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Vox Populi? Vox Humbug!

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That was General Sherman’s summation of the press’s response to General Grant’s great victory at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. Sherman, a solid friend of Grant, bluntly said that while the press were praising the man now it came only after months of calling him a useless drunkard, and that they would turn on him again tomorrow when something went wrong.

I’ve already written – in Political Science and From ZOMG Omicron to “Long Covid”, – of the about-faces being taken by the likes of the CDC, Dr Fauci, Democrat governors and their MSM stenographers on Chinese Xi Snot-related things like masks, PCR tests, quarantine periods and what case numbers really mean – all of which is happening as the fortunes of the Democrat party nosedive, which is a complete coincidence.

The explosion in Omicron case numbers is just further evidence of how all those messages have to change if the Democrats are going to avoid being held responsible, although given how hard they pushed it in 2020 it’s going to be a slog to get away from stuff as blatant as “I’m gonna shutdown the virus”. The US MSM will try to help of course.

One of them, opinionater economist Paul Krugman, has become the go-to man for having to eat his words on almost every issue you can think of, entirely because of his pathetic and slavish devotion to the Democrats.

Sad to see what has become of a Economics Nobel prize winner, but he’s not alone.

They’re also refusing to cover the worsening shortages of food and other goods in US stores – which is a result of the impact on supply chains of their C-19 responses – leaving it to the British MSM, who are not so invested in defending Biden, to do the job, as the Daily Mail does here with “Back in the USSR“:

Holy Guacamole, sports fans. In 1989 Boris Yeltsin visited a Randalls supermarket in Texas and was so astonished with what he saw that he was despondent on the flight to Miami: “he sat motionless, his head in his hands… the last vestige of Bolshevism collapsed inside of the man”.

The odds of “President” Biden and his staff having a similar Come To Jesus moment after looking at the current #BareShelvesBiden are about zero, which is quite telling in comparison to a man who grew up in a communist system but could still face reality and learn.

As National Review’s Jim Geraghty (moderate Right Wingers you can trust) points out, local TV stations and newspapers, and their websites, across the USA, are covering this story, complete with those all-powerful photos of empty shelves, but their National affiliates refuse to pick it up.

The likes of Krugman, Hiltzik, and many other Democrat Operatives With Bylines continue to get published. However, they clearly are feeling the heat of those massive declines in readership (Die MSM, Die – Dying, they still beckon) because now they’re trying to take out their new competitors. Two recent examples are Joe Rogan, who they have whinged to Spotify about, asking them to pull his podcasts due to his “misinformation”….

… and then a hit-piece on “broadcaster”, Dan Bongino. The latter was seen as one of the successors to Rush Limbaugh but, like the Bernie Sanders-supporting Rogan, their impact is via Internet podcasts rather than talk-radio, let alone other older media – and not through the ring-fenced Social Media gardens of TwitFace and company either.

The fight was never summed up better than Bongino’s response to the The New Yorker.

It’s no surprise then that despite their great strivings to support Biden, the MSM is failing on that front as well, with his latest Quinnipiac poll at 33% popularity, three points down from the same poll in November in a year-long trend of decline. That’s five points worse than Trump was at the same stage of his first year (38% approval). Other recent polls are just as bad:

Not only that, but he’s dragging his entire party to its doom – although I’m not prepared to let Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and the rest of those idiots and their idiot policies off the hook:

That is a huge turnaround. I can recall nothing like it, even in years like 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2014 when the GOP kicked Democrat butt Mid-Term.

In the face of this, the Whitehouse idiots decided that what’s needed is a new messaging strategy – and they’re including the head of the CDC in that.

According to the WSJ, Walensky has been undergoing extensive media prep and has been coached by a media consultant ahead of several public briefings she plans to hold in the coming future.

On Monday, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) told Fox News that the CDC should replace Rochelle Walensky with “someone who is compassionate, who is consistent, and where the messaging is clear.”

I guess Rachel Walensky’s flip flops on masks, PCR tests, quarantine periods, case numbers and vaccine boosters have proved to be a problem for Biden . Yeah! That’s the ticket, because even Biden can be different from the guy who said this:

“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did.”

Plus about ten billion other stupid things that have fallen out of his dementia-ridden old brain. Their first such effort was a 2 hour Biden press conference that had tongue-bathing journalists like the execrable PBS “reporter”, Yamiche Alcindor (PBS! How low have they sunk), raving about how he’d managed to stand up for so long.

Meantime, other people noted that on the issue of Ukraine alone he’d basically repeated what his military advisors had told him – that Putin has to do something, “would win“, with a “minor incursion” – shit that you’re not supposed to blab in public. This has resulted in both Russia and the US pulling staff from their embassies in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, plus a blast at Biden from the Ukrainian President. It was so bad that even Late Night, Democrat Party, Cock Holster Comedian, Steven Colbert, took him to task on it.

“I would hate to see Joe as a hostage negotiator. ‘Why don’t we all just calm down? Just let everyone go…or shoot them.’ You gotta do something!”

But the most concise summation was this one from a former Special Assistant to GW Bush – who in 2020 undoubtedly bought into all the bullshit about Biden that he now professes to be surprised about – which is why he’s allowed on CNN:

As I’ve pointed out before, this is not a temporary glitch. This is what Biden always was, and unlike other Presidents who have been in trouble, he’s not capable of digging himself out of this hole.

As a result, the following cartoon that I’ve occasionally made reference to – published in early 2020 when all the Democrat nominees looked like losers – looks more prescient all the time.

And voila!

Written by Tom Hunter

January 24, 2022 at 12:40 am

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  1. Judge Holden

    January 24, 2022 at 9:23 am

    • Judge Holden

      January 24, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      • There was also this aspect of his two hour presser, where he tried to explain away his shitty speech from a week earlier – which failed to convince anybody.

        God Biden is a stupid old fuck. I never thought he could be worse than Trump but here we are.

        Judge Holden

        January 24, 2022 at 1:03 pm

  2. Bari Weiss is done with COVID and now it’s on the pandemic of bureaucracy – it’s not real anymore.

    Lucia Maria

    January 24, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    • Yeah. Interesting to see uber-Leftie Bill Maher has also had a gutsful of the way “facts” have been manipulated. His audience choked a little when he pointed out how much better Florida has done even as it didn’t follow the approaches of New York, New Jersey etc (although I heard a few claps).

      Tom Hunter

      January 24, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      • The change in attitude is growing and it’s very, very interesting to see. It can only go in one direction now as well, because it’s gone on for too long.

        I was trying to remember the host, but it’s been years since I paid attention to him.

        Lucia Maria

        January 24, 2022 at 12:48 pm

      • Yeah, well Maher won’t ever vote Republican or even support much of their policy, but between Covid and the Woke Movement he sure has been putting distance between himself and their propagandists and taking some pretty harsh (and funny) shots at them. It’s clear he now sees the latter as far more of a threat than Jerry Falwell and company ever were.

        Tom Hunter

        January 24, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      • Interesting. I was wondering how Weiss managed to get away with saying what she did.

        Lucia Maria

        January 24, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      • Well they are giving up on the whole thing in the UK – no more compulsory mask wearing, no more Vaccine pass and no need to isolate if you have “Covid” – back to “normal” from January 27

        Here’s the thing – No 2 Daughter’s best friend who is an NHS doctor, triple vaccinated is now enduring her second dose of COVID, which is kind of interesting to me – not that she is particularly unwell – but is this a result of the vaccine reducing the efficacy of natural immunity or is it something else at play?

        Perhaps now real immunologists, epidemiologists and virologists will be allowed to join the conversation while the hysterical computer modelers and self publicizing doom and gloomers can be put back in their cupboards and given the attention they merit, i.e. be totally ignored

        Here is hoping

        Andrei

        January 24, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      • Hi Andrei,

        Seems there is a war of sorts going on in the UK between the people and the government. Commentators are turning, such as Piers Morgan who has attacked our covid response, triggering Newshub to attack him in return.

        All linked up as best as I can do in this hurried tweet I made:

        Lucia Maria

        January 24, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      • Regarding my previous – this will be bad news to poor old Wayne Mapp who will interpret this as the UK “letting it rip” judging by a comment of his on an earlier thread

        But reality has set in in the UK by the looks of it and trying to stop this thing is just pissing into the wind and very expensive in both financial and human costs to boot, with the cure being worse than the disease by many orders of magnitude

        Andrei

        January 24, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      • Hi Lucia;
        My thinking is NZ going to “Red” is more theatre than anything else

        The Government knows that Omicron has escaped into the wild and that it is widespread in the community, they also know that a lot of people who catch “a cold” are actively avoiding being tested because that is a loosing proposition leading to house arrest so that this thing is virtually unstoppable

        But they can be seen to be doing something as in Wayne Mapp’s words they “let it rip” because at this stage they can’t do anything else

        I do know from my own kids overseas that most people seem sanguine about the prospect of catching COVID seeing that most have had it without much ill effect, vaccinated or not

        Andrei

        January 24, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      • But they can be seen to be doing something as in Wayne Mapp’s words they “let it rip” because at this stage they can’t do anything else

        As I point out in the article above – and I predicted this weeks ago – in the US at least the “Science” is now being driven by the polling as the negative results for Biden and his Democrats are leading them to pressure the likes of the CDC to change their tune on how cases and deaths are counted, the uselessness of cloth masks, and so on and so forth. Lessons the likes of Florida learned months ago.

        That’s also what lies behind Boris’s change of heart. He’s in deep shit with his fellow Tories because of his 2020 parties.

        Polling here has not turned negative, hence Labour continues to do the same thing over and over again, led by the likes of Baker, Wiles, Hendy and company. But judging from overseas, and not just Australia, this things is going to “rip” irrespective of Red, Orange or Green.

        Oh, and it should be noted that the phrase “let it rip” was invented by those two bureaucratic scumbags Fauci and Collins to apply to the expert epidemiologists who were pushing the “Focused Protection” approach. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that their emails revealed it, leading one of the Great Barrington Declaration authors, Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University, to finally realise why he’d been getting hit with the phrase by journalists.

        It didn’t even come close to describing the GBD approach but it sure was excellent propaganda to shut them down. Some “science” that was.

        And here’s Wayne Mapp still using that slur unthinkingly two years later.

        Tom Hunter

        January 24, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    • Andrei,

      Theatre with a sinister purpose. Govt found that locking Auckland down for months drove up the vax rates, so are trying something similar for the whole country to get us all boosted and get the kids jabbed. It was timed for after the holidays, so everyone could relax for a while before the pressure was applied again.

      Lucia Maria

      January 24, 2022 at 1:39 pm

  3. 320 million Americans.

    Joe Rogan reaches about 3% of the population, pretty respectable for what his show is.

    10 times better than CNN Primetime?

    There appear to be a number of independent Centre/ Centre right broadcasters who are giving the mainstream media a bloody nose with fraction of the budget.

    Your tweeter Luke Rudkowski appears regularly on Tim Pool’s IRL show, which commands an intriguing array of guests. (as do the British duo Trigonometry)

    It’s not just in the news spaces, but in the culture war space as well. They’re well informed in their spaces, loosely affiliated and have you tube subscribers in the hundreds of thousands, their reach is global, offering their opinions and reviews on the tv, movies, toys, gaming and comics that reach further than advertising budgets can reach or counter.

    alloytoo

    January 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    • If they’re now going after Spotify for Rogan and company I have to wonder how far away they are from attacking Substack, where the likes of Weiss have gone. She always gets the double-standard attack from the Left given her attacks on anti-Jewish professors but having Taibbi and Greenwald in the same world may give pause for thought.

      Still, even the most principled Communists got shot so I don’t think those last two can rely on their past “good deeds” much longer.

      Tom Hunter

      January 24, 2022 at 12:38 pm

      • The real question is how long before businesses realize that “Woke” doesn’t sell, mostly because the woke have never bought your product and now they’re encouraging you to scare your paying customers away.

        Sooner or later the companies will start correcting course with a vengeance or watch non-woke competitors take their market share.

        Already the “Hip” news sites are starting to run out of venture capital being out competed by a guy in his basement who actually respects his audience. This is probably good news for Maccers, I here they’re looking for staff.

        alloytoo

        January 24, 2022 at 2:22 pm


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