Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Admission Accomplished

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In a classic example of being "too little, too late," the Washington Post ("Truth Dies in the Darkness With a Pillow Over Its Screaming Face") has printed an eensy-weensy little "correction" relating to a colossal lie they spread about former President Donald Trump.

The paper had previously reported that in a phone call to Georgia's top elections investigator, Trump ordered the person to "find the fraud," which the Washington Post implied meant "invent some fraud." The paper also said that Trump told the official that she would be a "national hero" if she gave him his way. And once the Washington Post had reported this story, every other mainstream media source jumped on the bandwagon, appalled (but not surprised) by Trump's underhanded attempt to screw with election results.

Only it was all a lie

A recording of the actual call has been made public, forcing the Washington Post to admit that Trump only "urged the investigator to scrutinize the ballots from Fulton County, Georgia, asserting that she would find dishonesty there" and that she had "the most important job in the country right now." The alleged quotes previously attributed to Trump were works of (im)pure fiction obtained from an "unnamed source." Which is a funny thing for the Washington Post to call its ass.

But what harm can a little made-up news do, really? Well, outside of being frequently cited as factual evidence in President Trump's second impeachment trial.


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Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! Let each of us raise a toast to the good Saint today, and ask that he return to drive the snakes from Washington.


Mike aka Proof said...

No Busty Ross for St. Patrick's Day? I demand a recount!

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

Looks like it's up to me, then...

You're welcome. :D

Bobo the Hobo said...

Was the “unnamed source” Mike Pence? What’s a little oopsie among friends. Anyway, given the craven cowardice of Republicans, no hard feelings, right?

Fish Out of Water said...

I've ben a long time WSJ subscriber and while I have my beefs about the paying the yearly $$$$$$$ subscription for the 'privilege of having my comments to published articles "moderated", there is the occasional correction to an article, usually on a small, minor point, but never once as far as I can recall , has the WSJ had to back track on a story because it was a lie.

TrickyRicky said...

Erin go braless!!! Could apply to Busty, no?

Bruce Bleu said...

OK, a special occasion like St Paddy's Day deserves some jocularity, (which must be spoken with an Irish accent)...
An Irishman goes to the doctor to have him take a look at his scrotum which sports the "possession" of a steering wheel. The doctor asks, "Why do you have a steering wheel on your ball-sack?" The man responds, "Got no idea, Doc... but it's drivin' me NUTS!"

M. Mitchell Marmel said...

@Bruce: Arr, I be telling that one on Talk Like A Pirate Day...

Jack said...

I am wondering about the integrity of language now as we are all swept up in this Democrat thing and we make some of their mistakes. Feature this; A cat is not a "who." A cat is an "it." An army is a thing and is singular. Ditto a basketball team. A newspaper (as in today's "Stilton's Place") is singular not plural. The Washington Post lied as an institution, not as a body of clamoring drug addicts.

All this bothers me as I was one of the earliest of those offended as the National Organization of Women, arbitrarily and without expert input, decided that a person of unnamed sex was "they." Nationally, we idiots went for it though there is some effort to correct. Feature unisex language this way; "Joe built a home. His/hers/its/theirs work was fine.

Velveeta Processed Cheese Food said...

Speaking of the Irish, here's how to learn how to speak Irish in one easy lesson.
Just repeat the following words out loud, preferably in a crowded room:
Whale oil beef hooked.

John the Econ said...

Truth Dies in the Darkness With a Pillow Over Its Screaming Face: Once again I have to wonder that if we were to have a corrupt official state media, exactly what would it be doing any different than our supposedly "free" mainstream media has been doing for the last 5 years?

Where are the all-sainted "fact checkers"?

When I was a journalism student in high school we were taught that there were certain immutable rules for reporting, one of which was that one needed to verify a source, especially an "anonymous" one via at least one independent channel before publishing anything previously unknown. Clearly those rules are long gone. Today's standard is anything that resonates within the Progressive echo chamber is good to go. It could have happened is the new standard for fact-checking.

Considering that this entirely fictional account was included as part of Trump's last impeachment, it makes the already totally bogus impeachment even boguser.

I'm not really interested in doing so myself unless someone wants to pay me to do so, but I'd love to see some legitimate social science on exactly how many hit pieces on Trump in the MSM over the last 5 years were based entirely on such "anonymous" single-sources. I'm willing to bet a near majority.

Happy still-locked-down St. Patrick's Day!

Brie Camembert said...

@Velveeta Processed Cheese Food. That was probably spoken by my old chum Arthur Cough!

Dan said...

Definitely time to have another look at reversing Times versus Sullivan.

Bobo said...


DougM said...

Let's gender-bend a little and give the ladies a chance:
Happy St Patty's Day

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Mike aka Proof- I'm sure Ms Ross will be turning up again soon.

@M. Mitchell Marmel- St. Ratrick's Day?

@Bobo the Hobo- I doubt the source was Pence, though the Washington Post has left us with a guessing game.

@Fish Out of Water- I pay the big bucks for the WSJ too. I don't necessarily agree with everything they publish, but the batting average is WAY better than other news sources.

@TrickyRicky- I wish I had a nipple for every time I heard that joke.

@Bruce Bleu- Tis a good one, that!

@M. Mitchell Marmel- While wearing your ARrrr-gyle socks, no doubt.

@Jack- Grammatically I'm sure you're correct and you make a good point. However I went with "they" (for Washington Post) rather than the correct "it" because it wasn't an institution that lied, it was people. So right or (mostly) wrong, that was a deliberate choice.

@Velveeta Processed Cheese Food- A linguistic miracle!

@John the Econ- As I opined last year, the last election was definitely rigged if only from the superabundance of flat out untrue information about Trump (while Biden's many faults were covered up). There's no such thing as a fair or legitimate election when the electorate have unreliable information. Which is to say "fake news."

@Brie Camembert- I'm sure that means...something.

@Dan- I'm still sick from Daylight Saving Time and the phrase "reversing Times" genuinely made me queasy again.

@Bobo- Yessss...

@DougM- Equal Opportunity Practiced Here.

Fish Out of Water said...

While not in the sprit of the day, food for thought.

Edam Wensleydale said...

@Fish: With all due respect, this comes under the heading of "well, duh".

What is needed is:

1) Who are all the directly responsible parties, their backers, their advisers and their immediate supporters?

2) Where can they be found at any given moment?

Given these two datums, the problem can, I feel, be solved in fairly short order as the responsible parties are...arrested, charged, tried and imprisoned. Yeah! That's the ticket! 😈

John the Econ said...

@Stilton, I'd go beyond "untrue". How about "simply made up"?

@Fish Out of Water, I caught that excellent article a few days ago. I loved the part about how hard some comedians (aka hard-left MSM not-that-funny types) were having such trouble finding ways to make fun of Biden. Of course, they can't simply come out and say the obvious: It would be awkward to make fun of such an old man in such a sad and obviously diminished mental state that was the best the Democrats could offer.

Boligat said...

Would it be unconstitutional to pass a law that would require any corrections, retractions, etc. to be printed with a headline as big as the original and in the same place on the same page as the original?

OvergrownHobbit said...

That moment when internet cartoonists ate your news source because you are living in the USSA

thatjerryguy said...

The Washington ComPost should change its tagline to "Truth Dies in Our Lies".

Michael Riles said...

Got an idea how to get China to keep it “zipped up”. Place nuke missiles in Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, India and South Korea. Point them at Beijing. The missile? The ever popular LMTFAA. LMTFAA? Leave Me The F(BEEP) Alone A$#HOLES.

BREAKING NEWS: Police officer, 9 others reportedly killed at Boulder, Colorado grocery store. Another mental case with a gun.

To the tune Bang Bang They Shot Me DOWN.

Entered store for pop and chips.
Suddenly we heard “OH SHIT!”
Another whack job with a gun.
Decided to---have some fun.

Bang bang---ten he killed.
Bang bang---he got his thrill.
Bang bang---makes national news
Bang Bang---flags half staff/sing the blues.

Time to have some fun with NEOCONS and LIBTARDS

Then: Ask any mermaid you happen to meet. What's the best tuna. Chicken of the Sea. Now: The mentally ill have a right to be armed. Hey don't worry---they won't cause no harm.

OK Media----you filmed the mayhem in Miami as black spring breakers told the city “F YOU. I don't care if Covid is killing people in mass. I have a right to PARTY!” That's making it really hard to feel sorry for these poor people of color. STOP THE FILMING.

Scott Rasmussen reported for Just the News that 90 percent of the American people favor requiring a COVID-19 test before any person caught entering the country illegally is released from federal custody. Haters---they are all haters.

Newsflash: Man files for divorce after he sees footage of his wife with another man at the Capital riot.

An UDA (Uber Dumb Ass) wanted a selfie with an elephant with his daughter. He climbed under a gate and ran like hell when they realized an elephant is---AN ANIMAL YOU MORON. They are lucky to be alive.

To the tune How much is that Doggie in the Window.

A dumb ass GEN Y climbed under the fence.
With daughter to get a SELFIE.
He's lucky he and his little girl.
Were not stomped to smithereens.

Newsflash: The Brazilian strain of Covid is joining with the English, South African and other variants of Covid is in Georgia.

Tune then: “Forever darling, Ill be with you forever.” Ricky singing to Lucy
Tune now: “Forever darling, Ill be with you forever.” All of us singing to our face mask.