Apr 21, 2021
Greg Gutfeld: Derek Chauvin is guilty, but the damage may already be done
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So, it turns out the American justice system works.
The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial is a great relief. I say that for cynical, sad, selfish reasons, because I knew that if it went the other way, my city would have been in flames. I know Chauvin is guilty, but I wonder if it's normal for a country to be so worried about unrest no matter what the outcome of a trial is.I know I was, because I've seen this before.
So what has the media learned from all this? Nothing. To them, we are still some racist country. We arrested a White cop for killing an unarmed Black male under crazy circumstances. The White cop went to jail and went to court and now will go to prison. How racist is that?
Will that change anyone's minds in the media about how racist America is? Of course not, because the media has amplified the narrative to the point where there is no turning back. They ignore context because complexity kills the narrative. So this will happen again and again. Out of tens of millions of police stops, you might get eight or 10 ugly, awful events. Even if you try to do better, it can and probably will happen again, and that's all you need to keep this narrative alive.Video
Sadly, we've normalized the threat of violence as a method to exact justice. After an event occurs, mayhem is now like a weather pattern -- "74% chance of arson, 90% chance of assault. Better board up those windows." Worse, our acceptance of anarchy has made it a wonderful opportunity for looters to step in and decry racial injustice by stealing a rack of expensive jackets.
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These are not people acting on behalf of the memory of George Floyd, and so we must learn that we are at the mercy of the news even as it paints a false picture about our country and our police, and that false picture results in a climate that is neither safe nor beneficial for progress.
So when something like the Chauvin story comes along, it's not just about justice. It's about how we process information, how we process our anger, and truth. If justice is predicated on a sense that mayhem can and will occur if it doesn't go a certain way, then we're all screwed for good.
This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening commentary on the April 20, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"Greg Gutfeld currently serves as host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Gutfeld! (weekdays 11PM/ET) and co-host of The Five (weekdays 5PM/ET). He joined the network in 2007 as a contributor. He is author of the new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help." Click here for more information on Greg Gutfeld.
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Matt Gaetz associate expected to plead guilty in federal case
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Joel Greenberg, a former Florida official ensnared in the federal probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz, is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges next week — potentially spelling trouble for the embattled Republican congressman.
Greenberg, 37, will appear in federal court in Orlando, Florida on Monday, for a change of plea hearing, according to court documents.
The plea deal will resolve some of the charges against Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector who has been accused of sex trafficking of a child, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
Greenberg had been working for weeks toward a deal with federal prosecutors.
His plea signals that he could possibly serve as a witness in the Justice Department probe into Gaetz, who is being investigated in connection with possible sex trafficking of a minor.While Matt Gaetz is under investigation, the Florida rep. has not been charged with a crime.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
Federal prosecutors are examining whether Greenberg and Gaetz paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex, according to reports.
Gaetz has not been charged with any crimes and has denied any wrongdoing.
The charges against Greenberg include sending anonymous letters to a school where a political rival worked and falsely accusing the man of sexual misconduct with a student, according to the indictment filed against him.
He was charged in August with sex trafficking a girl between ages 14 and 17 and using a state database to look up information about the minor and others with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships, the indictment states.Joel Greenberg’s plea could potentially be bad news for Matt Gaetz.oe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP/AP
Greenberg is also accused of embezzling $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office.
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