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Blowing up the anti-Brazile narrative

Democratic political operative (and former interim DNC chair) Donna Brazile.

Is Donna Brazile a self-important traitor to the DNC cause? Or has she been smeared by reporting-by-Twitter?

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald thinks the latter, and has set forth what he says are four falsehoods that have been put forth about Brazile’s  bombshell allegations in her new book that the Clinton campaign had inordinate amounts of control over the key processes during the entirety of the last presidential campaign.

As early as this morning — Sunday, Nov. 5 — CNN is still reporting that Brazile said she had the unilateral power to remove Clinton as the nominee, even though the newspaper that originally reported that claim has had to walk it back (see below). This is important because this claim is  central to some others because it is being used to ridicule Brazile as being an ill-informed megalomaniac with an anti-Clinton agenda. 

Notes Greenwald:

Viral Falsehood #3: Brazile stupidly thought she could unilaterally remove Clinton as the nominee.

[On Nov. 4], the Washington Post published an article reporting on various claims made in Brazile’s new book. The headline, which was widely tweeted, made it seem as though Brazile delusionally believed she had a power which, obviously, she did not in fact possess: “Donna Brazile: I considered replacing Clinton with Biden as 2016 Democratic nominee.” The article said Brazile considered exercising this power after Clinton’s fainting spell made her worry that Clinton was physically debilitated, and her campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”

But Brazile – as a result of her stinging criticisms and accusations of Clinton, Obama and the DNC – is currently Public Enemy Number One among Democrats in the media. So they seized on this headline to pretend that she claimed the power to unilaterally remove Clinton on a whim, and then used this claim to mercilessly vilify her – the chair of Al Gore’s 2000 campaign, last year’s interim head of the DNC, and a long-time Democratic Party operative – as a deluded, insane, dishonest, profiteering, ignorant fabulist who lacks all credibility.

But the entire attack on Brazile was false. She did not claim, at least according to the Post article being cited, that she had the power to unilaterally remove Clinton. The original Post article, buried deep down in the article, well after the headline, made clear that she was referencing a complicated process in the DNC charter that allowed for removal of a nominee who had become incapacitated.

The Post then amended its story to reflect that she made no such absurd claim in her book, but rather noted that “the DNC charter empowered her to initiate replacement of the nominee” and that “if a nominee became disabled, she explains, the party chair would oversee a complicated process of filling the vacancy that would include a meeting of the full DNC.” The Post then added this note to the top of the article:

Journalists on Twitter spent hours yesterday mocking, maligning and attacking the reputation of Brazile for a claim that she simply never made – all because a tweeted headline, which they never bothered to read past or evaluate, made them think they were justified in doing so in order to malign someone who has, quickly and bizarrely, become one of the Democrats’ primary enemies.

Greenwald details three other ways he thinks the narrative of the story about Brazile’s claims in her book have been hijacked by credulous reporting of things reporters see on Twitter and then repeat as received wisdom without bothering to check their veracity, including her claim that the DNC agreement  with Clinton  applied to both the primary and general election — a claim that was allegedly debunked and for which Greenwald says requires a debunking of that debunking.

You can read all of it here.

I have my issues with Greenwald and The Intercept. They have been proof, at times, of the danger when people on the Left let their own beliefs get in the way of good reporting. (Witness Greenwald’s one-time insistence that claims of Russian interference were  a smokescreen to cover up Democratic Party ineptitude in the last presidential election — a claim he has had to abandon as evidence mounts of Russian interference happening on many fronts, including planting inflammatory stories supportive of third-party candidate Jill Stein.)

But Greenwald seems to be into something here. It does appear some Clinton loyalists have been fudging the truth in order to discredit Brazile. 

There are lingering questions about whether the agreement between the Clinton campaign and the DNC was an unseemly grab for power meant to exclude Bernie Sanders and others from an honest nominating process and campaign, or simply a wise candidate saying that if she was going to prop up the DNC financially to benefit the party and down-ticket candidates, she expected some control ensuring the money was spent wisely?

Absent further evidence, those are questions to which he may never have sufficient answers because we can’t read the minds of the people involved and those interpretations may largely depend on whom you supported in the presidential election. 

This person loves their PB&Js

Some people are sticklers for correct grammar. Some people are rock or classical music purists. And then some people don’t like you messing with their peanut butter and jelly.

I feel the same way about putting almond or soy milk on cereal.

Apple Jacks and Cocoa Krispies should be eaten the way nature intended: with whole milk. 

Don’t get me started on this issue. I could go on and on. As could many of us, the cereal like-minded

I love women! Buy my clothes!

Ivanka, bailing water from the sinking ship that is her dying brand.

Story behind the picture below can be found here.

Stand by….

This is likely what your kids think of when they think of the time before instant messaging.

Joss Whedon angers wingnut-o-sphere

 

Fox News and the rest of the alt-right press are whipping their followers into a frenzy regarding the tweet above by well-known progressive and film/television director Joss Whedon.

“Fans furious over Joss Whedon’s Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump tweet” blares the headline over an article by Fox News.

The Fox article has an alt-factual feel to it, however, because it’s only true if by “fans” you mean right-wing trolls everywhere and good Christian mothers in red states who voted for our faux religious President who grabs women by their pussies.

A quick Google News search as of this writing, about 1:45 pm Central Time, show that Breitbart and a couple other alt-right news sites are reporting on the controversy — but nobody else. That’s not to say the lapdog entertainment press is not going to run with it eventually, but there doesn’t seem to be a groundswell of organic opposition by Whedon followers on his Twitter feed.

The alt-right sites are whipping their automaton followers into a lather over the daughter and son-in-law angle, as in “How dare this big Hollywood liberal go after Trump’s kids?”

Except Ivanka and Jared Kushner are not just Trump family.

Ivanka is a full-fledged business partner of The Donald and Jared is said to be the Rasputin behind the Trump throne, whispering into Donald’s ear all manner of evil machinations.

So the Voldemort comparison seems fair game to me. As for the Pekingese comment, I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean, but if Ivanka is going to be the doting political daughter repeating her father’s lies, she is also fair game for muckraking that has a storied and honorable history in American politics going back to colonial days.

If you can’t stand the political heat, then don’t help your father (and father-in-law) cook up the evil fascist stew he feeds to his masses.

Joss Whedon working on the set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

 

Life before social media

What men did before courtship moved online.

I’ve wondered the same thing

Crazy right-winger from Michael’s cries hurt feelings

For people who can scream racist shit at the top of their lungs in public, these crazies sure have delicate feelings.

This is the Chicago nutball who lost her shit at the checkout in the Michael’s craft store in Chicago, talking to NBC5:

The video, seen more than 4.5 million times, shows Boyle yelling repeatedly at a black employee at a Lakeview store and telling one employee to “shut your face.”

Boyle says an employee discriminated against her and mumbled that she must have voted for Donald Trump, but the employee is heard in the video denying that assertion. 

“And I voted for Trump, so there,” she said in the footage. “What? You want to kick me out because of that? And look who won. Look who won.” 

Now, at the start of 2017, Boyle said she regrets not leaving the store and ending the situation before her viral tirade. 

“Looking at it now, I think that would have been the right thing to do,” she said. “I really believe that it was fight or flight kicked in and I felt that I needed to defend myself.” 

Fight or flight?

Who knew arts and crafts stores could be so dangerous?

Also, she lives in Lakeview? 

For those of you who don’t know, this area is also called Boystown. I’m sure that a few gay men have thrown some shade her way. 

Good. She deserves at least that.

BENGHAZI! EMAILS! GOLDMAN SACHS!

paperclip

Wow, the Office help paper clip has really gotten sophisticated.

A children’s guide for online political discussion

Everything you need to know to be certain your precious snowflakes grow up to be intolerant of dissent and are willing to proclaim it to the world online.

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