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Posts by calvincaspian

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  • Bending to socialism is always a bad look: Media warms to the Marxist messenger

    02/25/2020 7:47:43 AM PST · 1 of 9
    calvincaspian
    Trump’s formative years were spent building businesses, hotels, golf courses and promoting his own brand around the world.

    Sanders has spent his entire adult life preaching the benefits of socialism. To describe Bernie Sanders as a Marxist, communist or socialist is far more accurate than the dark descriptors employed to sum up Donald Trump.

    In the past 100 years, it is estimated that communist states killed as many as 100 million people. It began, practically with the Bolshevik Revolution and the dark rise of the Soviet Union.

    Central planners rely on conformity at any cost and that historically looks a lot worse than any Donald Trump tweet imaginable.

  • Editorial Dispatch: Another stellar week for the media; Establishment press just couldn’t keep it together

    02/09/2020 4:11:43 AM PST · 1 of 26
    calvincaspian
    A 2014 survey by Lars Willnat and David Weaver at Indiana University found that only 7% of journalists identified themselves as Republicans. Ideally, earning a journalism or comparable degree would mean a newly minted graduate had been taught to be neutral but with today’s academic institutions steeped in progressive philosophy, it is easy to see how we have arrived where we are.

    We deserve better.

    Thankfully, alternative spaces for news and analysis are growing at a rapid rate, led by the podcast revolution. Perhaps that is the key to unbiased news and a less divided society.

  • Invite undercuts impeachment importance: Tomorrow night is the same old, same old, for President Trump

    02/03/2020 9:11:07 AM PST · 27 of 33
    calvincaspian to FLT-bird

    Corrected

  • Invite undercuts impeachment importance: Tomorrow night is the same old, same old, for President Trump

    02/03/2020 7:07:33 AM PST · 1 of 33
    calvincaspian
    The reason President Trump is speaking in front of Congress tomorrow is that though there is an extraordinary impeachment process going on, things are also business-as-usual. Members of Congress are actually working together and just passed the bipartisan USMCA trade agreement. As a reminder that the gamesmanship in Washington DC goes both ways — Democrats were not invited to the bill signing.

    Both Democrats and Republicans in Washington DC are playing politics. It is cynical and voters deserve better. No, it is not doomsday, but it is up to us to take a measure of these politicians and render our verdict on their behavior on election day.

  • Editorial Dispatch: It’s not you, it’s them Empty elites love to laugh

    02/03/2020 7:04:39 AM PST · 1 of 13
    calvincaspian
    Guys like Lemon are solely focused on themselves. They behold their own purity and nobility like a fawning parent watches his child onstage at a pageant.

    These are people who know exactly how the people of Lowell, Fitchburg and Dorchester should live and they’ll talk about it as they carry four-packs of craft beer into Brooklyn loft parties.

    Of course, they wouldn’t be caught dead in Lowell, Fitchburg, Dorchester or much of flyover country, but as far as they’re concerned, nobody lives there anyway.

  • Media should be spectators, not players: CNN broke new ground at Dem debate

    01/20/2020 6:47:21 AM PST · 1 of 20
    calvincaspian
    It is as plain as day that CNN has put itself into the candidate space in this election. They created a badly sourced story, they used it in the debate to allow Liz Warren to deliver a canned response and they contrived a post-debate encounter, tailor-made to benefit the Massachusetts senator.

    This is worse than bad-faith journalism. This is a media campaign to artificially influence the news cycle in favor of a particular candidate and it is unethical and disgraceful. CNN tampered in 2016 and it looks like it is happening again.

  • Elizabeth Warren’s desperate gambit may signal the end: A candidate credibility crisis is at hand

    01/16/2020 8:25:33 AM PST · 1 of 15
    calvincaspian
    With that, the national media ran with the gender war narrative in the hopes that voters will now see the Democratic Primary as a referendum on all women, personified by one woman: Elizabeth Warren.

    Unfortunately for her, it may turn out to be a referendum on liars.

  • Media fails the test, again:Iran coverage brings out the worst

    01/13/2020 1:21:19 PM PST · 1 of 26
    calvincaspian
    Americans deserve a better media than this. At some point there will be a reckoning and those who have distorted the journalism business to a model that features cheap advocacy, dripping with toxic clickbait will have to answer for the societal and cultural divisions they have caused. Perhaps they can live happily as full-time protestors but they must relinquish the mantle of ‘journalist.’

    Let us hope that day is soon.

  • Iran Blinks: Regime's flaccid retaliation sends a telling message

    01/09/2020 4:49:42 AM PST · 1 of 25
    calvincaspian
    "U.S. armed forces are stronger than ever before," he continued. "Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast. Under construction are many hypersonic missiles."

    President Trump finished his remarks on a more constructive note.

    "The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it ... with the nations of the world. The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it."

    The terms are set. We shall see if this moment marks a pivotal change.

  • We deserve a better media in 2020:Activist press is pernicious

    12/30/2019 1:20:33 AM PST · 1 of 11
    calvincaspian
    Should Trenni be “immediately expelled and dishonorably discharged” from her job?

    We reached out to Kusnierek but have received no comment at the time of publication.

    Maybe she’ll apologize to the honorable cadets she smeared. Some of those young people are bound to see combat.

    Like so many in the media, that particular reporter is content to levy heavy accusations at innocent people based on the rules of progressive intersectionality but feels no pressing need to undo the damage or even apologize to the innocent victims.

    In 2020, let us hope for a better media than this.

  • Bad campaigns just die -Blaming shortfalls on dark forces is counterproductive

    12/09/2019 6:43:53 AM PST · 1 of 17
    calvincaspian
    If the mainstream media and a broad swath of the Democratic primary electorate, which includes many women and minorities, are labeled bigots, misogynists and white supremacists for not nominating Kamala Harris, then how is the public supposed to differentiate those who actually espouse those hateful ideologies?

    Most candidates for the highest office in the land lose unceremoniously. Kamala Harris is a well-qualified candidate who ran a directionless and disorganized campaign. She lost this one, but American voters have likely not seen the last of her. Attributing the demise of her 2020 presidential run to anything but that, but especially to the supposedly rampant white supremacy in the American public, is hysterical and dangerous.

  • Hey impeachers, now ‘youse’ can’t leave:Democrats are all in, for better or worse

    12/02/2019 7:18:16 AM PST · 1 of 33
    calvincaspian
    Unlike if President Trump asked Ukraine to investigate Tulsi Gabbard, there is actually something there when it comes to Joe Biden. Reasonable Americans know that and it comprises the Democrats case for impeachment.

    Democrats have made their choice. They’re now in a position that could turn out to be politically damaging on a historic level but they have made a commitment to the American people to play out this heavy process whatever the cost. They owe it to the American people to act on their convictions because they are public servants.

    And anyway, now they can’t leave

  • Warren can’t take the heat- Presidential candidate exposed at college event

    11/25/2019 7:32:16 AM PST · 1 of 33
    calvincaspian
    She has also stumbled her way through her defense of her financial plan for free universal health care, struggling with simple questions from relatively friendly reporters and eventually backtracking to indicate that she would not in fact, even try to pass her whole plan at once.

    Democrats have to be thinking that next year, on a debate stage across from Donald Trump, Warren the nominee would not have tougher, savvier surrogates standing there to turn to for guidance when Trump challenges her.

    Does Warren have a plan for that?

  • Junk journalism puts truth in jeopardy-The age of Trump has changed the game

    11/25/2019 7:29:28 AM PST · 1 of 10
    calvincaspian
    The American people deserve better than this. On a daily basis media outlets fire off tweets or publish articles that are unvetted, inaccurate or incomplete because the story feeds into their confirmation bias which is focused around the central idea that everything about Donald Trump is bad and unacceptable. Journalism is not about writing what makes the reporter feel good or what drives the outrage cycle to new heights. It is about delivering the facts regardless of any emotional fallout. That is why we put our trust in journalists.

    Let us hope that the covenant between reporter and reader is restored to its respected place, for the sake of all.

  • When media is A.W.O.L. we all lose:A free press must be unwavering

    11/18/2019 6:13:35 AM PST · 1 of 20
    calvincaspian
    Rest in peace, Daily Northwestern.

    And the trend of “canceling” responsible independent journalism is not confined to college campuses. No less a paper than the NY Times has changed its headlines at the demands of the mob.

    An institution that pretends to be a media outfit but is nothing but more than a public-relations arm for its most radical constituency is a dangerous and perfidious body that can only serve to harm society.

    Real journalism is vital to a free society and it must be protected.

  • Impeachment: In case you missed it -Pretty standard stuff on day one

    11/14/2019 6:24:23 AM PST · 1 of 26
    calvincaspian
    Additionally noted by about 65 Republicans yesterday is that though aid to Ukraine was delayed, it was still much more than anything President Obama had given the country for two years. This is something that the American people will learn as the week progresses.

    They will also learn that some of the facts are murky. In revised testimony to Congress, Ambassador Sondland submitted the following in explaining his initial knowledge of the quid pro quo: “Ambassador Taylor recalls that Mr. Morrison told Ambassador Taylor that I told Mr. Morrison that I had conveyed this message to Mr. Yermak on September 1, 2019, in connection with Vice President Pence’s visit to Warsaw and a meeting with President Zelensky. ”

    Congressman Jim Jordan was happy to repeat the dizzying mishmash several times yesterday for the edification of the American people.

    We can expect this impeachment journey to get murkier and murkier as we move forward, and that helps Donald Trump.

  • Fallout from impeachment will be felt far and wide Democratic primary voters will take a hit

    11/12/2019 5:51:10 AM PST · 1 of 39
    calvincaspian
    The entire impeachment saga will be politically destabilizing, and for what? The Republican Senate is likely to acquit the president and then it will be up to elected Democrats to explain to voters why they, the elected elite, deserved the privilege of throwing the president out of office more than the citizenry, who will be given the opportunity just a handful of months later at the polls.

    If Congress’ self-serving attempt to dunk on Trump in impeachment in 2019 ultimately results in a Trump re-election in November of 2020, that will be a self-inflicted event and Americans will have little inclination to tolerate kvetching about the electoral college or Russian tampering.

  • Shattuck: Time to skateboard away, Beto

    10/21/2019 4:21:34 AM PDT · 1 of 17
    calvincaspian
    Beto is not burdened with intellect, so antics like jumping on tables, skateboarding and throwing himself into jerky physicality during speeches are just ways of layering the dumbness.

    In the end it is the media's fault for creating this 47-year-old child star. They told him he was brilliant and charming and special and now he goes out on the debate stage and is summarily beaten by each of his opponents until they no longer find the sport in it.

    Now it is time for the Beto experiment to come to an end and for us all to forget that it ever happened. Just like with Jar Jar.

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders deserves a career after Trump --Media elites miffed a former spox

    08/27/2019 12:00:48 PM PDT · 1 of 29
    calvincaspian
    All of these people misled the press as a matter of course. Sometimes it was in small ways like inflating crowd sizes and sometimes in big ways like explaining how millions of people were thrown off their health care when they were promised it wouldn’t happen.

    It looked like this: in 2013 a reporter asked Carney, “Will you admit that what the president said, ‘if you have a plan, you’ll get to keep it,’ that that was not true?”

    Of course it was proven not to be true and the response should have reflected that, but here is Carney’s answer:

    “Well, let’s just be clear. What the president said and what everybody said all along is that there is going to be changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act to create minimum standards of coverage, minimum services every insurance provider …”

    Blah, blah, blah.

    If Carney et al. get to profit from their spinning, so should Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

  • Elections have consequences for the Supreme Court ---If a seat opens up, Trump must fill it---

    08/27/2019 11:56:29 AM PDT · 1 of 48
    calvincaspian
    In the case of a hypothetical 2020 vacancy, assuming President Trump were to nominate a credible jurist, as he has so far, the Republican Senate majority (which expanded in 2018) is unlikely to have the same qualms about his nominee as they did about Garland.

    Such is the nature of politics under a system of divided government. Certainly if the House of Representatives is given the power to open Articles of Impeachment against the president, the Senate has the power to decide whether or not to hold confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee. Americans should in fact celebrate these checks on the power of the executive branch, especially those Americans who profess concerns about authoritarianism.