On Mitch Armentrout, bearer of False Witness, and Q-Anon
Author: Brett Mahlen
Mitch Armentrout of the Chicago Sun Times wrote two articles about the We Are the People of Illinois slate of candidates on March 11 and April 22, 2022. My name was on that slate, but Mr. Armentrout was incorrect to label me and those on the slate as QAnon. For the record, I don’t support or follow QAnon, and I never have.
At least one person on the slate communicated directly to Mr. Armentrout, denying being a follower of QAnon, and I don’t believe anyone on the slate identifies as a QAnon follower (certainly neither my wife nor I) but Mr. Armentrout went with the unfounded accusation anyway, because it is always easier to smear than to engage in actual argumentation.
Labels like “QAnon follower” and “conspiracy theorist” are phrases used in order to scare people rather than to bring clarity. They are so overused they have become mostly meaningless. Radio Show host Dennis Prager rightly calls out leftists for SIXHIRB, the words leftists use to end all debate. Rather than argue, leftists label their opponents things like Sexist, Intolerant, Xenophobic, Homophobic, Islamophobic, Racist, and Bigoted. “Conspiracy theorist” and “QAnon” might as well be added to this list. In my experience, if leftists are restricted from using these insults, then they quickly run out of things to say.
Such silly accusations are thrown around even by the highest-level civil magistrate in Illinois. When the state senate denied Governor Pritzker his nominees for the prison parole board, he referred to the GOP as the “GQP.” The Governor of Illinois calling the Republican party the GQP is asinine, and it causes one to wonder if there was even an adult in the room at the time. Nobody should be offended by such tantrums and name calling; it says more about Governor Pritzker than it says about the GOP. Gov. J.B. Pritzker accuses GOP of trying to ‘tear apart’ state Prisoner Review Board, but Democrats also reject governor’s nominee as too lenient – Chicago Tribune
Mr. Armentrout illustrates for us why so many Americans no longer trust the media; the media has lied so many times (yes, we have the receipts) and they have sought to smear people so often that people know not to take it seriously, and in many cases, they know to believe the opposite of what journalists say.
When I was young, I aspired to a life of journalism, but soon realized how sickly their game is played. The media has, for far too long, decided to make the news, rather than report it. Many journalists, like Mitch Armentrout, put out “hit pieces” on people; they really have earned the term “drive by media,” because they are able to shoot and drive away. It usually doesn’t matter if a journalist publishes lies, because they are rarely called to account for it.
I don’t trust people whose credentials are not available, and I certainly don’t trust liars. I don’t follow Q, or QAnon, or anything like it. When I learn about someone, I check into their biography; I ask things like, “What credentials has this person earned? Where did this person go to school? etc.” Whoever Q, or QAnon is, he or she was never worth my time because I can’t check into the person’s background. Trusting in QAnon would be like a low-level journalist printing quotations from anonymous sources.
Blaise Paschal’s words are truer now than when he first wrote them: “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.”