Establishing Lies via Video: Cleaning Up after the Associated Press
The Associated Press has re-started its “Today in History” video series. A few years ago, I began re-posting the series to my primary blog, Nicholas Stix, Uncensored, but a few days later, the AP shut it down.
“Published on Oct 4, 2017
“Highlights of this day in history: First victim dies in post-Sept. 11th anthrax scare; VP candidates spar over JFK; The Beatles release 'Love Me Do'; 'Monty Python' premieres; Baseball's Barry Bonds tops single-season runs record. (Oct. 5)”
The summary above says “anthrax scare.” When a serial killer is at work, it’s not a “scare.” For instance, the MSM always refers to the 1950s’ “Red Scare,” in order to insinuate that there was no clear and present danger from Communists infiltrating the government. But the Communist conspiracy was very real.
And Barry Bonds didn’t top the single-season “runs” record. It was the home run record.
The mistake was indicative of a news media world infested with baseball-haters. In my childhood and earlier, such a mistake would never have been made.
Which brings us to the video itself.
It says that Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record of 70 in 2011, and broke Hank Aaron’s lifetime record five years later. The narrator neglects to mention that Bonds (like McGwire before him) was a cheater, whose records are all counterfeit. He was juiced to the gills on anabolic steroids, which is why he looked fat in the video, even though he wasn’t. He had muscles on top of muscles, which distorted his uniformed appearance.
Early in his career, Barry Bonds had a chiseled, 6’2,” 185 lb. physique. By 2001, he weighed 228 lbs. Without naming any names, a few years later, I asked my personal physician how a grown man, already in peak physical condition, could put on an additional 40 pounds of solid muscle. His answer: “Anabolic steroids.”
I hadn’t even been thinking of Bonds at the time. I had recently seen a video of the last out in the College World Series from 20 years earlier, when a beanpole pitcher led the UT Longhorns to victory. That pitcher was named Roger Clemens.
The video shows Lloyd Bentsen’s famous put-down, to thunderous Democrat applause, of Vice President Dan Quayle, during the 1988 Vice-Presidential debate, but fails to correct the record: Bentsen was lying. He had never been friends with John F. Kennedy.
As for the anthrax serial murders, that case was officially solved in 2008, when bioweapons defense scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide, as the FBI was closing in on him. The video also failed to note that the FBI/DOJ had sought to frame Dr. Steven J. Hatfill for the murders. For much of 2002, I was one of the only two journalists sympathetic to Hatfill. (The other one, Stephen Hayes of the weekly standard, wrote one article challenging the false official narrative, before moving on to other matters.) I wrote at least 11 articles and delivered one speech at an Accuracy in Media conference (October 2002) exposing the campaign to railroad Hatfill or, alternatively, drive him to suicide.
Why does the AP post such misleading videos as “history”? It probably assigned an intern to it, whose credentials were:
• She/he/it passed a political litmus test;
• She/he/it was hopelessly ignorant; and
• Since dishonesty would flow effortlessly from 1., there is no three.
Award-winning, New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix founded A Different Drummer magazine (1989-93). Stix has written for Die Suedwest Presse, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Middle American News, Toogood Reports, Insight, Chronicles, the American Enterprise, Campus Reports, VDARE, the Weekly Standard, Front Page Magazine, Ideas on Liberty, National Review Online and the Illinois Leader. His column also appears at Men's News Daily, MichNews, Intellectual Conservative, Enter Stage Right and OpinioNet. Stix has studied at colleges and universities on two continents, and earned a couple of sheepskins, but he asks that the reader not hold that against him. His day jobs have included washing pots, building Daimler-Benzes on the assembly-line, tackling shoplifters and teaching college, but his favorite job was changing his son's diapers.