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  1. Coolidge

    God, I wish John Podhoretz would shut up now and again, so we could hear what the other people present have to say. Instead, whenever somebody manages to get a word in edgewise, Podhoretz immediately interrupts them!

    OK, to be fair, he does a better job of playing with others when the subject is anything other than how horrible Trump is. The discussion of how the liberal media have been sucking up to North Korea during the Olympics was particularly good.

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    • February 12, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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  2. Member

    Unless I’m missing something, even a conservative group like the Commentary guys are exaggerating the Rob Porter story. Here’s the quote from the podcast (at around 21:00)

    Noah: “The images broke . . .”

    John: “Photographs”

    Noah: “Photographs of women who had been beaten and abused.”

    Unless I’m missing something, there are photographs of only one woman who had allegedly been hit, Porter’s first ex-wife, who alleges that he punched her in the face. Notice how this escalates to “photographs of women” – plural – “who had been beaten and abused.” Notice how a single alleged punch escalates to “beaten.” Notice how there is no mention of Porter’s denial of the allegation. Notice how there is no mention of Porter being the one who took the photos (which the first ex-wife admitted).

    Now don’t get me wrong, there is a serious allegation by Porter’s first ex-wife that he punched her in the face, and she has a photo that she claims shows bruising (a black eye) from the punch. Perhaps she is telling the truth. But Porter denies it, and there are other possible explanations for a black eye.

    I find this rush to judgment to be very strange.

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    • February 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm
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    Arizona Patriot (View Comment):
    Unless I’m missing something, even a conservative group like the Commentary guys are exaggerating the Rob Porter story. Here’s the quote from the podcast (at around 21:00)

    Noah: “The images broke . . .”

    John: “Photographs”

    Noah: “Photographs of women who had been beaten and abused.”

    Unless I’m missing something, there are photographs of only one woman who had allegedly been hit, Porter’s first ex-wife, who alleges that he punched her in the face. Notice how this escalates to “photographs of women” – plural – “who had been beaten and abused.” Notice how a single alleged punch escalates to “beaten.” Notice how there is no mention of Porter’s denial of the allegation. Notice how there is no mention of Porter being the one who took the photos (which the first ex-wife admitted).

    Now don’t get me wrong, there is a serious allegation by Porter’s first ex-wife that he punched her in the face, and she has a photo that she claims shows bruising (a black eye) from the punch. Perhaps she is telling the truth. But Porter denies it, and there are other possible explanations for a black eye.

    I find this rush to judgment to be very strange.

    Never let the facts get in the way of the narrative … weave a story …. make it compelling …. ignore the 1000 pound Obama/FBI/DOJ/CIA/HRC/DNC scandal in the room.

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    • February 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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