WHY THE MEDIA ARE IN A NEVER-ENDING HUNT FOR RIGHT-WING VIOLENCE
August 30, 2017
After I'd spent a decade begging Republicans, including a few presidential candidates, to take up the immigration issue, Donald J. Trump came along, championed the entire thesis of Adios, America, and swept all contenders aside.
It's too late for the likes of Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to avoid humiliation, but if they don't want to keep making asses of themselves in public by, for example, praising today's version of the KKK, they should read my entire corpus of work, starting with Demonic. (Trump somehow grasped the whole point of that book, too.)
The reason normal people are suspicious of the media's narrative on Charlottesville is that we've heard this exact same story many, many times before.
Facts on the ground:
-- Approximately every other year since forever, liberal hooligans have been rampaging through the streets, beating people up, setting off bombs, killing cops, smashing store windows, assassinating politicians and burning down neighborhoods -- against capitalism, Vietnam, Nixon, Wall Street, a police shooting, Trump, Starbucks, a sunny day.
-- Conservatives, mostly families, have generally avoided even the mildest forms of political protest, and, when they finally are driven to petition the government over their grievances, they pick up after themselves at tea parties, townhalls, Trump rallies and so on.
Result: The entire media are constantly on Red Alert for the threat of Right-Wing Violence.
The explanation for this apparent madness is that the left -- both the scribblers and the shock troops -- bear all the characteristics of a mob, as set forth more than a century ago by the father of group-think, French psychologist Gustave Le Bon. No behavior of the left is mysterious if you've read Le Bon -- or "Demonic." In The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind, Le Bon observed that the "complete lack of critical spirit" prevents crowds from "perceiving ... contradictions."
No matter the year or the circumstances, the media and their eunuch politicians are quick to blame any surprising violence on the Right-Wing Nazis of their imaginations -- from Lee Harvey Oswald (communist) to Jared Lee Loughner and James Holmes (psychopaths) to the two stabbing murders on a Portland train earlier this year committed by a Bernie Sanders supporter, whom the media -- to this day -- insist, all evidence to the contrary, was a Trump supporter.
When, a few months after the first murders by a Sanders supporter, a second Sanders supporter opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice, putting GOP Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition, that political attack was simply discarded. The media put the story of left-wing assailant James Hodgkinson in a lead casket and dropped it to the bottom of the sea.
There are the scores of other examples of imaginary right-wing violence invented by the media -- then quietly abandoned when the facts come out. After weeks of hair-on-fire headlines, suddenly you just stop reading about the Duke lacrosse "rapists," homicidal maniac Officer Darren Wilson or legions of Trump-supporters ripping off Muslim women's hijabs.
But I remember! Here are as many as my word limit allows - maybe more!
SARAH PALIN AND THE RISE OF NAZISM IN AMERICA
During the 2008 campaign, the media were in a perpetual state of fright that racist Republicans would assassinate Barack Obama.
Naturally, when a local reporter claimed he'd heard someone in a crowd at a Sarah Palin rally yell, "Kill him!" about Obama, the media didn't wait for more facts! The Washington Post's Dana Milbank promptly reported the reed-thin allegation, which was then repeated in hundreds of other news outlets.
On CNN, David Gergen said that Palin was "whipping up these crowds," creating "ugly scenes" with audience members yelling, "Kill him. Kill him" -- and also claimed (without evidence) that they were yelling "racial epithets." A CNN article on the alleged shout-out appeared under the headline: "Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail."
Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden weighed in, somberly calling the alleged incident "dangerous."
MSNBC'S Rachel Maddow railed against the "mere mention of killing someone at a political rally," saying, "it's horrific."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann took the gold, yammering on and on about the claim in nightly updates, culminating in one of his prissiest ever "Special Comments," in which he demanded that John McCain suspend his campaign until "it ceases to be a clear and present danger to the peace of this nation."
Needless to say, the Secret Service undertook a complete review. Agents listened to tapes of the event, interviewed attendees and interrogated the boatloads of law enforcement officers spread throughout the crowd.
Conclusion: It never happened. As even the nutty left-wing site Salon noted, "If (the Secret Service) says it doesn't think anyone shouted, 'kill him,' it's a good bet that it didn't happen."
No apologies, no retractions, no memory.
THE TEA PARTY AND THE RISE OF NAZISM IN AMERICA:
Remember when polite, hardworking Americans came together to oppose Obamacare at tea party rallies in 2009 and 2010?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steny Hoyer called the protesters "un-American." The Democratic National Committee called them "rabid right-wing extremists." Sen. Harry Reid called the tea partiers "evil-mongers." Jimmy Carter pronounced an "overwhelming portion" of them racists.
ABC called them a "mob." CNN called them "rabble-rousing critics."
Democratic congressman Brian Baird of Washington accused tea partiers of using "close to Brown-shirt tactics." The AFL-CIO called them an "extremist fringe," using "mob rule."
As Le Bon explained, "one of the surest means of making an idea enter the mind of crowds" is to affirmatively state something, "free of all reasoning and all proof." Indeed, "the more destitute of every appearance of proof and demonstration" a claim is, "the more weight it carries" with a mob.
As usual, once the dust had settled, the only violence at the tea parties and town halls had been committed by liberals.
On Aug. 6, 2009, for example, a black tea partier was beaten up by union thugs shouting the N-word at him at a St. Louis town hall. Six members of the Service Employees International Union were arrested. About a month later, on Sept. 3, 2009, 65-year-old tea partier Bill Rice had his finger bitten off at a health care rally in Thousand Oaks, California, by a lefty Obamacare supporter.
To this day, The New York Times has never mentioned either incident, so it can happily return to railing against the non-existent right-wing rage surging in the red states.
THE CENSUS WORKER AND RISE OF NAZISM IN AMERICA:
In the fall of 2009, the naked body of Census worker Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a tree in southwestern Kentucky, with the word "fed" written across his chest.
Liberals wasted no time in concluding that right-wing extremists had murdered Sparkman in a burst of anti-government hate.
A Census worker? Who hates Census workers? Unlike an IRS agent, an EPA inspector or even an agriculture inspector, a Census worker can't arrest you, seize your property or fine you hundreds of thousands of dollars. They just hand out questionnaires.
No matter. The left has been waiting for right-wing violence for centuries and, finally, here it was!
New York magazine ran an article about the dead Census worker, asking, "Has Nancy Pelosi's Fear of Political Violence Been Realized?"
The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan blamed "Southern populist terrorism" for Sparkman's death, "whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts."
But MSNBC's Rachel Maddow owned the Bill-Sparkman-was-murdered-by-right-wingers story. Night after night, she breathlessly reported this "breaking national news." Although Rachel's main move is giggling and eye-rolling, she was all deadly earnestness when it came to the "troubling story" and the "worry that he was killed in fact because he was a federal employee."
In case you missed the point, Maddow reminded viewers there's "a strong suspicion of government generally among people who live in that area."
A month later, investigators announced that Sparkman had committed suicide in an insurance scam. Rachel left it to her guest host, Howard Dean, to break the bad news to her conspiracy-minded viewers, sparing her the humiliation.
And then we never heard the story of the Census worker again.
A media capable of turning tea partiers, Palin supporters and a random insurance scam into weeks of terror at right-wing violence are not going to let a few nuts waving Nazi flags at a "Unite the Right" rally pass without leaping at the opportunity to outlaw conservatism.
Based on the media's 100-year history of fantasizing a burgeoning Nazi Party in America, the rest of us would like to wait for the facts on Charlottesville.
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