The strangeness of this hour has crossed a line in recent days. It’s a line between some level of fealty to demonstrable reality, and none.
Over the last few years, we have repeatedly witnessed the media, and many politicians pushing a far-left agenda, twisting their speech into knots in order to not quite be lying when they present an untruthful picture of events.
In the last few days, they have liberated themselves from the constraint to not quite be lying. One of the most noticeable instances of this is Rep. Liz Cheney’s dramatic reading on 13 December of text messages that flew on 6 January 2021 during the Capitol riot. The text messages were turned over to the committee by Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows. (*Update*: See new reporting from Wednesday, at the end of this section, on doctoring of a Jim Jordan text message by Adam Schiff.) Continue reading “TOC Ready Room 15 Dec 2021: Contra-indicative speech; Trump’s F-bomb; military notes”