Pete's Prep: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

By Pete Kaliner

September 17, 2019

  • CBS 17 in Raleigh reports: "Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday on two counts of felony obstruction of justice" for allegedly helping plot the murder of a former deputy who had audio of the Sheriff using a racial slur. There is no mention in the story that the elected Sheriff is a Democrat.
  • From the Washington Examiner: "It’s almost hard to believe. The Times published an article on the front page of its Sunday review section accusing a man of possible sexual assault, yet omitted the fact — known to the reporters — that the alleged victim had no recollection of the incident. Anyone who read the Sunday Times in print was thus thoroughly misinformed by the Times. Anyone who read the story online in the first 24 hours after publication similarly was misled. The Monday print edition didn’t even carry a correction."
  • Thus misled, dozens of Democratic lawmakers called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment. The Times’ news story on those impeachment calls once again included the accusation, but without mention of the alleged victim’s denial. It was an amazing self-reinforcing news cycle of political propaganda fueled by misinformation.
  • The Wall Street Journal with a quick "refresher" on how to drive like a human being: "The only way poor driving can be discouraged is by the force of manners, the sting of taboo, and the normalizing of nice. That means heaping scorn on people who drive antisocially. Check your mirrors. It might be you."
  • Markham Heid writes at Elemental: "While longhand communication is more time-consuming and onerous, there’s evidence that people may in some cases lose out when they abandon handwriting for keyboard-generated text. Psychologists have long understood that personal, emotion-focused writing can help people recognize and come to terms with their feelings."
  • The local paper reports that 29 vehicles had their tires slashed in North Asheville. In happier news, a Chik Fil-A is being built in West Asheville.

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