Saturday in the wake of their massive error I teased CNN about the definition of “Newsworthy”. Yesterday I told the story of a special election that took place last week in Massachusetts, a State where Hillary won by 27 points and where they hold super-majorities in both houses, where a GOP State Senate Candidate flipped a seat that Democrats have held for over 25 years and suggested this story is a good example of what is Newsworthy.

However while I’ve done lots of shoe leather reporting over the last 8 years I’ve never actually worked for a newspaper or in a newsroom, nor have I exercised editorial control over anything larger than this blog.

So what would experienced reporters who have done journalism for a living all their lives and have to sell their product elsewhere, what would such folks lives think?

So I contacted several professional reporters current and former and asked them, without giving any details if he would consider a pro-life 2nd amendment republicans flipping a seat held by democrats for over 25 years in a special election in Massachusetts newsworthy.

As you might guess my first stop was Robert Stacy McCain. He has decades of experience as a reporter in papers large and small from his early twenties. He concluded it was for the following reasons:

“It points to the direction of politics as we head to the midterm elections and it is a possible indicator that the Trump momentum will continue despite the usual trend of off-year elections favoring the party out of power.”

He game an example from recent history as well.

“When democrats had a very good result in Virginia elections in November and this was made national news…the election of a transgender Democrat to a formerly republican held seat (also in Virginia) it made national news.”

And he cited the upcoming special election in Alabama as something that elevates the newsworthyness of the story further:

“If Trump really has momentum nationwide this result in a special election in Massachusetts might point to what we are looking at in Alabama.

That agenda has encouraged the Republican base. It’s about who can get out and mobilize their base. Republicans flip a Democrat seat in Massachusetts that tells you that despite what the pols might indicate and despite what the media might tell you to believe Trump remains popular with his base. So when you come to Tuesday, Democrats have tired to nationalize the Alabama senate race but it will be a base election.”

I also spoke to Don Surber author of Trump the Press and Trump the Establishment the same question. While currently retired he like Stacy McCain has decades of experience in the newsroom. To him the answer to the question would really depend on location.

“If I’m in Massachusetts it’s newsworthy because it has proximity, it has prominence, it’s timely, it’s odd because Gop doesn’t win there it has consequence because it will affect legislation.”

With the GOP only up to 7 senators that last one point is unlikely although you can’t get to 21 without getting to 7 first. So if he was in charge at the Boston Globe

“It has front page newsworthiness below the fold right hand corner.”

The Globe apparently disagreed with Mr. Surber. Tran’s victory didn’t make the front page but a search of their web site for Dean Tran did have a result in the Metro region.

linking to this seven sentence story by Jake Johnson from Wednesday including this quote from the Mass GOP Chair Kristen Hughes:

“The MassGOP is proud to congratulate [Tran] on his victory, which is a testament to the fact that voters stand with Governor Baker’s vision of fiscal discipline and common sense reform,” Kirsten Hughes, chairwoman of the MassGOP said in a statement announcing Tran’s victory.

Based on Don Surber’s stated opinion the Massachusetts paper of record definitely undersold a newsworthy story in the state, but when asked if it rises to the level of a national story , his opinion was very different.

“It’s not really national news I’d probably report it on some level If I ran it on AP I’d run it as a small 3 paragraph story.”

And he explained why: “I’d blog about it, for partisans it has impact. it’s not a national story because you have fifty state senates, most of them are republican. Space is a limited thing…you have to pick and choose your spots, AP would have it, same with Bloomberg news, three paragraphs”

A search of AP showed that while they didn’t have any original reporting they had picked up the Sentinel articles quoted in this piece

While a search of Bloomberg produced plenty for “Dean” results on colleges and “tran” on transgerder issues they had nothing on the special election in Massachusetts.

But that’s newspapers, Should we have seen something on Fox for example?

“Would I expect it to be on Brett Baier’s special report, no.”

And apparently Fox news agrees

How about CNN?

“If you are doing a political hour you might mention it but to the audience CNN is serving it’s not a national story.”

and apparently CNN agrees there as well

Of course part of what makes a story news is the attempt of people to push it. For example If I was the GOP chair national chair, particularly if I was the daughter of the former governor of Massachusetts, I’d have made it a point to mention this election to force coverage of a GOP win in a democrat stronghold and if I was the National GOP I’d at least have a mention of this result on my page

Here again Surber disagrees. “Democrats went with their minor victories because they had nothing else to brag about.” Surber cited the Tax bill, news reports on manufacturing jobs and President Trump move on Jersualem as stories of a much higher priority for the national party to push. But even if the national party decided to push the story, if it was up to him Surber wouldn’t bite saying bluntly: “It’s just not a national story.”

So maybe I shouldn’t be as hard on CNN as I was yesterday.

Closing note.  I had planned to have a third reporter for this post, unfortunately for me and him Dave Weigel became rather tied up this weekend.  Ironically he became more newsworthy than my story or this post.

Monday morning was a contradiction, because Sunday had been so busy there had been no real time for the letdown of the high from Saturday’s Buffet Books and Blather event but as I hit the adoration chapel after daily mass there was a sense of urgency as Stacy’s TV appearance so I cut my prayer time down figuring I could get my decades in during the course of the day heading back to the house hoping that Stacy wasn’t completely in the zone.

This statement requires some clarity for those who have never shared a room with Robert Stacy McCain.  One Stacy McCain starts writing on a subject he enters a zone where it is nearly impossible to get his attention on anything else.  You won’t get him out of hotel room , you aren’t going get him to leave a McDonald’s to avoid the rush hour, and even getting out of the house for a TV appearance can be iffy.

Fortunately Stacy while writing had been pretty much prepared so when we left the house at 11 we figured there was plenty of time to make it to the studio in Worcester even when picking up gas for the car and a coffee for Stacy.  If only the traffic , namely the construction on I190 had cooperated, but in the end I dropped Stacy McCain off at the studio at noon on the button and headed over to the parking garage a block away and walked to the studio.

Stay was still out front, as Mrs. Finn was also delayed, when she did arrive her producer had still not arrived so it meant further delays but Stacy filled it with stories and conversation that continued to hold our host’s attention.

When he did arrive it was decided to tape a pair of shows back to back as this would be her only chance to have Stacy live in studio so they recorded two shows back to back but even with two shows it was impossible to cover all that Stacy had to say about feminism and culture.

When the shows were done it was time for more Mexican food. It turned out that the nearest restaurant was back across from the DCU center the site of yesterday’s event, so we walked the four blocks over. When we got there I was surprised to find Alan Napelton the head of the Catholic Marketing Network whose event I had covered in Chicago the previous month and who I had only managed to speak to for a few minutes the day before at the bar next to the place where we were seated. I took advantage of the moment to have the meeting that I had hoped to have the day before with him while Stacy shared a lunch with Mrs. Finn still regaling her with stories of which he has a seemingly inexhaustible supply.

When everyone was done eating it was getting pretty late in the day and we still hadn’t gotten to UMass Amherst which was on Mr. McCain’s “must do while I’m in Massachusetts list” so after saying our goodbyes to Mr. Napelton we hustled the five blocks back to the parking garage where we parted company with Mrs. Finn and headed west.

We arrived in Amherst near 6 pm and found ourselves at the Franklin Dining center where we got our bearings. As always the first thing we did was check out the bulletin boards to see what the feel of the place was and that fell wasn’t just left, but ultra ultra left.  Flyer after flyer advocated everything from the various gay, bisexual , Islamic, Socialist, and Transgender clubs but oddly not a single sign up or poster for the college republicans (we had our suspicions why but that’s for later in the story).

The plan was for Stacy to touch bases with the president of the college republicans and basically repeat what he had done at Harvard College the previous Thursday, however the delay in getting there complicated matters and the College republicans president was not available, however the VP of the college republicans had some free time so we drove over to her dorm area, picked her up and headed back to a lounge area where Stacy conducted an interview on audio.

And I interviewed Miss Bishop directly after Stacy on camera

where we discovered that the reason why there were no posters for sign ups for the college republicans is the no-hate on campus meme

Republicans and Americans excluded of course
that we saw plastered all over the place apparently doesn’t apply to the college republicans whose sign up posters were constantly torn down so as to make it a waste to put it up as nobody would ever be scolded or caught for it.

Apparently while we were at UMass Amherst on 9/11 the student body did not confine their suspension of the “no hate” policy to the GOP but extended it to the US itself:

The banner, which first caught students’ and officials’ attention yesterday morning, was slung above a doorway on Valentine Dining Hall and read in large, capital letters: “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” a quote that is largely attributed to American historian Howard Zinn.

Below that was the phrase: “In honor of those killed and displaced by America’s so-called ‘war on terror.’ ”

There are 3000 Americans who might have taken umbrage at the “so called” in that banner that is if they hadn’t been slaughtered 16 years prior to the day.

But this was unknown to us at the time, for now we contented ourselves with our interviews discovering that like Harvard UMass had plenty of conservatives in the closet but unlike Harvard the percentage willing to go on record was 1/6 of 1% vs Harvard’s 2%.

However like the students at Harvard young miss Bishop defended both her school and the education she got there even though it seemed that when it came to college republicans clear love their alma maters said love was apparently not returned.

By the time we finished it was well after dark so after thanking Miss Bishop for giving us so much time on such short notice, we headed toward home stopping only in Gardner for one last Mexican meal and a chance to record one more segment for the podcast (available here) with Stacy while we had the chance.

For it would not be so many hours before we would be heading for the airport our adventures in Massachusetts concluded.

In the end we had covered the state several times, Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Worcester, Amherst, Gardner Leominster and of course Fitchburg, we had put almost as many miles on my car as we did during the Scott Brown election (and said car died when it returned from taking Stacy home) and in addition to our events and speeches we had done some first class shoe leather reporting with the stories to back them up.

That above all else, made the week worthwhile, because first hand reporting and seeing things for yourself is what this business is all about. The gallery follows the Tip Jar Pitch.

Robert Stacy McCain in Massachusetts the Story so far:

9/15 Interviews from the EWTN Family Celebration in Worcester Williams, Warsaw, Grodi, Conroy, Radlicz and Pacwa
9/14 Robert Stacy McCain In Massachusetts Day 5: EWTN & Many Colleges
9/13 Robert Stacy McCain in Mass: Day 4: Buffet Books and Blather
9/11 Robert Stacy McCain in Mass Day 3: Tom Jones in Lexington
9/9 Robert Stacy McCain in MA Day Two: Shock and Awe at Harvard University
9/8 RSM in MA Day 2: Reverses, Feminists in NYU & The Kids at Espresso Pizza
9/6 Robert Stacy McCain Now in Massachusetts

At the Other McCain

9/12 Fear and Loathing at Logan International: Massachusetts is Depraved and Decadent
9/9 Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It
9/8 VIDEO: Kent Haeffner, President of Harvard University College Republicans
9/7 Heading to Harvard Yard
9/6 Fear and Loathing and BWI


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It was back in Chicago that I found out that the EWTN Family Celebration in Worcester was going to take place at the very same time as our Stacy McCain event. This was an event I would have to cover but I perceived it would be a good event for Stacy to cover as well as faithful catholic women with large families would be a great contrast to the various feminists that Stacy would see. Additionally I was supposed to meet with the head of the Catholic Marketing Network over another matter and we arranged to meet at the location.

As I had to fulfill my Sunday mass obligation I figured it was a better idea to hit the mass presided over by the Bishop rather since anyone I wanted to interview at the event would be unavailable during mass.

So by 9 AM we were on the road and after an uneventful trip down proceeded to the DCU center.

As we were checking in I quickly found why so many of the people who had shown an interest in going to Stacy McCain’s event had missed it, those who might have missed the pro-life rally in Fitchburg at the same time as ours were all volunteering for EWTN, including a good chunk of the WQPH volunteer pool.  After grabbing a quick shot of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree who were assembling to process at mass headed upstairs where we discovered to my shock that our station while just 25 minutes to the north didn’t have a booth.

On the plus side I found that both Elena Rodriguez and Dorothy Radlicz who I had interviewed in Chicago remembered me fondly and Dorothy particularly had been impressed by the various interviews that I had conducted.  This would turn out to be rather critical for both Stacy and I before the end of the day.

Stacy had no interest in Mass so he stayed upstairs setting up as I, leaving the laptops at our table across from the Religious catalog area, headed downstairs cameras in hand.  Bishop McManus was the primary celebrant and it made for an unusual dynamic.  Unless mass is celebrated at a Bishop’s home Cathedral, or you are at a conference of Catholic Bishops or a high ranking Cardinal or the Pope visiting the local Bishop presiding over a mass is a big deal as it doesn’t happen often, but even rarer that a Bishops visit was seeing in person behind the altar were eight priests from EWTN that the assembled faithful regularly welcome into their homes or on their car radios. Additionally with EWTN present there was a fair amount of praying in Latin with the Gloria in excelsis Deo (glory to God), Angus Dei (Lamb of God), and even the Pater Noster (Our Father) all in Latin.

But the story here that I really wanted Stacy to see wasn’t the mass or even the reaction to the crowd seeing these priests, it was the large families with multiple kids. Having discovered that the family sitting behind me in mass had 10 children and seeing these families I grabbed Stacy, cutting short my meeting with Mr. Napelton, to try and get an interview with them. There was a group of four families outside of mass that between them had 22 children which is more than the all the authors of the feminist books in Stacy’s carry on luggage combined. Unfortunately for me and for him all while they would talk to us (one commented how her large family was not so much a rejection of feminism as an embrace of the graces and blessing granted by God through her family) not a one was willing to go on camera or have their names recorded. This was a huge disappointment but we of course respected their decision.

At this point it was time to start grabbing interviews, As this story is about Stacy’s visit I’ll save most of them for a separate post dedicated to the subject leaving only this one with the National Catholic Register to give you a taste.

So what was Stacy doing while I was dashing around? It turns out not much. It seems there was no internet at the location so he was stranded and with the families unwilling to go on the record or even consent to a picture there was very little for him to report however this is where Dorothy’s interest in my work would pay dividends again. She made it a point to introduce me to Molly Finn host of Close to home on WCCA TV Worcester. I in turn introduced her to Stacy McCain which was to become the most significant event of the day.

So while I was grabbing interviews with Marcus Grodi, Jack Williams and even EWTN CEO Michael Warsaw Stacy remained speaking with Mrs Finn who was completely fascinated with him and his arguments on feminism and by the time we left the DCU center we had an appointment to be at the WCCA studios for Stacy McCain to tape an appearance on her show to discuss his book and feminism.

That scheduled TV appearance took a lot of the sting out of losing several hours of net time so after introducing Stacy to Fr Pacwa (not an easy task as the lines to see him were huge) and making she he had a copy of both Stacy’s book and mine appearance we headed off.

Stacy wanted to visit Clark University and that was our next stop. we strolled along the campus seeing posters pushing socialism

and this plaque of Robbert Goddard that solicited comment from Stacy

It was sometime around this point that I mentioned to Stacy that Clark was only one of 10 colleges in Worcester and we started hitting them, from Worcester State College to Quinsigamond Community College which being a two year community college had nobody around of campus on the weekend to WPI where 7 years prior Stacy and I covered Bill Clinton’s failed attempt to carry Martha Coakley over the finish line against Scott Brown starting the Tea Party movement’s national winning streak.

At each stop except Quinsigamond Stacy went out and explored the campus diving in to see what was going on, grabbing student newspapers when possible and checking out their “diversity” and woman’s studies departments as possible. While I joined in at Clark I dozed off at Worcester State and found the parking so far away from the college proper simply dropped Stacy off and again dozed until he came back.

At this point it was getting late so we headed back to Fitchburg where Stacy repeated this process with my almamater Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg State college when I attended). When his explorations were done we headed home. There was a lot to write, I had a podcast to try to finish (which wouldn’t be done until the next day) and we had to prepare for our final full day which would mean a trip to Worcester for Stacy’s TV appearance and a long drive to UMass Amherst to the west. The photo gallery follows at the bottom

Robert Stacy McCain in Massachusetts the Story so far:

9/13 Robert Stacy McCain in Mass: Day 4: Buffet Books and Blather
9/11 Robert Stacy McCain in Mass Day 3: Tom Jones in Lexington
9/9 Robert Stacy McCain in MA Day Two: Shock and Awe at Harvard University
9/8 RSM in MA Day 2: Reverses, Feminists in NYU & The Kids at Espresso Pizza
9/6 Robert Stacy McCain Now in Massachusetts

At the Other McCain

9/12 Fear and Loathing at Logan International: Massachusetts is Depraved and Decadent
9/9 Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It
9/8 VIDEO: Kent Haeffner, President of Harvard University College Republicans
9/7 Heading to Harvard Yard
9/6 Fear and Loathing and BWI

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Two Dangerous White Supremacists

With the cancellation of the radio and TV promotional events earlier in the week Stacy McCain’s appearance at the Friday Morning Group became vitally important as the only promotional event before our day at Tang and that speech before a closed audience was only possible because the good folks in charge had graciously added Stacy to the program when I informed them he was here and adjusted the schedule to make sure both of us had speaking slots.

We had gotten home late from Harvard and stayed up to watch the utter destruction of the New England Patriots (much to DaWife’s consternation) the gap for getting a post up and getting sleep while still getting up on time for the Lexington event was tight.

Things initially looked good as we managed to get out of the driveway by just after 8:30 AM late enough to miss rush hour traffic but early enough to make the event with time to spare even with planned stops to fill up the tank and grabbing some coffee for Stacy but unexpected lines at Montouri’s fuel and Dunkin ate up some time and to my shock the backup from the Concord rotary, usually minor at best by 9 AM particularly on a Friday was backed up as if had been 8 AM on a Wednesday.

The delays took their toll and while we were at the building by 9:30 the parking being completely full meant that we walked though the door during the first presentation on the newly proposed increases in income taxes.

As I set up my stuff and pulled out the copies of my book that I didn’t have the previous month and set up I looked at the speaker list.  I was up 6th scheduled to talk about what I had seen on the Boston common while Stacy was set up to follow.  I found the various speakers engaging but I couldn’t help but worry that Stacy’s topic was outside the normal fiscal conservative wheelhouse of the audience of activists. Stacy being Stacy seemed unconcerned. He had spent the drive in discussing feminist theory and was busy in the zone both checking news stories and listening to speakers, given our experience at Harvard he was particularly interested in the presentation by the head of the Massachusetts College.

I must confess when my time came to speak my mind was still on Stacy’s speech to follow. While several people approached afterwards complementing me on the coverage of events on the common I thought it wasn’t as good as my previous speech the month before (I have no audio or video as Stacy still in the zone wasn’t filming).

As I wrapped up my speech, plugged Saturday’s event and finished taking question Stacy was already coming down the stairs (we were in the upper left corner of the room and took the stage and all my concerns were immediately found to be unwarranted.

Note the reaction when he mentioned the SPLC. When the speech was done he took questions:

and it was clear that the audience who were not acquainted with what is actually being taught in woman’s studies classes around the country, was enthralled. If Stacy had been Tom Jones he would have been buried in knickers.

When the event was over several people approached him to buy his book and he found himself approached by many to discuss his presentation further. One of those people was a person of color who had been on that Gazebo on the common. After posing for a picture with fellow evil white supremacist Robert Stacy McCain he agreed to an interview describing the danger he faced.

As Stacy Continued to smooze I grabbed interviews with the head of Camp Constitution Hal Shurtleff

The Head of Massachusetts College Republicans

and Carlos Gonzalez the GOP candidate in Ma-6

By the time I was done with the Interviews Stacy was nowhere to be found, I searched around and he had apparently found a cafeteria around the corner of the room we were in (the building is shared by several companies) and had stopped for a bite. Our friend Matt O’Brien of the Worcester Tea Party was stuck in a meeting and would not be avaialble to meet so we headed back to the house having to take a bit of a detour to avoid an accident on route 2.

When we got there both of us found our tiredness from the previous day catching up to so he napped briefly while I grabbed our dry cleaning for the big day. By 5 pm Stacy, my family and one of my son’s friends headed to Happy Jacks for a bite. The owner, who had been an advertisers on my radio show back in the day, remembered Stacy from the old Boarder Grille when he had held court with friends and admirers when last in town and picked up a pair of tickets for Saturday’s event.

If we hadn’t been inclined to nap before after that full meal we were ready to crash knowing that we had a big day ahead alas for myself because I’d been on the go with Stacy for days I didn’t have a chance to get the event outline done and submitted to the emcee. I had it done and out by 10 but discovered that there was a question concerning the projector or the supposed lack thereof for the event but by then I found I simply needed to crash myself.

At 2 AM I found myself up and saw Stacy working on his presentation. I mentioned the projected business and he remarked that as he recalled the Granite Grok crew had it covered but as there had also been some issues concerning who would be making it we decided that plan B would be a 39 inch flat screen for gaming. I hit the sack again but was up a 3 and found Stacy still typing away preparing his slides completely in the zone. At this point there was nothing left for me to do but to try and get some sleep because regardless of any questions about what tomorrow or rather later that day would bring, events themselves would answer them.

Once we confirmed that Stacy’s scheduled TV appearance in Leominster was kaput he informed me that the college republicans that he had been in contact with wanted to have him visit the college for 5:30 or so.Stacy and I headed toward cambridge.

Rather than take the long drive into Harvard Square as my dad used did to take me Million Year Picnic back when I was thirteen in the days when Harvard Square was the western most stop on the Boston Subway  We headed to Alewife station parked on the the 4th floor grabbed our red line tickets and grabbed a seat on the subway heading to Harvard Station and the square and college that it led to.

When we emerged into the daylight and crossed over to the gate, we found ourselves smack in the middle of a protest

There was a circle of several hundred people who surrounded a few folks taking turns with a bullhorn denouncing dropping DACA. We had gotten there early for our meeting but late for the start of the protest so we checked out the signs and the crowd and campus police that looked on with the same half amused resignation as people at the most exclusive school in the world talked about oppression.

We watched for a while, saw the various signs (invariably anti trump) then left for our meeting location (missing the human chain and subsequent arrests).

We found the hall where we were supposed to meet and happily stumbled on a presentation by professor Robert George. of Princeton.

As Stacy went out to find the fellow we were looking for I sat in on his presentation. His talk concerning culture and the humanities was a great pleasure and his observation that in the end those Harvard Students in the room were not just the top 1% but the top .0001% of all time in human history was a fact that seems to be lost when students in higher education find themselves triggered.

At this point Stacy had met our guide President of the Harvard College Republicans Kent Haeffner

As one might guess Kent was an impressive young fellow and while he spoke of some of the oddities of the liberal atmosphere as illustrated by this Woman Studies syllabus as read by Stacy McCain

He vigorously defended Harvard as an institution both in terms of the educational environment but for it’s ability to inspire symbolized by one particular gate with the inscription as you come in “Enter to grow in wisdom” and as you pass out “Depart to serve better your country and your kind.”

after a rather pleasant lunch (mentioned by Stacy here) we returned to the quad for a long interview

The camera failed during the last question so Stacy repeated it

It turned out he had been on campus during the Black Mass business so I also interviewed him on the subject

He was also kind enough to show me the Chinese restaurant where in the end the black mass was held (I was liberal with the Holy water on the building area) and then showed me to St. Paul’s the catholic chapel where the Eucharist Procession and adoration had taken place.

By now his time was getting short so we escorted us back to the Mexican Restaurant where we had lunched so we could wait for the young lady who we would speak to next, a passer by was kind enough to take a shot for us.

A few minutes later we were joined by Emily Hall who was both an officer of the college republicans but a member of the Network of Enlightened Women. Kent left us in her capable hands.

Capable frankly is too weak an adjective for this young lady. She spoke of being a pro-life Catholic woman on campus and how, like Kent she had grown stronger in the crucible of education and pushback while demonstrating very publicly that the woman of Harvard University were not monolithic in their beliefs. She also sat for and interview with Stacy

And myself.

at this point is was getting pretty late so Stacy and I escorted her back toward her dorm talking more about the environment and her plans for the future on the way.

As we headed back to the car and drove home Stacy spoke to his wife concerning his impressions of Harvard and the fine young people we had met it was evident that whatever idiocy might take place on campus either via protest or within the Woman’s Studies department it was clear that he had been provided with ample proof that Harvard was more than capable of allowing a well grounded conservative with the courage of their convictions and a good work ethic to grow into an even stronger conservative ready to in the words of the gate serve better their country and their kind. and by the end of the day it was evident that the Kansas City Chiefs had not been the only folks to change a narrative in Massachusetts that day. These two tweets said it all.

If you told me that it was even slightly possible for Robert Stacy McCain to make that statement aloud one week ago I, like Wombat would not have believed it.

A gallery of photos follows my tip jar pitch:

Update:  Somehow 1st paragraph words were corrupted at posting fixed


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Stacy McCain Revere MA Sept 6th 2017
Revere Ma 12:36 PM

Despite downpours and lightning and the disapproval of the Daily Caller Mirror blog Robert Stacy McCain strode out of the Southwest Airlines arrival terminal just before Noon on Wednesday bags in tow and fedora proudly on his head to begin the first of seven days in Massachusetts.

Stacy being Stacy we immediately headed for the nearest McDonalds Ray Kroc memorial media center so he could unpack his laptop check his email and get a quick post up for the faithful waiting to see what he had in store for them and get a post up for the faithful folk who support shoe leather reporting so they can get the facts as they are vs as they’re spun.

He had already provided a sneak peek this morning of what to expect to those who are devotees of Gonzo journalism:

Packing up the car and driving seems to me the much more relaxing way to travel, because if you get behind schedule you just drive faster, and I enjoy driving fast. Our nation’s law enforcement establishment tends to take a different view of the matter, and the joy of doing 90 mph is tempered by the need to avoid detection. But I digress . . .

Harvard University is all upset about President Trump’s threat to end DACA, because there are about 65 illegal aliens at Harvard — the illegal elite, as it were. Harvard is America’s leading anti-American university. They love foreigners and hate anybody who was actually born here, unless maybe you’re gay or something. Yet it seems Harvard has accidentally admitted a few Republican students, and I got an email from one of them Tuesday night, offering to guide me across campus.

A greater clue to what is in store was in his carry on bag which I had expected to be stuffed with copies of his book but were instead filled with books of a different sort:

Hidden within was A veritable cornucopia of Feminist thought, written by feminist writers and assigned by Feminist professors in woman’s studies programs accross the nation. Books that young college student paying upwards of $60,000 a year for an education were taught from and in some cases required to buy.

This willingness to read what feminist authors actually write and what feminist professors actually teach, and the courage to quote those words in print as they are rather than how professional feminists choose to portray them had a lot to do with his banning from Twitter because if there is one thing that a totalitarian movement can’t abide is the unvarnished truth offered to counter propaganda.

This knowledge of what Feminism actually says in it’s own words is the driving force behind the “Sex Trouble” project and Stacy’s presentation of what he has discovered along these lines will be the topic of his presentation Sept 9th in Leominster Massachusetts at the event Buffet Books and Blather at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant 638 North Main Street Rte 12 Leominster (exit 31 B off of Route 2) which will be the highlight of his Massachusetts Trip.

For those of you who ant to learn about feminism as it is rather than as it’s portrayed and save $5 on the at the door price, Prebuy tickets are still available here It’s a great chance to get a signed copy of Stacy’s book, not to mention enjoying an excellent buffet and our round table discussion of the issues of the week featuring Stacy, the good folks from Granite Grok and the Worcester Tea Party, Dianne Ploss late of the 2016 Trump campaign and now head of of Act for America Boston and my humble self.

It promises to be a good time for all and given Stacy’s proclivity to seek out stories, likely the best chance for the faithful fan of Gonzo Shoe Leather Journalism and Robert Stacy McCain in particular catch him for at least a little while as he makes the rounds.

I’ll tell you one thing, it’s certainly not going to be a boring week.

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On Saturday my reading of this Daily Caller piece concerning Stacy McCain’s visit this week to New England and his appearance at Tang Dynasty this coming Saturday. Two different instincts took hold beside me.

The first was gratitude for the publicity of a nationally known site writing about it. It increases the exposure of the event and the potential for ticket sales (buy yours here) Not only is this critical for me as the person financing this event and on the hook if it fails to break even, but the success or failure of this event will be the determining factor if this is one off event featuring a friend of mine at a restaurant I like or the first of a series bringing conservative reporters and authors to the area to both educate and entertain outnumbered conservatives and moderate in a deep blue state.

The second was my Sicilian instinct that kicks in when someone disses a friend of mine like this:

The Mirror also sought comment from Washington journalists who are familiar with his work.

“I think the guy is bad news,” said a Washington journalist. “Seems like a parody of the racist, sexist Neanderthal that the opponents want to portray all Republicans as being.”

“He’s gross,” said a female Washington writer when asked for comment. “You can disagree with feminism without being derisive about women.”

It would see these comments made without attribution came from simply looking at a press release and further calumny Stacy did a fine job of answering them himself:

Whether some anonymous writer thinks of me as a Neanderthal is of no consequence, but I fully agree with your second source: Disagreeing with feminism doesn’t mean being “derisive about women,” and I am not.

This is a point I made myself in reply to one of your email questions. You asked how I viewed women “generally,” and in my answer I said, “There obviously is no correct answer to such a question, because no one views women ‘generally.’ Rather, every intelligent person views people as individuals, and we tend to be offended by generalizations about groups.” Elsewhere in my reply, I remarked on the unfortunate tendency to think that any man who criticizes feminism is somehow “anti-woman.” This is some like saying a critic of Marxism is “anti-worker,” and is self-evidently false. Radical ideologues who insist that all opponents of their identity-politics movement are motivated by bad faith (mala fides) are engaged in a dishonest rhetorical game, and become offended when their tactics are exposed. During the Cold War, Communists always engaged in character assassination against their enemies, because Communism was (and still is) indefensible on its merits.

The Author Ms. Betsy Rothstein, who was the subject of an odd but interesting profile at the New Republic here, also suggested some nefarious attitudes to Mr. McCain that I occasionally see online.  Stacy answered these too:

Elsewhere in your article, you seem interested in reviving the ancient fable that I am some kind of “white supremacist,” which falls into the category of fake news, as President Trump might say. As I told the pathetic bungler Max Blumenthal a dozen years ago, I’m too lazy to be evil. You might also want to consult my November 2009 blog post, “How to Reply to the Southern Poverty Law Center (If You Must).”

She didn’t seem to bother with the method I used to find out about this stuff when Charles Johnson was spewing it way back in 2009 namely actually talking to him and asking direct questions.  As I said waxed poetically years ago

Stacy hath Supported Israel in Gaza,
Vs Hamas and with humor did he defend Israel.
Did this in Stacy seem a Supremacist?
He hath associated with Steven Green, and Moe Lane, hath prayed with Baldilocks and befriended Lesbians and Gays.
Racism should be made of sterner stuff.

furthermore I didn’t care for this remark

This obviously trashy mansigning is sure to create waves with the ladies.

which draws a conclusion without evidence, nor the tone when listing the price of the event which has to cover:

1. A guaranteed number of book sales
2. A guaranteed number of buffet attendees
3. The cost of Stacy’s Round Trip flight

And while I am very grateful for the manpower and promotion from the good folks of the Worcester Tea Party at Granite Grok as I said earlier, if this event fails those costs not covered by ticket sales will be on me.

Finally she could have always asked me, as the person putting on this event about this stuff and provided her with enough links on Stacy Twitter suspension to show who the villain was (hint it’s not Stacy McCain).

So now having vented satisfying my Sicilian side let me allow my Christian instinct to offer thanks one more time to Ms. Rothstein as she was kind enough to give me a timely topic for my Monday Lead post.


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Feminist Rhetoric Is Anti-Male ‘Libel,’ Author Says
Veteran Journalist Robert Stacy McCain to Speak Sept. 9 in Leominster

Men are being libeled by feminist rhetoric about “misogyny” and “rape culture,” according to a veteran journalist who will discuss his book at an event Sept. 9 in Leominster, Mass.

“Words mean things and the accusation of ‘misogyny’ – woman-hating – is being unfairly used by feminists to protect their ideology from criticism,” says Robert Stacy McCain, author of Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. “In recent years, we have seen an effort to censor and silence critics of feminism, including the case of a Google engineer who was fired for a memo raising questions the company’s policies.”

McCain will speak Saturday, Sept. 9, at Tang Dynasty Restaurant (638 North Main Street, Leominster) for a luncheon event hosted by the Worcester Tea Party, DaTechGuyBlog.com and GraniteGrok.com. Advance tickets for the event can be ordered online for $35, which includes a buffet meal and a complimentary copy of McCain’s book.

Censorship of feminism’s critics is an issue that should be both familiar and concerning to Massachusetts residents. “In 2005, Harvard President Larry Summers was targeted by protests simply because he dared to mention ‘innate differences’ between men and women,” said McCain, referring to a controversy that led to Summers’ 2006 resignation. “Now we have seen the same basic issue turn into another national controversy involving Google, which is arguably the world’s most important information company.”
Google’s firing of Harvard graduate James Damore illustrates the way in which feminism has become a “totalitarian” movement that threatens free speech, McCain argues.

“By declaring their authority to speak on behalf of all women, feminists turn disagreement into ‘hate speech,’ and claim that anyone who criticizes them is ‘anti-woman,’” he said. “This is libel, a false accusation against men whose only crime is to disagree with a radical ideology.”

University departments of Women’s Studies are a major factor in promoting this attitude, said McCain, who has spent more than three years researching what his book calls the “anti-male propaganda” of radical feminism. “If the average person knew what Women’s Studies professors were teaching, they’d be shocked,” he said, citing such assigned materials as “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality” in the widely-assigned textbook Feminist Frontiers. “It’s like a cult. Nobody on campus is allowed to question feminist ideology, so when students graduate and go out into the real world, they take these weird ideas with them. It’s a recipe for insanity.”

The notorious Rolling Stone rape hoax at the University of Virginia illustrated the toxic influence feminism has had on the media. “All the key facts in that story were wrong, but they let it go because it fit the feminist narrative,” he said, referring to the debunked 2014 article, “A Rape on Campus,” which cost the magazine millions of dollars to settle defamation claims. “Here was a case where an emotionally disturbed woman literally invented a rapist, ‘Haven Monahan,’ and a major magazine was willing to report that story as a fact.

“This is a very dangerous attitude,” McCain continued. “It’s not just that feminists are teaching women and men to hate each other, but they’re attacking the whole concept of truth.”  A veteran of more than 20 years in the newspaper industry, McCain began investigating radical feminism at the urging of readers at his popular blog, TheOtherMcCain.com.

“After I started writing about this stuff, the commenters kept saying, ‘You ought to write a book,’ and finally I gave in,” he said. He had previously co-authored the 2006 book Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party, but self-publishing Sex Trouble in early 2015 turned out to be just the beginning of what has turned into a long-term project. “There’s no end to this craziness. Every day, there’s some new story about how feminism is affecting our society, and I just kept digging deeper and deeper into it.”

Researching dozens of Women’s Studies textbooks is different work than what McCain had done previously, covering campaigns as a political correspondent for The American Spectator. From 2008 to 2012, he traveled thousands of miles, doing “shoe leather” reporting on the scene of debates, campaign rallies and conventions. It was while covering Scott Brown’s 2010 Senate campaign in Massachusetts that McCain met one of his hosts for the upcoming Leominster event, Worcester-based “Da Tech Guy” blogger Peter Ingemi.

“Pete picked me up at the Amtrak station in Boston, and off we went,” McCain said of his trip to cover the whirlwind final week of the Tea Party-backed campaign that elected a Republican to the Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “We went all the way to the end at the victory party where the confetti and balloons came down. It shocked the world.”

In subsequent trips to the region, McCain met the proprietors of Granite Grok, a site covering New Hampshire politics. “There is no substitute for old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting,” McCain says, “and citizen-journalists are challenging the mainstream media to keep up or else get beat at their own game. The Internet has opened up a whole new world.”

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“Buffet Books & Blather” with Robert Stacy McCain
12 p.m. Noon, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
Tang Dynasty Restaurant,
638 North Main Street,
Leominster MA

You can buy your tickets here

Sheldon Cooper:But you do bring up an interesting point. I don’t have to break new ground here, I’m sure much of the research already exists.
Leonard Hofstadter: No! no, my point is, if you want to learn how to make friends, then just go out to a coffee shop or a museum. Meet people. Talk to them. Take an interest in their lives.
Sheldon Cooper: That’s insane on the face of it. Come on.
Leonard Hofstadter: Where are we going?
Sheldon Cooper: You’re driving me to the mall. I’m going to acquire a book that summarizes the current theories in the field of friendmaking.

The Big Bang Theory The Friendship Algorithm 2009

This piece at Stacy McCain’s site concerning Emma Lindsay has really stuck with me:

She dated a series of boyfriends until she was in her mid-20s, at which point she decided she was actually bisexual, spent three years dating lesbians and, as she has said, convinced herself she was a victim of “the heteronormative brainwashing of society.” However, Ms. Lindsay’s lesbian relationships turned out the same way as her earlier relationships with men — i.e., failure — and, after a two-year romantic hiatus, she decided to subject herself once more to the insidious forces of patriarchy. What is her likelihood of heterosexual success, at age 32, if she always failed with men when she was younger? Or to look at it from a different angle, why would a man be interested in a woman who has not only been rejected by all her previous boyfriends, but has also been deemed an unsuitable partner by lesbians?

This latest shift seems about the desire for a child and has left her with a problem the quest is not going well because apparently the people she is meeting just aren’t as considerate as she is:

When I date people, I devote a lot of effort to making their lives better. When I’m with women, I read about health issues that effect lesbian demographics (higher rates of breast cancer, obesity, and depression.) When I’m with men, I read about health issues that effect straight men (coronary issues, blood pressure, and emotional issues esp. around anger.) When I date people of color, I research POC health/discrimination/etc. issues, especially issues around dating white people (mental/health effects of internalized racism, institutionalized racism, the types of micro-aggressions I may be likely to commit.) When I date people with less money, I pay for shit. When I date people who are messy, I organize their shit (even though I’m also really messy.) When I date people with physical limitations, I massage their shit (weird Emma past: I went to massage school.)

Her efforts have all come down to two choices in her quest for motherhood:

As far as I can tell, I have 2 options. Option 1 is “trapping” some guy into having kids with me because he lacks the self awareness to plan for it himself. This would also involve taking his last name, doing most of the housework while contributing 50% to the earnings, and faking my orgasms so he doesn’t have to feel emasculated by his lack of sexual prowess.

Option 2 is having kids by myself.

It would involve some sacrifices, like probably not living in San Francisco. However, every time I go on a date with some man-child, I become more and more convinced that those sacrifices are probably the less bad option.

Stacy sums up this conclusion here:

Her proposed “Option 2” — pay for donor sperm, “becoming a single mother by choice” — is a childish threat: “If you don’t play by my rules, I’m going to take my uterus and go home.” To which the world’s male population will generally react with a shrug of indifference.

“Damaged goods,” they’ll say, and if Emma Lindsay were an isolated exception, a lone kook howling at the moon, perhaps I’d shrug, too. Yet the fact is that Ms. Lindsay is part of a tide of human wreckage washing up on the shores of our sin-sick society, the flotsam and jetsam created by the disintegration of America’s formerly Christian culture.

While I agree this entire situation reeks of the disintegration of America’s Christian Culture I think Stacy is missing a key point concerning Miss Lindsay’s screed a consideration that is completely ignored in her calculations.

The good of her child.

You can look high and low, but in all her critiques of the various men she is considering none of said critiques include:  Would this man be a good father?  Would he put our child first?  Would this man be a good role model for our child?

Nor does she seem to be all that concerned about what she would bring to the table.  She talks about having to give up San Francisco and alludes to other unnamed sacrifices but nowhere is the realization that once you have children your life and your commitment belongs to them.  Their well-being, their education, feeding them, clothing them, steering them along the right path.  All of this considerations would seem to be job one.

Where is all her research on what makes a healthy and happy child who will grow up to be a responsible member of adult society?

In the days of my youth, these considerations went without saying, today with the sex act completely divorced from its actual function of procreation it seems her MIT education has not prepared her to ask this completely obvious question.

There is good news however for Miss Lindsay.  She has access to an excellent resource on this subject, as evidenced from an earlier piece of hers concerning the moment the general public discovered her writing:

Then, the day after, I got 75 thousand views, and I called my parents.

“Are you ok?” they asked, “How are the trolls? Are you getting trolled?” Then, “Why did you never tell us about this? You know you can tell us anything.”

She  has (or at least at the time of that writing did have) two parents who are apparently there for her.  I’d suggest sitting down with these parents and having a long talk with them on the subject.  They will almost certainly give the best advice they can on this decision and can do so with practical examples from both their and her own experiences.  And while I may or may not agree with what said advice might be, I’m certain it will flow from their unconditional love for their daughter.

Me I’d sum things up in two sentences:  The secret to a successful marriage is putting up with each other foibles during the 95% of the time when nothing too exciting (good or bad) is going on.

As for Parenthood; The secret to being a good parent is loving your child enough to be willing to enforce an unpleasant rule or speak an uncomfortable truth even when it hurts.

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It’s finally official. After several false starts this Saturday Aug 5th my new religious themed show Your Prayer intentions premieres on WQPH 89.3 Shirley/Fitchburg.

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