Willful blindness and hypocrisy: WaPo; Nigerian immigrant combines radical chic with food shaming.

From Washington Post, a most hypocritical example of the pot calling the kettle biased: “…..let’s talk about the overall problem of Fox News, which started out with bad intentions in 1996 and has swiftly devolved into what often amounts to a propaganda network for a dishonest president and his allies. The network, which attracts more viewers than its two major competitors, specializes in fearmongering and unrelenting alarmism.” That’s the real problem for WaPo, jealousy over the popularity of Fox. Gee, I wonder why it’s popular?

Their hypocrisy continues: “At crucial times, it does not observe basic standards of journalistic practice: as with its eventually retracted, false reporting in 2017 on Seth Rich, which fueled conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton had the former Democratic National Committee staffer killed because he was a source of campaign leaks. Others took it a step further, saying that Democrats are running scared. And President Trump, predictably, vowed retribution in an overheated tweet. Given First Amendment protections, Fox News can do pretty much what it wants on the air. It can shrug at Hannity’s excesses. It can allow Tucker Carson’s misleading rants on immigrants and crime. It can constantly undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Trump.”

“DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced that Fox wouldn’t be chosen as one of the hosts of the Democratic primary debates. This was a mild, reasonable step that recognizes the reality that Fox News shouldn’t be treated as an honest broker of political news. It was not censorship as some bizarrely claimed, merely a decision not to enter into a business relationship. Some of the reactions, though, missed the point spectacularly. What Fox News has become is destructive. To state the obvious: Democracy, if it’s going to function, needs to be based on a shared set of facts, and the news media’s role is to seek out and deliver those facts. Most news organizations take that seriously, though they may flounder badly at times. When they do, they generally try to correct themselves — that’s why you see editor’s notes, lengthy corrections, on-air acknowledgments, suspensions and even firings of errant news people.Does anyone remember WaPo’s unseemly haste to be early and harsh in condemning the Kovington Katholic Kids, especially Nick Sandmann, whose lawyers are suing WaPo and other leftward propaganda pseudonews, and then, when everyone in the world it seemed realized that they got it totally wrong, how long it took them to issue a watered down pseudo apology, not a retraction? By the way, they act like the DNC snub was something new to bolster their claims, but the truth is Fox hasn’t hosted a Democratic debate since 2004, so all Perez has done is “reassert the status quo.”

Now the jealousy blooms into calling Fox what WaPo (and the other pseudonews leftward cheerleaders CNN, MSNBC, NY Times) actually are: “But everyone ought to see it for what it is: Not a normal news organization with inevitable screw-ups, flaws and commercial interests, which sometimes fail to serve the public interest. But a shameless propaganda outfit, which makes billions of dollars a year as it chips away at the core democratic values we ought to hold dear: truth, accountability and the rule of law. Despite the skills of a few journalists who should have long ago left the network in protest, Fox News has become an American plague.” Yeah, WaPo sure loves truth…their version of it.

I don’t need much of a satirical rapier to lampoon WaPo, they have already done such a good job lampooning themselves. However, for this next item in our cavalcade of shameless hypocrisy and championship self deception, let me present a brief excerpt from the major league satirist himself, Tom Wolfe’s 1970 essay in New York magazine called Radical Chic. He is satirizing a party for the Black Panthers (not the movie, look them up if you are too young to remember) held in Leonard and Felicia Bernstein’s 13-room penthouse duplex on Park Avenue. You might have to look him up too.

“Charlotte Curtis, women’s news editor of the New York Times, America’s foremost chronicler of Society, a lean woman in black, with her notebook out, standing near Felicia and big Robert Bay, and talking to Cheray Duchin. Cheray tells her: ‘I’ve never met a Panther—this is a first for me!’. . . never dreaming that within 48 hours her words will be on the desk of the President of the United States . . .This is a first for me. But she is not alone in her thrill as the Black Panthers come trucking on in, into Lenny’s house, Robert Bay, Don Cox the Panthers’ Field Marshal from Oakland, Henry Miller the Harlem Panther defense captain, the Panther women—Christ, if the Panthers don’t know how to get it all together, as they say, the tight pants, the tight black turtlenecks, the leather coats, Cuban shades, Afros. But real Afros, not the ones that have been shaped and trimmed like a topiary hedge and sprayed until they have a sheen like acrylic wall-to-wall—but like funky, natural, scraggly . . . wild . . .These are no civil-rights Negroes wearing gray suits three sizes too big—no more interminable Urban League banquets in hotel ballrooms where they try to alternate the blacks and whites around the tables as if they were stringing Arapaho beads—these are real men!” Now to the updated version, only instead of a 13 room Park Avenue duplex, it takes place at various “pop-up” food stands where Akintunde Asuquo Osaigbuovo Ojo Wey puts together slop baptized with African words and offers it at great expense to white people and free to black people.

From the GQ story: “To be sure, there’s also an element of self-flagellation, if not outright Radical Chic, in the spectacle of white liberal foodies lining up to be dressed down at what some reviews have proudly labeled ‘discomfort dinners.’ It is a dynamic that Wey both counts on and is ambivalent about. ‘White folks will consume me. They will consume my work and feel gratification for being abused or however they perceive it,’ he says. ‘What I want is racial equity. The discomfort is just something that happens along the way.’ Lagos is where Wey is from. He was born there, in 1983. He grew up in a comfortably middle-class Yoruba family; his grandfather had been second-in-command during the military junta that ruled the country from 1966 to 1979. It was a close family—Wey remembers his mother chewing particularly tough pieces of meat before passing them to her children—but also pressure-filled. Wey’s parents had a plan: One of their sons would become an engineer. Another, an architect. Their daughter would become a lawyer, and Tunde would round out the set by becoming a doctor.” Not exactly a member of the oppressed masses, eh?

“He grew up steeped in black American culture: He listened to hip-hop and dressed in streetwear unsuited for the Nigerian climate. He played American video games…” He also overstayed his visa–shocker there–and spent years riding buses instead of flying to his venues for fear of the U.S. authorities catching up to him. With delicious irony, he was finally caught by ICE…on a bus! Expecting the worst, he was pleasantly surprised when a judge’s ruling gave him plenty of additional time here to ply his flawed wealth disparity racial non reconciliation schemes and sloppy food, but I am definitely on board with the self flagellation of guilt ridden whites, many of whom have never even experienced the levels of wealth of Bey’s own family.

I will give Jonah Goldberg in National Review the final word here because hypocrisy and cultural appropriation are joined at the hip: Today, because we’ve turned identity and the presumed victimhood that attaches to certain identity groups — Muslims, gays, transgendered, dark folks (my addition) into a new form of aristocracy manifests itself in bizarre ways.

This is how I think of cultural appropriation. Victim-identity is a resource. So when white people use the accoutrement of that identity, they are seen as stealing cultural power. How dare you make Korean tacos whitey! These clothes, that hairstyle, this music: They belong to us, and when you appropriate them, you are diluting their brand value. It’s the cultural analogue to copyright infringement. My brand’s value depends on my monopoly on this stuff, so you can’t use it. The aristocracy of victimhood can be seen everywhere if you train your eyes to see it (don’t get me started on the new push for reparations). And the corrupting power of this cultural shift is profound. Because we’re not just heaping praise on victims, we’re investing extra legitimacy to their ideas and arguments. 

 

Michelle Malkin!

Our shining city on a hill has become a much-abused doormat to the world. Building the border wall is just half the battle. The numbers tell all. Our future is dimmed. The odds are fearful.

We currently grant one million legal permanent residencies to people from around the world every year. The number of green card holders is expected to increase by 10 million by 2025. That’s more than the current combined population of Dallas, St. Louis, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Now multiply that number by at least three and a half. Thanks to our chain migration system, created in 1952 and expanded exponentially by Congress in 1965 and 1990, these new immigrants can sponsor their entire extended families: parents, spouses, adult children and their children, and siblings and their children. Princeton University researchers found that recently admitted immigrants sponsored an average of 3.45 additional relatives each.An estimated 85,000 refugees and 20,000-plus asylees enter the country annually through an overwhelmed system so rife with fraud and abuse that the process is jokingly dubbed “refugee roulette” by immigration lawyers. In total, from fiscal year 2008 to 2017, the U.S. gave green cards to more than 2 million migrants for various humanitarian claims – a population larger than the city of Philadelphia.

Nearly half a million more immigrants in that time frame got in through the diversity visa lottery. Illegal aliens are eligible if a legal family member wins the jackpot. Tens of thousands are pouring in from terrorism breeding grounds through the lottery unvetted, unmonitored and unassimilated. Thanks again to chain migration, immigration lotto winners’ spouses and unmarried children under 21 all get passes into the country, too. Nearly half of all illegal aliens in the country have violated the terms of their short-term visitor or work visas. More than 10.8 million people received such visas alone in fiscal year 2015, including 500,000 foreign university and graduate students on academic visas and nearly 700,000 total foreign guest workers (both skilled and unskilled, not to mention their spouses, many of whom are allowed to work here as well).

This unrelenting inflow of new green card holders, short-term foreign visa holders, legal temporary workers, refugees and asylees is supplemented by 13 to 30 million illegal aliens who expect amnesty and chain migration privileges from Washington despite breaking immigration laws governing everything from border jumping to ID fraud, benefits fraud, tax fraud, and marriage fraud, to human and drug trafficking, to employment rules, deportation orders, and visa overstays.The feds have proved themselves serially unwilling and incapable of handling the lapses, backlogs, overload, and yes, invasion. The numbers tell all. Open borders anarchy, multiplied by endless chain migration, amnesty, and cheap labor pipelines, endangers our general welfare and the blessings of liberty. By every clear measure, the war is not on immigrants but on American sovereignty.

I’ve been called white for stating the facts. I’m not white. I’m just right. Both native-born and immigrant families like mine, which revere the rule of law, common traditions, constitutional principles, one identity and one tongue, have been replaced by militantly unassimilable and hostile generations…of future Democrat voters whose tribal allegiance to the Left has only hardened over time. It’s insane that we have elected Republicans on Capitol Hill doing the bidding of the illegal alien DREAMer racket.

Inside are flimsily defended borders, we are not at peace, or rather, the radical Left is not at peace with us. From the comfort of TV green rooms, Beltway backrooms, corporate boardrooms, and conference ballrooms, it may not look like civil war is imminent. But threats and outright violence against ordinary, law-abiding people are now regularized features, not random bugs, of political life in these dis-United States. College students are being punched, elderly citizens are being harassed, MAGA hat wearers are being kicked off planes and assaulted in school hallways and restaurants, conservative speakers are being mobbed and Molotov cocktailed, ICE agents and their families are being targeted, pro-lifers are being kicked and menaced, pro-Trump, anti-jihad moms on social media are being monitored and doxxed. The madness is beyond parody. Last week, social justice media warriors whipped up hysteria over a Mar a Lago pastry chef’s Instagram posts. Where are the sanctuary spaces for law-abiding conservatives who simply want to exercise their rights to free speech and peaceable assembly?

We certainly should make common cause with others across the aisle who share our values, but we should not rush to embrace those whose fundamental aim is to smear and destroy us all. That’s suicidal. Fact check: The most recent research by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that illegal aliens are up to 5.5 times more likely than Americans to be incarcerated in state prisons compared to Americans and legal residents. But my most vehement objection is to this stage being used to lend legitimacy to the George Soros-funded organization Color of Change, which is dedicated to censoring and sabotaging right-leaning groups for championing the free market, opposing radical Islam, and exposing open borders.

Color of Change and the smear machine racket known as the Southern Poverty Law Center use the same playbook to marginalize and criminalize mainstream conservatives, anti-jihad groups, and immigration hawks as “hate groups” and push us out of the public square. They conspire with payment processors (Paypal) and Silicon Valley to deprive the Right of our voices and our ability to make a living. So many speaking up and fighting on the front lines for liberty and security are being deplatformed from twitter, paypal, and facebook .

Nice is not enough. Logic and facts and appeals to decency and fairness are not enough. Bemoaning double standards is not enough. Ultimately our future will not be secured in a Fox News anchor chair or a think tank office or on a cruise ship or at a cushy GOP retreat. The future is on the frontlines. At the edge of the bridge. “Then out spake brave Horatius, the captain of the Gate. To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods.” (Horatius At The Bridge, by Thomas Macaulay).

Instead of throwing allies under that bridge, movement conservatives who have preached so comfortably here in the Beltway about defending America while preserving the status quo need to help provide financial and moral support to the disrupters willing to fight fire with fire. Maybe it’s providence that I am privileged to speak here on the 7th anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death. He was a disrupter. We need more disrupters. We need legislative action at the local and state level. We need politicians who will DO SOMETHING to stop the sowers of hate and their handmaidens. Use the tools at your disposal. Don’t just stand there. DO SOMETHING.

Diversity is NOT our strength. Unity is. Our common purpose is the common defense of our nation. Good people make America great. Good people: Stand and fight. E PLURIBUS UNUM!