Jazz Great Wynton Marsalis Says This Is More Dangerous to the Black Community Than Confederate Statues

Apart from the Jacksons, there probably is no more successful family in the music industry than the Marsalis family. Wynton Marsalis is a virtuoso trumpet player and a jazz purist. His recent comments about rap music might be shocking to people of the social justice warrior persuasion.

Wynton Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, and Pulitzer Prizewinner. He’s also built himself a longtime reputation as a jazz purist, one who refuses to integrate music like avant-garde jazz or fusion into his work, which is otherwise immersed in the genre’s history. But Marsalis’ view of rap music is a whole lot darker than his ideas about whatever forms of jazz he doesn’t like, as The Washington Postreports.

Talking to Marsalis on his Post podcast, Jonathan Capehart asked about playing jazz during a time of massive racial unrest like what we’re seeing today. Marsalis responded that racism has less to do with the Charlottesville attack or even with Donald Trump’s election and more to do with “how we’ve lost our grip on our morality in the black community… using pornography and profanity and addressing ourselves in the lowest, most disrespectful form.”

Here’s the whole podcast for anyone who wants to listen.

Marsalis argues that “filth” is now the “default position” in black music.

You can’t have a pipeline of filth be your default position, and it’s free. Now, the nation is entertained by that. It’s not free. Just like the toll the minstrel show took on black folks and on white folks. Now all this “nigga” this, “bitch” that, “ho” that, it’s just a fact at this point.

For me, it was not a default position in the ’80s. Now that it is the default position, how you like me now? You like what it’s yielding? Something is wrong with you, you need your head examined if you like this. It’s almost like adults left the room or something…

He says that rap music is more damaging than any statue of Robert E. Lee.

My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggas and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me, that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee…

I feel that that’s much more of a racial issue than taking Robert E. Lee’s statue down. There’s more niggas in that than there is in Robert E. Lee’s statue.

I have to point out that losing a grip on morality isn’t exactly unique to the black community. Unfortunately that’s common ground across many demographics.

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PA School Institutes Fascist Facial Expression Policy: Smile, Or Else

What is going on with education in Pennsylvania?

It wasn’t too long ago that we heard the proposal from one Pennsylvania school to combat potential mass shooters with buckets of rocks, like third world protesters facing down a tyrannical military regime.

Now another Keystone State school is punishing kids for not smiling.

Yes, students in Pennsylvania’s North Lebanon District will face consequences if they are seen not smiling in the hallways.

Students who don’t have a smile on their face while in the hallways between classes are told to either smile or go see a guidance counselor to discuss their problems.

Fifteen-year-old Julianna Gundrum, a student at the school district, said if you didn’t smile there would be consequences. Julianna Gundrum’s mother, Jean Gundrum, has since pulled her from the school and has enrolled her in the district’s cyber school program.

“If you don’t (smile) you get called to the office or down to see your guidance counselor,” she said. “You have to talk about your problems then. You have to or you get detention.”

Smile or face interrogation. Refuse interrogation and you will be punished. This is some real Barney Fife fascism here. Obviously no one is under threat of bodily harm here, but it’s hard not to think of events staged by dictators where they are surrounded by smiling children.

If a kid is behaving properly and not being disruptive, it is none of the school’s damned business how much teeth he’s showing.

Besides, can you think of anything more disconcerting than a crowded hallway full of sullen teenagers sporting forced smiles? It’s nightmarish.

Even though smiling in the hallways is not a written rule at the school district, it is something that Assistant High School Principal Benjamin Wenger has taken upon himself to enforce, according to several teachers. The teachers who spoke to Lebanon Daily News asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation from the school district.

How did you lose your teaching job? Oh, I spoke to the media about my whack job principle coercing smiles from children.

Some people are saying that the school has failed to take anti-bullying rules seriously even though they are part of state law, unlike the policing of facial expressions. (Oh, and there’s apparently also a sex toy scandal involving Principle Smileyface. Any connection between that and his smile obsession would be purely conjecture at this point.)

While Wenger – who has been accused of throwing around a sex toy in the office during school hours (along with High School Principal Jennifer Hassler and Middle School Principal Brad Reist) – may care about whether or not students are smiling between classes, parents and teachers have bigger concerns. Both say Wenger and his fellow administrators don’t care enough about the bullying and harassment taking place in the school district. Teachers are aware that a child without a smile in the hall can be sent to the guidance counselor.

Despite no written rule on smiling in the hallway, there is written policy regarding bullying. State law required schools to adopt an anti-bullying policy by Jan. 1, 2009.

Bullying certainly can be a serious problem in some cases but schools these days tend to blow a lot of things out of proportion like bullying or tangential off campus acknowledgment of the existence of firearms or firearm shaped pastries.

Still, I think this fascist smile policy might just out-stupid some of that silliness.

The floggings will continue until morale improves.

 

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Embassy Move Sheds Light on Why Evangelicals Celebrate a Reprobate President

The belief that President Trump’s correct decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem holds eschatological significance may be one reason many evangelical Christians have given Trump steadfast support despite his amoral history and tenuous understanding of the faith they claim he holds.

That controversial pastors like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress were involved in the ceremonies surrounding the new Embassy opening. Jeffress, whom Mitt Romney called a bigot on Twitter this week

Jeffress gives a religious bigot’s rote response which while true, is not the whole truth.

I believe when debating religion there’s a line you must tread between espousing what you believe to be true and proclaiming that others are going to hell. Jeffress and many people of all denominations cross the line indiscriminately, then retreat to the “but I’m just saying what Jesus said” routine. To me it all comes off as rather cultish and driven more by pride than concern for anyone’s immortal soul.

No one has ever been offended into converting to a different faith. However, a lot of people have probably joined churches because the pastor attacks the people they already hate. There’s an obvious parallel between that brand of evangelicalism and Trump’s brand of politics. It’s all basically the same sort of populist, tribal mentality that some of us have been writing about for more than a year now.

Erick Erickson published a piece correctly pointing out that the move is not a biblical prophecy being fulfilled.

I am not in the evangelical camp that thinks Israel still has a special role to play in the Bible. The Israelites of the Old Testament were superceded by the church in the New Testament. Christians are now God’s people and faith in Christ is what gains one admission into God’s eternal kingdom. I do not believe the modern nation-state of Israel has any Biblical role to play, though I recognize and embrace the historicity of the Kingdom of David, the role the Romans played in changing the name from Judea to Palestine, and that the Jews legitimately have a several thousand year old claim to set up shop in the area on which the modern nation-state exists.

Some may find it surprising that someone would even feel it necessary to make such a distinction but there is a segment of the Christian Right whose support for Israel is rooted in more than just a shared belief in Democracy.

I say that to say I do not view Donald Trump as fulfilling some prophesy or helping bring about the second coming through moving America’s Embassy to Jerusalem. I believe it was just the right thing to do.

That may put him at odds with many evangelical Trump supporters, for whom this is not just international diplomacy but a step—in their minds—toward the second coming of Christ. That seems to be the case with Jeffress as seen in his prayer at the opening of the new Embassy.

“We want to thank you for the tremendous leadership of our great president, Donald J. Trump. Without President Trump’s determination, resolve and courage we would not be here today,” he said.

“And I believe I speak for everyone of us when I say I thank you every day that you have given us a President who boldly stands on the right side of history but more importantly stands on the right side of you, O God, when it comes to Israel,” Jeffress added.

There is, of course, no “right side of history.” There is just history.

The “end times” aspect of the right’s support for Israel is seldom spoken about publicly by politicians. You won’t see it debated on Fox News. To me, believing that American politics is somehow directly tied to the end of the world is little different from paranoia about the Bilderbergers or chemtrails.

As a political activist I’ve had some skin-crawly moments when people open up about their views on biblical prophecy when they think they’re in a room with people who think like them.

As Erickson said, moving the Embassy to Jerusalem is the right thing to do. Interpreting the Bible as if the times you live in are specifically foretold in scripture and judging political decisions on what you believe to be prophecy is the wrong thing to do. Give me leaders who base their decisions in a Judeo-Christian concept of morality and justice and not in what they know is supposed to happen.

 

 

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North’s Inflammatory Rhetoric Is Not What the NRA Needs

I wrote earlier about whether it was wise of the NRA to choose Oliver North as its public face. So far I’d say the needle is moving in the “NO” direction.

I think he’s using exactly the wrong type of rhetoric to achieve the organizations goals, assuming those goals involve more than just whipping Second Amendment supporters into a froth with red meat comments like this North made in a Washington Times interview.

“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America,” he said.

“You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing,” he said. “We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today.”

In terms of influencing public opinion, white people who represent traditionally Republican causes likening themselves to blacks during the fight for civil rights is something should only be done…well…never. Even if the nature of the struggle is technically similar (i.e. stopping government from depriving individuals of civil rights), that sort of rhetoric is only going to win you points with some of your base.

When you’re someone who (whether justly or unjustly) is already a big, slow-moving target for Alinskyite demolition it is probably even more inadvisable.

He said the young survivor-activists who have emerged as representatives for gun restrictions — and as fierce opponents of the NRA — are getting swept up by a broader propaganda machine.

“What they did very successfully with a frontal assault, and now intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking, is they confused the American people,” he said. “Our job is to get the straight story out about what happened there, and to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen again because the proper things are being done with the advocacy of the NRA.”

North does state that building the NRA membership rolls is a primary concern for him but I wonder if in doing so he’s making the actual Second Amendment advocacy more difficult.

Mr. North, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, talk show host and now the incoming president of the NRA, said his first goal will be to add 1 million people “as fast as we can” to the organization’s membership, which is already at a record, approaching 6 million.

Is I’ve said before, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment but I’ve never been a member of the NRA. In so far as they protect the Second Amendment I support them and they are certainly free to run their organization as they see fit.

I just wonder if reducing the right to bear arms to just another tribal, identity politics group is going to achieve  anything. Adding membership dues from people who probably already vote your way will buy a lot of advocacy. If that advocacy is just going to be more preaching to the converted, then I think North’s strategy does little to move the ball. Doing that will require persuading people to change their minds.

Fighting to defend the Second Amendment is a political task and requires carefully crafted messaging.  The kind of language North used in this interview should be reserved for the pundits. I think the NRA would be better served by a not-so-easily demonized political lightning rod as its public face. They need someone without political baggage who can provide a calm, reasoned voice against the hair-on-fire anti-gun hysterics.

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Just When You Thought Paranoid Anti-Gun Hysteria Couldn’t Get Any Dumber…

The campaign to demonize guns has been successful in conditioning a lot of people to have an almost superstitious terror at the sight of anything remotely resembling a gun.

Connecticut, having been the site of a horrible murder spree can perhaps be excused for a certain amount of overreacting this report out of New Haven is what can only be described as utter stupidity. At the Benjamin Jepson Magnet School, police were called because a child made a gun out of LEGO blocks and pointed it at other students.

School officials said a child built a toy gun out of Lego at the Jepsen Magnet School in New Haven Thursday.

School administrators called police to the school after the child made the gun and started pointing it at the other kids.

Police!?

I’m willing to accept that they wanted to stop a kid from playing guns—something every boy has done since the invention of guns—on school property.  But calling the cops on a child for unauthorized LEGO activity? That is just insane. No one was in any danger and if the behavior was inappropriate the teachers should have been able to handle the LEGO emergency. If not then they have no business being teachers.

Then there’s the matter of them completely wasting police resources when there may have been people in actual danger and in need of help somewhere but the cops were tied up talking these ninnies down from their tree.

Then there’s a story out of Ohio where someone called 911 because a music teacher was sitting outside playing his bassoon.

Although the temperature was in the mid-50s, after years spent in claustrophobic practice rooms while working toward his degree from the exclusive New England Conservatory in Boston, Barga pulled the custom-made Fox 610 red maple bassoon out of its case, sat on the trunk of his car in the refreshing air and began playing scales.

“There was a nice orange sky in the background,” he recalled. “It was one of the first nice days.”

About seven minutes later, Springfield police received a 911 call reporting that a white male in a jacket and jeans was sitting on the back of his car in the church lot with what looked not like an oboe, the instrument Barga says it’s most often confused with, but a long rifle. Listed under “additional information” on the dispatch form is what, in retrospect, must be considered a grace note: “Unknown of it was for sure.”

I’m no gun expert by I’ll go out on a limb and say most long rifles don’t sound like this.

The police chief said that people are “filtering things through their experience.” Sadly that experience for many now includes incessant news coverage and political grandstanding intended to make people afraid of their own shadows.

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Longest Running Indie Film Studio Never Going Back to ‘Fascist’ Cannes Film Festival

Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment has been attending since 1971 but he says that the Cannes Film Festival has gone “from festive to fascist.”

In an email press release Kaufman says Troma is done with Cannes.

“I wasn’t kidding when I said, I will never go back to Fascist Cannes Film Festival. The once legitimate, pro-independent arts festival that embraced free speech and artistic expression has become just another tool for government elites, mega media conglomerates and the ‘coteries of the favored’ to dominate the art world and stomp/police out true independent art.” stated Lloyd Kaufman. “They must have learned this from the Sundance Film Festival!”

Ok, movies from Troma aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, and Class of Nuke’em High and other cult classics probably don’t excite the elitist film festival executives any more than pretentious arthouse schlock excites the world’s average movie-goers.  Still, the kooky B-flicks that show up on late night cable were a springboard for the careers of many big names in film.

Early work of many of today’s luminaries  can be found in Troma’s library of 1000 films, cartoons, TV shows and shorts. Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth are just a few.

Troma’s annual pilgrimage to Cannes involves a lot of costumes, street theater, and guerrilla marketing for their underground brand. Lately that has gotten them accosted by French police (though Kaufman says the local Cannes police love them). Oddly, those dressing up and promoting movies from big studios like Disney have thus far escaped the cops attention.

In the Troma produced video From Festival To Fascism: Cannes 2017 Kaufman points out that the Cannes Festival was actually founded as a response to fascism and naziism. The Venice Film Festival had become corrupted toward fascism and Cannes was meant to be a free and open alternative.

“You know, Cannes was originally founded as a reaction against the nazis, against fascism. The Venice Film Festival in 1938, 39 had drifted way toward fascism. The French wanted to set up a free, open, and democratic festival. Personally I’ve noticed over the years that the Cannes Film Festival has gotten more elitist. More fascist in my opinion.”

In a world where technology is making it increasingly possible for artists to produce films without the backing of big studios, one would think that festivals would become less elitist. Perhaps this is just the old guard making a last stand.

 

 

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Guess What Nanny-State Hero Chuck Schumer Wants to Ban Next

Senator Chuck Schumer, fresh off his heroic campaign to defend America from brightly colored detergent pods, is now targeting another threat to the Republic. Flavor.

It’s not too surprising that someone as stale and bitter as Schumer would be anti-flavor, but make no mistake, as with most idiotic Democrat efforts, Chuck is doing it for the children. 

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors such as candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes. (emphasis added)

The New York Democrat on Sunday released a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb saying the agency had the legal authority to regulate e-cigarette flavors, and encouraging it to do so.

I expect Chucky will probably be proposing alternative flavors that only appeal to adults whatever those may be. Brussel sprouts? Strong black coffee? Plain yogurt? Or how about fish? I’m sure salted cod flavored e-cigs would be a big seller.

Assuming Schumer isn’t keen on underage kids also developing alcohol habits, I wonder if he’ll also propose banning virtually every trendy cocktail ever invented. If you want alcohol, you can choose between an astringently peated Scotch whisky or 100 proof vodka straight from the bottle. Ice cubes will be permitted for those with the appropriate paperwork but those appletinis and strawberry margaritas are breeding a generation of underaged alcoholics and Washington has to do something about it.

Schumer praised steps the FDA has taken, including issuing warning letters last week to 13 manufacturers, distributors and sellers over marketing that has e-cigarette products looking like juice boxes and candies, but wants to see more.

Of course he wants to see more. Guys like Schumer aren’t happy unless they’re banning people from doing anything (so long as it’s not getting gay married or getting an abortion).

The federal government is not supposed to be anyone’s mommy or daddy. Let kids’ actual parents protect them from the evils of nicotine, while you mind your own business, Senator Schumer.

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WATCH: Cavuto Hammers Trump For Being A Stinky Swamp Dweller

Fox News’ Neil Cavuto has clearly outed himself as a country club elitist upset about being thrown off his gravy train. Or maybe he’s a crypto-liberal seething that his beloved Hillary Clinton didn’t win. Or perhaps he’s just a run of the mill “cuck-servative.”

Or could it be that he’s leveling cogent and accurate criticism at a President because said President is not the pure as the wind driven snow, stable genius, 12 dimensional chess master, and American hero his fanatical followers demand blind allegiance to?

Nah. Probably one of those first ones.

Cavuto does provide a lot (A LOT) of caveats though. That might reduce the number of rage tweets from users with #deplorable #MAGA #Benghazi in their bios calling on their 43 followers to boycott Cavuto’s advertisers. (As it stands there’s probably no guarantee that Hannity or Lou Dobbs won’t rage-poop in Neil’s office chair.)

Despite his apologies, Cavuto rattles off a litany of Trump’s dishonesty and frequent incoherency.

“Let me be clear, Mr. President,” Cavuto said. “How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters?

“You didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to a porn star, until you did,” he continued. “Said you knew nothing about how your former lawyer handled this, until you acknowledged today that you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this. You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction. Of that you’re sure. The thing is, not even 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn’t recall any of this.”

Cavuto went on to tick off a list of examples of statements Trump has made that were incorrect or appeared to conflict with earlier statements. There was “the time you said the Russians didn’t interfere in the 2016 election, until a lot of Republicans had to remind you they did,” Cavuto said. “Came back months later, and you said, ‘Well, I never said that Russia didn’t meddle in the election,’ when in fact you had — a lot.”

There was the time Trump claimed the tax reform bill “would cost you a fortune when it turns out it is going to help make you a bigger fortune,” Cavuto said. And the time “you said there was serious voter fraud in New Hampshire, and there wasn’t.” And the time Trump said “millions of illegals voted in the last election, but they didn’t.”

This week, my criticism of Trump somehow ended up on the radar of Twitter enforcers who never paid me any mind prior to the departure of other Trump critics from RedState. Some of it was less a criticism of Trump and more a criticism of those who sacrificed their integrity for him. My colleague Kimberly Ross has addressed the “raging hypocrisy” on the right as well.

I guess their NeverTrump Derangement Syndrome requires an Emmanuel Goldstein. It will be interesting to see how they react to Cavuto’s monologue which actually details the reasons why I still think Trump was the worst possible politician for Republicans to have dropped into the seething piranha tank of Democrat corruption and lunacy. His vanity, lack of discipline, and habitual dishonesty make him the easiest of targets in addition to making him untrustworthy.

Wearing a black pointy hat and flying around on a broom while cackling “WITCH HUNT” is not a good strategy.

Cavuto went on:

“You probably might not care. But you should. I guess you’ve been too busy draining the swamp to stop and smell the stink you’re creating. That’s your doing. That’s your stink. Mr. President, that’s your swamp.”

The bulk of Trump’s troubles are of his own making, but pointing that out to the faithful has become taboo because …but Hillary! 

Trump is definitely creating his own stink as Cavuto says. Cavuto neglects to mention that Trump’s tribe is bottling it as cologne.

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CA Law Protecting Kids from Hollywood Sex Predators Hasn’t Worked and You Won’t Believe Why

It makes good sense that there should be a law to keep sexual predators from working with children in general but given what we now know about the underbelly of Hollywood, a law specifically focusing on the entertainment industry seems justified.

Governor Jerry Brown signed one into law in 2012. It may be one of the least dunderheaded things he’s done. The problem is that the law isn’t working. Without enforcement, you can pass all the laws you want but as we often argue with regard to gun laws, the only people who are going to abide by the law are not the people the law was written for.

Deadline is reporting that the reason why the California law protecting kids in the entertainment industry isn’t working is that Hollywood is basically ignoring it.

One of the key California laws designed to protect child actors from sexual predators has gone largely ignored and unenforced since it was enacted five years ago. The law requires publicists, managers, acting coaches and headshot photographers who work with child actors to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check to screen out registered sex offenders. Only then will they be issued a Child Performer Services Permit.

This makes sense. When I signed up to teach religious education at my church in the late 90s, I literally had to do the same thing. Nobody in Hollywood is doing it according to Deadline.

A Deadline investigation, however, has found that not a single Hollywood publicist who represents child actors has obtained a permit. Dozens of managers, acting coaches and photographers who work with child stars have also failed to comply with the law, which is punishable by a year in county jail and a $10,000 fine. And yet, no one has ever been charged with breaking it.

People are going to get away with things that you let them get away with. It is astounding that no one has ever been charged while so many flagrantly ignore the law. Clearly enforcement mechanisms weren’t established or if they were, they have been run by incompetents.

The law, AB 1660, prohibits registered sex offenders from “representing or providing specified services to artists or performers under 18 years of age.” Fingerprints and FBI background checks are required to ensure that registered sex offenders don’t skirt the law by working under assumed names.

There are also loopholes easily exploited by creepy individuals.

At the time, the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Nora Campos, said that “Under the existing law, talent agents are regulated; however, casting directors, managers and photographers are not. This loophole makes it very easy for a predator to gain access to children working within the entertainment industry.”

AB 1660 was passed in response to specific cases where pedophiles found their way back into the business after being convicted. As seems to be the case sometimes with laws passed while politicians are in “we have to do something about this” mode, there was no follow through.

This is at least in part a result of the inherent problems with centralized government. They’re good at making rules but not good at enforcing them. Elected officials are usually hidebound to the idea that making more rules will somehow correct the problem with the existing rules not achieving the desired effect.

The only real way to solve this sort of problem is for the parents of child actors to step up and refuse to allow their kids to work with anyone who doesn’t obtain the proper certifications. The lure of money and fame probably makes that unlikely in a lot of cases though.

 

 

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Prominent Political News Outlet Drops Out of Future White House Correspondence Dinners

While many continue to use the standard talking points about Michelle Wolf’s unfunny performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner political news outlet The Hill reports that they are pulling out of future White House Correspondents Dinners saying the events cast journalism in a “poor light” and that “major changes are needed.

The Hill should be applauded for this. Criticism of Wolf’s crass and divisive monologue is not criticism of comedy in general or even offensive comedy. In the right context coarse humor is entirely acceptable and entertaining so long as the performer isn’t someone who thinks simply being coarse is funny.

It’s rather surprising that the event has gone so far left while many in the press corps still vehemently deny that they have any leftward bias. Celebrating a free press with an act like Wolf’s is like if the NRA celebrated the Second Amendment with a comedian mocking the victims of school shootings.

All the WHCD has become is another event serving up the toxic soup of politics, celebrity, and dangerously biased media. When those who would claim to be fair reporters of the news are entertained by angry left wing screeds masquerading as humor it shows how out of touch they are with America, and how much they enjoy being out of touch. One would think they would at least pretend to not be Democrat operatives for this one night where they get so much attention.

This year’s debacle may have been a wake up call for the WHCA thought. They are looking at making changes to the dinner as they transition to new leadership.

Olivier Knox, who will take over as the WHCA president this summer, told CNN on Monday that discussions are underway to address members’ concerns about the annual gala.

“As somebody who has said for a very long time that the dinner should be ‘boring,’ that is to say focused on journalists and the work of good reporters, I am very open to suggestions about how to change it,” Knox told CNN’s Brian Stelter.

As I’ve written before though, there is no place for relativism in this discussion. Those who would support the WHCD hiring Wolf and condemn offensive speech by people on the right or vice versa have no credibility on the topic. Wolf isn’t even the real issue. Attacking Wolf for her performance is somewhat like the left blaming guns for gun violence. The WHCA used Wolf as a weapon. She is not the problem.

The WHCA thinking that she was appropriate entertainment is the problem. That the press organization has routinely chosen entertainers who celebrate leftism instead of journalism says a great deal about what they most value.

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