So Speaker McCarthy (E-CA) gave all this January 6 footage to Tucker Carlson, and Mr. Carlson concocted a January 6 narrative so phony that even Republican Senators have slammed it. Sen. Romney (R-UT) even sounds like a media theorist attacking him: “The American people saw what happened on Jan. 6. They’ve seen the people that got injured. They saw the damage to the building. You can’t hide the truth by selectively picking a few minutes out of tapes and saying this is what went on. It’s so absurd. It’s nonsense.” Sadly, we have to wait until paragraph 18 to get this analysis, which we should have gotten in paragraph one. Yeah, I know, Sen. Tillis calling Mr. Carlson’s January 6 gaslighting “bullshit” is a good sound bite, but Mr. Romney’s analysis is something everyone needs to know. And with Republican Senators (and our “liberal” media) now desperate to change the subject, we’re even less likely to know it.
In an absolutely related note, FAIR instructs us that “Scary Headlines Hype Dangers Rarely Faced by Tourists in Mexico.” 32 million tourists visit Mexico annually, and even Portland, OR currently has a higher murder rate than Mexico City, but let’s hype up a handful of drug-related murders and extend that to an entire country just so we can compare it to Iraq! Yes, isolated incidents never seem isolated if they happen to you, but people think crime is bad because “you see it on the news all the time,” when those half-dozen clips of violent crime you see on the news every day (some of which get repeated for days on end, right, Tucker Carlson?) would never stack up next to all the clips you could see of people getting through their day without any violence at all – clips you don’t see because they’re not titillating enough. It’s well past time we said to our media: enough of the drama!
In case you forgot about the tire fire Twitter’s become under Elon Musk, note that Mr. Musk just told his managers to nominate their best employee – and then fired them and replaced them with those employees, who are, of course, making less money. If you’re wondering why folks don’t just up and leave Twitter, remember that more than a few of them would also have to leave the country if they did, and remember that they’re also making less money. Some “free” marketeers still yell (yes, shouty-caps is yelling!) that this “fire-and-promote strategy” is just life in the private sector, but “(y)ou now have good devs (i.e., developers) managing, and not doing dev. That means you have less effective dev. You need good administrators to do the administration so the good devs can do dev.” Managers and workers use entirely different skill sets, but then so much wisdom dies at the “free” market altar. I hope all the fired managers on Twitter find more exciting and ennobling work elsewhere.