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Is Noah Berlatsky a Pedophile?

Posted on | January 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Is Noah Berlatsky a Pedophile?



“Fascists love to use accusations of pedophilia as a way to invalidate and destroy enemies.”
Noah Berlatsky, Sept. 6, 2019

Look, I’m not making any accusations here, and far be from me, an award-winning journalist, to engage in irresponsible speculation. There is no actually evidence that Noah Berlatsky is a pedophile, as far as I know, and it would be reckless to attempt to infer anything about his sexual preference based merely on a few messages on Twitter, taken out of context. Rather, if anyone seriously suspected Berlatsky of pedophilia — which, as I say, there’s no specific reason they should suspect this — it might be more productive to consider his overall oeuvre of work, including his oft-noted status as a so-called “male feminist.”

If you get my drift. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.

My point is not to question whether it would be safe to let your children have a sleepover with “Uncle Noah,” but rather to demonstrate that it is wrong for journalists to engage in character assassination merely because they happen to disagree with someone’s politics. Yet this is exactly what Noah Berlatsky has done to Trump supporters:


Trump voters motivated by racism may be
violating the Constitution. Can they be stopped?

As insulting as that headline is, the article’s first paragraph is worse:

If the Trump era has taught us anything, it’s that large numbers of white people in the United States are motivated at least in part by racism in the voting booth. Donald Trump ran an openly racist campaign for president, calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, regularly retweeting white supremacists and at least initially balking at repudiating former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Trump made it clear in his campaign that “Make America Great Again” meant that America was greater when white people’s power was more sweeping and more secure. White voters approved of that message by a whopping 58 percent to 37 percent.

That’s 102 words, in case you weren’t counting, and notice:

“. . . white people . . . racism . . . openly racist . . . white supremacists . . . white people’s power . . . White voters . . .”

Berlatsky begins with a premise that he does not ever bother to state, namely that the election of President Trump was wrong, and that anyone who voted for Trump is a bad person. Berlatsky believes that all 62.9 million Americans who voted for Trump did so out of ignorance or malice, or perhaps a combination of ignorance and malice. Either way, all good people voted for Hillary Clinton, according to Berlatsky, and so the only questions worth asking about Trump voters are:

  1. What kind of evil are they?
  2. How can we stop them from electing Trump again in November?

The rest of Berlatsky’s article is one of those through-the-looking-glass, down-the-rabbit-hole journeys into “progressive” madness that is difficult to describe. Ir would be easier to transcribe the gibberish of a dope fiend in the midst of a psilocybin freakout.

Berlatsky not only contends that it is racist to vote Republican, but seems to believe that Democrats have a right to win every election, so therefore it is unconstitutional to vote Republican. The entire article is a vile act of deliberate defamation, and NBC News should be apologizing for having published it. As for Berlatsky himself, his byline is a disgrace to any organization that publishes his hateful slander and, while I repeat that I have no actual evidence that he’s a pedophile, I certainly wouldn’t trust him near my children. Would you trust him with your children?

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.)



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