EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Lawmaker says watchdog’s report on FDA handling of infant formula crisis confirms panel’s findings.

The report by the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department comes two years after the FDA’s investigation into the Abbott baby formula contamination that caused nine infant deaths and triggered a nationwide formula shortage in 2022.

“The long-awaited audit by HHS’ OIG confirms findings by the House Oversight Committee that the 2022 nationwide infant formula crisis was exacerbated by dysfunction and delay within the FDA,” said Rep. Lisa McClain, Michigan Republican and chair of the subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services.

“This audit confirms testimony by multiple former FDA officials before the subcommittee that the FDA’s failure to heed whistleblower warnings, failure to conduct adequate inspections, and slow responsiveness had serious implications,” she said.

Ms. McClain released documents obtained by the committee during a recent hearing with FDA Commissioner Robert Califf indicating that Biden administration officials knew about the infant formula shortage months before they took action.

Just some basic competence at something, every now and then, would be nice.

MOST HILL AIDES WANT NEW FACE IN THE WHITE HOUSE: Overall, 77 percent of the congressional aides responded “Yes” to the question of would they name a new presidential candidate for their political party if given the chance. Interestingly, 88 percent of the Democratic staffers said that, compared to 70 percent of the GOP aides.

MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS? I don’t think so. The Good Professor linked last week to a Volokh piece about a Florida intermediate appellate court holding that internal emails showed more than enough evidence of actual malice on CNN’s part to warrant that a libel case against them proceed.

But buried in the judicial opinion I noticed something else. Something that underscores the double-standard of modern media. Something that smacks of dishonesty.

By way of background, the story made factual (and purportedly false) allegations about Navy vet Zachary Young and his company, which was involved in rescuing people from Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal. As mentioned above the court found as it did based on internal statements at CNN, such as:

“CNN employees called him a ‘s—bag’ and ‘a-hole’ and remarked they were ‘going to nail this Zachary Young mf—er.’ […] Marquardt [from CNN] referred to him as ‘f—ing Young’ and quipped, ‘it’s your funeral bucko.’”*

That’s the background. Here’s the double standard part: Buried in the ruling, the court mentioned that CNN had proffered the defense of constitutionally protected opinion.

Yes, you read that right. I have three questions:

  1. How can you claim to be “The Most Trusted Name in News” after saying — under oath and in front of God and everyone — that what you broadcast wasn’t news at all, but opinion? By definition, opinion is an unprovable expression not capable of being proven true or false;
  2. People We Are Not Supposed to Like were excoriated by left-leaning outfits for making the same argument, which was distorted wildly. NPR said “You Literally Can’t Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox’s Lawyers.” But at the same time, here’s CNN mocking Tucker for doing the exact same thing they did this month.
  3. How can you square the utter hypocrisy of the leftist outfits who much earlier raised the same defense as Tucker, namely Rachel “All Panic, All the Time” Maddow?  As far back as 2021 it took Glenn Greenwald to point this out, saying “A Court Ruled Rachel Maddow’s Viewers Know She Offers Exaggeration and Opinion, Not Facts.

The part that bothers me the most is this is another example of the one-two-three punch of gaslighting, denialism, and projection.

*FOOTNOTE: Discovery is a bitch.

HIGHER EDUCATION IMPLOSION UPDATE: Emerson College announces layoffs amidst enrollment decline linked to campus protests.

The college is blaming the enrollment decline in part on “negative press and social media” from the pro-Palestinian demonstrations and subsequent arrests.

In the early morning hours of April 25, 118 student protesters were arrested by Boston police when officers swept through the pro-Palestine encampment at Boylston Place Alley, a public right-of-way that leads to the State Transportation Center.

President Jay Bernhardt wrote that he expects the enrollment decline to last only one year, but the effects will ripple through the budget for the next several.

“We attribute this reduction to multiple factors, including national enrollment trends away from smaller private institutions, an enrollment deposit delay in response to the new FAFSA rollout, student protests targeting our yield events and campus tours, and negative press and social media generated from the demonstrations and arrests,” Bernhardt wrote in an email shared with the Globe.

There was plenty of warning going back to 2017: Long After Protests, Students Shun the University of Missouri.

GOOD. After Indiana University Implemented DEI In Its Law School Curriculum, Professor Took His Concerns To State Legislature. “‘This class is guaranteed to further polarize and politicize the law school environment and represents yet another attempt by the academic Left to provide a platform for extreme idealogues to indoctrinate students who are essentially academic hostages,’ Hill wrote in his letter. ‘DEI is now “in” at the McKinney school….'”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEFING: Nobody Is Really in the Mood for President Harris to Happen. “The thing about that very real prospect is that it doesn’t make anyone happy. It’s no secret that most Democrats are no more fond of Madame Vice President than Republicans are. I’m fairly certain that’s behind the feverish attempt to create the ‘cheap fakes’ false narrative.”

BIDEN ARRANGED BURISMA EXEC MEETING WITH KEY STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: New evidence reviewed by Just the News points to another chapter in the Biden Crime Family’s Burisma epic.

DISPATCHES FROM WEIMAR AMERICA: Kappa Kappa Gamma Women Lose Last-Ditch Appeal To Remove ‘Voyeuristic’ Trans-Identified Male From Their Sorority House. “The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a lawsuit filed by six members of a Wyoming sorority challenging the admission of a 6’2″, 260-pound trans-identified male, who the women have alleged has “watched” them undress with a visible erection. The University of Wyoming’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG), the complainants argued, caused the women ’emotional distress in a personalized and unique way’ and circumvented voting bylaws in their 2022 decision to admit Dallin ‘Artemis’ Langford as a member of the sorority.”

WE’VE ENTERED THE “LIBRARIES REPLACE PAGES IN THE ENCYCLOPEDIA” PHASE OF OUR SOVIETIZATION: Check Out the Latest Video the White House Will Call a ‘Cheap Fake’ Before It’s Scrubbed.

Related:

Maybe not everything the Left claims is projection — but only maybe.

CHANGE: Russia has moved almost all ground forces from Finland’s vicinity to Ukraine, media report.

Russia has moved the vast majority of its ground forces previously stationed near Finland to the war in Ukraine, the Finnish public broadcaster Yle reported on June 19, citing an undisclosed Finnish military intelligence source.

These revelations stand in contrast to previous claims by Russia on reinforcing its troops near the Finnish border in response to the Nordic country’s entry into NATO.

“On average, 80% of the equipment and soldiers have been transferred to the war in Ukraine,” the high-ranking military intelligence source told Yle.

According to the source, the situation is similar in other Russian regions except for Moscow Oblast. This concerns mainly the Ground Forces, as air defenses, the Air Force, and the Navy remain relatively well-manned, Yle reported.

The numbers of soldiers stationed in bases near the Finnish borders sometimes fluctuate as Russia draws new conscripts, but “all contract soldiers have been sent to do real work,” the source said.

The Kremlin’s actions show that not even they believe NATO is a threat.

CDR SALAMANDER: The National Guard Forgets Itself. “For most of this century, if you were in uniform, you were either directly or indirectly involved in helping ensure border integrity of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia…and the list goes on. If you’re like me, you might have even been directly involved in a few of them. That doesn’t even start with the efforts we have made to help our NATO friends on their borders, etc. So, with that set, let’s see what the person in charge of the National Guard Bureau, General Daniel Hokanson, USA, via Stars & Stripes has to say about his job.”

FROM NATHAN C. BRINDLE:  The Lion and the Darkness.


The Long-Awaited Sequel to The Lion in Paradise

At long last, Ariela Rivers Wolff begins her mission to the Simulated Worlds.

As the Martyr of Sardristra, she finds herself in the position of a Joan of Arc, burned at the stake for preaching a sermon of love to a very violent race of . . . blue, four-legged, four-armed, sort-of-horse analogs. Five hundred years later in their history, she finds a totally-reversed welcome as “Saint Ardreyelya” in the country in which she first appeared. Will she be able to prevent the rest of the world from destroying “her” people before she can convert them, too?

As the Goddess of Mahoukai, she finds herself the deity of a world religion in a world governed by magic. And like all worlds with magic, inevitably there is a Demon Lord. She’ll have to deal with that Demon Lord before the world of Mahoukai can be realized into the True Universe . . . but in the event, the Demon Lord is an infiltrated agent of the very enemies she is sworn to fight in the real world. Can The Lion of God take on a Darkness, single-handed? If not, it may spell doom for the inhabitants of Mahoukai – and for herself.