Daniel J. Flynn

Daniel J. Flynn

Daniel Flynn: From Harvey Milk and Matthew Shepard to Jussie Smollett — How True Crimes with Fake Motives Inspired Fake Hate Crimes

Part of falling for fake hate crimes, albeit temporarily, stems from falling for other fake hate crimes permanently. Several stories of martyrdom at the hands of bigots woven into our national fabric appear upon further inspection to be, well, fabricated. Unlike the Smollett case, these events involved real, horrific violence. But in the aftermath, ideologues used the tragedies for political purposes. This success in alchemizing propaganda into history inspired Jussie Smollett to increase his stature from wealthy primetime actor to victim.

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Daniel Flynn: What San Francisco Travelers Won’t See at the Harvey Milk Airport Terminal

San Francisco International Airport officials ask the public to submit photographs for the next two months for consideration for permanent display in the Harvey B. Milk Terminal. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the same governing body on which Milk and his assassin once sat, voted to name Terminal 1 in honor of the gay-rights activist earlier this year.

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Washington Post Against Enforcing Logan Act Before It Was For It

The Washington Post, whose pages include numerous articles supporting the idea that President Donald Trump violated the Logan Act before his inauguration, once dismissed the law in an editorial as an irrelevant atavism when used to criticize the acts of prominent Democratic officeholders.

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