"Trump has no clue." -- Vice President Joe Biden
"We don't look to be ruled." -- President Barack Obama
"The Republican National Convention was full of pessimism and scare tactics!"
-- every other DEM and MSM advocate
I think my irony meter just wore out. Don't worry; I can get it repaired (again).
Thursday, July 21, 2016
It already has more than 110,000 views in under 24 hours, but check out this video of what went down when a crew from The Daily Show attempted an ambush interview with one of the attendees of Milo Yiannopoulos's Gays for Trump party at the RNC on Tuesday night.
As many (but not enough) people are aware. TDS has, for years, recorded interviews with organization leaders, politicians, and Just Plain Folk, only to edit footage in a blatantly deceptive fashion, so as to make the subject appear clueless, hypocritical, or just plain evil.
Fortunately, while speaking on his phone, Joel B. Pollak of Breitbart.com viewed the exchange about to take place, and ended the call so that he could use the phone to record what was about to take place. Well, as you can see, that did not sit well with The Daily Show's crew. Having someone record with the ability to have what is said in its entirety online after or maybe even before TDS's editors get their hands on it would greatly hamper their ability to make this person look like a buffoon! Can't have that! So these snot-noses actually tried to tell Pollak that he could watch the interview but not record it. Pollak refused to turn his phone off, while the crew became gradually more annoyed and frustrated. Notice that, when Pollak airs out his suspicion that they're out to ambush people, they don't deny it, and later can say only that all shows engage in editing -- which is true, but editing for brevity is not the same thing as setting out to make people look foolish/racist/____phobic. Once they see they can't record without being recorded themselves, Trevor Noah's goons skulk (and sulk) away.
I've become saddened to see what Breitbart.com has become in recent years, such as bashing any Republican candidate not named "Trump," but I'm all with Joel here. Stay tuned for a Milo post...
Friday, July 15, 2016
The horrific events seem to be coming at a faster pace than ever before. Just when it's almost time to raise the flags from their half-mast-for-Orlando position, we have Dallas (on the heels of another controversial killing in Louisiana, immediately followed by another in Minnesota). Funerals are taking place for the five police officers, and then France is struck again, this time in Nice. (And -- oh, yeah -- there was Istanbul, although I notice with a decent amount of discomfort that Americans seem to notice terrorism more when it strikes North America or Western Europe, rather than Eastern Europe or the Middle East.) Did I leave any out? I'm sure I did.
We now have more names and more incidents to discuss, and I think the rate of violence (or perhaps a similar rate, but more publicized and broadcast than ever before) has caused Americans to adopt a lazy, binary approach. For example, Michael Brown has been compared far too many times with Emmett Till. And once is too many times. Let's review. Emmett Till was an African-American boy who was lynched in the 1950s after he flirted with a white woman. Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, violently shook the proprietor, resisted arrest when approached by police, tried to grab a police officer's gun, and was shot and killed. His death is a tragedy, but it is absolutely incomparable to what happened to Till.
And yet I keep hearing a list of names rattled off with suggested equivalence. One person said, "Trayvon Martin is Michael Brown is Eric Garner is Sandra Bland is Freddie Gray is..." and so forth.
But this isn't remotely true. Every one of these high-profile cases is unique. I see a lot of lumping going on, as if in every case we must either condemn or exonerate the police officer(s) involved. In the most recent ones, yes, the police seem to be overstepping their bounds, but not in every single violent encounter that has taken place. And yet, there's a knee-jerk tendency by some to assume the worst of the police, whereas in others there's just as instinctive an assumption that some punk had it coming.
I can't shake this feeling that we used to wait a little longer before passing judgment, but not in this age in which cell-phone video of any incident is uploaded within sixty seconds and seen halfway around the world before the blood on the pavement has dried. In some ways, that's a good thing; it makes footage less vulnerable to editing. But it also sets off firestorms before we're even able to piece together what has happened.