Sunday, October 22, 2023


I almost feel sorry for Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch. Like everyone else who's part of the right-wing defamation-industrial complex, he needs to generate a great deal of content every week portraying Democrats, liberals, and non-conservative government officials as extraordinarily evil and bent on destroying American civilization as we know it. Sometimes the magic works, but sometimes it doesn't.

It sure wasn't working a couple of weeks ago, when Fitton told us about this courageous effort to hold powerful government officials accountable:
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service for records regarding incidents of aggression and bites involving President Joe Biden’s Dog, Commander (Judicial Watch Inc, v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:23-cv-02960)).

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Secret Service (a component of the Department of Homeland Security) failed to respond to a July 31, 2023, request for all records involving the “Biden family dog, ‘Commander,’ including but not limited to communications sent to and from [Secret Service] officials in the Uniformed and Non-Uniformed Divisions involved in White House operations and the Presidential Protection Division.”
You probably think you know all you need to know about Biden's dog Commander, whose biting problem has been widely reported. But Fitton insists that there are things about Commandergate that "they" don't want you know. On October 6, he wrote:
Biden Abuses His Dogs?!

... According to our source, President Biden has mistreated his dogs. We have learned that he has punched and kicked his dogs.
Also on October 6, Voz Media, an ideological ally of Judicial Watch, reported this:
... Commander's behavior may be a result of abuse. Sources close to Judicial Watch published a video in which President Biden is seen mistreating his German shepherd, even punching and kicking him:

What do you see in that video? Do you see any abuse? I see a guy unsuccessfully attempting to herd his dog, and then nearly tripping over the dog's leash. No matter how many times that last bit is repeated in the clip, it still doesn't look like a kick.

As poor Tom Fitton was working this story, a somewhat more important news event took place: the Hamas attack on Israel, on October 7. Tom hasn't been able to get traction for the story as a result.

So he's moved on. Here's his latest. It concerns the drowning death of Barack Obama's personal chef, which authorities have ruled an accident:
We received 40 pages of records from the Massachusetts State Police that indicate the presence of Barack Obama for a witness interview in the death investigation of the Obamas’ personal chef Tafari Campbell.
And what are the shocking revelations Judicial Watch has unearthed?
The records, which are heavily redacted, indicate Barack Obama arrived at the emergency response scene via motorcade. A short time later, a cold, wet woman, who was a witness, arrived. The next morning, the eyewitness was interviewed in the Obama residence, again with Barack Obama present.

It is concerning that we had to push for several months to find out that Barack Obama was personally involved in the death investigation of his personal chef Tafari Campbell.
By "personally involved in the investigation," do you mean "interviewed"? Because, yes, he was interviewed. He employed the deceased man (and probably the witness) and the death took place near his home. There's nothing earth-shattering about any of this.

And yes, the report says the female witness "was visibly emotional and was visibly shaking from being cold and wet." It's Massachusetts. The ocean water doesn't get very warm even in midsummer. And yet people go into the water because that's what people who live and work near the ocean do. And if they see someone drown, yes, they're likely to get emotional and might start to shake visibly.

Fitton posts long, boring excerpts from the report and then points out shocking revelations such as this:
The homicide/death report lists as seized evidence under “Property #1” an “Under Armour Baseball Hat (Black)” and in the description notes: “West Tisbury Firefighter Stephen Serusa recovers a black, Under Armour baseball hat in Edgartown Great Pond, floating in the marsh area of Turkeyland Cove … during search for Tafari CAMPBELL. Hat matches the description of CAMPBELLS hat he was last seen wearing. Hat later confirmed by witnesses to be CAMPBELLS.”
Wow -- a hat they found matches the description of a hat the deceased man owned. Rip up the front page! We have a new lead story!

I know how easy it is to develop a craving for the constant dopamine hits you can get from posting new items on the Internet as often as possible. But sometimes no content is better than fresh content. On these two subjects, just give it up, Tom. They're probably not even inspiring the rubes to send you money.

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