Nothing like proving your critics correct as you complain about their charges.
When it comes to obliviousness and lack of self-awareness it is tough to find a group afflicted worse than our contemporary press corps. Maybe it is that they are charged with ferreting out and then delivering the facts that their collective lack of introspection is made all the more stark. But the fact is the blind spots displayed by our journalists are both sharp and amusing.
This weekend a pair wholly unconnected news events came together to display this reality. One of those was the fabrication of the press itself. On Thursday morning, as most are well aware, Arizona Senator Martha McSally referred to a CNN reporter — Manu Raju — as a liberal hack. She never even slowed her stride as she spent possibly three seconds to deliver the rebuke that sent a shockwave through the press that has lasted for days.
While our nation’s navel-gazers are busy consoling themselves over this unprecedented attack in the state of Virginia a pro-Second Amendment rally was being held today. This was in direct response to that state’s legislature undertaking new gun laws that will impede directly on the personal liberties of firearm ownership. Our news leaders promptly turned into a full-on liberal talking points generator in order to detail the events on today.
To grasp the bias on full display understand that for the days leading up to the rally that there was all manner of predictions that this event would descend into violence. First, you had aggression-prone agitators showing up en masse to screech at the governmental leaders — a disturbing sight, according to many in the media. This was a very curious position for them, considering they have been in full support of The Resistance making anti-Presidential statements for years.
The other component was that many attendees would be bringing weapons, many of those ‘’assault weapons’’, according to the firearms experts in the press. The promise of violence and even death was inevitable. Too bad those protesting broke that promise, as no violence took place. CNN in one report was visibly disappointed in this reality, based on the graphics it posted during its reports.
The disappointment shown by CNN is palpable. Understand, these are the same minds who see actual violence taking place at Antifa rallies and they have no such condemnation nor worrry. Here is a quick primer to help you follow their logic:
- Antifa Violence = ‘’ Mostly Peaceful’’
- 2-A Rally with no Violence = ‘’Peaceful, but Practically Violent’’
NBC reporter Gabe Gutierrez found a bothersome aspect of the rally. He recorded crowds chanting ‘’We Will Not Comply’’. Except, he really did not. This crowd is audibly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chants of “we will not comply” from gun rights protesters in Richmond. pic.twitter.com/BjEfniwMKP
— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) January 20, 2020
Later he posted another video that did have the chant heard — not spoken by crowds, but by a handful of those standing near his position. Again, voicing opposition to an unconstitutional law is shown to be problematic, but those who have been in full throat opposition to the President have been applauded and granted airtime by these same folks.
Over at The Huffington Post, Andy Campbell tried mightily to explain away what did not properly transpire at the rally. He was so convinced he nailed the ‘’problem’’ he failed to see how he proved himself incorrect.
The far right will claim this rally was peaceful because counterprotesters didn't show. Just remember that if everything stays peaceful – everyone hopes it does! – it'll be because nobody shot anybody.
The issue with violence in this country is still the guns and extremism. pic.twitter.com/zNKh4bFfAY
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) January 20, 2020
Try to figure this out; when no violence takes place, it is only the ‘’far-right’’ who can see this, and those people ‘’claim’’ it is peaceful. I’m sorry, but I thought an objective reporter would be able to see no violence taking place and report that no violence occurred. I was not aware that this provable fact needed interpretation.
Ah, but it does need to be filtered through the esteemed thoughts of our press leaders. See, Andy has a grasp on why it came to pass that there was no violence…which, somehow still proved this was a violent crowd. As he already explained, the lack of counter-protestors was the cause of no violence — essentially declaring that those counter-protestors are the cause, but that’s quibbling over facts — and in addition, there was also the lack of those agitating police forces that was an issue.
Another point the far right makes is that nobody's fighting police — that's because there are no police in sight. We've seen them in full, aggressive force at rallies with the exact same faces and flags, but only when counterprotesters are present https://t.co/Sm8DNJghsw
— Andy Campbell (@AndyBCampbell) January 20, 2020
Andy needs to pretend here that we have not witnessed Antifa causing violence and destruction at protests where their dreaded Nazis were nowhere in attendance. I have seen the videos from pro-First Amendment rallies where Antifa caused riots. We have witnessed a number of college protests where vandalism and violence took place over their opposition to a speaker arriving on campus. The police did not instigate these uprisings; they were a required presence.
Then over at MSNBC, they had an original spin on the rally — speaking of non-existent Nazis. Those people in attendance goes their claim, were all of one hateful mindset.
FAKE NEWS -> @MSNBC's @CraigMelvin who just claimed that "thousands" of "white nationalists" and "militia groups" are "swarming the state capitol in Richmond" (along with "guns rights activists") #2A #LobbyDay2020 #VirginiaRally pic.twitter.com/9cgymITqe4
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 20, 2020
This dire report was certainly a surprise to those in attendance. A few of those happened to be in the business of reporting news.
This is a lie. As someone who is at the #VirginiaRally, I can say there are not "thousands" of "white nationalists" in Richmond. https://t.co/V364sVwUVa
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 20, 2020
Not a single Nazi flag in sight. Looks like the media lied. https://t.co/6c1NgqhuFX
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 20, 2020
Hmmm. This would almost appear as if someone ensconced in a studio nowhere near the rally would have been resorting to pushing out familiar talking points, as opposed to maybe relying on the reporting of those who were actually at the event being described.
Just as a capper, here is Stephen Gutowski interviewing one of those ‘’white nationalists’’.
@MSNBC is propaganda pic.twitter.com/qMbHimTC49
— Kaye (@Liberty4Life73) January 20, 2020
Thus, in fine fashion, the very news outlets who have said accusing them of being ‘’liberal hacks’’ drove them to hysterics on their network fainting couches, have been in full display of the very actions to earn them that title. Maybe for the upcoming impeachment trial Senators can toss white Mardi Gras beads and tell them to continue clutching pearls.
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