TRYING TO CORRAL THE PRESS: “”The Biden campaign seems to believe that journalists should stop reporting on polls, rallies, and other tentpoles of traditional presidential races and instead devote their resources to telling Americans that Trump wants to be a dictator, over and over again. If that means ignoring Biden’s missteps and weaknesses, well, the Biden campaign can accept that.”

I’ll bet they can.

Plus: “Hendrickson’s unexamined belief in Biden’s belief in the Constitution makes me want to reverse engineer that sentence I boldfaced: Biden’s failure to support a free and independent press means he does not believe in the Constitution.”

Ya think?

OPEN THREAD: Waiter bring me some more Bacardi’s.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: The Washington Post Writes a Hit Piece on Its Own Incoming Editor.

I’ll sum up the details of the hit piece, because the details aren’t important: Winnett, while working in the UK, used stories by a shady reporter who used deceit, and maybe even phone hacking (if you remember that scandal) to get stories. The hit-piece is wondering whether Winnett did enough to instruct his reporters on journalistic ethics — and you know, Washington Post “journalists” are all about journalistic ethics — and whether he maybe he encouraged the bad behavior.

Like I said, the details are not important. What is important is that these charges date from 15 years ago and no one has had much interest in “resurfacing” them — until now.

It’s not like Winnett hasn’t been working in journalism all this time. He didn’t retire from journalism and just jump back into it.

This story was old and dead.

But Washington Post reporters now “resurface” it to try to pressure Bezos into firing him.

Back in 2022, Josh Barro asked: Are There Any Adults at the Washington Post?

You may have noticed a bizarre trend at organizations whose staffs are full of younger liberals: Internal disputes aren’t kept internal anymore but are aired in public, on social media or in the press, with rampantly subordinate staff attacking their colleagues or decrying managerial decisions in full public view — and those actions apparently tolerated from the top.

In the most extreme cases, you get meltdowns like the one at the Dianne Morales campaign for mayor of New York, where staff went on strike to demand, among other things, that the campaign divert part of its budget away from campaigning into “community grocery giveaways.” But it’s especially a problem in the media, where so many employees have large social media followings they can use to put their employers on blast — and where those employers have (unwisely) cultivated a freewheeling social media culture where it’s common for reporters to comment on all sorts of matters unrelated to their coverage.

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I hate that I’ve written so many paragraphs about this. I hate that I know so much about this dispute. It’s so high school, and it ought not to be any of our business. These are all internal HR matters. But [Felicia] Sonmez is explicit: She wages these fights in public because management is more responsive to that than when employees complain privately. By giving her “good friend” [Dave] Weigel such a long suspension and doing nothing to her, management is only encouraging her and other Post employees to put their colleagues on blast more, which she has indeed been doing.

Airing internal workplace disputes in public like this is not okay, even when you are right on the merits. My statement isn’t just obvious, it’s how almost all organizations work. If you think your coworker sucks, you don’t tweet about it. That’s unprofessional. If you disagree with management’s personnel decisions, you don’t decry them to the public. That’s insubordinate. Organizations full of people who are publicly at each other’s throats can’t be effective. Your workplace is not Fleetwood Mac.

But it’s definitely Kindergarten Cop:


K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Teachers Union Boss Says Conservatives Don’t Want Black Kids To Know How To Read.

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union claimed during a radio interview that aired Sunday that conservatives don’t want black children to learn how to read.

Stacy Davis Gates made an appearance on WBBM 780 AM to defend the union’s contract demands. Gates claimed that conservatives who expressed criticism of the demands “don’t even want black children to be able to read.”

“Remember, these same conservatives are the conservatives who probably would have been championing black codes, you know, during reconstruction or thereafter,” she said. “So, forgive me again if conservatives pushing back on educating immigrant children, black children, children who live in poverty, doesn’t make my anxiety go up. That’s what they’re supposed to say. That is literally a part of the oath that they take to be right wing.”

Setting aside that I missed that moment when I was handed my VRWC decoder ring ages ago, where is Gates finding all of these “conservatives” in Chicago, whose last Republican mayor left office in 1931?

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): A reader messages: “Someone needs to tell her whose idea Jim Crow was. #dontknowmuchabouthistory,” Well, to be fair, she’s a teacher.

DISNEY MAKES SURPRISE IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION TO TRUMP 2024 ELECTION CAMPAIGN! Joy Behar, Rachel Maddow Warn Donald Trump Could Cancel The View If He Wins Election. “To recap: Rachel Maddow says Trump might put her in a camp with illegal aliens. Brian Stelter says Trump could ‘punish’ him. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. says Trump may place her in prison. And Joy Behar says Trump could cancel ‘The View.’ Enough already. Donald Trump is already polling ahead of Joe Biden. No need to entice voters more.”

IN THE SENSE THAT WE’RE LETTING THEM, YES. Are the Houthis Winning in the Red Sea?

Reminder: We were supporting the Saudis’ war against the Houthis. The usual left wing apparathiks and media people — but I repeat myself — made a lot of noise about that being a human rights violation. (All such concerns about human rights in the Houthi territory were, and are, largely absent.) After the Saudis killed Jamal Khashoggi, who for some reason was friends with a lot of Washington bureaucrats and journalists, the clamor increase. When Biden came in, he called the Saudis a “pariah nation” and now we’re raiding our oil reserves in pre-election desperation and seeing shipping through the Suez Canal cut roughly in half.

JONATHAN TOBIN: What Republicans Can Learn From the Tories’ Impending Disaster.

Republicans might be in the same position as the Tories right now if people like 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney or his running mate, former House speaker Paul Ryan, were at the head of their 2024 ticket. But in Britain, the moral equivalents of these Never Trumpers are still in charge. While Britain’s Conservative voters told their leaders what they wanted in the 2016 Brexit vote and the 2019 general election, the Tory establishment refused to go along.

Given the first-past-the-post system, even if Reform ties or beats the Conservatives in the national vote, it may just mean hundreds of second-place finishes. Those few Tories who keep their seats will probably be on the party’s Left flank, further sinking the chances of changing and thereby saving the party. It also remains to be seen whether Farage can begin the process of political realignment that will see the Conservatives replaced as the main opposition to Labour.

But the lesson here for Republicans, including those who remain members in good standing of the D.C. establishment, is that conservative political parties that ignore their voters are headed for the scrap heap of history. If they want to avoid the fate of Britain’s Tories, they must follow Trump’s lead and listen to their working-class voters rather than to Wall Street or Never Trumpers who have long since abandoned them for the Democrats.

Dan McCarthy adds: Nigel Farage Makes the Trump Moment Permanent.

He might never become prime minister or even a member of Parliament.

But if he keeps up the pressure, Farage will drive the Conservatives to adopt leaders who resemble him — the only kind who can attract his voters.

Old-guard Republicans are as eager to get past Trump and Trumpism as the Conservatives were to get beyond Farage and Brexit.

But immigration is the defining issue of our time on both sides of the Atlantic, not only in America and Britain but on the European continent, too, as demonstrated by last week’s E.U. elections.

Immigration restriction has a popular constituency throughout the Western world, and one that’s impatient with older center-right parties reluctant to take up the cause.

Trump and Farage both perceived that, and while nobody else can be Donald Trump, Farage’s strategy is one other politicians, including Republicans after Trump, can employ.

Here the Farage strategy doesn’t require a new party; the same pressure can be applied to the Republican establishment through primaries.

Whether or not populist Republicans win a general election, simply by making it impossible for other Republicans to win without them, they gain leverage the way Farage has.

The flipside also applies — populists might not win without immigration-loving, business-oriented Republican or Conservative voters — but populists ultimately care more about the issue.

What London financier wants to jeopardize lower taxes for the sake of higher immigration?

Brexit and Trump’s election were eight years ago, but 2016 is still the present and future of the political right.

Related: Farage explains why discussing immigration is such a taboo topic:

JON GABRIEL: Three Presidents, Three Views on Racial Empowerment: Despite Trump’s reputation for divisive rhetoric, President Biden is now the one needlessly stoking racial grievance.

Despite Trump’s “reputation” — which is mostly based on his opponents’ deliberate mischaracterizations — Trump’s views on race are more traditionally liberal, and more widely in tune with the American public’s, than those of the race-grifters and -baiters who make up the mainstream political establishment and media.

A 30% MORTALITY RATE WITHIN 48 HOURS IS NO JOKE: Japan sees record spike in infections caused by tissue-damaging bacteria.

“Most of the deaths happen within 48 hours,” Kikuchi added. “As soon as a patient notices swelling in their foot in the morning, it can expand to the knee by noon and they can die within 48 hours.”

STSS symptoms start as a fever, muscle pain and vomiting, but as the bacterial infection spreads into deep tissues and the bloodstream the symptoms can become life-threatening with swelling, low blood pressure and organ failure.

Since I don’t have a spleen, I’m more vulnerable to this. I keep a brutally strong antibiotic (Levaquin) on hand, and I’m supposed to gulp it and head to the ER at the first sign of symptoms.