The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome. Welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. And it is time to well wrap up the week and talk about what’s going on. We do have two great guests today.
We will talk in a few moments with Batya Ungar-Sargon, who wrote a book called Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy, Encounter Books. She’s really good and interesting. And she’ll talk with us about what she’s seeing with the news. There was a story at The Washington Post. They’re fighting amongst themselves. Reporters retweeting something that was a joke and other reporters saying it was offensive and it’s cannibalizing each other. It’s wild to watch. But that’s internal woke stuff I’m talking with Batya, about the broad undermining of American life with the media. So we’ll talk with her.
And also Alex Newman will join us. Alex Newman, who is, of course, a great author, a great writer. He’s a really good writer, I should say great. It’s a little bit throw the term around. He’s a really good writer and he’s very thoughtful. And he’s been consistently edgy, he’s been on the edge of sort of issues, seeing things ahead of other people, including the somewhat famous, I like to think it’s famous more and more a book called The Crimes of the Educators. And he and the late Max Blumenthal wrote that. So we’ll talk about Alex Newman. He’s running for state rep in Florida. So that’s pretty neat. All right.
What you need to know about the Kangaroo court show trials of Nancy Pelosi, the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi, which convened on Thursday night and test drove a bunch of their themes. And here’s a few things that you need to know. I may get to two. I’m going to go with two today.
Two things. What you need to know, two that will focus your mind on what they were doing.
First, it used to be that you would say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s the famous phrase. And then as technology moved along, you’d say there’s nothing like video having video of events that took place, whether it’s the first step on the moon. Remember, that was an image that was captured iconically, Neil Armstrong, as his foot comes down, people said, wow, we can see things. You see events, of course, the famous Zapruder film, horrendous, murder of, assassination of John F. Kennedy, which was captured on film, also one of the earliest and most famous moments on film. But as film and video became common, people said, wow, as long as you have a video, you can see what happened. You can see what happened. History can’t be hidden anymore except as technologies moved along, what we now have is selective editing, and soon it will be completely common, what happens a lot anyway, which is that you’ll be able to manipulate video internally within it, you’ll be able to add images, take images away, and really manipulate it down to the granular aspects of it. But for now, it’s editing. You’ll see some people that when I suspect the high tech and the intelligence community is able to do lots of, they call them deep fakes, where you’ll have an image of somebody, it looks so much like the person, I’ve often heard that there were deep fakes, the use of deep fakes in the fight against some of the Islamic jihadists, whether Osama bin laden or others.
But what we know in this case, what you need to know about the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi was they just selectively edited videos and presented them. Sometimes they present like 20 seconds during their hearing, and then that would be it. And then they would draw these massive conclusions, these word salad conclusions off of the selectively edited video.
In fact, during the Kangaroo court, there were people who were watching who said, Wait, I know that clip. You not only selectively edit it, edited it for time. Like we only want this ten second snippet. You focused in on aspects of it. So, in one case, you eliminated this famous Ray Epps character who was all over the January 6 efforts but doesn’t seem to have been arrested yet. He may have been questioned. There’s some speculation that he as questioned, that he’s participating. I don’t know.
But the selective use of video and the unwillingness to release the full video should be a signal. What you need to know is when you watch somebody who will only let you see a certain aspect of a video, you should say to yourself, they’re lying to me. Now, it doesn’t mean they’re lying to you. They may not be, but it means that should be your starting assumption because you really can’t work off of a selectively edited video in this environment in this day and age. And let me be clear, both parties, both Republican and Democrat parties, should be held to this standard. So should the media. And the news media, can’t trust them. So you just have to say to yourself, we’re not going to ever let people tell us that this selective piece of video means what they say it means, right? We’re not going to allow that because it’s too suspect. So what you need to know is when someone presents something to you, like the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi, and they only give you a selective video, you should discount the credibility. Discount the credibility almost 100%. Now, they could come back off of it. But if there was a real committee instead of a Kangaroo court, you would have had the other members that were in opposition to this kind of vision and deception, they would have said, let’s show the whole video. Let’s show the whole two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. It’s one of the reasons why lots of us think that what really needs to happen sooner rather than later, is to release all the video, except for any video that would actually be revealing some kind of security thing like a hiding place or passwords or something other than that,and they can be blacked out.
Release the video, there’s tens of thousands, maybe it’s 14,000 hours of videos of that day. And the reason they won’t is because selective editing is necessary to keep the narrative going. Alright.
Number two, I guess only have two today. Two, I want to tell you about what you need to know on the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi. The second one is this. This isn’t about truth. It isn’t about an argument. It’s not about the Constitution. It’s 100% personal. And how do you know? Because featured on the first day of the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi was Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, and in away that made them look against their father and look weak and look messed up. Now, what you have to know about this is that if you’re ever a candidate for office or in office, you get used to yourself taking criticism and taking high levels of scrutiny. It doesn’t make it easy when someone writes an article or says something about you and you’re the candidate, but you sort of get used to it. It doesn’t mean you get to like it. If you like it, you’re probably sadistic, but you get used to it and you sort of expect it.
It’s like when I tell people that there’s a couple of questions I ask a candidate, a person that wants to run for office. Maybe I should ask Alex Newman.
The first question is can you afford to run? Can you afford to run? Meaning not just can your job afford it? Can you and your family afford it? But can you afford the attention and the scrutiny? Can you handle that? Because it will come. Alex Newman, I know, and we’ll talk to him in a few minutes. They’re attacking him because he’s taking on an incumbent Republican and they’re attacking him. So can you afford for your family and yourself the scrutiny and the attention and the negativity?
The second question, by the way, is can you afford to win? Because then you got to serve. And if you’re Alex Newman, you got to go to Tallahassee away from your family from the time.
And the third question, by the way, it’s a three part question. If you ever want to ask people about running for office, the third question is can you win? You only get to can you win after you answer the first two.
If any of those questions are no, then you should rethink whether you run right. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially if you say no to more than one of those questions. But you don’t get to question two and three, if you don’t get past number one.
Anyway, back to my point, what Liz Cheney and what the committee did was make life miserable for a family member. And what I started to say was when you’re the person in the public eye, what bothers you the most is when they go after your wife or talk about your kids or somebody in the fray takes a photograph of your kids and puts it up on the Internet, you lose your mind. You lose your mind. I mean, again, Justice Kavanaugh, I’m sure, is more upset about the fact that they went to his home, where his daughters and his wife are, than about his safety. I think he probably feels like he’s the one in the fray, not them. And so the idea and by the way, Chuck Schumer should resign. He should have been resigned yesterday or the day before as soon as it came out that Kavanaugh was attempted assassination. And Chuck Schumer’s video, where he calls people to come and make sure that Kavanaugh pays the price.
“You’ll pay the price.”
But back to my point. Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, they’re just messing with Donald Trump. It’s personal. It’s personal to make people bitter and hateful and disrupt them. Because I can tell you this, no matter how well your family loves you, no matter how well they understand how corrupt the media is, the cost of being thrust out into this and pitted against each other is high. It’s unpleasant. It’s really not nice. This is a major insult, but it’s done on purpose. It’s not about politics. It’s not about the law.
It’s personal. They hate Donald Trump. And yesterday they showed they’re not going to even try to make a constitutional argument, a policy argument. They’re just going to try to destroy Donald Trump. They’re just going to try to damage Donald Trump. They do it over and over again. And he always handles it himself. But I can tell you, the cost of having your family dragged in is terrible.
And to me, what you need to know from the Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi, the two takeaways is they’re clearly lying because they’re only showing selected videos, edited videos, selected portions, redacted, not even redacted just managed in a way that’s stagecraft. The ABC producer did his job.
And number two, it’s personal. It’s not about politics, even. It’s personal. I mean, personal is politics, I guess, but it’s nasty, really evil stuff. That’s what my takeaways from the first Kangaroo court of Nancy Pelosi hearing. Terrible stuff. Terrible for America. The good news is I think most Americans look up and say this is terrible stuff. This is a waste of our time. We got bigger problems, but it’s ugly. All right. That’s what you need to know. Let’s take a break.
We’ll come back and talk with Alex Newman running for office. Maybe I’ll try my questions out on him. And we’ll also visit with the author. Bacha, I’ve been butchering it all day, Batya Ungar-Sargon. About her new book, Bad News. Back in a moment, Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Talk to you in a moment.