPLC by certain tech and social media companies for advice on determining who should be allowed on their platforms. We can hope that the truth will catch up to them before too much damage is done.
Oh, one more thing …
Writing this post reminded me of a failed attempt by a SJW to use the SPLC to go after a blogger. When Brett Kimberlin sued Aaron Walker, Ali Akbar, Stacy McCain, and me, he made the mistake of calling us as his witnesses. BTW, Eric Johnson, the judge presiding in the trial, is black.
Q: So do you know what the Southern Poverty Law Center is?
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection Your Honor.
THE COURT: What does the Southern Poverty Law Center have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Well Mr. McCain has —
THE COURT: The Southern Poverty Law Center, what does that have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Mr. McCain is considered a neo-confederate — is one —
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Well —
MR. KIMBERLIN: And the Southern Poverty Law Center —
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Hold on a second. Counsel I appreciate you objecting to my question but I’m not going to overrule myself. That’s not something I do. So what does the Southern Poverty Law Center have to do with this case? I’m not asking you about Mr. McCain, I’m asking you about why are you asking him about the Southern Poverty Law Center?
MR. KIMBERLIN: I’m asking him the Southern Poverty Law Center is the leading, one of the leading civil rights organizations in the —
THE COURT: I understand all of that but what does it have to do with this case?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Because —
THE COURT: And the claim that you are making against these gentlemen?
MR. KIMBERLIN: Because Southern Poverty Law Center regularly outs racists –
MR. OSTRONIC: Objection.
THE COURT: So what if they do. What does that have to do with this case? This case isn’t about racists or racism.
MR. KIMBERLIN: It’s about hate. It’s about hate. These people hate me and they do anything to destroy me.
THE COURT: Well but why are you asking this witness about the Southern Poverty Law Center? First of all he couldn’t testify as to anything they said or did because it wouldn’t be an exception to any hearsay rule. So you would never be able to get that in evidence anyway.
MR. KIMBERLIN: All right.
BY MR. KIMBERLIN:
THE COURT: Your objection’s sustained.
BY MR. KIMBERLIN:
Q: Mr. McCain, do you have a blog?
The direct examination of the witness went downhill for the plaintiff from there.
She Guevara tweeted this—I was going to write a post discussing her tweet, but Andrew Klavan has a tweet that sums up my views more succinctly.I’ll simply add that Joseph had to briefly take his family beyond Herod’s reach, but after Herod died, the family was able to quickly return to Judea for Mary’s purification sacrifice at the Temple (on the 40th day following the birth) and then go home to Nazareth. They were not immigrants seeking long-term refuge in a foreign land.