Shame on Scott Pelley For Suggesting Scalise’s Shooting Was ‘Self-Inflicted’

James Hodgkinson brought an SKS rifle, 7.62mm ammunition, and a list of six Republican House Freedom Caucus members to a suburban Virginia ball field. Rep. Steve Scalise brought his glove and a bat. But CBS New anchor Scott Pelley publicly pondered in his nightly newscast if Scalise’s shooting–which frankly, he was fortunate to survive–was “self-inflicted.”

In his slow, authoritative baritone, Pelley asked if the attack was “foreseeable, predictable, and to some degree, self-inflicted.”

As to the first two items, I believe some kind of violence against lawmakers was certainly foreseeable, if you look at history. Predictable? In the sense of where it would happen and to whom? I think liberals would have predicted that some right-wing gun nut would storm a Democrat’s office and pepper it with automatic weapons fire. I don’t think they would have predicted Hodgkinson’s well-planned brand of assassination.

But self-inflicted?

First of all, while Scalise is recovering from a gunshot wound by a weapon that is designed to kill with a single shot, saying such a thing is beyond thoughtless. It’s the type of remark, which if made casually at a gathering of friends, would draw sharp looks and gasps. But in the cold light of a script and studio, such shameful and hurtful things can be uttered without shame.

As Jay Caruso wrote, “Pelley should be embarrassed for even suggesting it.”

Then Pelley, after posing a question, the answer to which is really something liberals might not want to hear, proceeds to blame fake news purveyor and tin-foil hat conspirator Alex Jones.

But let’s first circle back to why Pelley would ask it in the first place.

Liberals like those at CBS New can’t fathom that other liberals would embrace violence and killing. They posit what philosophy majors call the “no true Scotsman” fallacy. The left incorrectly painted Jared Loughner as a “Tea-partier” then it turns out he was a liberal, and a nutter. “Well, he had to be a nutter, because no true liberal would shoot a member of Congress.”

Then along comes Hodgkinson, who makes Loughner look like Mary Poppins. Of course, that means Hodgkinson wasn’t a liberal, “because no true liberal would do such a thing.” It had to be incited by the right’s incendiary rhetoric.

“You might think that no sane person would act on political hate speech, and you’d be right,” Pelley intoned. “Trouble is, there are a lot of Americans who struggle with mental illness.”

Here’s the logic:

  • Hodgkinson was mentally ill before he became a full-on Bernie Sanders supporter;
  • Rhetoric from Alex Jones, who Pelley characterized as a “conservative blogger” incited Hodgkinson to violence
  • Hodgkinson acted on his violent tendencies out of a misplaced sense of duty to Sanders, and in keeping with Jones’ style of incitement

Except that logic makes absolutely no sense. First of all, Jones is not a “conservative blogger.” He’s a conspiracy nut who claimed for years that the Sandy Hook tragedy was a hoax. Second, there’s been plenty of leftist violence during the campaign season, including calls from the “Antifa” movement (which overwhelmingly supported Bernie) to go after Republicans and “distrupt” or “resist.”

Third, the entire chain of logic presupposes that “no true liberal” would commit violence. In logic, this is called “begging the question.”

Was the shooting “self-incflicted?” The only way to conclude that is to conclude from the start that it could have been nothing else.

Until liberals and newscasters like Pelley take their collective heads out of the nether ends of their alimentary canals and realize the left is plenty violent, these attacks are both more foreseeable and predictable than ever. Shame on them.

Megyn Kelly Loses Gala-Hosting Gig After Alex Jones Interview

Megyn Kelly’s interview with the controversial Alex Jones – of conspiracy-floating InfoWars fame – hasn’t even aired, but the NBC News star is already feeling the heat. The Sandy Hook Foundation, begun by families impacted by the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, has removed Kelly as host of their annual Promise Champions Gala, which is taking place on Wednesday night in Washington, DC.

Jones has gone on record with his belief that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (among his other wild theories), and that has the Sandy Hook Foundation rankled. In a statement, the foundation said:

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Kelly, the former Fox News host, has pre-taped the interview with Jones, which is scheduled to air this Sunday on her new NBC show. For the show’s part, producer Liz Cole believes that airing Jones’ views has benefit.

“He’s a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it’s our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be,” Cole told CNN’s Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.

“He is someone who is worthy of examination, by sitting down with him, there’s value in that,” she continued.

Is the interview with Jones really as loaded with controversy as the Sandy Hook Foundation fears? Or is the whole thing much ado about nothing? We won’t really know until the program airs, but one thing’s for sure: it’ll be interesting to see if more controversy follows Kelly after the interview.

Infowars Claims To Have White House Press Credentials

Infowars says it is going mainstream, at least as far as the White House press pool is concerned.

The conspiracy site founded by talk show conspiracy monger Alex Jones is claiming that it has been issued White House press credentials. Infowars says, “In an epic blow to the mainstream media’s control of the narrative, Infowars has officially received White House Press Credentials that will allow Washington Bureau Chief Jerome Corsi to attend White House press briefings.”

Infowars Washington bureau chief Jerome Corsi backed up the claim with a tweet that pictured him in the White House press briefing room. In the tweet, Corsi said, “We have WH PRESS CREDENTIALS. I’m in WH May 22, 2017” [emphasis his].

Both Infowars and Corsi are associated with conspiracy theories and fake news. Infowars has promoted conspiracy theories about numerous topics including the Sandy Hook school massacre and the September 11 attacks. The site was also a prime instigator of the Jade Helm hysteria in 2015 in which fake news sites convinced thousands of residents of Texas that President Obama and the US military were about to declare martial law.

The Russian conspiracy to interfere with the election and help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton seems to the be the only conspiracy that Infowars has not embraced. On several occasions, the site has published articles purporting to debunk the claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians as well as claims that the WikiLeaks email dumps cost Hillary the election.

Jerome Corsi, the fake news site’s new Washington bureau chief, is a good fit for Infowars. In addition to contributing to Infowars, Corsi has also been a writer at World Net Daily, another well-known fringe site. Corsi has also embraced many conspiracy theories over the years, including September 11 conspiracies and the belief that George W. Bush was about to unite the US, Mexico and Canada in a North American Union. Corsi is best known for his advocacy of the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not a natural born US citizen.

Other journalists disputed the Infowars claim that they were granted full press access. Trey Yingst of One America News tweeted that Corsi’s pass was a “day pass White House credential, not a permanent press pass” and noted “High school students can apply for day passes.” Mike Warren of the Weekly Standard tweeted a similar claim.

Corsi claimed in a subsequent tweet that the mainstream media was “insane.” Corsi stands by the claim that Infowars has full press credentials, saying, “WH issues weekly credentials for 3 months to start.”

Even though the Trump Administration has previously issued press credentials to the Gateway Pundit, another conspiracy site, it would be surprising if Infowars were be granted full White House press access. Infowars is one of several sites known to be under investigation by the FBI as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the election. McClatchy News reported in March that the FBI’s counterintelligence division was examining the role of Russian operatives who blitzed social media with pro-Trump stories from sites such as Infowars, Breitbart, RT and Sputnik News.

Infowars reports are as real as professional wrestling. Earlier this year, Alex Jones’s attorney in a custody dispute denied in court that Jones believed the stories that he promoted on his website and broadcasts. “He’s playing a character,” attorney Randall Wilhite said of Jones in the Austin American-Statesman. “He is a performance artist.”

The claim by Infowars and Corsi that the site has received press credentials seems to exaggerated. As Business Insider reports, the temporary pass was even issued on a day in which the president was out of the country and Sean Spicer was not giving a briefing. In essence, the story is just another piece of Jones’s “performance art.”

President Trump also has a history of promoting conspiracies. The president pushed the Obama birth certificate conspiracy for years. Trump has also endorsed conspiracy theories about vaccines, September 11 and even claimed that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. With a history as a reality television star, Trump may have been acting as a performance artist as well. At this point, it does not seem that Trump is willing to go as far as normalizing Infowars, however.

Jewish Mafia? Mormon Mafia? A Pox On Alex Jones and Lou Dobbs

Trump’s paranoid army is spinning out of control. They know they are going to lose, no matter what happens, and they have to blame someone besides the orange-hued Democrat celebrity demagogue masquerading as some kind of workingman’s savior.

We’ve got two examples to share today: Alex Jones, and Lou Dobbs spouting wide-eyed, spittle-flecked idiotic lunacy.

Sure, I expect tinfoil-asshatted Alex Jones (of InfoWars) to say any bat guano crazy thing which advances his psychopathic vision of America. Here’s his latest foray into insanity.

‘Cause let me tell you, the Emanuels are mafia. And you know I was thinking, they’re always trying to claim that if I talk about world government and corruption I’m anti-Semitic, there’s mafias of all different stripes and groups but since you want to talk about it, the Emanuels are Jewish mafia. So there you go. But, I mean it’s not that Jews are bad, it’s just they are the head of the Jewish mafia in the United States. They run Uber, they run the health care, they’re going to scam you, they’re going to hurt you.

Listen, there’s been no Jewish Mafia since Ben “Bugsy” Siegel was rubbed out by the actual Cosa Nostra and Lucky Luciano’s gang. My dad remembered the Jewish Mafia from the 1930’s in Revere, Mass where he grew up. They ran numbers, girls, all the typical mobster stuff, because the community there was composed of Jews.

Only rabid anti-Semites believe that there’s some Jewish conspiracy to run everything, and use things like the prevalence of Jews in the entertainment industry, the success of some Jewish financiers, and the outsized contribution Jews make in science, literature and the arts as proof of nefarious aims.

This, friends, is a main tenet of Nazi ideology and blood libels, and Alex Jones is spreading it like the horse manure it is. I wouldn’t even normally stoop to publicize this vermin infestation, but it pairs nicely with the other item in the Cuckoo’s Nest toybox.

What I didn’t expect is the more mainstream Lou Dobbs to come careening off the rails. Apparently, Trump is deeply hurt by Mormon resistance to his sweet nothings whispered lovingly in America’s ear, and therefore it has to be someone else’s fault.

Evan McMullin is gaining in the polls, and may actually win Utah–yes, a conspiracy!

We should definitely take Dobbs seriously, as the #MAGA #AmericaFirst #TrumpPence16 #TrumpTrain hashtags lend such an air of gravitas to his “Look deeper” prescription. All that was missing is an ALL CAPS rant.

I’ve looked deeper and the Mormon Mafia is definitely a thing.

https://twitter.com/VixenRogue/status/791486128700260352

Dobbs is such a tool. Laura Ingraham and other Trump surrogates jumped right on the bandwagon, using #NeverTrump as a euphemism for “Mormon” in this case, with the implied threat that “Voters” will do something about those Utah crazies.

McMullin himself admits to being part of this vast conspiracy.

The Trumpy idiocy really has no end. Actually it does have an end. November 8th, at 9:01 pm Eastern time. Then it will just be a bunch of idiots who followed the pied piper of paranoia straight off the cliff.

Good riddance to them, and a pox on both Jones and Dobbs for engaging in dangerous and racist stereotyping.