One burned witch is not enough! We’ve got to burn them all!
They’re coming for you next: The effort by the left and many like-minded fascists in modern America to destroy anyone who disagrees with them did not begin with the ascension to power of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party following the elections in 2020.
No, the blacklisting and slander campaigns started decades ago, maybe as early as the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for nominees Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, but clearly accelerating after Trump’s election in 2016.
In 2018 we had a perfect example. Then the founder of Papa John’s Pizza, John Schnatter, was forced out of the company he founded based on lies and slanders issued by the public relations company Laundry Services that he himself had hired to improve his public image after he had publicly criticized the NFL for not stopping the national anthem protests.
Apparently, that pr firm had carefully edited comments Schnatter had made during a telephone call with them, making it look like he was a bigot and had used curse words against blacks. The resulting scandal, spread eagerly throughout the mainstream press, served to destroy his reputation and his business, making him a pariah to the entire world.
Forbes broke the story about Schnatter “using” the N-word on a conference call in July 2018. Schnatter then resigned as the company’s chairman.
The story hit like a ton of bricks. The local NAACP successfully pressured Schnatter to resign as a trustee of the University of Louisville. His wife of 32 years filed for divorce. Same-store sales at Papa John’s fell 7.3 percent in 2018 and it lost big partnerships with Major League Baseball and several sports teams. The company scrubbed Schnatter from promotional materials and the company logo, and the Center for Free Enterprise at the University of Louisville dropped his name.
Schnatter has since sued that pr company for breach of contract, and in doing so, has released the full transcript of the phone call Laundry Services used to slander him publicly. As it turns out Schnatter never did any of the evil things Laundry Service claimed.
On May 22, 2018, Schnatter and other representatives with Papa John’s had a strategy call with Laundry Service — and this call would go down in infamy.
Schnatter reportedly expected that the call would address marketing initiatives, but as the call began, staff told Schnatter that the call would focus on “diversity training,” including “role-playing exercises” on “race and diversity.” The transcript of the call reflects that Schnatter had received a document just before the call, and that he complained he had little time to review it. … [He] complained that Laundry Service had ambushed him with the exercise material. “When you put this in front of me 12 minutes ago, ‘John, you’re a racist,’ well, it’s going to take me a while to get out of my shell because this is brutal if you’re me and you’ve been called a bigot for six and a half months. That’s why I need to study it,” he said.
Schnatter then wondered why this pr company that he had hired couldn’t simply go out and say that he wasn’t a racist. To show that such a statement would not be false, he then described in detail and quite blunt and sometimes expletive language his own experiences with bigotry, and how it had always appalled him. While his language and examples also showed that he was no saint, it also showed that the accusations of bigotry against him that ended up destroying him were simply untrue.
After the conversation with Schnatter was over and unaware that they were being recorded, the Laundry Services people then schemed to backstab Schnatter because they simply didn’t like it that he would not kow-tow to their critical race theory-inspired agenda.
Jason Stein, then the CEO of Laundry Service, said as he listened in on Schnatter after the call: “This is what happens when a sociopath spirals. … I hope he gets f****n’ sent out to the pasture on this sh*t.”
A female speaker said Schnatter’s “answers just said a lot about him. They were very revealing.”
“He’s a racist,” Stein claimed. Other staff agreed with him. “He has no problem saying that black people were dragged behind a car, using the N-word just now, but he can’t just f***ing say that.”
Stein and his team even suggested they should set up Schnatter with a hostile interview.
Remember, Stein and Laundry Services had been hired by Schnatter to improve his image. Instead, they went ahead to use his own money to spread a campaign to slander him, though before they began that campaign they apparently tried to blackmail him, according to Schnatter’s lawsuit, demanding a $6 million payoff to stop them from initiating their campaign using edited sections of the phone conversation.
Meanwhile, according to the lawsuit others in Schnatter’s own company used this fake scandal for their own purposes.
Steve Ritchie, Papa John’s CEO at the time, “has admitted privately that he launched a false and defamatory campaign against Mr. Schnatter, falsely accusing him of racism, for the sad and simple reason that Mr. Ritchie learned that he was going to lose his job.”
This is how blacklisters work. They lie, they slander, and they destroy, all for power and self-aggrandizement. And they are winning because Americans and too many in the media are eager to participate in such dishonest blackballing campaigns, for all the same reasons. Based on the information available to it, Forbes should never have published the story in the first place. It was implausible, and it wasn’t backed up by multiple sources. Yet they went ahead, seeing an opportunity to destroy someone who clearly didn’t support the anti-American and racist agenda of the NFL national anthem protesters.
The rest of the leftist media was immediately quick to pile on. Let’s burn that witch for defying us!
And worse, the public credulously accepted the slanders as true, making the campaign a complete success. Yet it didn’t take more than five seconds of review when these allegations were first blasted in the media to see how implausible and likely untrue they were. That’s what I saw immediately. Like the Russian collusion scandal, these allegations were absurd, and weren’t worth the paper they were written on.
Until Americans begin make it clear to media outlets that spread these lies that they will no longer cater to them, this is going to go on. They have power, they want more, and apparently we are willing to give it to them. The bullies are winning.