Lies and Consequences

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.”

Lizza responded.

 “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.”

I have to give a nose swipe to Catherine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin, et al., for pulling it off. It took decades, but still you persisted. And you made it happen. The Long Con.

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.

28 thoughts on “Lies and Consequences

  1. Turk

    One of the strangest parts of those three statements, is that there isn’t any clue as to how this was related to his job and the New Yorker.

    1. SHG Post author

      Before you can connect “this” to his job, you would have to have a clue what “this” is. One of the strangest parts of your comment is that you leaped right over that and didn’t even realize it.

      1. Turk

        One of the strangest parts of your comment is that you leaped right over that and didn’t even realize it.

        I thought it was obvious.

        I also didn’t mention that the sun rises in the east.

  2. REvers

    “Ladies, I salute you.”

    I don’t think ladies is quite the right word. Perhaps one that starts with a letter occurring earlier in the alphabet.

    1. SHG Post author

      The useful idiots are slaves to the new demands of language, and comply to prove their empathy, admit their complicity and show repentance for their transgressions. Others will use whatever words the language has available and suffer the anguished cries of the useful idiots.

      As for the earlier letter, I choose not to use that word either.

  3. wilbur

    “pounding away, and pounding away again”

    Yipes. I need a trigger warning for this sort of language. I feel unsafe.

    I’ll promptly be in touch with your employer. Oh wait …

  4. PseudonymousKid

    Dear Papa,

    All men are but rapists in the hands of an angry woman. Or sexual offenders. Or people who do improper sexual things. Or say them. Who knows when no ones telling? Combining believe the victim with privacy and confidentiality is brilliant and effective.

    Can we be at the tipping point and start heading back towards process please? I’m scared, Dad. It’s a minefield out there.

    Best,
    PK

  5. B. McLeod

    Proof again that running with the herd doesn’t protect against The Terror. Lizza’s number came up in the lottery and now he knows (if he didn’t before) how this works. Like all its past iterations, this version of The Terror will run its course. Some thousands will be its victims, while appreciable number of actual forcible kissers and gropers will survive unscathed. No lasting change will occur, beyond the type of post-McCarthyist realization that The Terror is irrational and smart people don’t throw in with it.

      1. B. McLeod

        Ah, stock market wisdom. There will be another crash, too, by the way.

        But, based on my passing acquaintance with eight hundred years of folk music, I would say people don’t fundamentally change that much as to certain things. Ordinary citizens will become disaffected with the oppression of this hysteria, and they will stop applauding, no matter how much the media and fanatical crackpots continue to try to fan the flames. Once mob adulation is no longer to be had by the virtue-signalers, they will crawl back into the shadows from whence they came. Some morning, the sun will rise over the land, and The Terror will be over. Until next time.

        1. Robert

          “Ordinary citizens will become disaffected with the oppression of this hysteria, and they will stop applauding, no matter how much the media and fanatical crackpots continue to try to fan the flames. Once mob adulation is no longer to be had by the virtue-signalers, they will crawl back into the shadows from whence they came.”

          That turning point will come when the life-ruining effects visibly trickle down from Fenston Fuckyoumoneys to a critical mass of Johnny Onthestreets with mouths to feed.

          1. SHG Post author

            By the time enough blood has been shed, the damage to our belief and legal systems will be firmly in place. The bloodshed will eventually end, but we will spend generations trying to undo the damage, wondering how everything got so fucked up in the first place.

            1. B. McLeod

              That may be unduly pessimistic. To the extent the people pushing The Terror are proceeding without concern for due process or evidence (i.e., totally), it is madness. As such, like McCarthyism, it carries the seed of its own destruction, and may come unraveled at any moment. It seems to me most likely that it will be the refresher lesson, for some number of decades to come, as to why we have concepts of due process and evidence, and why we do not sacrifice those concepts to hysteria.

            2. SHG Post author

              I would like to be as sanguine as you, but changes are already embedded. Affirmative consent, for example, which has become law in NY and CA for colleges, and that Title IX “law” definitively authorizes colleges to micromanage peer to peer sexual relations on every level.

              But more importantly, there has been cultural shift to the left, such that any discussion presumes much of the narrative to be true and mandatory. Even those closer to center have internalized false tropes as part of their norms, even if they don’t buy the full progressive agenda.

  6. Fubar

    The Long Con is hard to do. You pulled it off. Ladies, I salute you.

    Rumor among blithering idiots is that the Long Con is not complete until this memo issues from Simple Justice management:

    Mr. Greenfield, we’ve fired you today,
    Just for what, we’re unable to say.
    Since you are your own boss,
    We are at a great loss
    To say more than auto da fé!

            1. Patrick Maupin

              The cow is an awesome beast,
              worthy of worship in some places East.
              Likewise, revered in the West;
              known as the best
              (by far) part of the feast.

  7. John Barleycorn

    Don’t get your boxer shorts all wadded up esteemed one.

    The New Yorker plainly said “Ryan Lizza engaged in WHAT WE BELIEVE was improper sexual conduct.

    Why do you want to make them care?

      1. John Barleycorn

        Shameful of me not to follow along with the tweeting but if there ever was a weisenheimer opening in a CDL’s playground that was it.

        And lets face, having no self control, I have to make a move when given the opportunity to maintain my credibility…

        Anyway, don’t get your boxers all in a bunch. I got fifty bucks says the New Yorker would still publish an ad for Marquis de Sade’s collection next to some modern furnishings 50% off ad.

        And lets face it Lizza’s predicament and the New Yorker’s “believing” is bound to inspire an epic New Yorker-ish cartoon. Even if it wont be published in the New Yorker.

        P.S. “…. but we will spend generations trying to undo the damage, wondering how everything got so fucked up in the first place.” That coming from a lawyer, even a CDL, is in itself pretty special.

        But it will be FUN ;)!

  8. Lee

    I suggest the creation of a new hashtag — #MeTood. It is especially apt for ‘woke’ folks that end up being lynched by their former allies.

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