I Smell Blood

They’re absolutely terrified.

First, for those just tuning in, here are the relevant facts that everyone admits:

1) Seth Rich was a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer during the 2016 election season.
2) Rich was murdered in July 2016 for reasons unknown by person(s) unknown.

Here is an additional fact that the left usually doesn’t dispute, though they try to avoid mentioning it:

3) Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks, who exposed damaging facts about Hillary Clinton and her campaign. WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has confirmed contact with Seth Rich, mentioning him by name in this video from Dutch news program Nieuwsuur in 2016 after Rich was killed:

Here’s a transcript if you don’t want to click through:

Assange: WikiLeaks never sits on material. We go through significant effort to get off the material, and often very significant risks. A 27-year-old, that worked for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered, just a few weeks ago, for unknown reasons, as he was walking down the street in Washington…
News show host: That was just a robbery, I believe, wasn’t it?
Assange: No, there’s no finding.
Host: What are you suggesting?
Assange: I’m suggesting that our sources take risks. And they become concerned to see things occurring like that.
Host: Was he one of your sources, then?
Assange: We don’t comment on who our sources are.
Host: Then why make a suggestion, about a young guy being shot in the streets of Washington?
Assange: Because we have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States, and that our sources are – our sources take serious risks. That’s why they come to us, so we can protect their anonymity.
Host: That’s quite something, to suggest a murder, that’s basically what you’re doing.
Assange: Others have suggested that. We are investigating to understand what happened in that situation with Seth Rich.

In this context, it’s not surprising that the leftist media is in outright panic terror. They’ve pounced on this story with their lie-and-obfuscate strategy with amazing speed and intensity. In the last 36 hours it’s been astounding to watch them.

They’re scared because if this materializes into something it’s a two-fold hit to the left:
First, if Rich was the leak source, then the last tired shreds of the “Russian interference!” meme die.
Second, if he was the leak source, then who had a motive to kill him?

The media’s most common attempt at distraction is to point out that Fox News retracted a story on Rich. But Fox can’t retract the three facts mentioned above.

What particular details Fox has retracted I don’t know, since that article is no longer available.

We do know, however, that Fox cannot have “retracted” the fact that Rich was in contact with WikiLeaks.

We need to keep pulling on the Seth Rich thread. There’s no way they’d be this scared if there were nothing to it.

We have the truth on our side. But unfortunately the enemy also has an advantage: all they have to do is stonewall. If no new evidence comes to light, then the story will die. We have to hope that someone who knows something will come forward.

Meanwhile: His name was Seth Rich.

The Left and Language, Part 89,315

Just came across this from 2014:

“Transgender” “lesbian” accused of “raping” “her” “wife.”

http://theothermccain.com/2014/04/11/transgender-lesbian-dana-mccallum-accused-of-raping-lesbian-ex-wife/

One can’t tell what the actual situation is here from the headline or the article, so one is forced to guess.

My guess, based on the article, is that the accused is actually a male-to-female transvestite and that his accuser is a woman. But one can’t really be sure.

You Are Fake News

Trump at a press conference to a CNN “reporter”:
“I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”

And applause breaks out when he says this.

How did the professional liars of the Old Media not see that the meme “fake news” would backfire on them? They of all people know that they’re constantly spewing lies. How could they have failed to predict that the “fake news” phrase would devastatingly be turned against them?

Trying to come with a hypothesis as if media leftists are within shouting distance of sane, I came up with this:

They thought they would do the same thing they always do, accuse the other side of committing the sins which they themselves commit. Vox Day’s Third Rule of SJWs: They always project.

The left does this constantly. They commit electoral fraud… and they accuse the right of committing electoral fraud. They advocate totalitarianism… and they say libertarianism is the “ideology of power.” They demand that you give them a dollar because their great great great grandfather was a slave… and they accuse white men of having an entitlement mentality. And on and on.

So, being inveterate liars, they accused the other side of lying. Presumably they assumed that people not really paying attention would just see two sides each accusing the other of dishonesty, and the mutual accusations would cancel out.

The media’s problem is that their dishonesty is pervasive, constant, and inescapable. It has to be; that’s the entire point of propaganda. You can do secret electoral fraud; you can’t do secret propaganda.

Since the whole point of propaganda is to spew it all over the place constantly, the examples available to us to prove their mendacity are numerous and readily available: just open up today’s copy of the New York Times, etc. This particular sin is simply too easy to document. Boy, have they been losing that fight!

And so only a few weeks after they started pushing the “fake news” meme, the Old Media is desperately attempting a climb-down. Here’s the panic-stricken Washington Post a couple of days ago:

It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’

…As Jeremy Peters wrote in the New York Times: “Conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself … have appropriated the term…”

So, here’s a modest proposal… Let’s get out the hook and pull that baby off stage. Yes: Simply stop using it.

…“Fake news” has had its 15 minutes of fame. Let’s put this tainted term out of its misery.

(Via Vox Popoli.)

Heh. Hard though it is to believe, some of these people really do not seem to have absorbed that the Internet is, like, a thing. And so they petard auto-hoisted. “Wile E. Coyote: Suuuuuper genius! Hey, wait, I’m standing on the train tracks! Ohhhhhh, sh–”