We have a major credibility crisis in America. As once-respected entities, such as the media and federal agencies like the CDC and FBI, have repeatedly been shown to be purveyors of shaded truths and (dare I say it?) misinformation, a growing contingent of the public has come to view statements and actions made by those entities with a healthy dose of skepticism – and understandably so. We find ourselves in the midst of a play: The Establishment Who Cried Wolf.
So it is that almost immediately after news reports surfaced Monday night of a U-Haul truck crashing into security barriers near the White House — with a Nazi flag being among the items found in the truck – many began speculating that this was a “false flag” event, orchestrated by “the feds” to bolster the notion that white supremacy and domestic terrorism are on the rise and pose the greatest threat to our homeland.
(See, e.g., responses to the below tweet.)
🚨#UPDATE: The secret service has just pulled what appears to be a swastika flag from the cab of a U Haul truck that rammed the fence at Lafayette Square in front of the White House. pic.twitter.com/uLa8LxmvmG
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) May 23, 2023
And the sad thing is, it’s no longer wholly unreasonable to raise that possibility – recent events and revelations have taught us that ruling such an explanation out would be naïve. There are still many questions to be answered surrounding this latest event, but now that the driver has been identified as a 19-year-old from Chesterfield of apparent Indian extraction, all speculated narratives are forced to come to a screeching halt. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
This “Moore to the Point” commentary aired on NewsTalkSTL on Wednesday, May 24th. Audio included below.
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