Author Archives: Denyse O'Leary

Postmodern media and “Who’s to blame?”

From Derek Hunter at Townhall,

The release of the Democrats’ memo was supported unanimously by the Intelligence Committee, unlike the Republican memo. No Democrats wanted the public to know what their government was up to when it was the GOP telling the story, but zero Republicans made any attempt to stop the liberals from telling their side. Weird, right?

Yes, some liberal journalists are grousing about how the memos weren’t released simultaneously, but they are lying to the public. There is a very specific procedure for releasing information of this sort that requires time for the various interested parties to have a chance to weigh in. Democrats did not start the procedure for their memo until long after trying to block the Republicans’ memo. So they, the Democrats, are responsible for their memo’s delay, not partisan actions by Republicans. You won’t hear that on MSNBC or CNN. More.

Reality check: It’s not just bias. Post-modern types do not attribute responsibility to anyone so blame is apportioned on the basis of presumed oppressorship vs presumed victimhood. If permanent progressive government funds all future permissible media enterprises, facts will no longer be the painful issue they have been in the past.

See also: Mark Steyn on Newman vs. Jordan in “What You’re Saying Is”


Trudeau mocked openly now, internationally?

From the Babylon Bee:

According to Trudeau, anyone caught saying “mankind” instead of the more inclusive “peoplekind” will be apprehended and taken away to an undisclosed location.

“This is 2018,” Trudeau said in a speech, which was politely applauded by hundreds of Canadian citizens. “Any word containing the syllable—trigger warning—’man’ is now illegal under Canadian federal law.” More.

Reality check: I keep seeing instances of non-Canadian media grasping just what Trudeaupia is, and they don’t seem too thrilled for some reason. How many people apart from our media-ites and crats are thrilled?

See also: Canada moves quickly toward forced citizen involvement in abortion


Jordan Peterson talks tough to listless laundry

From the Babylon Bee:

After noting that the pile of clean laundry was still sitting on the kitchen table where he had left it the previous day, clinical psychologist and University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson reportedly sat down with the clothing Tuesday and convinced it to sort itself out, reports confirmed. More.

Reality check: He’ll have better luck with the laundry than with the tenured mediocrities who are his mortal enemies.

See also: Jordan Peterson: Canadian psychologist takes on the howling post-modern void Few detractors seem to grapple with what he says or care to. As a longtime news writer, I don’t recall seeing anything like it.


Spiked vid 1: Is Identity Politics the New Racialism on Campus?

Panellists: Kmele Foster, Bryan Stascavage, Sarah Haider and Mark Lilla


New Gerber baby has Down syndrome

From Leah Barkoukis at Townhall:

Warren, who’s from Dalton, Georgia, won the distinction from more than 140,000 photos that were submitted from parents across the country. His mother, Cortney Warren, submitted a photo of him wearing a green shirt, polka dot tie, and with a huge grin on his face. That smile was what caught the company’s eye.

“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” said Bill Partyka, chief executive and president of Gerber. “This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

In a world where far too many people and countries (like Iceland) don’t believe in the value of every human life, Gerber’s decision should be celebrated. More.

Reality check: Yet Iceland, where Robert Spencer was poisoned, boasts of getting rid of everyone with Down syndrome. The world is certainly bifurcating and most of us know which side we should personally be on.

See also: The war on the Hippocratic Oath is a war on you


Newsweek fires all its top edit staff

From Maxwell Tani at Daily Beast,

Newsweek on Monday fired all of its top staff amid turmoil that has upended the newsroom.

Though the editors did not elaborate on why the top staff left the company, three staffers who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity pointed out that Li, Katz, Saul, and Keefe had all published pieces reporting on the company’s recent troubles. More.

Reality check: When the business model is propaganda, they need a client, not a public.

See also:  Brent Bozell on 2017 as the year in which the media drama was mainly about the media. 
The basic problem is that, whether we think our media betters are good people or bad people, they are not needed people, not the way they once were. Not when we can all go on the internet and read pretty much anything. We need interpreters, yes, but we have the right to choose them for ourselves. Few people are choosing the mainstream media in any expectation of getting centrist opinion.


Canadian psychologist takes on the howling post-modern void

From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet: Unhinged criticism of the man has obscured the merits of his book

Professor Jordan Peterson, author of the top-selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is beginning to look weary in the face of the waves of hatred he has endured recently. Two years ago, he was almost unknown outside his field. A Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology (University of Toronto), he is author of over 100 papers in his specialities, the psychology of religious and ideological belief and personality theory. His principal work, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999), was a well-received tome. He taught at Harvard before being awarded tenure at the University of Toronto.

So how do we account for the fact that Peterson has also been targeted in Canadian media in a way that seems, quite honestly, unhinged: “the stupid man’s smart person?” (Maclean’s 2017); “The Professor of Piffle” (Walrus 2017); a faintly flickering intellect (Globe and Mail 2018). Some in academia are actively seeking to get him terminated. Few detractors seem to grapple with what he says or care to. As a longtime news writer, I don’t recall seeing anything like it. Some explanation is in order, one that includes a consideration of his recent best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life. More.


Today is alleged Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Day

At the UN. And I bet we can cut the hypocrisy with a rusty razor, though a scalpel would be swifter and more merciful.

At least here in Trudeaupia, the Citizenship guide has been forced to retain the information that we condemn FGM. For now. Whatever that means.

See also: Trudeau buckles: “No female genital mutilation” to stay in new citizenship guide


“Fat positive” at Princeton

The latest in thing to be. From Matthew Penza at Campus Reform:

“This space is intended for fat identified people to share their experiences as a fat person at Princeton in an accepting and supportive environment,” a newsletter put out by the Women’s Center states.

Additionally, participants will “discuss fat positive programming ideas for the spring semester,” with the event description noting that “dinner will be served.”

Meanwhile, the University Health Services website emphasizes the importance of “exercise and fitness” as an important part of a “healthy life.” More.

Reality check: Princeton has no medical school. Thus, people with some knowledge of the health consequences of obesity will not be forced to misrepresent the health picture: “Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says”

Will smoking positive be next? Or is that still beyond the pale if it is not dope?

See also: Students hate Trump SOTU quotes – but they are really Obama’s SOTU quotes


Planned Parenthood: Freedom of conscience for doctors on abortion is “dangerous”

From Lauretta Brown at Townhall:

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is encouraging their supporters to tell the Department of Health Human Services (HHS) that a proposed rule to strengthen conscience protections for healthcare providers is “dangerous” and “encourages discrimination.” The rule requires health care providers to notify their employees of protections against religious discrimination on job applications and employee manuals. The rule also allows the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to enforce protections for religious medical providers. More.

Reality check: It was never about freedom of choice, exactly; it was about abortion. And in the age of euthanasia, we are all “the fetus” now.

See also: Canada moves quickly toward forced citizen involvement in abortion


Students hate Trump SOTU quotes – but they are really Obama’s SOTU quotes

From Cabot Phillips at Campus Reform,

Campus Reform headed to John Jay College in NYC to talk to students who disapproved of the speech by asking them to react to a few select quotations. Almost unanimously, the students found each of the quotes to be “warmongering”, “aggressive,” and “immature.”

“[Trump] should, like, you know, mind his own business and, like, just focus on America because he’s the President of the United States, not the whole world.”

What the students didn’t know was that all the quotes given to them were taken from President Obama’s State of the Union addresses.More.

Reality check: Like most post-moderns, these students are cheerfully uncurious about their own biases while hunting down others’ biases. And they are quite happy to be ignorant; they feel more comfortable that way. They will not be good citizens for a free society so it is a good thing if they don’t want one.

See also: Mark Steyn on The Memo and Russian interference Clearly, much of this is coming out only because Hillary did not win the election. The Americans have only a few years to replace their burgeoning police state with a police force once again.


YouTube anti-propaganda campaign unfair to public broadcasters, say critics

From Rachel Kraus at Mashable:

YouTube is attempting to stem the ugly ooze of propaganda and conspiracy theories on its platform with what can be best described as a misleading Band-Aid.

On Friday, Google-owned YouTube announced it’s rolling out “notices” that inform users they’re watching a video from an organization that receives funding from a government.

But YouTube will also use the “notice” to flag organizations like America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), or the British Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Despite the fact that these news entities receive some public funding, they are editorially independent independent by statute. More.

Reality check: The obvious solution is, in a media-saturated age, that governments to quit funding “public broadcasters.” “Editorially independent independent by statute” is nonsense. They know who butters their bread and they act like it. They’re not to blame for that but there is an unbridgeable chasm between independence “by statute” and independence by “we could go out of business” reality.

See also: Mark Steyn on Newman vs. Jordan in “What You’re Saying Is” By now, we’ve probably all heard how psych prof Jordan Peterson politely took down a British talk show host, Cathy Newman, who thought she knew way better than he did what he thought.


Mark Steyn on The Memo and Russian interference

From Mark Steyn:

As I said to Tucker the other night, there’s no evidence of Russian government interference with the 2016 election, but there’s plenty of evidence of US government interference with the 2016 election. The latter ought to be far more disturbing. All foreign governments can be expected to pursue their national interests as they see fit. That the most powerful forces within your own government decide to subvert the election result is far more bizarre, and far graver.

The surveillance of Carter Page was a cover for the surveillance of Trump. The creation of the Steele dossier was a cover for the “Full Investigation” of the Trump campaign. The rumors of Kremlin “kompromat” are a cover for the widespread dissemination of Democrat “kompromat”. And “foreign interference” in the US election is cover for domestic interference in the US election. More.

Reality check: Memo here. (registration required) Clearly, much of this is coming out only because Hillary did not win the election. The Americans have only a few years to replace their burgeoning police state with a police force once again.

See also: Details and background re Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown’s sudden political demise There are Browns all across North America: Career politicians who cash in by offering to sneer slightly less at the voters who cannot afford the endless Marxist revolution against historic civil liberties and values — while selling us out.


Retro: New Republic on the death of blogs

From Jeet Heer at New Republic in 2016:

At the height of the blogging craze, there were even utopian claims made on its behalf: Blogging would give us (finally) the Republic of Letters that the Enlightenment promised, a world where everyone could be a writer and find an audience—an interconnected network where, in true McLuhanesque fashion, a divided world would become a unified global village. Thanks to blogs,
journalist Trevor Butterworth wrote in the Financial Times in 2006, “power was shifting from the gatekeepers of the traditional media to a more open, fluid information society.”

A funeral for blogging itself feels not far off—or at least a mid-life crisis. Blogs still exist, but they lack the youthful vigor of 2003. “It seems like the new young people aren’t very interested in blogging,” Kelly Conaboy lamented Tuesday at The Hairpin. It’s not so much that blogging is dead, but that it’s splintered beyond recognition. Almost every publication you can think of has blogs, but the impact is very different than the blogs of yore. More.

Reality check: Was it just wishful thinking that blogs are dead? If so, people who gave up blogs for Facebook and Twitter may come to regret their choice. Unless they write for the purpose of airing Mark Zuckerberg’s opinions so he doesn’t have to, or something like that.

See also: Facebook traffic down due to its social activism


Separate gay from transgender, for the good of both

From Walt Heyer, a recovering transgender, at the Federalist:

Time to pull the “T” from LGBT. No good reason remains to co-mingle people with mental disorders with people who are homosexual. Nor is it necessary to continue to give social credibility to this tiny group of delusional people who need psychiatric or psychotherapy first and foremost, not pronoun protection or gender reassignment.

Speaking for the non-transgendered or recovered transgendered among us, I am through with the political correctness traps of preferred pronouns and allowing men access to women’s facilities and activities. It’s time to express our compassion for this group and stop participating in their denial. True compassion is acknowledging that serious mental disorders are found in this population and insisting that the medical community stop treating all gender-dysphoric people with hormones and gender reassignment before caring for their mental health.

A good first step is to remove the T from LGBT. More.

Reality check: Heyer offers a wealth of documentation about transgender as a psychological problem. But sanity here is a lost cause.

The single most significant thing about post-modern causes is that they do not need to be coherent or have any particular relationship with fact. As I noted elsewhere:

For instance, as Ruse chronicles, gay activists have claimed that evidence from genetics justifies their demand for a ban on therapy to change unwanted homosexual attractions.6 But leaving aside the tenuousness of their scientific claims, one must ask, Why is the client—in only this one type of case—not entitled to seek therapy for his own purposes? Would the same activists also ban therapy to increase such attractions? What about the bisexual man who would genuinely prefer to just be gay? Or straight? The conveniently loose relationship activists have with science means that they won’t often be confronted with evidence that requires them to adopt a coherent position.

Transgender lobbyists, taking the opposite tack, claim that a person can belong to the other “gender” irrespective of obvious, genetically driven sexual characteristics, due to a concept of gender that could exist only in that individual’s mind. The lobby’s stance seems all the odder when we consider that most neuroscientists hold that the mind does not even exist apart from the biological, sex-specific brain. But the majority view in neuroscience is seldom raised as an objection to transgender claims. More.

We cannot argue because argument is now meaningless and could lead to rank hostility, no matter how peaceable we are. Contradiction does not matter as long as all identified victims have a voice. We must first quietly and peacefully remove all progressives from public office via the ballot box and reclaim the universities for reason and sanity.

See also: Up for Grabs: In Science, When ‘Anything Goes,’ Everything Goes