Because of Covid, Naomi Wolf has become one of the disaffected liberals who has actionably shifted against the tide of liberalism. She is not a Bill Maher offering weekly critiques but is an activist in the fight against Branch Covidian tyranny in the likes of a Steve Kirsch. Her recent column on her Substack entitled, “Dear Conservatives, I Apologize,” represents another shift of opinion for the lifelong feminist which is unfortunately absent in Big Eva circles.
This past week, Tucker Carlson revealed the security footage that Fox News had been availed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy which revealed police cooperation and coordination with the January 6 Protesters. January 6 represents the death of America’s justice system, where the State is weaponized against the people, denying them fair trials and subjecting citizens to inhumane incarcerations while being largely ignored by the media and political class. Many have already been sentenced prior to the release of exonerating evidence that these security videos would have provided if submitted as evidence before a truly impartial jury.
There is no way to avoid this moment. The formal letter of apology. From me. To Conservatives and to those who “put America first” everywhere.
It’s tempting to sweep this confrontation with my own gullibility under the rug — to “move on” without ever acknowledging that I was duped, and that as a result I made mistakes in judgement, and that these mistakes, multiplied by the tens of thousands and millions on the part of people just like me, hurt millions of other people like you all, in existential ways.
But that erasure of personal and public history would be wrong.
I owe you a full-throated apology.
I believed a farrago of lies. And, as a result of these lies, and my credulity — and the credulity of people similarly situated to me – many conservatives’ reputations are being tarnished, on false bases.
Because the article is long, the opening apology is appreciated. If this were The Gospel Coalition, any thing nearing the content of an apology would be buried deep under a forty-five hundred word article. Instead, she actually accepts that she was gullible in believing the lies. This is more than Big Eva or Con Inc did with Covid on a number of issues where they contend that they were acting off the information at the time while disregarding the consequences of their ignorance. It is easy to say “masks don’t work,” “lockdowns were harmful,” or the “vaccines were ineffective” now in 2023—not so much in 2020 because of the very same people now turned against those narratives.
The proximate cause of this letter of apology is the airing, two nights ago, of excepts from tens of thousands of hours of security camera footage from the United States Capitol taken on Jan 6, 2021. The footage was released by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson.
She would detail the contents of the video surveillance and outline how the evidence contradicted her initial perceptions.
I don’t agree with Mr Carlson’s interpretation of the videos as depicting “mostly peaceful chaos.” I do think it is a mistake to downplay how serious it is when a legislative institution suffers a security breach of any kind, however that came to be.
But you don’t have to agree with Mr Carlson’s interpretation of the videos, to believe, as I do, that he engaged in valuable journalism simply by airing the footage that was leaked to him.
To Wolf, the footage is public information and should have been made available as it belongs to the people. She likens Carlson’s work to the Pentagon Papers and other journalistic endeavors.
You don’t have to agree with Mr Carlson’s interpretation of the videos, to conclude that the Democrats in leadership, for their own part, have cherry-picked, hyped, spun, and in some ways appear to have lied about, aspects of January 6, turning a tragedy for the nation into a politicized talking point aimed at discrediting half of our electorate.
From the start, there have been things about the dominant, Democrats’ and legacy media’s, narrative of Jan 6, that seemed off, or contradictory, to me. (That does not mean I agree with the interpretation of these events in general on the right. Bear with me).
Wolf acknowledges the hyped up nature of January 6, but it does appear that she might not fully support the notion that it was orchestrated by the government, which is presumably the current narrative on the right she is alluding to.
A point I have made over and over since 9/11 is that many events in history are both real and hyped. Many actors in historic events have their agendas, but are also at times used by other people with their own agendas, in ways of which the former are unaware. Terrorists and terrorism in the Bush era are one example. This issue was both real and hyped.
Though the prevailing narrative on the left is that J6 is worse than 9/11, the similarities are impossible to ignore. Both events were real in the sense that they occurred, but the rest became narrative, hype, and coverup, just like the Kennedy assassination and Covid Pandemic.
“Patriots” or “insurgents” (depending on who you are) entering the Capitol can be part of a real event that is also exploited or manipulated by others. We don’t know yet if this is the case in relation to the events of Jan 6, or to what extent it may be the case. That is where a real investigation must come in.
But as someone who has studied history, and the theatrics of history, for decades, I was not at all surprised to see, on Mr Carlson’s security camera footage, the person who was to became the most memorable ‘face’ of the ‘insurrection’ (or the riot, or the Capitol breach) — escorted to the beating heart of the action, where his image could be memorialized by a battery of cameras forever.
While she might not be a supporter of the notion that FBI operatives instigated J6, she is open to investigation of this possibility, which too many in Con Inc of Big Eva would rather ignore.
Wolf proceeds to finish her column with a detailed history of populace presence in the Capitol relating to American tradition. She does this to suggest normalcy with protest in and accessibility at the Capitol.
To her credit, this is an apology, more than can be expected out of the mouths of Big Eva, who need the lies of January 6 to continue in order to denigrate Christian Nationalism as a boogeyman and otherwise gate-keep the church.
People like Eric Erickson, who in between his simping for Ron DeSantis, contended that he is the only sane individual left on the issue of January 6. If Big Eva does decide to respond to these revelations, then Erickson’s response will be of the mold, something denoting Carlson as doing the same thing the Congressional Committee was doing, except as Wolf rightly points out, the footage belongs to the people. Lawyers should have had access to whatever film they needed, as too should the press via the Freedom of Information Act.
Why It Matters
The legacy of January 6 is the death of justice in America. The same apparatus that instigated the events entrapped individuals for the purpose of driving a political narrative. Though individuals are responsible for their actions, the State should not be orchestrating situations to entrap people into committing crimes. Due to the nature of opportunity cost, this is performed at the expense of resources devoted to actual criminal investigations. Despite the advancements in forensics technology, telecommunications, and surveillance, the murder solve rate in America has declined from 72% in 1980 to 50% in 2020. Maybe the FBI should take interest in this by using their abilities to curtail gang violence; but instead, they would rather jeopardize Mark Houck.
Naomi Wolf might not be a Christian or a conservative, or even pro-life, but there is a sense of introspection that is absent in the ivory towers of Big Eva, who remain steadfast in their refusal to acknowledge this and the other false narratives they peddled.