I know what you are thinking. Noway would our stalwart purveyors of truth in the fourth estate possibly respond hypocritically to something.
At this point, outrage over President Trump’s presser has been done to death. He is what he is. He’s never going to change. I don’t feel the need to rage every time he does something buffoonish or chase down and revel in every denunciation of him. He made a serious mistake in both timing and tone in how he handled the Charlottesville situation and is paying the price. It’s obvious to (mostly) everyone that the right way to handle this would of been to come out on Saturday with a pointed condemnation of the white supremacists and their views, making it clear nothing about them represents Republican ideology.
Then at the presser on Tuesday, you’ve built the moral capital to call out the left-wing aspects as well without coming off as defending David Duke and his associates. The media would of still went nuts, but they always go nuts. Instead, Trump decided to do everything in the worst possible way, which is par for the course.
With that said, I want to focus in on what exactly made the media and many liberals so upset because it’s important going forward.
No matter when President Trump chose to call out Antifa and their ilk, the left would of went bananas over it. Pointing out that these groups are founded in their own forms of racism, fascism, and bigotry became taboo long before Trump’s Tuesday presser.
Notice the headlines coming out after the Tuesday presser:
I almost sense a pattern here, as if all these major media outlets are coordinating. But I digress, that’s not the topic at hand.
The message of the past few days is clear. Don’t you dare bring up the realities of left-wing violence, even if it did factually exist at high levels in Charolettesville. It’s not the right time, yada yada yada and to do so is to make common cause with white supremacists and that now makes you a racist as well.
That’s basically where we are, is it not?
Yet, we only need to look a year back in history to see just how insanely hypocritical the media are being, and by virtue, we can assess what’s truly so infuriating to them.
In July of 2016, a self-avowed “black nationalist” by the name of Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire during a Dallas area Black Lives Matter rally. Johnson was part of a Facebook group (the AADL) which called for the murder of police officers as a “first blood” strike. As an aside, the founder of the page is shown shaking hands with Bill Clinton. Oddly enough, we never had any calls for Mr. Clinton to disavow black nationalism. Weird, I know.
In the wake of this tragedy, then President Barack Obama made a public statement on the very same day. That’s important to note because we are now told that timing is everything.
While he of course denounced the deaths of the Police Officers killed (while hedging that we still don’t know all the facts despite him knowing who the killer was at that point), Mr. Obama couldn’t help himself from getting political.
“I will have more say about this when the facts become more clear. For now, let me just say that, even as yesterday I spoke about are need to be concerned as all Americans about racial disparities in our criminal justice system. I also said yesterday that our police have an extraordinarily difficult job and the vast majority of them do their job in outstanding fashion. I also indicated the degree in which we need to be supportive of those officers who do their job each and every day. Protecting us and protecting our communities. Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices that they make for us. We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, it unfortunately make attacks like these more deadly and more tragic and in the days ahead consider those realities as well.”
He manages to bookend his lauding of the police with complaints about the criminal justice system and gun control. There were no questions of timing. No assertions that there will be another day to analyze other aspects besides the shooter himself. The media loved his remarks for the most part.
Then Attorney General Loretta Lynch also gave a statement along much the same lines.
“We must take a hard look at the ease with which wrongdoers can get their hands on deadly weapons and the frequency with which they use them,” she said, echoing remarks made earlier in the day by President Barack Obama. Obama invoked the gun control mantra during remarks to the press in Poland.
She also praised Black Lives Matter activists and their allies, whose march in Dallas set the scene for the ambush which left five police officers dead and seven wounded.
“To those who seek to improve our country through peaceful protest and protected speech: I want you to know that your voice is important,” she said. “Do not be discouraged by those who use your lawful actions as cover for their heinous violence. We will continue to safeguard your constitutional rights and to work with you in the difficult mission of building a better nation and a brighter future.”
What you have here is Lynch shifting blame to guns while lauding the very ideology which produced, even if indirectly, the murderer of five Police Officers. In essence, she makes the same mistake Trump did with his excuse that some people were just there to protest the removal of the statue. That’s probably true on some level, but it’s a stupid point to make. When you are marching and preaching hate, whether it’s white supremacy or chanting that cops should die, you are culpable at some level in the outcome. The same can be said for Lynch’s remarks here.
Imagine if Trump had come out and attempted to blame access to cars for that innocent woman being run over. Would that be acceptable?
Notice another thing about these two statements. Nowhere is any ideology or group condemned. Nowhere is black nationalism said to be toxic. Nowhere do they call out Black Lives Matter for their dangerous rhetoric and violent aspects. There was no outcry they had “blamed both sides” in a roundabout way.
There was no outcry that they’d deflected blame from the actual killer to gun control before the bodies were cold. No outcry that they’d not called out the violence by it’s specific ideology.
What’s this all tell us? The media didn’t care one iota that Trump’s statement was sloppy. It was never about the timing being off on when to bring up both sides. We know that because their response to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Lynch, doing very nearly the same thing (unless you want to be completely obtuse), was the complete opposite. Both were lauded as measured and truth tellers.
No, this was about one thing and one thing only.
That anyone would dare call out the left-wing violence that’s been ravaging this country for the past several years is beyond the pale to much of our media. Why? Because in the end, they share common ground politically and politics are a form of religion in modern culture.
When Antifa starts a riot and assaults people in the name of communism (an ideology rooted in genocide), the media greets us with puff headlines, cropped photos, and opinion pieces on how their anger is justified. When Black Lives Matter participants burn a city down, kill multiple people, and call for the death of cops, the media tells us “that’s wrong, but oh yeah, they’ve kind of got a point.” Our mainstream media feels a moral and political obligation to passively defend these groups, either through direct coverage or censoring of coverage.
The double standard here is striking and predictable, but it’s also dangerous. White supremacy is disgusting and ignorant, but there is no danger of white supremacy ever exacting any real political change in this country. They are nearly universally condemned for a reason.
On the other hand, these radical, violent left-wing groups have already inserted themselves into many mainstream aspects of Democratic ideology. Their assaults on free speech are real. Their assaults on freedom of the press are real (usually via violent means). Their ideology permeates out of academia and supposed “enlightened” thought. Where David Duke will always be a marginalized joke, someone spouting black nationalism and decrying the police as murderers can make it into primetime on CNN or into a classroom teaching your children with no problem.
The media are being incredibly hypocritical in all of this and it matters because confederate statues and white supremacists are not where this stops.
As conservatives, yes, we should of spent the past week vehemently denouncing white supremacy and announcing it has no place in our circles. Yet, we can’t become blinded to the overall dynamics at play here. Is there a moral equivalence between nazi protestors and peaceful counter-protestors? No, and Trump’s words were harmful in how he articulated that. Is there a moral equivalence between nazi protestors and violent communists, anarchists, and black nationalists? You bet there is. Conservatives can’t curl up into a politically correct ball just because it hurts the media’s sensibilities to denounce two abhorrent sides of the same fascistic coin.