It’s one of the vital notorious misquotes of all time: Aristotle’s supposed assertion that, “It’s the mark of an informed thoughts to have the ability to entertain a thought with out accepting it.”
One blogger notes that the misquote seems to have first surfaced in Lowell Bennion’s 1959 e-book “Faith and the Pursuit of Reality” and that he “can solely assume it’s a somewhat radical paraphrase of the particular sentence that seems in Aristotle’s ‘Nicomachean Ethics.’”
Nonetheless, the thought itself — even when it’s a “radical paraphrase” and doesn’t seize Aristotle’s actual that means — shouldn’t be a foul one. It’s definitely a heck of a greater sentiment than this nameless quote about what occurred to Vice President Kamala Harris when she was uncovered to media the place she wasn’t portrayed in a good mild: “It obtained in her head and triggered excessive nervousness.”
That quote comes from an Axios article revealed Friday, titled “Inside Biden’s obsession with ‘Morning Joe.’” Apparently, the president simply can’t get sufficient of the MSNBC weekday morning show that typically praises his administration and the Democrats so effusively Biden actually couldn’t do a greater job if he have been doing it himself.
And I don’t imply that as in “figuratively, however in bolded italics” actually, however actually actually — contemplating this is what happens when America’s chief tries to self-praise:
JUST IN: President Biden appears like he’s talking a distinct language whereas giving a speech on the Earth Rider Brewery in Superior, Wisconsin.
Don’t fear… The media has assured us that he’s sharper than ever!
“The beer brewed right here. It’s used to make the brewed beer.… pic.twitter.com/UeJ3zf2ZXX
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 25, 2024
What he mentioned. 4 extra years! 4 extra years! 4 extra beers!
For a media that so typically fretted in regards to the media food regimen of former President Donald Trump, the Axios report ought to increase extra alarms about what the current occupant of the White Home and his backup are watching.
“Biden’s years-long love of MSNBC’s staple morning present impacts how the White Home runs — and who Biden listens to,” Axios reported.
“The president typically calls co-host Joe Scarborough — a former Republican congressman who’s now a harsh critic of Donald Trump — to get Scarborough’s tackle points and typically vent about media protection, in keeping with folks aware of the connection.
“Throughout the day, Biden has lengthy requested his employees whether or not they noticed a narrative, a ballot, or a phase that had been on the present. He’s included present regulars in off-the-record conversations with coverage specialists.”
As a result of there’s no person who I feel ought to be setting coverage like “Morning Joe” Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and their merry troupe of standard friends. Different present regulars talked about as being in on overseas coverage discussions embrace journalist Mike Barnicle, former Council on International Relations president Richard Haass and anti-Trump historian Jon Meacham, who as soon as mentioned after a 2020 presidential debate that help for the now-former president proved “there’s a lizard mind on this nation,” regardless of the heck which means.
In different phrases, the White Home is now a real-life model of the 1979 film “Being There” — solely with the fool savant character performed by Peter Sellers answerable for the nation in addition to giving the recommendation:
And but, that’s one way or the other not essentially the most worrying a part of the Axios report. Kamala, it was additionally reported, is an ardent “Morning Joe” fan, natch, and hosted a dinner for the married co-host couple final month on the vice presidential residence.
However she additionally goes to completely different elements of the cable dial — and when she ventures from the safe confines of MSNBC and its fawning protection, she doesn’t like what she comes throughout.
“Aides have famous that Harris additionally tunes into Fox Information, and infrequently watches ‘The 5,’” Axios reported. “Some aides have felt that Fox Information’ relentlessly damaging protection — first casting her as Biden’s omnipotent puppeteer, then later portraying her as incompetent — can drive Harris to distraction.”
“It obtained in her head and triggered excessive nervousness as a result of they have been continuously hammering her,” a former aide to Harris mentioned.
In different phrases: Kamala Harris is one heartbeat away from the presidency in an administration the place that coronary heart has beat for 81 years and — if it’s as regular because the mind that regulates it — may not be essentially the most dependable half within the bin.
But, when she comes throughout “The 5,” which is usually a comedy present with jocular, if principally conservative, takes on the day’s information, she apparently will get herself in such a state the place a Valium is likely to be so as.
Axios’ Alex Thompson, considerably unbelievably, simply moved the heck on from this, noting but extra love from each president and veep towards “Morning Joe.” President Biden additionally likes “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN, too! There’s a scoop for you.
“Aides say Biden respects these voices on cable TV, and loves after they applaud his actions,” Thompson wrote. “Some White Home aides have bristled at Haass’ nuanced public critiques of Biden’s overseas coverage.”
Former presidential media habits are additionally touched upon: “Donald Trump is obsessive about Fox Information, together with ‘Fox and Associates’ and ‘Hannity,’” Thompson wrote. “Barack Obama was extra attuned to magazines, together with The New Yorker and The Atlantic.”
However let’s again up a bit. Kamala Harris often tunes in to Fox Information — and their damaging portrayal of her offers her “excessive nervousness?” What bubble does this girl stay in? I’m unsure, however no matter it’s insulated with ought to be studied to be used in navy purposes, as a result of nothing appears to pierce it.
As an example: Her approval scores are within the tank, together with these of her boss — and in an interview with even-softer-than-“Morning Joe” Katie Couric, she mentioned the explanation for it was that they weren’t taking “adequate credit” for the job they have been doing:
Kamala Harris explains why she and Biden are traditionally unpopular: “We haven’t taken satisfactory credit score” pic.twitter.com/Ofzi0Krsxd
— RNC Analysis (@RNCResearch) January 25, 2024
Why trouble? They’ve “Morning Joe” to offer them that satisfactory credit score — whereas leaving out all of the nasty bits about inflation, ballooning debt, American weak point and world instability.
No, Aristotle didn’t say that it was “the mark of an informed thoughts to have the ability to entertain a thought with out accepting it.” I’m fairly positive that, should you obtained a maintain of a time machine and introduced him ahead a cool 2,300 years or so, he’d in all probability say it was a worthwhile thought.
I’m additionally pretty sure he wouldn’t approve of getting the second-in-line to the chief seat of a nation-state be despatched right into a state of “excessive nervousness” by a bunch of individuals making jokes about her on Fox Information. However then, I’d conjecture that’s just the start of the issues the traditional Greek thinker would have with the state of the Biden administration in 2024.
This text appeared initially on The Western Journal.