Monday, January 27, 2020

The Post polices the narrative

It's fascinating to see the way the mainstream media ruthlessly polices the narrative du jour:
A Washington Post journalist has been suspended by the newspaper after she tweeted a link on Sunday to a years-old story about the Kobe Bryant rape case just hours after the basketball legend and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.

Felicia Sonmez, who covers national politics for the Post, took to Twitter shortly after the world learned of Bryant’s death along with eight others aboard his private helicopter which crashed outside of Los Angeles.

She posted a link to an April 2016 story from the news site The Daily Beast which carried the headline: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.’

Tracy Grant, managing editor of The Washington Post, told on Sunday: 'National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy.

"The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues."
That quote is an interesting confession. What, exactly, is "the work of her colleagues" that is "undermined" by a simple link to a four-year-old news article? In context, that "work" would appear to be whitewashing Kobe Bryant's sordid historical behavior in order to establish a narrative that portrays him as a much-loved black celebrity whose untimely death will be mourned by Americans of all colors.

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Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei January 27, 2020 6:15 AM  

It's a story that's seemed to have slipped away despite being an enormous deal at the time. Bryant appeared to be morphing into some sort of "elder statesman" role (at ESPN, natch), so it's been in the interest of many to stay schtum about a story in which everyone appears loathsome and morally bankrupt, probably because they are.

Blogger Section 8A January 27, 2020 6:20 AM  

The Narrative maintenance is always getting more difficult to maintain, as well as keep straight. The circular firing squad of Narrative Keepers gets more entertaining by the week. Bryant had a serious rape charge, and aren't we supposed to believe all women? Isn't hashtag MeToo something real? But how can that dovetail with Kobe as a tragic hero in the mold of Hamlet or - perhaps more appropriate - Othello?

This, as well as the gay white woman who misspoke with the most forbidden word of all have the Narrative admins all verklempt.

Blogger Lazarus January 27, 2020 6:30 AM  

This made me curious if Sonmez was ever involved in a deplatforming.

Jonathan Kaiman quit as president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) in January after former flatmate Laura Tucker posted an account online of an alleged 2013 incident in which she said Kaiman pressured her into having sex.
In August he resigned from his job as Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times under pressure, he says, after being suspended in May
when a second allegation was made against him. Felicia Sonmez, a Washington Post reporter, wrote an email to the FCCC board saying she felt pressured into having sex with Kaiman after they went to his apartment after the FCCC’s summer party in September 2017.

Screenshot of one of Kaiman's defenders describing the effect of her allegations:

Caitlin Flanagan

What goes around comes around. The maoists are devouring each other. They can't keep up with the narrative du jour.

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 27, 2020 6:35 AM  

When Stan Zemanek (a right wing television and radio personality) died some years back, the mainstream media was fulsome in their fawning praises of him. Only ONE Left wing contemporary had the guts to openly say he wasn't sad about it, on the basis that he didn't want to be a hypocrite. I actually respected that man.

Blogger Gettimothy January 27, 2020 6:43 AM  

They fight on the level of presuppositions. Control and form those and you have created a battlefield of ideas that works for you.

Ripping that power from them is our duty to ourselves and our posterity.

Blogger Robert Browning January 27, 2020 6:52 AM  

The rapist, a disgusting two face, is burning in hell. How do you apologize without admitting you did wrong? How contrite is that? God took him and God took revenge on him for his victim.

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 27, 2020 6:56 AM  

Timing is everything.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 27, 2020 7:14 AM  

It'll be Saint Bryant at this rate.

Blogger Shane Bradman January 27, 2020 7:15 AM  

If the rape accusations were recent, it would take twenty seconds for someone to blame his death on the Clintons. Since they're old, nobody cares. The bigger loss than Kobe is his 13 year old daughter. Kobe was done with sport, but his daughter had a future.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 27, 2020 7:40 AM  

I hope the POCs eat that white "Becky" prog alive, let them fight. I do pray the White Knighting Virtuconmen stay the eff away while the enemies eat one another but that is probably too much ask of those goofs.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 27, 2020 7:53 AM  

Yes, that final quote is key. I understand the concept of not speaking ill of the dead right away, but they didn't appeal to that. They appealed openly to the years of reputation cleaning the media has been doing on Kobe's behalf. They didn't just let him off the hook; they got him standing ovations at the peak of #metoo.

Other black athletes accused of far less, like Ray Rice, got the opposite treatment, so it wasn't just his skin color. There was always a narrative around Kobe of the "smart jock," the one who spoke a foreign language and had a high SAT score. The kind of athlete the media buffet-grazers could respect. They just couldn't give him up.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother January 27, 2020 7:54 AM  

How do we know he was a rapist?

Blogger Gregory the Tall January 27, 2020 7:58 AM  

Black Chickenhawk Down

Blogger Daniel January 27, 2020 8:29 AM  

#shetoo, brutes?

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 27, 2020 8:53 AM  

I keep having to reinforce the reality to my wife that almost everything she "knows" has been put in her brain by the media (of all sorts) over her lifetime. The only things you really truly know are what you've experienced yourself, in person. (And often that's quite sketchy and possibly skewed due to perceptions, biases, etc.) And, of course, this applies to most people; almost all, really.

It's very hard to really internalize that for most people. I know it took me a while to do so when I finally woke up to that. And I have to very consciously think that way still, as it's easy to slip into that way of "thinking", even now.

Blogger Stephen Davenport January 27, 2020 8:54 AM  

My problem with her tweet and I saw it early yesterday, was that the dude wasn't even dead an hour and she made sure to tweet that old article first. I never liked Kobe but damn, at least wait a day or two until him, his daughter and the other 7 get cold first. Her timing was uncouth and shows no empathy for their families.IMO

Blogger tuberman January 27, 2020 8:56 AM  

Longtime Lurker wrote:Timing is everything.

Yes, timing. Time for Davos black magic spells vs. the time for revelations of their crimes (Trump's defense). Time for desperation, virus and shootings are not enough distraction, so sacrifices most be made.

Blogger Avalanche January 27, 2020 8:58 AM  

I made the mistake of reading a good portion of that idiot-lib's tweet storm:

... he "was about to have sex with me in public while I was severely intoxicated."

Ouch! It echoes!
"I was severely intoxicated.... I was severely intoxicated.... I was severely intoxicated.... I was severely intoxicated..."

'Well, I got into a cage with a tiger and he CLAWED me!! He has clawed other people too. I want him outed and fired because tigers aren't supposed to claw people!"

Not, necessarily excusing the man, but jiminy crickets! She's drunk as hell as she says he was -- what was she EXPECTING him to do? Treat her like a nun?!

Blogger Scuzzaman January 27, 2020 9:01 AM  

The sports world insults Court (great Australian tennis champion) daily to her face because she’s a Christian, eulogises a rapist scumbag.

The media are scum. In spite of Acosta’s protests to the contrary, they ARE the enemy.

Blogger Clay January 27, 2020 9:14 AM  

Glad to see his wife wasn't in the wreckage. Peole would have been scavenging, just to find her "love" ring.

Blogger Warunicorn January 27, 2020 9:40 AM  

You should see social media. You would have thought the guy created the heavens or something. Cult of personality, indeed. lol

Blogger LAZ January 27, 2020 9:57 AM  

"Her timing was uncouth and shows no empathy for their families."

Families that are of the Peerage/cabal. Not going to shed a tear for cabal creatures.

Blogger LAZ January 27, 2020 10:00 AM  

"Other black athletes accused of far less, like Ray Rice, got the opposite treatment, so it wasn't just his skin color."

That's what happens when you're part of the cabal.

Blogger RobertDWood January 27, 2020 10:03 AM  

I'd put her on leave for linking to a competitive news outlet. You work for the Post, link to the post. Or else.

Blogger Barbarossa January 27, 2020 10:05 AM  

Oh, this is going to be interesting. I believe Bryant is eligible to be on this year's Hall of Fame ballot. Will the #MeToo'ers attempt to turn the event into one of their "teaching moments"? Also, despite the current outpouring, Bryant rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way (Shaquille O'Neill on line one) and single-handedly derailed the Lakers franchise in the waning years of his career. Will the temptation to set the historical record straight overcome propriety? Either way, I anticipate Bryant's induction ceremony (first posthumous one, I believe) at Springfield will probably make Soleimani's funeral look calm and dignified in comparison.

Blogger VD January 27, 2020 10:14 AM  

How do we know he was a rapist?

Because he tacitly admitted to it, paid a very large settlement to avoid being criminally charged, and was very nearly suspended by the NBA anyhow. He also had to conspicuously grovel in order to convince his wife not to leave him. Everyone in NBA circles knew he did it. The consensus was that the girl was not a groupie, and Kobe, who was always a little clueless when it came to social cues, screwed up by assuming she was one.

Please note that this is not the place to demonstrate your earthy vocabulary and impress women with your chest-pounding.

Blogger Newscaper312 January 27, 2020 10:28 AM  

A big part of it should be obvious -- in a couple days February 1st marks the start of Black Hagiography Month.

Blogger tuberman January 27, 2020 10:36 AM  

"Not, necessarily excusing the man, but..."

Yes, the rape was questionable, so what? You and others are still helping the Narrative 'somewhat.' Why? Bit of a bad boy crush on your part? Okay, he could have made the cover of "Thug Life," if such a magazine existed for any number of years, but that's a resume bonus for many.

Kobe had strong connections to the Clintons and , especially Bill (CFHealthMatters). Kobe was almost certainly a Cabal insider.

My take. Kobe was not just a 'sexy bad boy,' as he had deep connections to real evil. Time for exposure. Screw the narrative.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia January 27, 2020 11:25 AM  

VD wrote:

The consensus was that the girl was not a groupie, and Kobe, who was always a little clueless when it came to social cues, screwed up by assuming she was one.

Yep, it was a serious, very serious, piece of shit move.

I have had some interesting roundabout connections with the NBA via the City of Brotherly Love, and the world of groupiedom in the NBA is well known. It's actually a lot more circumspect now, because all the teams have handlers today, especially given the very young testosterone poisoned black men with a lot of spending money who populate the game.

In the pre-ESPN days it bordered on the orgiastic. Wilt probably didn't sleep with 20,000 women -- logistically impossible, of course -- but there was certainly a body count with some zeros after it. And some of the bodies everyone would know.

Oh, well, policing the narrative is what the media does, and it's pretty skilled at it, you have to admit. Talk about not getting social cues! -- this Felicia person is a poster girl for that shortcoming, given her ill-timed me-too-ism.

There may be a plus though -- another SJW a victim of the persistent autophagy of that species. We need more of this to happen.

Anyway, everyone knows that Kobe was an arrogant asshole for most of his career, a sensibility now seen as a "dedication to excellence." Hey, he certainly had a Alpha persona, some sometimes the dark triad can be especially dark.

Blogger binks webelf January 27, 2020 11:26 AM  

Amazon Emperor Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. That tells me everything I need to know about where he has taken an already converged & propagandistic media outlet. #OperationMockingbird

Blogger CarpeOro January 27, 2020 11:27 AM  

Totally unrelated. Duterte again makes the decision that needed to be made: they have to go back.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd January 27, 2020 11:30 AM  

tuberman wrote:Kobe had strong connections to the Clintons and , especially Bill (CFHealthMatters).
Having any connection to the Clintons is suicidal.
tuberman wrote:Kobe was almost certainly a Cabal insider.
Then he's gone to a warmer place.

Blogger Ahuehuete January 27, 2020 11:52 AM  

Not being a member of the Church of Sportsball all I can do is shrug. Yes, it was a tragic accident, but tragic accidents happen every day, so I won't be mourning him.

That there was an uproar over this reminder that he had skeleton in his closet that would get most mortals utterly cancelled, shows that he was part of the "club" George Carlin would talk about.

Blogger Macs January 27, 2020 12:34 PM  

Innocent until proven guilty, yes. Those kinds of cases can be complicated, true. But Kobe did have those rapey eyes...

Blogger tuberman January 27, 2020 1:37 PM  

Bryant Stibal is/was an organization providing Strategy, capital, and support to tech, media, and data businesses. Stibal was a known close associate to Epstein. Kobe and Stibal started this company in 2013. Pictures of this with kobe in the center, and Stibal prominent on one wing. The autists are on this, and more connections will come out.

Blogger Michael Fury January 27, 2020 3:39 PM  

"In his hands. By his leverage of debt

Their treasuries, lands and wills were forfeit

To his benefit, and legislatures

More and more became his creatures

And their laws became his laws,

Written to serve the Father of Lies.

Economies were his, and then the Press

Aggressively he made his business.

The engines of truth used by Luther

He owned, and now he was the author

Of the public mind, of history the editor."

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei January 27, 2020 4:51 PM  

he certainly had a Alpha persona

But only a persona. Kobe never demonstrated any leadership qualities and whenever the Lakers lacked another strong personality (Shaq, Phil Jackson), the team sucked even while Kobe got his.

Blogger Gettimothy January 27, 2020 5:09 PM  

Barnhardt pens a better counter-narrative.


Kobe, raised in Italy was a cradle Catholic. Like St. Thomas Aquinas, Kobe commited many grievious sins, repented and began attenting daily mass.

Barnhardt's narrative is what falsum narrationis are meant to destroy.

Misdirection is another feature of the lie, and, assuming Miss Barnhardt's report is accurate, a feature for which I fell for as displayed in my earlier comment.

The liars who invented narrative control are demonically smart.

lesson learned.

Blogger tublecane January 27, 2020 5:18 PM  

Her colleagues: [read tweet] Whoa, Felicia! Stop undermining our work.

Mz. Journalist Sonmez: [mumbles apologetic incantation] Sorry, fellas.

Colleagues: Okay, but just take a vacation and think about what you've done. [return to consuming human flesh]

-- the only way I believe her apology

Blogger Rex Little January 27, 2020 11:41 PM  

I was wondering when someone would bring up Kobe's transgressions. I first heard about his death this morning from my wife's daughter, who saw it on the TV news. She doesn't follow the NBA at all, but she remembered hearing about the rape accusation years ago, so her reaction was, "Why are they making him out to be a saint?"

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 28, 2020 7:56 AM  

That's what happens when you're part of the cabal.

Sure, but that just shifts the question: why was this particular athlete so critical to the cabal?

The best analogy I can think of is Mike Tyson. He was also very popular and dominant in his sport when he was accused of rape. While he might be a bit less of a pariah now, he's not getting standing ovations at celebrity functions. When he dies, his rape conviction is going to be right there in every article.

Or Tiger Woods. He's gotten plenty of media ass-kissing since his troubles, but there's been more balanced coverage of him than the absolute whitewashing Kobe got, and Tiger only got caught having affairs.

Dunno, it's just weird, like Kobe was somehow specialer than ordinary special.

Blogger LAZ January 28, 2020 9:09 AM  

@Damelon Brinn: Because the Bryant's are a cabal family

Blogger Chip Hazard January 28, 2020 9:32 AM  

I will shed no tears at this individual's demise. I applaud it. He was a rapist and never got his just dessert until recently.

And although I can't endorse happiness about the fact his daughter went out with him, I submit there's less of his spawn to trouble this unhappy world; I don't see that a necessarily a bad thing.

Also, @41: Tiger Woods is not seen as a brother; he's basically white or seen as a race traitor. Kobe was the real deal.

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