26 March 2019

Historians Are Their Own Worst Enemy

“Anti-Trump mob of investigative reporters-cable news hosts, politicians, pundits & academics who campaigned so aggressively to portray @realDonaldTrump as a blackmailed tool of the #KGB #PutinsBitch should have their names inscribed on a monument to bad faith &/or bad reporting.” ~ Geraldo Rivera
Nobody wants to hear this, but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.” ~ Matt Taibbi
“It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.” ~
Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
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I can only imagine the gut punch many "mainstream" historians and other "experts" felt Sunday upon learning of the conclusions of Robert Mueller's long anticipated report. It was the EXACT OPPOSITE of what these "experts" had not only predicted, but what they had longed for. So reminiscent of November 2016, isn't it? Fools never learn from their mistakes. Arrogance is a blinding vice.

This is yet one more example why academics, "professional" historians and other so-called "experts" in the media are their own worst enemy. (And yes, I lump these folks together since it is often difficult to tell them apart. Groupthink.) Their rage, arrogance and political biases blind them.

Many of the "professional" historian class are lamenting about how their "profession" is under attack and how they're losing government taxpayer funding (as well they should), blah, blah, blah. Cry me a river. These folks have brought their loss of credibility upon themselves. Their incessant Trump/Republican/conservatism bashing and politicizing of history has exposed them for what they really are: political hacks who insulate themselves from alternative perspectives. They seem to be unaware that many Americans view them as buffoonish cartoon characters, incapable of objectivity and incapable of considering that they could actually be wrong about anything.

The first step in regaining one's credibility is to apologize and admit your foolishness. But they won't do that because they're blinded by their arrogance and belief that they are morally and intellectually superior to anyone with an opposing view. Therefore, they will not regain their credibility.

The second step in regaining your credibility (should they shock us and actually do the first step) is to make some attempt at honesty and objectivity going forward. Of course, they won't do that either for the same reasons stated above. For most of them, the ends justifies the means. Therefore, they will not regain their credibility. They'll move on to the next "crisis" in order to take down Trump, in order to push their agenda, in order to demonize those who disagree with them. They're already doubling down. Just like they did after November 2016. It's an amazing thing to observe and a truly pathetic example of immaturity and intellectual bankruptcy.

But that's the character of fools. They never learn from their mistakes.

The irony in all this - yea, even the poetic justice in all this - is that this arrogance and hubris has likely handed the 2020 election to Trump, just as it did in 2016. 


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