What would happen if proponents of “believe the victim” married the truest social justice belivers on the interwebs? The New Yorker would fire Ryan Lizza, the very progressive and valued writer. Erik Wemple details the curious path it took within nanoseconds.
“The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct. We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza. Due to a request for privacy, we are not commenting further.”
“I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate. The New Yorker was unable to cite any company policy that was violated. I am sorry to my friends, workplace colleagues, and loved ones for any embarrassment this episode may cause. I love The New Yorker, my home for the last decade, and I have the highest regard for the people who work there. But this decision, which was made hastily and without a full investigation of the relevant facts, was a terrible mistake.”
Douglas Wigdor, a lawyer representing the “victim,” issued a statement.
“Wigdor LLP represents the victim of Mr. Lizza’s misconduct. Although she desires to remain confidential and requests that her privacy be respected, in no way did Mr. Lizza’s misconduct constitute a ‘respectful relationship’ as he has now tried to characterize it. Our client reported Mr. Lizza’s actions to ensure that he would be held accountable and in the hope that by coming forward she would help other potential victims.”
With the help of useful idiots, a generation of weak minds manipulated by gibberish theory, pounding away, and pounding away again, at the same empty tropes, until words ceased to have meaning, excuses were substituted for facts, absurd ideas became religious beliefs that your acolytes spread with fevered abandon, and a shamelessness that required unvarying discipline and focus, you created a generation of unduly passionate, smugly self-righteous mindless idiots. Well done.
Ryan Lizza’s firing gave it away. Much like Al Franken, there are few guys more enamored of your gambit than Lizza. If anyone was to get a break, to be given the benefit of the doubt, to be shown the minor courtesy of holding off his public execution until the “niceties of due process” were observed, it was Lizza. But even he stood no chance.
Damn, you’re good.
At this moment, we have absolutely no clue what manner of impropriety Lizza committed. Did he hit this woman over the head with a club, drag her into a dark alley, rip her clothing off and have his way with her? Or did he tell her a problematic joke? Who knows? And your drones don’t care. They have no clue what the accusation is, what horrifying and exhausting wrong is alleged, and they don’t care. They don’t even care.
Forget about proof. Forget about credibility. Forget about proportionality. Forget about reason. They just don’t care.
Did the New Yorker have to fire him? Did they have to fire him with a public announcement? Did they have to mention “improper sexual conduct” in the announcement? Of course they did, for that’s where they will cover their back from the mob of idiots who will storm their editorial office when the “survivor” outs the New Yorker for concealing her lived experience of subjugation by Lizza’s imagined “rapiness.”
And by preemptively demonstrating their virtue to the world, how they would fire one of their well-deserved stars to prove they care more about the feelings of women than they do about facts, reality and certainly this male, they get the boost one had to pay dearly for in the old days. With one swift cut of the roster, they not only protect themselves from being torched by the mob, but gain the mob’s approval for their wokeness. That should sell a magazine or two.
And the fools are buying it. This is serious, real, even though not a word has been uttered about what horrific sexual conduct is attributed to Lizza. Not one word, and the blithering idiots are gushing and spewing.
CNN said in a statement that Mr. Lizza “will not appear on CNN while we look into this matter.” Georgetown said classes have already finished for the fall semester and “Mr. Lizza will not be teaching any classes next semester.”
Amazing. You managed to pull it off, surpassing the point where an untested accusation of articulated actual wrongdoing was sufficient to bring a man down, to an articulated wrong below the threshold of actual wrongdoing, to a wrong completely unspoken. Not the slightest clue what Lizza allegedly did, and they just don’t care. Off with his head, just in case.
The Long Con is hard to do. You pulled it off. Ladies, I salute you.