When President Donald Trump announced he would be nominating DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, it was expected that Democrats and their allies in the media would attack him.
After all, Kennedy often serves as the Court’s swing vote, siding with liberal justices on cases regarding same-sex marriage and abortion and with conservatives on gun rights and free speech. Replacing him with someone more conservative could have major ramifications on a number of issues, and liberals are certainly free to sound the alarm and stake out where they disagree with Trump’s pick.
But the majority of the opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination hasn’t been issue-based.
First was an attack on his “frat boy”-sounding name.
“Now I don’t know much about Kavanaugh, but I’m skeptical because his name is Brett,” said CBS “comedian” Stephen Colbert. “That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday’s.”
That criticism was quickly echoed by the pro-abortion lobby.
We'll be DAMNED if we're going to let five MEN—including some frat boy named Brett—strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights. #StopKavanaugh #SaveRoe pic.twitter.com/22GYMTVLgj
— NARAL (@NARAL) July 11, 2018
Next was a damning report that Kavanaugh had, gasp, purchased a number of baseball tickets on credit cards before paying them off.
Brett Kavanaugh, call your office https://t.co/wRNULzODU1
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) July 11, 2018
As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said with a smirk on the floor of the US Senate:
“In a ‘breaking news’ bombshell report just last night, we learned that Judge Kavanaugh enjoys America’s pastime. Investigative reporters scoured his financial disclosures and learned that he buys tickets to baseball games with his friends and that he pays his bills.”
The latest missive says the club Kavanaugh participated in during his time in college was “mostly about drinking!” Cheers to that.
These attacks come from the same pundits who criticized Vice President Mike Pence and his family for eating at Chili’s, mocked Florida Senator Marco Rubio for buying a boat while having student loans, and savaged HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a Southern Baptist church that opposes same-sex marriage.
The same voices attacked President Donald Trump for liking McDonald’s, Diet Coke, and Lay’s potato chips.
Such attacks are intended to mock and deride Kavanaugh but have the effect of humanizing him to regular Americans—many of whom are guilty of the very same “sins” the media attributes to the judicial nominee.
Though the media pretends otherwise, everyday Americans (especially Texans) like fast food, they attend church regularly, and they often have credit card debt. And much to the apparent horror of the mainstream media, they get speeding tickets, shoot guns, and attend baseball games.
They’re sick and tired of the #FakeNewsMedia being weaponized against them and waging a culture war on their religion, their way of life, and even their language.
Just two months ago the Houston Chronicle carried an op-ed from an illegal immigrant and DREAMer activist entitled “I’m a Texan. Ken Paxton wants to deport me” and said the Texas Attorney General had made it “his personal mission to make [her] life hell.”
Asked to submit a response by the newspaper, I disputed the activist’s point and said:
“Such a statement is absurd and it’s beneath the dignity of even the Hillary Clinton-endorsing Houston Chronicle to print. I sincerely hope the editors don’t believe that, though it would explain why their paper is hemorrhaging readers. I suggest that the newspaper’s editors and writers spend some more time among regular, everyday Texans.
They’ll find they’re normal, hardworking people who are offended that those with no legal right to be here are allowed to chant “#HereToStay” in public forums with no fear of deportation. They’ll find they believe the rule of law matters, and that America should have a border just like every other nation on earth.”
The Chronicle’s editors omitted the entire paragraph that criticized their publication.
Like The Simpsons’ Principal Skinner who once comically asked himself, “Am I so out of touch?” before concluding, “No, it’s the children who are wrong,” the Houston Chronicle, CNN, and their ilk have likewise wrongly concluded the American public—its reader base and revenue source—is backward and bigoted and must be “re-educated.”
And they, the “enlightened journalists,” must play the role of proselytizers for a cosmopolitan culture that has little relation to that of mainstream Americans.
They’ve pressed forward with a tone-deaf jihad against normal, everyday people who refuse to pay the jizya and fail to genuflect in deference to the cult of political correctness.
Most Americans today have a healthy distrust for those in the legacy media. But from watching firsthand how events actually occur and then seeing their biased and wildly inaccurate reports, I believe Texans don’t discount what they read in the newspaper and see on TV enough.
Coming to Austin three and a half years ago to cover the Texas Legislature for Texas Scorecard, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but rather nervous. I’d written a little for a student newspaper I started at Texas A&M, but I’d now be writing about stuff that actually mattered.
It was an intimidating task and I thought I’d be intimidated by those in the Capitol press corps.
Many of them I had grown up reading. I knew some were hacks, but I expected the majority to be wise, seasoned, informed by history, and driven to promote the public good and hold government accountable.
That illusion was quickly shattered.
Watching how so-called journalists conduct themselves in the Texas Capitol, I quickly realized there was often a sharp disconnect from what their reports said and how events actually transpired. And even more egregious was the gap between the issues they chose to cover—and those they swept under the rug.
While there are certainly a handful of hard-nosed, no-nonsense writers seeking to actually inform Texans of the machinations of their government, the vast majority are contemptible. Indeed, the majority of individuals in media aren’t smart or savvy, they aren’t ethical leaders or stoic stewards of justice, and they definitely aren’t defenders of the public interest.
No, not by a long shot.
At best they are sad—reminding me of the theater kids in high school who never had the talent or work ethic necessary to perform in any plays and had to settle for building props and smoking joints in the parking lot. Or perhaps the Eeyore-esque bunch who chose to sit in the cafeteria during pep rallies.
If not for the dinosaur media offering them employment, many Texas “journalists” would be hawking turkey legs at the Renaissance festival or doling out parking tickets for a community college.
At worst they are grimy (both literally and figuratively) and craven individuals who cloak themselves in the veneer of public service and intellectualism while they in truth barter away their principles for invitations to cocktail parties and hollow praise from their fellow back-patters.
Both groups exist in relatively equal number in Austin (and by all accounts Washington as well), but it’s this latter group of sycophants and power-worshipping idolaters who have contributed to the governmental culture of contempt for an American public they view beneath them. It’s they who have carried the water for established Texas lawmakers even as they’ve victimized women, who have pushed aside the facts to indict politicians they dislike, and who have waged war on the First Amendment.
It’s this group of court jesters that work with those in power to resist citizens’ efforts to take back the halls of government. But the good news is they’re losing. Each month another extinction event occurs in the mainstream media as people turn away from perverted institutions and replace them with information sources they trust.
Thanks to American capitalism and modern technology, everyday citizens can read and report on what’s actually happening on social media and blogs each and every day. They can see the truth for themselves that the president is no Nazi and Elizabeth Warren is no Pocahontas.
And they can see that, despite fake news reports, America is on track to becoming great again.