Recently, in an example of a vicious, vindictive, and Stalinist campaign of unpersonhood, Forbes Magazine has launched an effort to try and destroy former Trump staffers by threatening to target for editorial combat any firm that would hire them.
Forbes Editor Randall Lane put it this way. “From Day One at the Trump White House, up has been down, yes has been no, failure has been success. Sean Spicer set the tone with the inauguration crowd size – the worst kind of whopper, as it demanded that people disbelieve their own eyes. The next day, Kellyanne Conway defended Spicer’s lie with a new term, ‘alternative facts.’ Spicer’s successor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied at scale, from smearing those who accused Trump of sexual harassment to conjuring jobs statistics. Her successor, Stephanie Grisham, over the course of a year, never even held a press conference, though the BS continued unabated across friendly outlets. And finally, Kayleigh McEnany, Harvard Law graduate, a propaganda prodigy at 32 who makes smiling falsehood an art form. All of this magnified by journalists too often following an old playbook ill-prepared for an Orwellian communication era….Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.”
So dare to hire a Trump staffer and Forbes will be on you like white on rice. There’s got to be a gutsy and clean firm out there that says to Lane: Bring it on, you Howdy Doody looking vontz.
I wish one of the publications I work for could hire one of the above for $1 a year, just to bring little Randy Lane into our editorial gunsights. Because his campaign is worse than pure revenge. The battle is over and Lane and his ilk are touring the battlefield bayoneting the wounded. In fact, Grisham resigned her post after the assault on the Capitol. Was she taken off his smear and extortion list?
When Obama left office, an administration far worse for America than this one and also run by an egomaniacal demagogue, did conservative journals go after his people? No. The war was over and there were other matters to deal with. But that’s not the case today, for a former business journal turned leftist rag like Forbes. Its unnatural obsession with Donald Trump will now extend to his staffers, some of them as likely horrified by the events of the last week as Forbes. But Forbes won’t notice that. It’s too busy feeding the fire of its own pathological hate.