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Must. Push. Narrative…

I just found this article on my phone “Why US President Donald Trump’s response to Christchurch shooting is dangerous“.

Well, having read it I’m none to clear about Trump. But the article… now that’s dangerous.

Most Americans were shocked to learn about the massacre of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. They shouldn’t be. The violent strain of white nationalism that appears to have inspired the alleged gunman has grown increasingly pervasive and strident in the United States during the past several years.

Yea.. um… funny thing. The shooting wasn’t in the United States.

At its core, white nationalism is about fear…

So are a lot of things. For example, articles trying to make white nationalism seem more popular than it is.

While most Americans are quick to write off white nationalist conspiracy theories and violence as something on the fringes of society or perpetuated by an alienated few or by those in need of mental health treatment,  the reality is that…

…the media has used them to great effect.

[skip rambling yarn about US history]

Today, we live in a generally more tolerant and empathetic time. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bluntly declared the Muslim victims of Friday’s mass shooting “are us”, in sharp contrast to…

…her rhetoric on the campaign trail where she blamed migrants for house prices, and promised to make life harder for them. Lol, no. You can’t bring that up now!

But we also live in a time of rising violent white supremacy. In recent years in the United States, American white nationalists have been aggressively on guard against what they envision to be existential threats to white power. This revival of violent white supremacy, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been framed as a response to demographic changes.

And there you go – their source is the SPLC. Well, it’s not like they’ve blown their credibility to shreds or anything!

[ok, this is supposed to be about Trump… let’s skip to that part.]

After Friday’s attack, President Donald Trump dismissed white nationalism as simply a case of “a small group of people” with “very, very serious problems”.

Eh, that can’t be it? Trump dismissed them – pretty much the same way that Obama or any other president might have. So…. that’s why he’s dangerous? He mocks them as a small group (which they are) and they have serious problems (which they do)?

That’s hardly a “dangerous” response. It’s actually really reasonable.

Yet there can be no doubt that white nationalism is on the rise in the West. As the case of the United States during World War I indicates, we minimise such violent ideologies at our own peril.

Yea, when your only real source for the claim that it’s “on the rise in the west” is the SPLC, you’re going to have a hard time convincing people.

This is news, in 2019. And they wonder why they get dismissed as “fake”.

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Journalists don’t care

There’s a meme right now where people are telling journalist (especially those just made redundant) to “learn to code”.

This is in response to journalists telling other laid off professions to do so.

But heaven forbid that they get a taste of their own medicine.

But it gets worse.

So now he’s claiming that his feelings weren’t hurt. But he reported it anyway.

Never mind that there might be a lot of people pissed off at the increasing bad behaviour. If people talk to each out about how bad journalism is, that’s a coordinated campaign and must be stopped by the authorities!

In other words, he’s yet another example of how journalism is going to fight to the death against the changes needed to stop it dying.

More on Covington

We now know more than enough to know that Nathan Philips is not trustworthy.

This TimCast video actually isn’t about Covintongate. It was posted a few days earlier. He talks about how formerly free-speech organisations on the left are now openly advocating censorship.

But boy is the headline on point.

Finally, this is an excellent piece from the National Review, and it was quoted extensively in Instapundit today.

The Covington fiasco has proved to be a clarifying moment. And here is what has been made clear: Much of the American media is no longer engaged in journalism. It is engaged in opposition research and in what is sometimes known among political operatives as “black p.r.”—the sinister twin of ordinary public relations. As Joy Behar, as profoundly dim and tedious a person as American public life has to offer, forthrightly confessed: The hysteria and outright dishonesty surrounding the Covington students had nothing to do with them. It has to do with narrowly partisan, selfish, deeply stupid, entirely unpatriotic, childish, foot-stamping, fingers-in-the-ears, weeping, cooties-loathing, teary-eyed, tremulous, quavering, pansified, gormless, deceitful, dishonorable, and cynical politics of the lowest kind — the politics of Us and Them.

When Rush Limbaugh said he hoped Obama failed, the left when nuts. Now, they try to destroy anyone who isn’t saying the exact same thing.

And the fact that a couple of children in MAGA hats engaged in boorish behavior — which isn’t even a fact, as it turns out, but a lie constructed and wholesaled with malice aforethought — wouldn’t have told us one damn thing about Donald J. Trump, his administration, or his political supporters at large. The fact that we had a momentary national moral crisis over the (as is turns out, fictitious) actions of a couple of nobody teenagers is all the evidence anybody needs of the fundamentally hysterical and unserious times in which we live. In a sane world, nobody cares about whether a 16-year-old boy somewhere . . . smirked.

The fact that anyone ever did is crazy. The fact that I am still encountering people who think this outrage is even slightly justified is flat-out insane. It’s been a week, we know the initial outrage was based on a lie. But somehow it’s a lie people want to believe is true, even if it’s taking the side of crazy homophobic nutcase adults and against kids.

Everybody who has pretended like that smirk tells us something serious about the state of the world is a liar and a fraud. I don’t mean the people who were legitimately taken in by the deceit — especially those who have had the honor and self-respect to admit their errors and correct them — but those who willfully persist in the lie. […] I’m talking about you, editors of the New York Times. You sorry specimens are poor excuses for journalists, which, of course, we already knew. What’s more relevant here is that you are bad citizens. Trafficking in lies and distortions because you think the guy in the White House is kind of gross is unworthy of adults with responsible positions in a free society that depends on honest and functional institutions.

I like his style here. He’s abusing people, because they’re bad people. Guilty adults, who did something wrong. Something they should have known was wrong. Something that undermines the very freedom the west depends on, because if your information is tainted, how can your vote be properly informed? Heck, they’ll admit lecture on and on that fake news does this, but when they’re caught, where’s the consequences? There should be mass firings over this gross breach of ethics, where are they?

As some of you may recall, I wrote a little book called The Case against Trump. I didn’t think much of him in 2016. I don’t think much of him now. But we aren’t three tweets away from the Holocaust. Nobody seriously believes that we are, unless they are insane. Sane people who insist that the United States in 2019 is something like Germany in the 1930s are liars. They don’t really believe it. They have an investment in hysteria.

This is something that’s easy to forget. These people who talk about the end of democracy coming from Trump don’t in any way act like they’re going to be arrested for opposing him. They know, but they prefer to hyperventilate about Nazis. And they still do it months later, when Trump’s record is well established as someone who hasn’t done any of the things they were scared of.

Of course he’s done a bunch of things they disagree with. Because when Obama did those things, that as different, right?

We all have our jobs to do in a republic. Newspaper reporters are supposed to cover what’s going on in the world. I don’t know what you call people who cover what’s going on on Twitter. I have a few ideas, but I don’t think I can print them here.

Back in the day, these stupid rumours would have run into a solid firewall when they arrived at the newsroom door.

Now, they’re quickly grabbed and amplified. And we all lose as a result.

My own suspicion is that this moment of mass hysteria, like other hysterias before it, eventually must collapse under the weight of its own tediousness. But I cannot say with any confidence that I expect that to happen soon. And it will not happen at all until Americans start deciding to take on the difficult responsibilities of citizenship, which starts with acting like a goddamned grownup. Nicholas Sandmann is a 16-year-old kid — but the people who made this empty episode into a national crisis are not. They are grown adults, and answerable for their actions.

I’d love to see a fundraiser for legal action on this one. I think I’d donate a couple of hundred bucks, and encourage everyone I know to do the same. I sincerely hope that if they do, it raises hundreds of millions. Because if the media wont act ethically, they need to face the consequences.

And anyone who thinks this was ethical needs their head seen to.

Media – WE are the victims here

 

Just in case all that’s happened has passed you by, and you still didn’t think that the media does it’s job, Kirsten Powers is here to tell you that they are real victims of all this.

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Update: you can always tell when the media doesn’t like the story.

Update 2: play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Update 3:

No Credible Media

I don’t know what to call this, but I’ll start with the title “No Credible Media”, because it seems to me that the events of this week have really shot any remaining pretense of credibility on the part of the non-conservative media.

But the manner in which they’ve done it is jaw-dropping. Let’s review.

…but before that, why not go back a step. Because it hasn’t been a good few days.

First, the media gushed over the new Gillette ad… while everyone else knows full well that they just slashed their market share.

Then, Buzzfeed told a big lie to say that Trump was going down (isn’t he always?) and the rest of the media followed suit. Only, this time they got called out.

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And in between we had the usual nonsense such as this and this.

Then we arrived at the March for Life.

Naturally, it wasn’t covered. It’s a massive march that happens every year, and you never, ever read about it in the media or see it on the news. And frankly in NZ, that’s fine – it’s a US story. But when it’s not even reported in the USA where it happened and you start to see the problem.

But that wasn’t enough, oh no.

Now we have the truly outrageous, horrible story of what Kant called radical evil. A white, male, Catholic teen who had been to the pro-life march and was wearing a MAGA hat smirked at an Indian Elder who was beating a drum in his face while clad in Native garb (but white Western eyeglasses). It took place near the Lincoln Memorial Friday just after the pro-life March.

And that’s all that happened. A kid smiled in the face of an old Indian who walked right up to him. Smiled – even smirked*. That’s what the video showed. The one I first saw was 61 seconds and that’s all they did – the boy smiled awkwardly, and the Indian chanted and banged his drum.

But the media were quick to jump on board.

“The behavior shown in that video is just a snapshot of what indigenous people have faced and are continuing to face,” Buffalo said.

She said she hoped it would lead to some kind of meeting with the students to provide education on issues facing Native Americans.

The videos prompted a torrent of outrage online. Actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that the footage “brought me to tears,” while actor Chris Evans tweeted that the students’ actions were “appalling” and “shameful.”

Now, that’s from the NZ Herald.

I have to say, I saw this story come up on Saturday night. I had one response – “well, I guess they finally found some”. I honestly thought the media had landed a big fish – a group of racist Trump-supporting boys beating up an elderly man of colour**. So often they claimed to have found a group of pro-Trump bullies, but real instances have proven only too rare.

But as I said, my glace at the story gave me the distinct impression that the boys had tormented this poor man, taken his had, abused him to his face, sworn at him and generally thrown racist remarks.

Boy, I should have paid more attention. And I wasn’t alone.

(This one’s a funny story actually. Because he didn’t like it when people returned the sentiment.)

Of course, the pile on was completely immoral so Kathy Griffin was in like a shot.

I was looking for more, but to be honest a lot of stuff is deleted now. Including one promoting the idea of putting the kids in a wood-chipper. (But it was a joke you know)

A lot of people tried to make it about Catholics. So the Washington Post piled on that too. Because if you’re trying to kill democracy in darkness, you have to take the church too.

This guy thought it would be funny to make the kids look like KKK members. You know, because they smiled at a guy.

So what actually happened?

1. The kids are waiting for a bus.
2. Black radicals begin berating the kids. The students are called all sorts of vile names. The activists tell one black high school student that his classmates will “steal his organs.” What ITF? This goes on for over an HOUR.
3. Native American activists show up. …
5. The Native American activists, …wade in. THEY approach the kids.
6. The Native American activists start berating the kids. “You stole this land. This ain’t your land. Go back to Europe!”
7. Inexplicably, one activist, Nathan Phillips, walks up to a kid and begins banging a drum in HIS FACE. …
8. The kid, not knowing what to make of it, stands there. He smiles. [Some of the other kids think he’s on their side and start dancing to the beat]

This is all on video. All of it. But of course, it wasn’t on the video people saw first.

9. Leftists begin posting small video clips and crafting a narrative that a bunch of MAGA hat wearing teenagers mocked a Native American who was simply minding his own business. [excluding sound, removing more of the context remaining]

11. Media types post vile images. Certain blue check marks call for the kids to be shot on site.

Many of those are still online, though some have been withdrawn. Few have apologized, though some have.

13. Despite the narrative being completely debunked and rejected, leftist news organizations are still running with the story. “White MAGA hat racists assault Native American.”

Side note: NZ media coverage

Remember when it was all on video? Well, people started watching that video. And word got out quickly that the entire story was not what it seemed.

I first saw those stories on Monday Morning, around 8:30.

At 1pm, I logged into Facebook to see if the NZ news had withdrawn. The first two stories I saw were two different outlets, pushing the origional angle, and those stories were marked 3 hours old.

But let’s have a look at NZ Herald’s coverage.

20 Jan, 2019 12:15pm Native American drummer speaks on the teens who surrounded him wearing MAGA hats

20 Jan, 2019 5:25pm The Latest: Man says students wound up singing with him

20 Jan, 2019 5:45pm Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American after rally

21 Jan, 2019 8:30pm The Latest: Teen in video says he sought to calm tension

21 Jan, 2019 8:33am Mocking students ‘performed the haka’, says Native American witness

22 Jan, 2019 4:15pm 3 groups; many videos; many interpretations of DC encounter

21 Jan, 2019 4:27pm Stare-down between white teen and Native American on National Mall comes into focus

21 Jan, 2019 4:50pm Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

That’s 8 stories. 3 of which were filed before the story began to fall apart.

Stuff’s coverage.

14:15, Jan 20 2019 Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock and jeer at Native Americans at rally …

11:31, Jan 21 2019 Students at US rally who mocked Native Americans also did the haka

13:54, Jan 21 2019 Videos show what really happened in confrontation between US …

05:00, Jan 22 2019 The smirking schoolboy and the hardly-a-haka | Stuff.co.nz

07:51, Jan 22 2019 Teen in US stare-down with Native American speaks | Stuff.co.nz

(Undated?) What happened at US rally? | Stuff.co.nz

I may analyse these further at a later date. Interestingly, I was unable to find anything on TVNZ’s search function.

Student’s Statement

Nick Sandmann, the student in the center of the hate mob, released this statement. This post is pretty long, so I’m not including it all here. But you can read the entire thing on the link.

I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.

I’ve been told by some people that the boys did wrong by not walking away. The problem was, they were meeting there. They had nowhere to go where these crazy people would not follow them.

I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.
During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.” I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.
I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.
The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.
I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.

 

So what we have are some young boys who were aproached by some crazy cultists, and then a native american activist stepped in and used the chaos to… well, act strangely.

This was then picked up by activists, and the media, edited and cast as some sort of mean nasty bullying.

And an online rage mob ensured. A mob that took in large parts of the media, and even many conservatives. Then, a counter-narrative was published, with the complete video, which showed the boys to be the victims, not the aggressors.

This one has really gotten under my skin. I’ve seen some pretty bizare statements.

  • “If my kids did that I’d…” – so if your kid stood and smiled when provoked, you’d disown them?!?
  • “The kids should have moved away – that’s the christian thing” – no, actually it’s not. The group was too large, and there actually wasn’t that much concern at the time. Remember, they were approached. They thought they’d managed to avoid a confrontation, because they had.
  • “KKK” – whatever.
  • “The Native American went in to calm down the situation” – from the first Herald link above ” said he felt threatened by the teens and that they suddenly swarmed around him” I guess he changed his tune when the video came out and that was a proven lie.

I have a real problem this this. This was one of the nastiest mobs we’ve ever seen. And it wasn’t against bullies. It wasn’t even against adults. At it’s core, it was against a kid who smiled at a weird, hypocritical nutcase activist with brown skin. And it was 100% egged on by the media, and reporters. They took sides early, a position that is only emphasised by the complete lack of reporting on the original, massive protest.

I can’t emphasise how much the media have screwed up at this point. But that’s another day I guess.  I’m going to do more posts, because this one has become something of a hot mess. But I want this stake in the ground to start with.

Some thoughts to end on.

First, twitter has not acquitted itself well. But that’s not new.

(George Zimmerman would like to have a conversation with you, Tim.)

Second, the crazy cultists got away with far more than the high school kids did, and their identities are still mostly unknown and unexposed.

* I’m not the greatest at reading emotions, but it always seems to me that the difference between a smile and a smirk is the opinion of the observer.

** Words cannot express how stupid it is that “coloured” has come back “in”, having been derided as racist most of my life. But I need to express the idea so I’m forced to use it.

More reading: Radical evil, and the online lynching of a kid from Kentucky

When the Press Sees Red

This is why people no longer trust “fact checking” websites

Can’t get much more ridiculous than this.

Politifact, the heavily left-leaning political fact-checking oufit, has truly outdone itself.  The organization crowned President Obama as the 2013 recipient of its annual “lie of the year” designation for his tireless efforts to mislead Americans about being able to keep their existing healthcare plans under Obamacare.  While richly deserved, the decision came as a bit of a surprise because Politifact had rated that exact claim as “half true” in 2012, and straight-up “true” in 2008 (apparently promises about non-existent bills can be deemed accurate).  When Republicans leveled accurate criticisms against Obamacare, they were slapped down by America’s most partisan alleged arbiter of “facts:”

Don’t trust a characterisation – especially from Dana Milbank

I’ve said many times, you should not trust a characterisation. Check the original source.

This is a classic example:

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who has an increasing reputation as a shill for the left wing, viciously attacked the Heritage Foundation in a column on Monday evening. The column, “Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel” characterized the event as though it were a full-throated, Muslim-bashing hate-crime cleverly disguised as a public forum to discuss the Benghazi attack.

The video is in the post. Milbank’s characterisation is completely self-serving. 

For example, Brigitte Gabriel was talking about an attack on “our government” and then, by way of correcting herself, asked Ahmed if she was a US citizen. No big deal really.

But Millbank described that this way:

“Are you an American?” Gabriel demanded of Ahmed, after accusing her of taking “the limelight” and before informing her that her “political correctness” belongs “in the garbage.”

Not the inflammatory language – “demanded of”, while connecting it to a later statement about political correctness. 

This, my friends, is why people loathe journalists. They twist and turn and play gotcha games. Also, they make stuff up. A good editor in my past told me that he was always suspicious of reporters who rely on breaking up a quote multiple times and adding in their own words in between. It means they’re trying to force the speaker to say something. We can now call this the Milbank Rule. I mean, was everything quoted in his piece accurate? Absolutely. Were his words or description of what transpired accurate? Hell no.

The press has a lot to answer for these days. 

Anyway, go have a read, and watch the video.

Instapundit – The Fix is In

Can’t put it any better than this.

A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored.

It’s gob smacking the level of scrutiny that Palin is put under. Who doesn’t know that Palin’s daughter’s fiancee called himself a “redneck” on his myspace page, yet I challenge you to find anyone, anyone who knows about what Obama got up to as an Acorn “community organizer”.

Would a Republician Ever Get Away with this?

“CNN asked Biden’s campaign whether it could ask the senator about his earmark requests and his votes on the Bridge to Nowhere.

In response, a staffer e-mailed, “You’ve interviewed Gov. Palin re: her completely made up position on the Bridge to Nowhere right?”

Apparently the MSM finally picked up that Obama isn’t clean on the “Bridge to Nowhere” but he’s only interested in making sure Palin is embarrassed.

Guess who?

Guess who the owner of this magazine donates to.

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