Big WSJ Story on Possible Michael Flynn Collusion; Louise Mensch Reported it Months Ago
These days the Louise Mensch wars are not pretty. There has been a lot of attacks on her-many that are patently unfair. Unfortunately many on Twitter have come to believe the lies-not everyone, but too many.
So I know that talking about her may be kicking the Hornet’s Nest. But I don’t like bullying and I don’t like this kind of concerted effort to convince other people not to read someone just because you’ve chosen not to.
What I detect in the attempt to make her a sort of pariah is that it’s the same basic pattern you see with other women who some folks decide-and let’s be clear. women do this to other women all the time too, so this comes from both genders-a woman of note has gotten too uppity or is garnering too much attention.
The tone sort of reminds me of the tone of Hillary bashing-or even the recent Pelosi bashing we were hearing a few weeks ago-that happily, went nowhere as we Dems love Nancy. Most of the voices demanding that she step down are-conservative Republicans.
What I always objected to in the attacks on Hillary-and Pelosi-and which I detect at least somewhat in the attacks on Mensch-is this whole high school thing.
You know. You are friend with someone in high school, you eat lunch with them every day, but then everyone starts making fun of that person so you decide they must be a terrible person-after all, everyone is saying so. So you tell them you can’t be their friend anymore.
I just personally recoil at that sort of bullying and groupthink. To be sure, with Mensch, she may well not have helped herself.
She has perhaps had a tendency-I say perhaps as I haven’t paid that much attention to the back and forth as I see it as a distraction-to engage in character assassination on some of her critics. Rather than simply showing the error in what they say-or simply ignoring them which is always an option-she did seem to accuse a lot of people of being in bed with Russia.
Predictably, other people started accusing her of being in bed with Russia. See this is why I made it my business not to know too much about the details of these circular firing squads.
If you disagree with what someone says about you, there are any number of ways to respond but to the extent she engaged in slander that was wrong and counterproductive for her.
On the other hand a lot of the criticism against her doesn’t have much merit either. The idea that she was friends with Milo Yiannopoulos is to my mind, irrelevant. If guilt by association is all the Mensch haters have it’s not worth much.
I know she’s a UK conservative. And… Is that enough to discredit everything she says? If you think so, I’d suggest thinking again.
But here is why I do personally still find value in reading her. She has gotten a lot of things right. Like this is a bombshell story out of the WSJ about the possibility that Michael Flynn colluded with Russia.
But it’s a bombshell as the MSM is finally paying attention to it. Mensch was reporting about Flynn and collusion months ago.
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) June 29, 2017
There has been a concerted effort from MSM types to discredit not just Mensch, but Claude Taylor as well.
But the reality is that Mensch, Taylor, Puesto Loco, Palmer Report, etc have gotten a lot of stories through their own good sources that took the MSM many extra weeks and months to get to.
It seems to me there are different types of journalists. The MSM type is very cautious and requires multiple sourcing and a entire protocol to check a story before they run it.
And in many ways you can argue that’s for the good. But it necessarily will always be behind the curve.
And it can lead to this:
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) June 28, 2017
This all sort of reminds you of what they did to Dan Rather:
“The retracted Russia story — which cited a single, unnamed source that claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a $10 billion Russian investment fund — was a “massive break in protocol,” according to one CNN source. Network sources said the story was not vetted by the typical channels that approve investigative work. After deleting the story on Friday, CNN released an editor’s note retracting the report and apologizing to Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump’s transition team who had been named in the story.”
“Thomas Frank, the investigative reporter who wrote the story; Eric Lichtblau, an editor who recently joined CNN from the New York Times; and CNN Investigates executive editor Lex Haris resigned from the network on Monday.”
I still don’t understand the apology as it may well be that the story was true. No one has shown it wasn’t, simply that it didn’t go through the normal CNN process. It was single sourced. No one knows if this single source was wrong, though.
In that sense I understand the retraction but not the apology. They may well have apologized to a guilty man.
And this is why Mensch, Taylor, Puesto Loco, etc. do such needed work. They don’t have such a cumbersome process and therefore true stories can come out sooner.
Don’t get me wrong-just because Mensch, Taylor, or Loco tell us their source says ‘X’ doesn’t mean I assume X is true. But I know now that it at least could be true-it opens up the world of possibilities and leads to greater clarity.
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