Thoughts on the Smollett Travesty

As with everyone else I’ve been amused by the level of dishonesty on exhibit by the various Progressive participants in this farce.  At the primary level we have Smollett and his Nigerian-American assistants who faked an attack and made a false police report.  They sparked a spate of politician and celebrity condemnations of President Trump, republicans, and in general, anyone who doubted the story.

At the secondary level we have all of these defenders of Smollett who even after the Chicago police confirmed Smollett’s part in the event refused to condemn him.  This is despite the testimony of the brothers who assisted him in the hoax.  They still doubt his culpability, preferring to doubt the police testimony rather than face reality about their ally.

And finally, at the tertiary level we have the media which has gone to great lengths to provide support for Smollett and his defenders in an ever-changing narrative for why all of this is President Trump’s fault.  Initially, the story was that President Trump’s supporters were the attackers.  Then we were told that background levels of racism were what inspired Smollett to exaggerate this particular incident.  And now the story says that the real victims are those poor future victims of racism who won’t be believed because of this present event.

But just as interesting is looking at the way the various voices on the Right have looked at it.  One of the more interesting discussions came from the Z-Man.  http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=16618

His main point was that the Left isn’t going to acknowledge their error and they aren’t going to learn a lesson.  That is why a long string of hoaxes will never lead to an apology from the Left.  And that is why right-wing pundits hoping to reason with the Left are wasting their time.

Perhaps the only useful thing that can happen during one of these events is to help sort out the real allegiance of those in the middle.  When some allegedly neutral party starts telling us not to judge or excuses the hoax based on historical oppression you’ve learned something.  On the other hand, if you ever find an assumed leftist who finally sees the light you’ve probably found a normie who has finally had enough hypocrisy.

Interestingly, even someone who in the last few years has been vilified by the Alt-Right as the epitome of Never-Trump foolishness can be acknowledged for a sensible insight into the phoniness of these leftist hoaxes.  Here Vox Day acknowledges that even Jonah Goldberg can provide a sensible argument to show the absurdity of these hoaxes.  https://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-obvious-implication-of-hoax-crimes.html

The only way I can see good coming from all these events is if someone made a movie out of all these hoax exposures and let it be distributed as widely as possible.  Of course, Hollywood and the media companies would never allow their distribution network to show it and the colleges would probably unleash antifa on any student groups that attempted to show it on campus but even internet access would be something useful.  It really is remarkable how outrageous some of these phony hate crimes are.

I wonder what the next one will be.

More Kevin Williamson!

Boy, this guy really must need a job.  He’s still getting his friends (and enemies) to talk about him.  Jonah Goldberg expends enormous eloquence and even some unexpected candor quoting Michael Anton’s verdict that the Right must adopt the same rules as the Left or suffer defeat.  But he still refuses to acknowledge its necessity.

The Z-Man will have none of it and his analogy of the Marquis of Queensbury boxer getting in the ring with the Lord Humongous wielding a nail studded club is extremely vivid and persuasive.

I wonder if anyone (including myself) would be this interested if I got fired.  What a big baby.

 

Hat Tip to The Z Man, ‘The Death of Hollywood’

 

 

The Z Man has a very good post up about Hollywood (but mostly TV).

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=11881

He discusses the waning audience for broadcast tv and questions the reason for this.  He discusses a couple of theories.  I’ll leave you to read it yourself but I’ll state that I think he’s right that the anti-traditionalist agenda has finally combined with the cord cutting phenomenon to kill broadcast tv.  Halleluiah!  What took them so long?

One line that caught my attention was a question.  What was the last show that captured the imagination of the country so that everybody would be talking about it the next day.  His answer, Seinfeld.  That show has been off the air for almost twenty years.  I think that says it all.  Now, maybe it was 9-11 that killed off the fun or maybe the Democrats trying to poison the Bush presidency.  Either way we stopped being one people about twenty years ago.  The death of television is just a symptom of the great divorce.