Bernie’s Q&A: Michael Flynn, Polling, Racism, Masks, and more! (7/3) — Premium Interactive ($4 members)
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Bernie, as always, thanks for the responses! In a follow up to your comments about the intolerance and authoritarianism of the left, I was wondering if you think the climate they are setting is skewing the current Presidential polling. Specifically, if a stranger called your home today and claimed to be from a polling agency, would you willingly tell that person your political beliefs? After all, who knows who the person really is or what they will really do with that information. Maybe I am being paranoid, but I am positive that if I wrote you in 2019 and said I think the radical left will want to tear down all of our monuments and rewrite all of our history, I would have sounded paranoid then. -- Joe M.
You make a very good point, Joe ... and it's not based on paranoia. I do think that some Trump supporters lie to pollsters. Who needs the potential trouble? But I don't think there are enough people like that to overcome a 14 point deficit in the latest poll (NYT) -- if he's really trailing by 14 points. So yes, I think there are more Trump supporters out there who the polls don't pick up ... but I don't think there are enough of them, again, if he's trailing by double digits.
Mr G., Why are our elected officials bending & breaking to the <1% who are demanding societal changes without having to justify their position and articulate exactly what they are asking for? -- ScottyG
The 1% making demands for radical change, unfortunately, are backed up by older, more established, more well-off liberal sympathizers -- who vote! When those demands encroach on the comfort of those liberals, when the demonstrators protest in suburban neighborhoods, when they take over upper class neighborhoods and not just parts of downtown to further their demands, then the protesters will lose support -- and politicians will think twice for "bending and breaking" to their demands.
I've often wondered who writes the copy that finds its way into the hands of news anchors. I watch ABC World News Tonight on a regular basis. Watch CNN and MSNBC too. (What can I say - I like torture:) Last night I watched ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl describe the armed St. Louis homeowners as whites pointing guns at blacks. No backstory, just "white vs. black". This is probably not news to you, but I suspect the "news" media is 'framing' news content into a more 'delicious' product that draws and retains the attention of its most marketable audience group. The decision making as to what content and backstory finds its way to airtime is an example of pure marketing science - it's all about the $$. Based on your vast experience, what does the MSM org. chart look like in MSM newsrooms - who sets the standard, who writes the copy? To me, those are the real MSM 'demons'. It's worth mentioning that while ABC's Jonathan Karl was exploiting the white vs. black narrative for the ABC audience, I could tell from the look on his face that he felt otherwise. Have you ever had a reporter tell you that he or she had to report something they believed was BS, but went ahead anyway because it would cost them their job? Wonder how that makes them feel. Caio - Uncle Pete
Hey Pete ... If the report is coming from an actual reporter in the field, either he/she wrote the copy or at least co-wrote it with a producer. If the words are coming out of the anchor's mouth, then a team of writers wrote much of the copy ... the anchor also writing some of it.
You have every right to think that the slant given to the story has to do with both political and cultural bias ... and the bottom line. Cable opinion shows are aimed at the target audience. So you get non-stop left wing blather on CNN and MSNBC in prime time ... and right wing opinion on Fox. As I've said many times before: Cable is a business model, not a journalism model. What's new is that more and more it's not only cable ... as you, Uncle Pete, have noticed.
Finally, no journalist has ever confided to me that he or she had to report something they didn't believe was factually correct.
As we continue to see white progressives confess and condemn their privilege, is it not time for them to put their money where their mouths and hearts are. As young college students and recent graduates excoriate and seek to demean cops, wouldn't their tribal screams be that much more sincere and effective if they told good old mom and dad to stop subsidizing their lifestyles and renounced their future inheritances? Or does wokeness mean being hypocritical is permissible provided you can camouflage your privilege? -- Michael F.
You're funny, Michael. The day young, white, privileged twits tell mommy and daddy to cut them out of the will is the same day hell will freeze over. They talk a good game, but don't count on any of them to put their money where their mouth is.
Any chance that some high-ranking democrat politicians including a certain presidential nominee (and FBI agents like Strzok) might end up in prison for setting up Michael Flynn under knowingly false pretenses? If so, then do you think that would hurt the Dems among the swing voters? I can't imagine swing voters who may despise Trump personally ever voting for a party that seriously tried to throw out a legitimately elected president through deception and illegal entrapment simply because the Dems did not like the outcome of the election. Do you think A.G. Barr is really going to pursue prison time for what could be a coup by the Dems? At the risk of sounding like I'm repeating a ridiculous conspiracy theory, this one actually seems to carry some weight. Your thoughts are appreciated. Alex Jones Conspiratorial Regards from The Emperor
First, no one's going to jail before the presidential election. Second, the Durham report will be very interesting ... and may lead to criminal charges. Regarding swing voters: One would hope they'd abandon a party that was involved in major league wrongdoing, but I'm not betting on that -- not given how much even swing voters detest our president. Stay tuned.
Bernie, do you know why the term fight fire with fire exists? If you don't do it, you come out looking like conservatives of old that just accepted what ever lie and crap that the democrats bestowed upon them and were afraid to respond for fear of hurting someones feelings. Trump is not afraid to respond. thank God. -- Louis R.
I'm not opposed to him fighting back. And I'm no fan of Democrat lies and crap, as you put it. But I'm also opposed to Mr. Trump's lies and crap. How about you, Louis?
Since the Left is all about changing the names of institutions it claims support, or have supported, white supremacy and/or racism, when will it be time to change the name of the Democratic Party? After all, it was the Democratic Party that supported slavery, supported the South during the Civil War, resisted Reconstruction, invented/supported Jim Crow laws and resisted the 1960s Civil Rights movement. I think if the Left is being honest, it will look at the history of its own party and decide that it is time to get rid of the terms Democrat and Democratic Party since its history is steeped in racism. -- Joe
Interesting idea, Joe, but don't hold your breath. Now, at the risk of starting needless trouble let me point out that they weren't liberal Democrats who, for example, fought civil rights in the 60s. It was conservative Democrats. So Democrats could argue that conservatives were the ones who were against equality for black Americans. Once you get into a fight like this, nobody comes out looking good.
[Regarding this week's Off the Cuff]: Since it is almost impossible to have any civil and open conversation with the BLM movement and supporters about race, maybe the only option is to outshout them. And maybe the only way to do that is via the ballot box. If those elected leaders who acquiesce and virtue signal to every unrealistic whim of the current movement are removed, the movement may well lose steam. Maybe then, once law and order are restored and the agitators are kept at bay, maybe then the focus will move from looting, lawlessness, yelling, violence, asinine attack on statues, and instead towards substantive discussions on how to improve race relations in the country. I wish so ... but am not that confident in it happening soon. Sigh ... -- Jim S.
I'm with you, Jim, regarding the ballot box being the antidote to chaos. But ... I'm not at all sure the anti-chaos segment of our population would win. I'm not sure there's a silent majority. If there is one I'm not sure Donald Trump is the person to lead the movement. Voters will have to decide if they want Democrats who are mostly silent about the anarchy ... or Donald Trump who has caused more than a little chaos himself since he became president. This is one of those times I wouldn't bet a nickel one way or the other.
The amount of vitriol being allowed to spew forth unabated for policemen and women is regrettable and unbelievable. Reminds me of members of the military coming home from Vietnam 50 years ago. Do you think this will spawn a similar "thank you for your service" movement in the future? -- Steve R.
Good question, Steve. In the midst of the anti-military blowback during Vietnam, I didn't see the "Thank you for your service" reaction coming. So who knows if what we're seeing now will spawn something similar. But 50 years ago there was a silent majority. They didn't hate the military. As I've said before, I have no idea if there's a silent majority out there today. If there is, we may very well get a "Thank you for your service" follow up. If there isn't, then maybe the progressives have won the culture war. And if that's the case, don't expect any thank yous for police officers.
Study after study has made it increasingly clear that one of the easiest and most effective weapons against the spread of COVID-19 is simply wearing a mask when you're around other people. Yet, wearing masks has turned into some kind of culture battle, with probably half of the country thinking there's no point to them, or that wearing them somehow compromises their freedoms. Do you think things would have been different (with the coronavirus spreading slower) if Trump (and Pence for that matter) had stood up for, and worn, masks months ago, instead of the president and people in the conservative media poo-pooing the idea? -- Ben G.
You're right, Ben ... wearing masks has become part of the culture battle. Everything, it seems, is political and part of the culture battle. But if the president had worn a mask months ago ... yes, I think more Trump supporters would have joined in. And that might have indeed slowed the spread of the virus. The idea that wearing or not wearing a mask is political, is also pathetic.
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