NOTE TO READER: Notwithstanding the attention the Washington Post has lavished on me of late (e.g., their recent piece “Inside the shadow reality world promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen”, June 24, 2021, on top of numerous other mentions since the election), the WaPo has declined to practice “right-of-response journalism” and publish this. So I will, here.
I welcome Washington Post’s recent exercise in Election Fraud Denial, “Inside the ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen”. It displays the same fallacy marring legacy media (and for that matter, the education of humanities majors under 40): “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so” (as Twain put it). Thus from the headline forward it leaves an honest reader asking, “But why do you assert this?” Yet it is ably-reported and well-written, and has budged the permitted narrative a few inches towards truth. In addition, Emma Brown was courteous, professional, and a pleasure to work with, and that is rare these days.
Here are three places where Emma has inched towards the truth.
· Rather than strictly adhering to the Party Line (≈ Byrne claims the election was stolen but experts dismiss his accusations), Emma distinguishes herself merely by noting that I reply that the experts’ dismissals are “facile bromides” that do not account for the data. For the courageous act of conveying that simple claim, Emma stands head-and-shoulders above her contemporaries in the world of, “investigative journalism”.
· There is information in the article that others have not dared to print. For example, that I did not vote for Trump (and am neither “pro-Trump” nor an “avid Trump supporter” as others have framed it); that the notorious December 18 meeting in the Oval office was about persuading Trump to “investigate voting machines in key counties” (and not about seizing voting machines across the nation as others have written); that the revelation of data that makes me confident the election was stolen has already discretely occurred in Exhibit 12 of Mike Lindell’s recent lawsuit.
· Ms. Brown’s description of me includes the word “journalist”. Given that my anti-corruption writings on DeepCapture from 2005-2008 won global Internet awards for being both the best writing on Corruption and Business Investigative Journalism in the USA, I think it is reasonable. Still, it is a well-received olive branch.
It’s not much, but it’s a start (one has to grade on a curve dealing with legacy media). With little fanfare, Emma has buried such nuggets for those following closely. Someday, these will be seen as small acts of bravery in the midst of the temporary triumph of Orwellianism in America.
Now to the fallacy animating the piece: it practices argument-by-assertion. The claim that the election was rigged is dismissed as a “lie”, a “falsehood”, “baseless” and “disinformation”… and that is just the title plus the first four sentences! (Is this starting to same strange to anyone else who did not grow up on Pravda?) No attempt is made to deal with such issues as November 3’s tabulation pauses, adjudication rates, cellular modems, and so on and so forth. Nor is any attempt made to explain why election integrity is a “right-wing” issue. In that respect, WaPo serves the same weak tea as its competitors.
Rather than deal with these misses individually I will just say, “See the movie” or “Read the book” (also named The Deep Rig, which the WaPo has curiously omitted). And I will remind your readers of some history.
In 2005-2008 I came out criticizing another institution whose rigorous governance was assumed by all proper-thinking people: the settlement system underlying our capital markets. I claimed that fault-tolerances within that system were being exploited by a constellation of hedge funds which (coupled with then little-known “expert networks”) was engaged in a market manipulation-insider trading regime that was corrupting our capital markets and destabilizing the system, and that the SEC was either asleep at the switch or in bed with Wall Street (popularizing the then-arcane terms “regulatory capture” and “deep capture”).
Then as now, the Yuck-yucks went to work chortling, deriding, and obfuscating my claims. For many normal people, their clearest piece of evidence that I was correct was in the way that the mainstream press violated then-existing precepts of journalistic fair play in their efforts to dissuade the public from considering my claims regarding settlement failures, latent derivative risk, and regulatory capture. CNBC’s Jim Cramer and Herb Greenberg spent three consecutive afternoons leading a parade of guests to parrot, Patrick Byrne is crazy yes don’t you think he’s crazy? We think he’s so crazy too. Up next: another guest to tell you that Patrick Byrne is crazy. A columnist at the New York Times “Joe Nocera” went so frothing about me for so long that another journalist there (an honest one with whom I had previously worked) called to tell me, “I want you to know that the word we use these days on the floor is, ‘surreal’. We say that it is ‘surreal’ that we are working for the New York Times while it is publishing these crazy hit pieces on you.”
In fact, the Yuck-yucks got so carried away in their chortling and high-fiving that they forgot that at the end of the day, the cards do the talking. So from 2005-2008 I kept at it, knowing I was correct and thus enjoying the experience of having so much vituperation slung at me, chuckling as I watched the yuck-yucks build the pot at the center of the table. They set aside normal journalist ethics as they slid into the pot all their credibility-chips, then their pocket money, and finally their car keys, by setting aside all conventions of journalistic honesty to dissuade the public from understanding or heeding my claims. NY Post (for folks who move their lips when they read People magazine), Fortune (sort of an Entertainment Weekly! for crony capitalists), Wall Street Journal, New York Times (of course)… As I recall, the only two major news organizations in the USA who sat that hand out were the New Yorker and the Washington Post.
In 2008 things started to unravel, regulators passed emergency measures to stop the settlement issues I had been warning about and that they had claimed were impossible, and on October 23 Greenspan went before Congress to name “settlement” as among the three causes of the crisis, along with fraud and securitization (e.g., Madoff and Mortgage Backed Securities).
Subsequent mainstream media analyses generally focused only on fraud and securitization. Still, the credibility-bet paid off. Much was public: “These days, when people talk of Byrne, the word ‘vindication’ comes up a lot,” wrote the AP in August, 2008. In the last week of 2008 a Wall Street Journal piece appeared in which the writer included me in a list of the five people who deserved credit for seeing it coming (among the other four were Nassim Taleb and Nouriel Rabini): “2008 Lookback: Best Calls of the Year” [WSJ]. Charles Gasparino, a serious and honest financial journalist, both noted my prescience in his subsequent book on the 2008 crisis and later mocked his co-stars on CNBC, saying, “Patrick Byrne was Right All Along [deepcapture.com]”.
For the following decade the yuck-yucks who had slid their chips into the pot had almost nothing to say about me. Herb Greenberg, who had once obsessed publicly about the varying times I took to answer his emails, went silent. Jim Cramer was taunted by colleagues for his refusal even to dare use my name on air. The rest of the financial press fell similarly silent for over a decade. It has only been in the last 24 months that two media organs have gotten engaged on me: the New Yorker and the Washington Post. The two who did not lose their credibility-chips to me in 2008.
So here we are again, with pieces such as this recent article, which notwithstanding the incremental improvements Ms. Brown has brought to the issue, still engages in Election Fraud Denial. It seems that some are forgetting that this hand is not going to be won by seeing who can work the words “false” and “baseless” into an article more times, but by (for example) looking at ballots in Maricopa, Arizona.
So bet big, Yuck-yucks. I’m probably bluffing this time. Bet your new cars, your second homes in Rehobeth, your wife’s jewelry. For that matter, bet your wives, bet your mistresses, bet your girlfriends. Bet your children, and bet your honor as Americans in front of your children.
I can already give you my reply: I call. When this hand is over I will again be shown to have been correct, industrial-scale fraud will be revealed in an institution that the public trusted and the mainstream media blithely defended, and two empty spots on my lodgepole will have their scalps.
Respectfully yet confidently,
Patrick M. Byrne
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Brilliant retort. Logic wins. Soon we’ll see all those who connive and sweep aside your assertions scrambling to exculpate themselves and position their prior actions as innocuous. They’ll try to frame themselves as victims or unwitting stooges. The clown show will continue with more plot twists than a Shyamalan novella as the irony unfolds proving impeccant Patriots were right and disingenuous partisan actors contrived a sophisticated power grab via domestic propaganda, sabotage and fraud – which we know vitiates everything.
What LLJMK said!
I enjoy reading your writings. But I feel the need to make one critical observation.
Writing, “..bet your wives, bet your mistresses, bet your girlfriends.” implies that people are possessions. I don’t think you intended that implication, or that is a belief that you hold. However, I do think language matters. I know you can find a different way to phrase your sentiment that is equally as effective.
Other than that – really enjoyed the read!
Sadly, Veronica, those about whom Patrick is referring, in all liklihood do see their wives, mistresses and girlfriends as possessions. They are total snakes, evil beings, who care only about power and money.
But what is the benefit of reinforcing that perception? There are many other ways the same sentiment can be expressed.
Patrick – we know you’re right. AGAIN.
And wondering if this was the media person you referenced recently that you hoped would publish not only the Truth, but your long-awaited rest of the story on your mission of investigating of Obama, Comey and Brennan. Guess we’ll have to wait for that a little longer. We the People are with you 100% and doing what we can to support you and all the Patriots working so hard to bring election fraud to light. Thank you!!!
We have endless examples of corruption,bribery,intimidation,censorship,surveillance and worse by politicians,government agents,big tech/media/pharma/finance etc.
So what are We The People going to do about it?
Does anyone have ideas for solutions that We The People can implement WITHOUT the help of politicians?
Below is the best idea I can think of to make immediate change in a peaceful,productive manner.
Patrick,would you consider dedicating a thread/article where We The People can discuss solutions to all the corruption,censorship and worse that continues to go on?
Regarding election fraud, it seems to me the solution would be a voting system that perhaps had both an electronic,blockchain vote AND a paper vote cast simultaneously in which the electronic ballots and paper ballots were counted separately to expose any discrepancies / fraud.
That exists. Voatz.
I thought of Voatz but wasn’t sure if their system is set up to count electronic votes and paper ballots separately to expose discrepancies/fraud.
I don’t understand why Voatz does nothing to promote their system.
Something like an exhibition/test election with hypothetical candidates for POTUS that could be promoted on social media could really draw a lot of public attention and participation,IMO.
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Oh my God. Ronnie Zieglar. Yes it was not actually in Beijing that we met: it was somewhere in the south. You are German, a backpacker at the time, a few years older than me. We wrote each other a few times over the next few years. How wonderful to see you turn up here.
Holding all the cards is a good feeling.
Dr. David Martin has all the cards also and they are being played at Den Hague. The 4000+ patents around SARS-CoV lay out prima facia evidence that we have been lied too. This can not be denied and anyone can verify:
On April 19, 2002 – the Spring before the first SARS outbreak in Asia – Christopher M. Curtis, Boyd Yount, and Ralph
Baric filed an application for U.S. Patent 7,279,372 for a method of producing recombinant coronavirus. In the first
public record of the claims, they sought to patent a means of producing, “an infectious, replication defective,
coronavirus.” This work was supported by the NIH grant referenced above and GM63228. In short, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was involved in the funding of amplifying the infectious nature of coronavirus between 1999 and 2002 before SARS was ever detected in humans.”
happy to see you are writing and okay.
Happy to be OK.
It seems that some are forgetting that this hand is not going to be won by seeing who can work the words “false” and “baseless” into an article more times, but by (for example) looking at ballots in Maricopa, Arizona.
I hope you are right on this point. Repetition has a power all its own. Everyone saw in slow motion what happened on the night of 11/3 and in the following days. Even the Biden supporters and Trump haters know something wasn’t kosher. The repetition of those magic words “false” “baseless” “refuted” “discredited” etc. help them smooth over the cognitive dissonance and convince them of what they know not to be true. It also buys time, time to consolidate power. The truth is the truth, and it will ultimately win out, but it may end up just being a future trivia question and a footnote to history. And those whose credibility is shot will not be punished, but rather awarded for their loyal service with a book deal or a spot on an MSNBC round table.
Hi Patrick. Thank you for being a Patriot. We understand that the 2020 election was seriously flawed by cyber hackers and others “on the ground and within the polling stations” . The paper trail and the mathematical statistics are obvious and the cyber manipulations are verifiable. Our elections must be removed from all electronic networks and placed back into the world of traceable and tightly controlled paper. I care only about our freedom and have no affinity toward any elected official nor any political party. Thank you for being a Patriot and in fighting for election integrity. You are obviously very smart and very aware of the facts and of the consequences. I appreciate you and respect you.
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First time back to Deep Capture in quite some time. The six forensic audits. They’ll be as infamous as the Nixon tapes from the Watergate saga. To me. Joe Biden knew the STING was ON and the FIX was IN before the first debate. If the election was in the balance, only a dunce would have called his opponent a “CLOWN” in front of a national audience.
Chris Wallace never attempting to criticize Joe Biden for the disrespectful remark. We know who the real Joe Biden is now. No friend of America.
Thanks again Patrick.
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