The mainstream media is at it again, posting fake news as fact. Today’s case is a Daily Mail article by Alana Goodman breathlessly reporting on Neal Gorsuch’s leading of a “Fascism Forever Club” at his tony private high school – a club name that was, in fact, a joke.
Goodman kicks off her article with:
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school near Washington D.C.
The name may be inconvenient for a Supreme Court nominee facing a tough confirmation battle. However it also shows the depth of Gorscuch’s right-wing credentials – and his penchant for mischief while attending his exclusive prep school in the 1980s.
The phrase “penchant for mischief” is the operative one here, as the description of the club suggests:
‘In political circles, our tireless President Gorsuch’s “Fascism Forever Club” happily jerked its knees against the increasingly “left-wing” tendencies of the faculty,’ said the yearbook.
Jovial photos of Gorsuch and friends clowning for the camera pepper the article, which clearly shows an impish, fun-loving side to the nominee for the Supreme Court. Other than the photo of Gorsuch’s achievements in school listing the club name, there is absolutely no other evidence for the existence of such an organization. The school confirms that the club’s name was a joke.
Goodman even seems to miss the jokes in Gorsuch’s high school hijinx, as the article goes on:
He listed his other student activities as ‘President of the Yard, Student Government’ and ‘Lousy Spanish Student.’ He said he was also president of a group called the ‘Committee to reform The Beast.’
His senior quote was: ‘I am not an alkie; I never wrote a debate case!’
I bet they didn’t check his permanent record, either. Fake news strikes again. Nothing to see here; move along.