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July 22, 2019

New York Times: Jeffrey Epstein Attempted a PR Blitz to Refurbish His Image in 2013. Several Media Outfits, Including the Sanctimoniously #Woke National Review, Happily Printed This New Narrative.

Hey, endless sanctimony doesn't fund itself, you know.

After Jeffrey Epstein got out of the Palm Beach County jail in 2009, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence resulting from a plea deal that has been widely criticized, he began a media campaign to remake his public image.

The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and forward-thinking philanthropist with an interest in science on websites like Forbes, National Review and HuffPost.

The Forbes.com article, posted in 2013, praised him as "one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world" while making no mention of his criminal past. The National Review piece, from the same year, called him "a smart businessman" with a "passion for cutting-edge science." The HuffPost article, from 2017, credited Mr. Epstein for "taking action to help a number of scientists thrive during the 'Trump Era'," a time of “anti-science policies and budget cuts."

All three articles have been removed from their sites in recent days, after inquiries from The New York Times.

Well at least the National Review finds itself in the august company of HuffPo.

As usual, if I'm being honest.

More from The Daily Caller:

The National Review piece was authored by Christina Galbraith, who was identified as a science writer, but was also a publicist for Epstein, The New York Times reported. "We took down the piece, and regret publishing it," National Review editor Rich Lowry told The New York Times.

A friend snarks:

On one hand, AmGreatness had that "Cuck Elegy" piece which was proof that David French has it worse right now than Anne Frank and might be the greatest martyr in history after Jesus Christ.

On the other hand, David French's magazine published a pedo's publicist without disclosing it.


Somebody should pitch NR with a piece titled "Magazines That Promote Pedo Publicists Might As Well Have Just Spit On The Cross."

"All right, we'll call it a draw," said the Black Knight.

I like my conservative magazines like I like my coffee: Smug, sanctimonious, and paid for by corporate interests.

Update: See below.

Update 2: Here's the article that National Review tried to flush down the memory hole.

track record in science philanthropy. He had supported the research of many prominent scientists, including Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Eric Lander, George Church, and Nobel laureate physicists Gerard ’t Hooft, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek. He was also a member of the New York Academy of Science, a member of Rockefeller University’s board, and actively involved in the Santa Fe Institute, the Quantum Gravity Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Mind, Brain & Behavior Advisory Committee at Harvard. Epstein himself was not a scientist per se. He had studied physics at Cooper Union in New York and mathematics at the Courant Institute in New York, leaving both without a degree, and moved on to teaching calculus and physics at the Dalton School in Manhattan. He was then scooped up into options trading on Wall Street and applied his acumen and mathematical wit to the markets.

But Epstein’s heart remained in the pure sciences.


A friend points out that the guy accused of pedophilia started an organization called "Program for Evolutionary Dynamics."

PED? The PED Organization, maybe?

See the first update below.

I'm not sure that actually makes it worse, to be honest. I think that friendship still matters -- even in ideological movements -- and that maybe, if you've known someone for a while, you'd let them post an editorial you didn't agree with, just as a favor.

But then again, the National Review is a SJW site of shrieking sanctimony so fuck them.

They're CANCELLED. And I have the receipts!

/lisping SJW voice

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