If we thought they couldn’t sink any lower, The New York Times’ is the Titanic of fake news embarrassment. They sunk further into the murky depths of slimy yellow journalism by publishing a hate-filled anti-Trump hit piece, full of malicious and outlandish rhetoric. And that’s putting it nicely.
The headline ran, “This is What Happens When a Narcissist Runs a Crisis.” The author begins, “Since the early days of the Trump administration, an impassioned group of mental health professionals have warned the public about the president’s cramped and disordered mind, a darkened attic of fluttering bats.” It goes on….and on…..and on. With rabid absurdity.
I’m literally laughing out loud at how desperate this is. She tries to soften her utterly baseless “assessment” by the caveat, “Their assessments have been controversial. The American Psychiatric Association’s code of ethics expressly forbids its members from diagnosing a public figure from afar.” Okay, but can you also point me to the page in the DSM of any legitimate professional diagnosis including a “darkened attic of fluttering bats” mind?
The writer is, according to her bio, apparently a book critic. Sounds about right, as she seems to be borrowing from the children’s book “The Grinch” by Dr. Seuss with her entirely fictional descriptions worthy only of the same type of writing that made Seuss famous for made-up words and exaggerated characters.
But this isn’t a fanciful novel she’s critiquing. She’s talking about a real, current public health crisis that a real American President is managing and real American people are very concerned and scared.
This is impacting everyone, from health to financial concerns to our daily lives being disrupted. For The New York Times to run this malicious piece in the middle of a pandemic is irresponsible and reckless at best, but evidences clearly that they hate President Trump far more than they care about the American people or doing actual journalism and reporting facts.
Are they so afraid Trump is doing such a good job managing this that they have to invoke malicious pejoratives and hope someone is stupid enough to believe them?
The piece also makes some dangerous and false factual claims: “The president’s pathology is endangering not just institutions, but lives.” This presumes her “bat attic mind” diagnosis is an actual “pathology,” and that such “pathology” is actually in some provable way endangering lives. That’s a leap too far.
The legal bar on criticism of a public figure is high. This is intended to ensure that controversial opinions are not silenced. But maybe it’s time the law reevaluates this standard. Should “fair comment” rationally and legally include a book critic making mental health diagnostics of a public figure she’s never met? This is dangerous. It’s also hate speech. Making statements that a person (even a public figure) has a loathsome disease is libel per se. Shouldn’t that include wildly false, reckless statements accusing someone of having a mental health disorder that could affect public perception?
This seems intentionally targeted toward the 2020 election. Maybe it’s time the law doesn’t allow intentionally reckless claims of bat attic minds or bat-sh*t crazy “analysis” to get printed under the auspices of legitimate journalism and “fair comment.” There is nothing fair or legitimate about this.
Jenna Ellis is a constitutional law attorney and the Senior Legal Adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign. She is an attorney to President Trump and author of “The Legal Basis for a Moral Constitution.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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