I grew up in the Chicago area and my family subscribed to the Tribune for many years, so I’m familiar with John Kass of the Tribune, although I’m sure most people around the country are not. I don’t know if Kass describes himself as a conservative, but as far as Chicago journalists are concerned, he’s easily the most conservative and “right-wing” of them all. He is consistently the lone voice of reason against a leftwing echo chamber.
Well, now The Mob is trying to #Cancel him for asking the Wrong Questions about the big city lawlessness we’ve seen for the past two months:
“Columnist John Kass has defied “cancel culture” at the Chicago Tribune after members of the journalists’ union attacked him for criticizing left-wing billionaire George Soros and his backing of “progressive’ prosecutors across the country.
Last week, Kass wrote about “an overwhelming sense of lawlessness” in Democrat-run cities, and noted: “[T]hese Democratic cities are also where left-wing billionaire George Soros has spent millions of dollars to help elect liberal social justice warriors as prosecutors. He remakes the justice system in urban America, flying under the radar.”
The Chicago Tribune Guild, the union representing journalists at the paper, wrote a letter to the paper accusing Kass of promoting the “odious, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire George Soros is a puppet master controlling America’s big cities” and demanded that he, and the newspaper, apologize’
The paper demoted Kass from his position as “lead columnist” on page 2, and attempted to justify its actions by saying it was part of an overall reorganization.”
Who said anything about Jews? Anytime anyone criticizes Soros, his paid-off minions shriek “ANTI-SEMITISM!” even when nobody mentioned anything about Soros’ Judaism.
Kass addresses the slanders against him in a column published today:
“My July 22 column was titled “Something grows in the big cities run by Democrats: An overwhelming sense of lawlessness.” It explored the connections between soft-on-crime prosecutors and increases in violence along with the political donations of left-wing billionaire George Soros, who in several states has funded liberal candidates for prosecutor, including Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Soros’ influence on these races is undeniable and has been widely reported. But in that column, I did not mention Soros’ ethnicity or religion.
You’d think that before wildly accusing someone of fomenting bigoted conspiracy theories, journalists on the union’s executive board would at least take the time to Google the words “Soros,” “funding” and “local prosecutors.”
As recently as February, the Sun Times pointed out roughly $2 million in Soros money flowing to Foxx in her primary election effort against more law-and-order candidates.”
Kim Foxx, of course, is woman responsible for letting Jussie Smollett off the hook.
“In August 2016, Politico outlined Soros’ money supporting local DA races and included the view from opponents and skeptics that if successful, these candidates would make communities “less safe.”
From the Wall Street Journal in November 2016: “Mr. Soros, a major backer of liberal causes, has contributed at least $3.8 million to political action committees supporting candidates for district attorney in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin, according to campaign filings.”
The Huffington Post in May 2018 wrote about contributions from Soros and Super PACs to local prosecutor candidates who were less law-and-order than their opponents.
So, it seems that the general attitude in journalism is that super PACs and dark money are bad, unless of course, they’re operated by wealthy billionaires of the left. Then they’re praised and courted.
All of this is against the backdrop of an America divided into camps, between those who think they can freely speak their minds and those who know they can’t.”
Far from backing down, the Great John Kass doubles down. The Mob is used to easy victories, where its victims surrender at the first sign of trouble. Kass not doing that will probably cause the Mob to back-off.
Anytime Soros’ malfeasance gets exposed, he orders his minions to start hurling around the accusations of ANTI-SEMITISM!
Keep fighting the good fight, John Kass. The more vicious they are to you, the more of a threat they perceive you to be.
The worst thing you can do is bow to the mob. I know it’s easier said than done when your job is on the line, but the only way the mob can shame you is if you feel ashamed.