Don’t talk to the media, part 46,567

No matter how smart you are, no matter how nice and sympathetic the reporter seems, no matter how interesting your side of the story is, never forget that the deck is completely stacked against you, as a friend of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh was reminded in 2018:

This kind of appreciation for the skill of your enemy is essential to dealing with atheist materialists, whether in the old Soviet Union or in the modern media. Sure, the press is filled with people who are incompetent and make unbelievable mistakes. You and I might consider the MSM something of a joke. But don’t be fooled. In the midst of the mediocrities, you’ll also find experts and fanatics. You’ll meet people schooled in opposition research, psychological warfare and emotional manipulation.

You don’t have to like these facts. (In fact, you shouldn’t.) But you must respect reality. The reporter who has just called you with a list of personal questions might be a goofball — or a trained and skilled interrogator. Assume, to be on the safe side, that he is very likely a deeply damaged, ideologically obsessed and angry human being. One who cares nothing about you, fairness, or even your life. Just like the Russians who tortured Fr. Ciszek.

The Story Was Written Before They Even Contacted You

Every person who comes into the media’s crosshairs should understand this. Nothing you say or do is going to change the story they are going to write. Indeed, the story was written before they even contacted you. They will falsify quotes and leave out facts. They often have reams of opposition research (ugly tales about you) at the ready. If so, they will slowly dole it out to set up and trick a naïve subject.

To echo Fr. Ciszek: They are relentless, they are thorough, and they are good at their trade. Acknowledging this and not expecting fair or decent treatment will leave you more prepared than most. To become hysterical, or to even talk to them, is to play into their hands. Treat them the way surfers treat sharks — as a deadly adversary that should never be underestimated. I have been a reporter for some many years myself, and I have done a lot of reading on communism from The Gulag Archipelago to China’s Cultural Revolution. So after I hung up with Farrow, I knew exactly what was happening. I had been set up, and it had been a long time in the making. 

That’s the key to truly comprehending why you cannot talk to the media. Never talk to the media. The story is already written. Even those who are ex-media experts, such as Pax Dickenson and me, only talk to the media in very rare and particular circumstances when we know we can undermine the pre-written story. But most people haven’t worked in media for over a decade – remember, I was on the board of a television station in addition to having 19 years of experience as a local columnist (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Atlanta Journal/Constitution), as a nationally syndicated columnist (Chronicle Features, Universal Press Syndicate), and as a magazine contributor (Computer Gaming World, Electronic Entertainment) – and therefore have no idea what the pre-written story is or how it can be, in certain circumstances, undermined.

UPDATE: To be clear, Do Not Talk To The Media also means Do Not Respond To Media Requests. Don’t politely decline. Don’t obscenely decline. Don’t write a wall of text explaining your Very Important Personal Media Policy. Ignore it and delete the email, because they can and will attempt to use anything you send them. Just ask Milo….

He’s not listening

To the lawyers, the conceders, and the graceful-defeaters:

Big news coming out of Pennsylvania. Very big illegal ballot drop that cannot be accounted for. Rigged Election!

I expect regular releases of fraud-related news that will become increasingly difficult for the media to minimize and deny. This is analogous to a pre-assault artillery bombardment intended to weaken the enemy defenses.

The narrative shifts

The media appears to have concluded that the social pressure campaign against the president has failed. From Business Insider:

Trump has threatened not to leave the White House on Inauguration Day, report says

This appears to mark an important shift in the narrative. Now the media is no longer focused on trying to legitimize the Biden charade, but is attempting to preemptively delegitimize President Trump’s metaphorical crossing of the Rubicon, which would be marked by the president’s invocation of the Insurrection Act and Executive Order 13848.

OANN stands strong, DNI report delayed

Fox News is already dead. It may not have stopped moving yet, but it’s dead. They owned 60 percent of the news market, but they cucked so severely that no one will ever trust them again.

One America News will not recognize Biden as the President-elect as all of our investigations indicate there was fraud in voting. There will be no decision until Jan. 6, 2021.

– Robert Herring, CEO, OANN

UPDATE: The much-awaited DNI report is delayed, but foreign interference has reportedly been confirmed in it.

Amanda Schoch, ODNI Director of Strategic Communications: “This afternoon the DNI was notified by career intelligence officials that the Intelligence Community will not meet the December 18 deadline, set by Executive Order and Congress to submit the IC’s classified assessment on foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. elections. The IC has received relevant reporting since the election and a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product.”

It’s not like the CIA has ever obeyed the President or Congress before. One wonders what they’re so desperately trying to explain away. Regardless, this won’t have any effect on the eventual outcome. 

Magic Dirt: a correction

Unlike Nature, The New York Times, and many other publications, The Other McCain doesn’t hesitate to correct his neologistic history in his article on Planners and Their Plans:

CORRECTION: “Magic Dirt Theory” is a phrase coined by Vox Day, specifically referring to the belief of open-borders enthusiasts “that all immigrants will magically become Real Americans, real life nephews of their Uncle Sam, reborn on the Fourth of July by virtue of geographical relocation, thereby instantly negating of all of their racial, ethnic, religious, political, and cultural traditions.”

While I’ve never been concerned with conceptual credit, I do understand that the assiduous avoidance of properly crediting me and other dangerous badthinkers by the mainstream media is part and parcel of their attempt to render us invisible to the mainstream. While they can’t stop the stronger ideas from eventually percolating through into the culture, they can at least prevent us from being anointed Important Public Intellectuals in favor of lesser thinkers like the laughable Richard Dawkins, the lunatic occultist Jordan Peterson, and the utterly unoriginal propagandist Ben Shapiro, to say nothing of the diverse nonentities who can barely construct a coherent sentence in the process of regurgitating the latest social justice pieties.

That’s why corrections like Robert McCain’s are important, and why it is a good idea to call out mistaken and omitted attributions. Because these mis- and non-attributions are simply another form of media gatekeeping.

When one contemplates how my historical argument contra the atheist meme “religion causes war” destroyed it to the extent that virtually no one even tries to appeal to that once-popular argument pushed by Messrs. Harris and Dawkins anymore, one can perhaps begin to understand why the intellectual gatekeeping is so assiduous. But the truth has a way of routing around its would-be imprisoners; with zero advertising, zero social media presence, and the full weight of Big Tech thrown against it, this blog nevertheless had 5.7 million pageviews last month and is currently on track for 7 million more in December.

UPDATE: “The Republican Party is now the Magic Dirt party.” – Neon Revolt

Project Veritas busts CNN

 James O’Keefe has done it again:

CNN has reported Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe to police over his latest undercover investigation in which he secretly recorded network president Jeff Zucker’s morning conference calls ‘for months.’  

O’Keefe, 36, on Tuesday announced he was releasing audio recordings of several network meetings which he claims will ‘expose’ Zucker and other CNN executives expressing their ‘political biases’. 

The calls O’Keefe had been listening to over two months are the network’s daily 9am editorial meeting with senior staff from CNN’s main bureaus, which is run by Zucker. 

The move by Project Veritas is the latest sting operation orchestrated against the news station by the conservative operative who has long-targeted CNN over claims of liberal and anti-Trump bias.

I don’t think the police will be particularly interested, given the laws that govern phone call recordings. Project Veritas is based in New York and CNN is based in Georgia. And it’s not an illegal wiretap to dial in to a conference call with the correct access code.

  • New York’s wiretapping law is a “one-party consent” law. New York makes it a crime to record to record or eavesdrop on an in-person or telephone conversation unless one party to the conversation consents. 
  • Georgia’s wiretapping law is a “one-party consent” law for purposes of making audio recordings of conversations. 
Unless O’Keefe kidnapped a CNN employee and drove him across state lines before torturing him to get the access code to the daily call out of him, it’s unlikely that any crimes were committed.

Wikipedia is not science

Forget science. The Covid lockdowns aren’t even based on reliable news sources:

No10’s scientific advisers relied on dubious data from Wikipedia to help steer Britain through the spring’s coronavirus crisis and wrongly predicted the peak of the first wave by two months, an explosive new documentary has claimed.   

Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) admitted early virus modelling was based on unverified figures from the online encyclopedia, which can be edited and managed by members of the public. 

Tory MP Steve Baker, who has refused to support the Prime Minister’s second lockdown, told MailOnline: ‘Some of those claiming to be “following the science” seem not to understand the meaning of the word.

‘SAGE has been put on a pedestal as if they are able to produce a single version of the truth. It’s not possible.

‘We were given terrifying 500,000 death figures predicted by modelling that was completely flawed and scientists will no longer defend them. It was the same with NHS overcrowding figures – and yet that hasn’t happened.

‘We cannot go on like this any longer. The public deserve better than this. We cannot go on with public policy based on models that clearly didn’t reflect reality’.

One prominent Oxford University scientist told MailOnline using Wikipedia to guide Britain through the crisis was ‘absolutely unacceptable’, describing it as a ‘damning reflection of our lack of preparedness’.   

It is beginning to become apparent that not even the Covid-19 conspiracy theorists theorized imaginatively enough. I never thought the science behind the Western lockdowns was sound, but I would have thought they could have found a better excuse than freaking Wikipedia.

Not unlike the fake results of the U.S. presidential election, Covid lockdowns are little more than the result of a social media-created mirage.

Amended claims are not withdrawn

The Washington Post’s mischaracterization of the PA litigation is so wildly off-base as to be almost guaranteed to be wilfully and knowingly dishonest:

On Sunday night, the Washington Post ran a complete mischaracterization of the Trump campaign’s litigation in Pennsylvania, erroneously claiming the campaign had dropped the claim of nearly 700,000 ballots processed illegally and in secret. The campaign did no such thing. In fact, because of a Friday ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in an unrelated case, the campaign strategically decided to restructure its lawsuit to rely on claims of violations of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The claim that 682,479 ballots were improperly processed and counted is still very much part of the suit.

Paragraph 4 of the amended filing reads: “Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties alone received and processed 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots without review by the political parties and candidates. These are unprecedented numbers in Pennsylvania’s elections history. Rather than engaging in an open and transparent process to give credibility to Pennsylvania’s brand-new voting system, the processes were hidden during the receipt, review, opening, and tabulation of those 682,479 votes.” See also paragraphs 132-150.

References to the improperly counted ballots are repeated throughout the filing, with paragraph 150 specifically stating that all factual allegations in the preceding paragraphs are incorporated within the Equal Protection claim.

“We are still arguing that 682,479 ballots were counted illegally, in secret,” said Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director. “Our poll watchers were denied meaningful access to watch the vote counting and we still incorporate that claim in our complaint. Unfortunately, fake news activists rushed to print their clickbait headlines, apparently without even reading the lawsuit. That’s lazy journalism at best, but more likely intentionally misleading.”

Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Trump and coordinator of the campaign’s legal strategy, said, “It’s routine for attorneys to file amended complaints to tighten the claims. We simplified the suit so it is more focused and narrowed. This is part of the process. Clearly the reporters at Washington Post have a reading deficit.”

To claim that an amended claim is withdrawn is not merely dishonest, it’s borderline retarded. As a general rule, claimants amend their claims to strengthen them. If the claims were being withdrawn, that would usually be the result of the entire case being withdrawn.