Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 03 Mar 2021 21:27:51 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Ben Shapiro from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/ben-shapiro-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro 388a32f3cea8046c46c1bab319244151 When Lies Matter More Than Facts for 03/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/03/21/when-lies-matter-more-than-facts Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, The New York Times ran a long piece re-reporting a supposed race scandal from Smith College. The scandal, originally reported in midsummer 2018, featured a black student, Oumou Kanoute, who claimed that she was racially profiled while eating in a dormitory lounge. She suggested in a Facebook post that she was confronted by a campus police officer, who might have been carrying a "lethal weapon," and a janitor, adding: "All I did was be Black. It's outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color."</p> <p>The janitor was placed on paid leave. The college president issued a campuswide statement explaining, "This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives." <p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> b48b4546d5125a19f20b27896a7d8ff3 The Authoritarian Left Is on the March for 02/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/21/the-authoritarian-left-is-on-the-march Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">This week, Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerny, D-N.J., sent out a series of letters to America's largest communications corporations: AT&T, Alphabet Inc., Cox Communications, Dish Network, Comcast, Apple, Amazon and others. Their letters demanded answers from these corporations on one simple topic: Why would these platforms continue to allow the dissemination of "misinformation" from conservative outlets?</span><br><p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> 1bb2c8c50b177d5783c2f692d7823fd8 It's Time to Uncancel Americans for 02/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/21/its-time-to-uncancel-americans Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, actress Gina Carano made headlines when Disney+ and Lucasfilm decided to cancel her from their hit series "The Mandalorian" over controversial social media posts. It is perfectly obvious that the corporations had been looking for an excuse to get rid of Carano thanks to her conservative politics &#8212; The Hollywood Reporter uncovered a source who snarked, "They have been looking for a reason to fire her for two months, and today was the final straw." </p> <p>What, precisely, was Carano's sin? After the 2020 election, she put up a social media post decrying voter fraud and then put up a post referring disparagingly to elite-driven mask culture. This week, she put up a post pointing out that the Holocaust did not begin with mass murder but with neighbors turning on one another thanks to politics. The Holocaust comparison may have been overwrought, but it was certainly not anti-Semitic. "Nonetheless," Lucasfilm stated, "her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 17, 2021</p> 79c06765186ad42bbab70a337607b3f2 When the Hateful Think They Are the Virtuous for 02/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/21/when-the-hateful-think-they-are-the-virtuous Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Virginia Heffernan, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, unleashed the most perverse column in recent memory. The title: "What can you do about the Trumpites next door?" Heffernan wasn't lamenting neighbors who had tagged her house with pro-Trump graffiti, or who had participated in the Jan. 6 riots, or who had even held an election watch party and turned the music up too loud. No, Heffernan was lamenting the travails of living next door to Trump supporters ... who had cleared her driveway of snow.</p> <p>Heffernan writes, "Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway ... just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job." This simple act launched Heffernan into a journey of angst and rage. "How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?" she laments. "I realize I owe them thanks &#8212; and, man, it really looks like the guy back-dragged the driveway like a pro &#8212; but how much thanks?"<p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p> bcd16ee557c2af4eef863239a46dc759 The Inequality of 'Equity' for 02/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/02/21/the-inequality-of-equity Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>President Joe Biden took office pledging a return to unity and decency. A new era of good feelings is at hand, we were informed by both his administration and its sycophants in the media. A new world &#8212; a world of "equity" &#8212; is at hand.</p> <p>Equity, you see, is the word of the day. Not <i> equality </i> &#8212; that would be a traditionally American concept. The Declaration of Independence declares that "all men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides that all citizens must receive "equal protection of the laws." Equality, in the traditional understanding, means something simple and easy to implement: the protection of the rights of all individuals, along with the invasion of none of those rights.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 03, 2021</p> fa55342ad51217fc9d17eb9b55913135 This Is Not Normal for 01/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/21/this-is-not-normal Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">For four years, we were informed by our establishment media that President Donald Trump's behavior was "not normal." The abnormality of Trump's behavior became a near rallying cry for the self-appointed heroes of journalism, who spent every waking hour poring over his bizarre tweets and his bloviating self-absorption. The media dedicated themselves to preventing Trump's supposed normalization.</span><br></p> <p>Now, the media inform us, we have been graced by the most normal normal person to have ever normalled: President Joe Biden. Biden, they proclaim, is utterly boring, nondescript, barely worthy of coverage. His administration, too, is paradigmatically normal. Yascha Mounk of The Atlantic tweets, "It is so nice to have a boring President." Alleged media watchdog Brian Stelter asked this week whether Biden is "making the news boring again," adding, "The Biden White House is clearly a break from the chaos and incompetence of Trump world." <p>Updated: Wed Jan 27, 2021</p> c7decb000e3420bde49ddfae9f18533a Get Ready for 4 Years of Media Sycophancy for 01/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/21/get-ready-for-4-years-of-media-sycophancy Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Sunday, Jan. 17, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris sat down with Jane Pauley of CBS News "Sunday Morning." Pauley treated Harris to a full-on journalistic massage. At no point was Harris asked a tough question; at no point was Harris treated as anything other than an idol worthy of worship. Perhaps the most awkward manifestation of this sycophancy came when Harris &#8212; an extraordinarily and transparently manipulative and mechanical politician &#8212; spouted a canned speech about relentlessness. "I was raised to not hear no &#8212; let me be clear about it," said Harris. "I eat no for breakfast!" </p> <p>This prompted a spasm of ecstasy from Pauley, who immediately reflected Harris' bizarrely inappropriate laughter with an enormous grin of her own. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 20, 2021</p> ef67b99ed1dd94bac2e4611165a8da85 The Lies Tearing America Apart for 01/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/21/the-lies-tearing-america-apart Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, the Capitol was breached by a group of fringe Trump supporters who had bought into a series of lies: the lie that President Donald Trump lost the election due to proven voter fraud and irregularity; the lie that the Electoral College results, legally certified state by state, could be overturned by Congress or the vice president; the lie that Trump would remain in office if only some sort of armed rebellion were to prevent the election certification by Congress. Those were lies. And those lies had deadly consequences. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Thankfully, the vast majority of Americans don't believe those lies. Which means we should be able to unify around certain basic truths</span>: that Joe Biden is legally president-elect of the United States; that violence in pursuit of political ends is a deep wrong and those who participate in it should be punished to the full extent of the law; that broad claims regarding invasion of rights ought to be backed by compelling evidence.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 13, 2021</p> d4d63ca7c8fa522312e4f2e3929d7420 How Bureaucracy Killed Hundreds of Thousands of Americans for 01/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/01/21/how-bureaucracy-killed-hundreds-of-thousands-of-americans Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have spilled barrels of ink over mistakes by the federal government. We've heard endlessly about the failure to quickly ramp up testing, the confusion over mask-wearing and the debates over proper lockdown policy. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">when the history of this time is written, the fundamental mistake made by the United States government won't be rhetorical excesses by the president or conflicting public health advice. </span>It will be the same mistake the government always makes: trusting the bureaucracy.</p> <p>We now know that the miraculous Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 had been designed by <i> Jan. 13, 2020 </i>. That was just two days after the sequencing of the virus had been made public. As David Wallace-Wells writes for New York magazine, "the Moderna vaccine design took all of one weekend. ... By the time the first American death was announced a month later, the vaccine had already been manufactured and shipped to the National Institutes of Health for the beginning of its Phase I clinical trial." Meanwhile, for six weeks, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured Americans that there was little to worry about with COVID-19. </p> <p>Fast-forward to the end of 2020. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died. Tens of thousands of Americans continue to die every week. The Food and Drug Administration has still not cleared the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which costs a fraction of the other vaccines (about $4 per dose, as opposed to $15 to $25 per dose for Moderna's vaccine or $20 per dose for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine). The FDA approval process cost us critical months, with thousands of Americans dying each day. As Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University told me this week, "Safety is their eternal excuse. They are entirely a broken federal bureaucracy ... Why did we not have a combined Phase I-Phase II clinical trial for these vaccines?"<p>Updated: Wed Jan 06, 2021</p> 632543241ef13c9d72ad4ee8d8ae0b74 The Perversion of Science for 12/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/20/the-perversion-of-science Wed, 23 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>America's scientists are essentially miracle workers. Within mere months, they have developed highly effective vaccines for COVID-19. By year's end, millions of Americans will have received their first doses. We should begin to see death rates from COVID drop precipitously in the coming weeks as more and more Americans gain immunity from the virus.</p> <p>Yet <span class="column--highlighted-text">never has there been a larger gap between America's scientists and America's public health professionals</span>. Science is supposed to guide the decision-making for both groups. Yet public health professionals have consistently failed to utilize science as their lodestar, instead sacrificing their credibility on the altar of intersectional politics. Throughout the summer, public health professionals ignored perfectly obvious dangers surrounding mass protests over alleged racial injustice; many of those top health professionals suggested that the risks of racism in American society amounted to a health problem all their own. Throughout the pandemic, public health officials have caved to the political incentive toward overbroad lockdown policies, simultaneously exempting themselves from the rules.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 23, 2020</p> 7f2d6b5798a0fed3ebac1cef18defae1 Revenge of the Lapdogs for 12/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/20/revenge-of-the-lapdogs Wed, 16 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>For four years, we heard that President Donald Trump is a threat to freedom of the press. The Washington Post signaled its own faux bravery by adopting the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" at the top of its masthead. CNN began running commercials about facts being facts, and apples being apples rather than bananas (unless, presumably, those apples identify as bananas). The New York Times championed its own supposed stunning intrepidity in covering the Trump administration.</p> <p>Those four years followed eight years during which the sitting president of the United States, Barack Obama, treated the press as lapdogs. He fed them occasional treats; they licked his hand. He occasionally disciplined them; they learned silence. He asked them to bark on cue; they did. During the Obama era, scandals went underreported; egregious seizures of power were portrayed as inevitable byproducts of Republican intransigence; and Obama's political opponents were treated as deplorable remnants of historic American bigotry.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 16, 2020</p> 975fd2685daa1cfd623533ffb0bad896 Don't Let COVID-19 Lockdowns Become a Permanent Power Grab for 12/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/20/dont-let-covid-19-lockdowns-become-a-permanent-power-grab Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, as Los Angeles County announced it would lock down all outdoor dining, a video went viral. That video featured restaurant owner Angela Marsden, proprietor of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill, decrying the lockdown policy while pointing to the erection of production catering set up for a Hollywood shoot just a few feet away. "Everything I own is being taken away from me, and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio," Marsden said, adding that she has spent approximately $80,000 complying with the requirements of LA County, only to see it shut down her business completely.</p> <p>There is no scientific policy justifying LA County's outdoor-dining shutdown. In fact, during a Board of Supervisors meeting, a community member quizzed LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis on the evidence to support such a ban. Muntu provided no such evidence, likely because there is none.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 09, 2020</p> 80492feaa07c541776cac7abc112c065 The Left's Gender Theories Are Anti-Scientific Nonsense, but They're Gaining Ground for 12/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/12/20/the-lefts-gender-theories-are-anti-scientific-nonsense-but-theyre-gaining-ground Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Nov. 22, 2020, New York Times columnist Charles Blow unleashed one of the most bizarre tweets in recent memory. "Stop doing gender reveals," he stated. "They're not cute; they're violent. All we know before a child is born is their anatomy. They will reveal their gender. It may match your expectations of that anatomy, and it may not. If you love the child you will be patience, attentive and open."</p> <p>This is patently insane for a variety of reasons.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 02, 2020</p> 75a6f3cf3135edd3622b050ebe6d2f63 Biden's 'Return to Normalcy' Is Going to Be Terrible for 11/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/bidens-return-to-normalcy-is-going-to-be-terrible Wed, 25 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After spending two years avoiding serious questions about his policy preferences, his team and his prospective presidency, we now know what Joe Biden intends to do should the Electoral College, as expected, vote for him in December: He'll reopen the swamp for business. The media spent four long years suggesting that President Donald Trump was steeped in corruption, ensconced in partisanship, enmeshed in dangerous foreign policy fiascos. The media assured us that they would defend democracy from Trump's brutalities, that they would spend every waking moment fighting to prevent anyone from accepting Trumpian standards as the "new normal."</p> <p>Instead, the media suggested we needed to return to the old "normal" &#8212; by which they meant a system in which the media and Democrats worked hand-in-glove together to lie to the American public about the content of policy ("If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor!" &#8212; former President Barack Obama); in which conventional wisdom was treated as gospel truth, no matter how wrong it was ("There will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process" &#8212; John Kerry on Israel); and in which cozy relationships between corporations and government were considered <i> de rigueur </i>. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 25, 2020</p> 274be2d467062f1fc78994d59beea27f They Want to Shut You Up for 11/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/they-want-to-shut-you-up Wed, 18 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week, Abigail Shrier, author of the new book "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," found herself at the center of a firestorm. Her great crime: writing an assessment of the psychological phenomenon known as rapid onset gender dysphoria, where groups of psychologically vulnerable young girls begin to self-diagnose as transgender after one member of a peer group does so. The book is sober and evenhanded. Nonetheless, all hell broke loose after one person on Twitter &#8212; one! &#8212; tweeted at Target, prompting the retailer to pledge not to make Shrier's book available (a decision it later reversed).</p> <p>This wasn't Shrier's first turn in the barrel. When the book first came out some months back, Amazon quickly moved to prevent her from advertising it, although books openly stumping for hormone treatment for minors suffering from gender dysphoria have met no such ban. This time, however, the publicity began to rage out of control. A transgender Berkeley professor called for burning the book, arguing, "all you're doing is removing a commodity from circulation &#8212; much as one might destroy a contaminated crop." Chase Strangio, deputy director for transgender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, decided to abandon any pretense about defending civil liberties, tweeting, "stopping circulation of this book and these ideas is 100% a hill I will die on."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 18, 2020</p> d5e082412f774cf64977ff33941c6078 When 'Unity' Means 'Shut the Hell Up' for 11/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/when-unity-means-shut-the-hell-up Wed, 11 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Saturday evening, presidential frontrunner Joe Biden &#8212; who doesn't actually become president-elect until vote counts are certified &#8212; gave a preliminary victory address. In that address, he spoke of his mandate to govern: a mandate, he said, that extended to marshalling the "forces of decency ... fairness ... science ... hope." Which is a pretty vague mandate, as it turns out.</p> <p>But there was another overarching mandate Biden expressed: a mandate to come together, to unify as Americans. "To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy," Biden said. "We are not enemies. We are Americans."<p>Updated: Wed Nov 11, 2020</p> 6ee46b8ffac8194615afc9da3dc62718 The Woke Lose for 11/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/11/20/the-woke-lose Wed, 04 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Tuesday night, the American people spoke. They spoke with millions upon millions of voices to produce the greatest presidential election voter turnout in over a century. And they sent a variety of messages, most of them quite positive. </p> <p>Voters rejected the prevailing narratives of a media determined to make the election a pure referendum on Donald Trump's character. Even if Joe Biden prevails eventually, he will likely be faced with a Republican Senate majority and a 2022 contest that will put the House of Representatives squarely in Republican sights.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 04, 2020</p> 6db4f9bce2d6d03881e350a9876f02ee The Great COVID Lie for 10/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/the-great-covid-lie Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Until COVID-19 hit, President Donald Trump was on a glide path to reelection. On domestic policy, Trump's tax and regulatory cuts spurred the economy to heights unseen in 50 years; his Department of Education cracked down on the star-chamber courts applied on college campuses in cases of alleged sexual misconduct; he has appointed scores of well-qualified constitutionalist judges, including three Supreme Court justices. On foreign policy, Trump is the first president of my lifetime not to enter any foreign wars; he has brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East between Israel and Arab countries; he has stood up to Chinese predations in unprecedented ways.</p> <p>If this election had been held in February, Trump likely would have won. And he likely would have won rather easily. That's because Trump's often-terrible rhetoric would have taken a back seat to his actions, and Americans' pessimism about Trump's character would have taken a back seat to their optimism about his agenda.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 28, 2020</p> 8e4576b21d1557cf9f49821a3a9479b8 The Media Officially Becomes the Communications Department for Joe Biden for 10/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/the-media-officially-becomes-the-communications-department-for-joe-biden Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the New York Post published a bombshell story. Hunter Biden's laptop was apparently given to a computer repairman in Delaware, and a copy of the hard drive was turned over to the Post. The Post found several alarming emails. The first was a communique from a Ukrainian businessman from the natural gas company Burisma &#8212; the same company from which Hunter Biden would gain a reported $50,000-per-month salary as a board member, despite knowing nothing about Ukraine or natural gas. The communique contained the businessman's thanks to Hunter for brokering a meeting with Joe Biden.</p> <p>This was mildly damning, considering that Joe had blithely informed the world that he knew nothing of his ne'er-do-well son's foreign activities. What was more damning was an email thread that appeared to concern proposed compensation packages from the now-defunct CEFC China Energy Co. That thread identified Hunter as "Chair/Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC," with a proposed equity split of "20" for "H" (presumably Hunter) and "10 held by H for the big guy." A Fox News source privy to the thread confirmed that the "big guy" was Joe Biden. An apparent text from Hunter to one of his children contained this tantalizing suggestion: "(U)nlike Pop, I won't make you give me half your salary." <p>Updated: Wed Oct 21, 2020</p> b1e40061067872c4d8c8316e9e55e172 Why Democrats Hate Amy Coney Barrett for 10/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/ben-shapiro/10/20/why-democrats-hate-amy-coney-barrett Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Democrats struggled to explain why Judge Amy Coney Barrett should not be confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court. They trotted out hackneyed arguments, suggesting that some political norm had been broken by a Republican president nominating a judge to be confirmed as a justice by a Republican Senate in an election year. There have been 19 times where a seat became vacant in an election year and both the presidency and Senate were controlled by the same party, resulting in 17 judicial confirmations. They suggested that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish to leave her seat open until a Democrat takes power represented a sort of binding legal commitment.</p> <p>And they fumed.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 14, 2020</p>