Matt Philbin

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Someone exposes the hate and hypocrisy of the super tolerant left and is mercilessly punished for it. In this case, it’s an award-winning LGBT reporter for a gay newspaper who stumbled on gay activists’ antisemitism and is a reporter no longer.


Lest we forget that the left considers the American founding our original sin, a recent string of articles, lawsuits, and so-called “activism” is taking aim at America’s founding fathers. They were too white, too male, not woke enough, some owned slaves. And anyway, the Constitution is silent on gender fluidity.


Finally, someone in the establishment media is acknowledging that the Southern Poverty Law Center has a credibility problem. Politico writer Ben Schreckinger raised the issue in a long piece posted June 28 titled “Has a Civil Rights Stalwart Lost its Way?”


Pity ABC, NBC and CBS News. If the fall TV season comes and Sean Spicer is no longer White House Press Secretary, they’ll have to talk about something besides Saturday Night Live. Like maybe … news. Spicer is rumored to be leaving the press shop for another job in the administration. And if he’s not the daily face and voice of the Trump administration, it’s going to be hard for actress Melissa McCarthy to reprise her lampoon of him on SNL.


There’s probably nobody to root for in the sudden diplomatic standoff between Qatar and the rest of the Arab Middle East. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest are accusing Qatar of supporting terror. In other news, the pot had some interesting things to say about the kettle. But something good can come out of the situation: buh-bye Beheading Channel.

In case you didn’t know – and since you’re probably not an under-informed, virtue-signaling celebrity half-wit, why would you? – June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. You’re supposed to wear orange to remind people that gun violence exists, and you think that stinks. (It’s also National Donut Day. Why not combine the two and get a donut with orange icing? “Gun violence bad. Sugary carbs good.”) 


Let’s face it, in the age of “woke” celebrities and ESPN talking heads, “shut up and sing” (or act, or catch the ball, etc.) is an increasingly unrealistic conservative ideal. Yes, many of us would love to be entertained without politics – right or left – intruding. But it ain’t gonna happen. 


Now here’s a match made in … well … Fake Hollywood stars are going to bat for a fake healthcare provider. If only they could have been joined by a certain fake woman of their acquaintance, we’d have hit peak postmodernism. 


The show was bigoted, vile and unfunny. The characters were one-dimensional, the gags were as obvious as they were offensive, and the entire thing never rose above predictable anti-Catholic, pro-gay agitprop. The ratings were bad and even the critics didn’t care for it. So of course ABC went ahead with development and then gave The Real O’Neals a second season. 


Wanna sleep around, but scared of wrecking your comfy marriage? No worries – according to New York Times Magazine writer Susan Dominus, you can have it all! Dominus has penned a long (12,000+ excruciating words) exploration of “nonmonogamous relationships” titled “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?” (Surprise answer: yes.)


It’s an irony the late liberal comic might appreciate. “George Carlin’s infamous comedy routine about the seven words you can’t say on television is still an unofficial guideline the FCC uses to determine whether language is in violation of Federal Indecency laws,” according to Parents Television Council President Tim Winter.


That whirring sound you hear is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or his cryogenic vault, or whatever his final resting place really is. According to Jezebel, actors “Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen have signed on to voice gay lovers Timon and Pumbaa (respectively) in Disney’s upcoming ‘live action’ remake of The Lion King, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap.”


To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a resentful, dishonest race baiter, everything looks like bigotry. Writing in the New York Daily News on April, professional victim Shaun King noticed something about how conservatives respond to the golfing enthusiasms of presidents: when Obama golfed, we didn’t like it. When Trump golfs, they’re silent. 


With a lock on the media, the reflexive agreement of the elites, and a mammoth tax-eating government to play with, liberals tend to be insulated from the consequences of their ideas. But in the free market, when reality bites back, it bites back hard.


BREAKING: Younger people are more susceptible to stupid trendiness. That’s if you believe a new study from Harris Polling and GLAAD, the speech police for all things gay. The online survey of 2,037 purports to show that one in five millennials swims in the LGBTQ (and sometimes Y) alphabet soup.  Even more exciting, according to Logo’s Dan Avery, more of this generation is comfortable identifying outside traditional binaries such as “gay/straight” and “man/woman.”


Could Jim Leyland be any different from Colin Kaepernick?

Last night, Team USA dominated Puerto Rico 8-0 to win the World Baseball Championship for the first time. Leyland, 72, the Hall of Fame-bound manager and baseball lifer who came out of retirement to manage the U.S. team got emotional in a post-game interview.


USA Today’s Andrea Mandell’s email account must be burning up with panicky press releases from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – each reminding her of all the “great cultural works” those agencies have brought us.


A photo of a bullwhip in a guy’s butt? You paid for that. The movie about 12-year-olds having lesbian sex? Ditto. Oh, and did you ever get a thank you card for the $12K you gave that experimental theatre company to create a play about the “stigma” of abortion?


Disney chief Bob Iger says there’s no bias at ESPN and ABC News is “extremely fair,” and apparently says it with a straight face. He may even believe it. As the head of a company that believes it appropriate for characters in children’s movies to “explore their sexuality,” Iger’s bound to have a pretty warped perception of things.


Ok, try this: Repeat the Washington Post’s new motto, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” without guffawing at the sophomoric self-importance. You can’t, can you? Think about that vapid aphorism perched above every thinly sourced Post hit-piece on Donald Trump, every dishonest “fact-check” and every repurposed DNC press release masquerading as “news analysis,” and try not to chuckle at the desperate plea to be taken seriously.