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Friday, August 28, 2020

Pinker's block list makes Vice and the Daily Dot

The Daily Dot has picked up on the Pinker blockhammer festivities:

Harvard’s Steven Pinker is apparently blocking people who mention his connection to Epstein

The article mentions Pinker's legal aid to Epstein:
“Though I did this as a favor to a friend and colleague, and not as either a paid expert witness or as a part of a defense team, knowing what I know now I do regret writing the letter,” Pinker said in an email to BuzzFeed News at the time.
The friend Pinker is referring to is Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor who was part of Epstein’s defense team in 2006 and has since been accused of pedophilia himself.

At the time, Dershowitz asked Pinker for his expert opinion on the wording of a federal law that states: “Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce … knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.”

And Vice has published an article:

Free Speech Crusader Steven Pinker Blocking Anyone Mentioning His Epstein Ties

The Harvard professor and author had a colleague manually block anyone tweeting the words "Pinker" and "Epstein" using his Twitter account, he told Motherboard... 
...Twitter users this week noticed that anyone who mentions the words “Pinker” and “Epstein,” in any context and combination in any tweet, was quickly blocked by Pinker on the social network. Motherboard tested it out on Thursday, and was blocked. When reached for comment, Pinker confirmed that his account is blocking anyone who mentions these keywords together...
... "I’ve been told that people are now bitching and moaning about this, but no one has a First Amendment right to post something on Steven Pinker’s Twitter feed,” Pinker wrote to Motherboard. “If someone wants to smear me personally, they have plenty of channels; to whine that I’m not offering them my platform has to be a new definition of “chutzpah,” after the man who killed his parents and threw himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan."
However, as Pinkerite has demonstrated, several people who were blocked claimed to have never said anything about Epstein prior to being blocked.

The Vice article ends with this interesting item:
If Pinker is trying to quash public associations between him and Epstein, he hasn’t done a very good job of it. In 2015, seemingly without prompting, Pinker tweeted out an affidavit from Dershowitz which dismissed accusations made by (Epstein accuser Virginia) Giuffre in a lawsuit against Epstein and his long-time friend British Prince Andrew—another prominent figure who appears in the flight logs and is accused of sexually assaulting children. 

In the Daily Dot Pinker says he regrets his participation in the Epstein legal defense.

When will Steven Pinker say he regrets boosting the career of professional racist Steve Sailer? Including his selecting Sailer's value-free non-nature, non-science article The Cousin Marriage Conundrum to include in "The Best American Science and Nature Writing" of 2004.

Well luckily for Pinker, thanks to the apparent gentlemen's agreement in the media he will never have to talk about his connection to Sailer because the media will never ask him about it.

The closest establishment media has ever gotten to acknowledging the Pinker-Sailer connection, as far as I have been able to discover is when Business Insider published an article Gladwell: Steven Pinker Got His Data From A Racist in 2009. 

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