The Weekly Standard getting more attention dead than alive...

John Podhoretz is touchy.

When a conservative wasn’t weeping and had some nasty words to say, Podhoretz went ballistic.

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And the Standard is still dead.

We have an opinion-glut these days. We don’t have many facts anymore. The Standard, like all other partisan mouthpieces, suffered from a confirmation bias. It got squeezed out because the ideological landscape is starved for facts, but filled with the ignorance of hatred that dictates that you are either on the Right supporting Trump, or on the Left hating him. Both sides are hopelessly moronic, and no longer have any actual policy or mandates, just threats and scary stories.

The Standard was no voice of reason: it tried to sit its backside on both of these chairs, and fell through the cracks…

Journalists continue to blame their own owners for their troubles. It is everyone's else's fault, never their own.

It never ends. The “It’s Everyone’s Else’s Fault” narrative that has turned the journalistic collective into stupid children continues, this time, in The New York Times, with this opinion propaganda:

Who Killed The Weekly Standard?

The bureaucratic mind has a temporary triumph.

The entire thesis is Evil Owner up against Hero Victim Reporters.

No, really:

John Podhoretz, one of the magazine’s founders, reports that they actively prevented potential buyers from coming in to take it over and keep it alive. They apparently wanted to hurt the employees and harvest the subscription list so they could make money off it. And Anschutz, being a professing Christian, decided to close the magazine at the height of the Christmas season, and so cause maximum pain to his former employees and their families.

The Grinch who stole Christmas? Has the Times actually noticed the number of companies not being able to make it to Christmas this year?

But the paranoid conspiracy theory does not end there:

In reality, this is what happens when corporate drones take over an opinion magazine, try to drag it down to their level and then grow angry and resentful when the people at the magazine try to maintain some sense of intellectual standards. This is what happens when people with a populist mind-set decide that an uneducated opinion is of the same value as an educated opinion, that ignorance sells better than learning.

In that sense, the closing of The Standard resembles Chris Hughes’s destruction of the old New Republic. This is what happens when the commercial forces trying to dumb down the American media run into a pocket of people trying to resist those forces.

Yes, because journalists are flawless and valiant crusaders, and those big meany Pro-Trump owners are taking out their big guns, stuffing it with cow shit, and firing it at them.


Opinion magazines are redundant in a world with social media because people like their own opinions better than other people’s. Opinion is cheap and easy filler, and opinion magazines are cheap to produce; so if an owner wants to get rid of an opinion rag, there is a good reason for it.

The self-serving narrative isn’t aligned with reality. Those in the profession still don’t get what has happened. They are thinking in the same scripted way they did thirty years ago, and the rules no longer apply.

If they weren’t so busy being arrogant, they would see that they aren’t smarter than the “populist” people they keep seeing as beneath them.

If the profession truly wanted to save themselves, they would start looking at themselves, and writing an exposé on their own.

The way I have been writing exposés on the profession for years.

I want a better method to inform society. I want progress and improvement.

I don’t want to sit in cow shit the way everyone else in the profession sits in cow shit and wallows how everything stinks.

Yes, motherfuckers, sitting in cow shit stinks. You stink. Your profession stinks. Your attitude stinks. Your work stinks.

And it is so unnecessary. It is like dealing with a stubborn, but stupid child who cries that he smells like cow shit after he jumps in a pile of cow shit that you repeatedly told him not to jump in.

Then he bitches how it is yucky and stinky as no other kids wants to play with him, calls him smelly, and it’s all their fault.

And you just sit there and wonder if it is the arrogance that makes the brat a worthless dummy, or he is just unteachable.

If you want change, march yourself in front of the mirror and look at all the cow shit on you. Acknowledge the cow shit is the same cow shit you jumped into despite repeated warnings from the world, especially Alexandra Kitty. Admit it is a stupid thing to do. Then go wash it off. Get rid of the cow shit. You may have to take multiple baths.

Then dry yourself off and look in the mirror again.

Then do not go running into and rolling around in another pile of cow shit ever again.

The end.

Happy ending!

Yes, is a free resource for journalistic rehabilitation services and sensible advice…

An interesting turn in the White House...

Mainstream Western media is deliberately keeping quiet about the more salacious details of Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security advisor for the White House who has clashed swords with First Lady Melania Trump.

CNN and the Wall Street Journal aren’t telling people the whole story, and Esquire is too stupid of a publication to get the connection, and don’t expect NBC to get it, either.

Or the BBC.

Or the Washington Post.

Or the New York Times.

Or the Guardian.

Because they very well know of Ms Ricardel’s pedigree.

They will tell you she is of Croatian heritage, as the Weekly Standard did way back in 1995 when she was known then as Mira Baratta:

Needless to say, Baratta's ethnic background has opened her to charges of pro-Croatian bias. Some eyebrows were raised, for example, when she received the "Award for Excellence in Politics" from the National Federation of Croatian Americans in May for her "exceptional leadership on Capitol Hill in assisting Senator Dole's efforts to bring justice and peace to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina." But this hardly counts as treason, and most of the specific allegations range from the disingenuous to the downright comical, such as the claim from one Serbian group that Baratta is working for Dole because he is of Albanian descent (proponents of this theory -- which his office denies -- say his name should really be pronounced "doe-LAY")

It is not comical, you bigots, and the Standard failed to confirm or refute one way or another.

(And remember, it was Serbs who had first revealed that Madeleine Albright’s family had been Jewish, not Catholic, and were proven correct, something that had not be known at the time, but Serbs were murdered in concentration camps as Jews were during the Second World War, and they kept watch and never forgot who was victimized).

But back to Ricardel.

Her family weren’t merely Croatian, which itself is nothing to note — but they were fascists during the Second World War.

Ustashi for the historically illiterate.

Her background was a radicalized anti-Serb one and she played a major role in the 1990s on how the former Yugoslavia would be dealt with:

It’s also worth mentioning that a Dole staffer advising the then congressman on foreign policy was a Croatian woman named Mira Baratta, granddaughter of an officer of the Ustasha regime (the Nazis’ Croatian incarnation) and daughter of Petar Radielovic, who called Croatian Fuehrer Ante Pavelic “the greatest man in Croatian history” — and who in 1985 defended Andrija Artukovic, “the Himmler of the Balkans” at his L.A. trial. Artukovic had said, “Kill all Serbs and Jews including children so that not even the seeds of the beasts are left.” Baratta helped frame a 1995 Senate bill lifting the U.S. arms embargo against Croatia and Bosnia, and even advocated for the Albanian cause against the Serbs. To quote Richard Perle, “Other than Richard Holbrooke, Baratta has been the most influential individual in shaping U.S. policy” in the Balkans.

That is akin to calling Adolf Hitler the greatest man in German history.

There is absolutely no difference.

She shaped US policy in the Balkans in the 1990s with not a single person questioning her bigoted background.

And that anti-Serb bias blared in the US who were behaving just like Ustashi did in the Second World War.

This wasn’t some distant ancestor: these were the people who raised her — people who were never held accountable for their own war crimes and were left to keep thinking in their hateful and deceptive ways.

And she was driven to get very far where she could have a president’s ear, and with renewed Western interest in Serbia, there are many important questions that need to be answered.

And then Ricardel clashed with Melania Trump, a woman who is Slovenian by birth, and knows the workings of her old homeland very well. If Ricardel thought she could bully the First Lady, she was in for the surprise of her life. A disrespectful attitude hints at a game of wills, and usually there are very strategic reasons for it.

For meddlers in Balkan affairs, this is a serious blow to their clout, but the mainstream Western media will be certain to keep the secret fascist backgrounds hidden from the middle class, but not all of us are going to inveigle the public…