by Laura Hollis
Hat tip: Darrell Simms
No accountability for miscreants on the Left
Here’s a riddle: What do Victor Davis Hanson, Dennis Prager and Ricky Gervais have in common?
Hanson published an excellent piece at National Review online on Jan. 7. Titled “The Steele Dossier Bacillus,” Hanson summarizes the evident defects in the substance of the dossier compiled by British former spy Christopher Steele as well as defects in its use to obtain surveillance warrants from the FISA court. Steele was known to be “a pathological liar,” Hanson notes. But the “fanciful” information contained in the dossier spread like wildfire because so many on the left — including Hillary Clinton and her campaign, members of the Obama administration and the national media — wanted to believe the absurd and hysterical allegations contained in it.
Taking his metaphor further, Hanson argues that those who cast their lots with the dossier, among them MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Clinton, have been discredited, their careers destroyed.
I must disagree. To the contrary, it appears that there are few serious consequences to spreading falsehoods intended to derail a presidential election, deceive a federal court, undermine and destabilize the administration of a duly elected president or shake public confidence in government. And those consequences that have befallen some of the bad actors are amply compensated for by the other accolades they’ve received. Maddow still hosts her show on MSNBC. Comey may have been fired by Trump but has since written a bestselling book, and that means well-paid appearances on the speakers’ circuit. Brennan and Clapper continue to be regulars on TV news.
As for Clinton, she has never left the public eye nor paid any price for her role in funding the dossier; her manipulation of the Democratic National Committee’s finances or its 2016 nomination process; her deceit about the 2012 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead; or her lies to the FBI and her destruction of evidence while she was under investigation. She was just named chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland.
Conservative author Dennis Prager also wrote a compelling essay this week. Prager was accused by Benjamin Fearnow, deputy editor of Newsweek, of ridiculing Anne Frank during an episode of Prager’s radio show. Prager is an observant Jew. Any assertion that he would ridicule her is absurd on its face. But the transcript of the show Newsweek cites makes its deceit abundantly clear. Prager merely disagreed with Frank’s written belief that “people are basically good,” pointing out her youth and inexperience. Prager concludes that the honorable thing for Newsweek to do would be to retract the article and issue an apology. But, he notes, “being on the Left means never having to say you’re sorry.”
So where does Ricky Gervais fit in here? He is a successful comedian, actor and producer known also for his vocal atheism, brutal honesty and acerbic wit. This week, he emceed the Golden Globes for the fifth (and, he insists, last) time, and his opening monologue was no exception. Gervais absolutely skewered Hollywood with biting references to pedophilia and friendships with Jeffrey Epstein, complacency about sexual abuse and rank hypocrisy. You can (and should) read or watch the whole thing online, but here is his closing jab: “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
The looks on the audience members’ faces were priceless: Some laughed nervously; some affected strained smiles; some looked stony and grim.
Did they heed Gervais’ admonition? Of course not. In addition to the usual left-wing political diatribes, we were treated to actress Michelle Williams’ misty-eyed paean to abortion. Celebs drank champagne, ate woke vegan meals, handed out awards to one another and then went to glitzy parties.
Bestselling book tours. TV shows. Academic appointments. Board seats. Ball gowns and golden awards. Whew. Tough consequences.
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