Nine years ago, I concluded that the American populace was being herded in a second civil war by the various entities that make up what I call the Organized Left: mainstream media organizations and politicians – mostly, but not exclusively, Democrats — and, as we’ve discovered of late, online media corporations. I tend to be resistant to repeating myself, but, every day – sometimes even more often – I get confirmation of my old conclusion.
I won’t bother going back over the distortions created by Big Media in the years between 2010 and this year. Two examples from the last two weeks will suffice.
First, we had the Covington/Nathan Phillips/Black Hebrew Israelites racial troika, wherein a teenage boy was savaged by Big Media and by even his own priest without any evidence that the boy had done anything wrong.
And two days ago, Arizona Central, a dogsbody of USA Today, publish an opinion piece by someone named Rashaad Thomas — an op-ed so poorly reasoned and written that some of my acquaintances thought it was satire.
A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party at a downtown Phoenix restaurant. I walked around to view the photographs on the wall.
Then a photograph caught my attention.
Friends said, “It’s coal miners at a pub after work.” It was a photograph of coal miners with blackened faces. I asked a Latinx and white woman for their opinion. They said it looked like coal miners at a pub after work. Then they stepped back, frowned and said it’s men in blackface.
I asked the waitress to speak with a manager. Instead, I spoke with a white restaurant owner. I explained to him why the photograph was offensive. Evidently, someone else had made a similar comment about the photograph before.
Yet, the photograph remained on the wall. He said he would talk to the other owners and get back to me. While leaving, I asked him had he spoke with the other owners. He had not spoken with them, but mentioned Google said it’s coal miners after work. (…)
The context of the photograph is not the issue.
That last line is how you know that the author of this piece will refuse to see any point of view other than his own. And everything after that line has nothing to do with context or reason. It’s merely the bleating of a child in an adult body who has yet to learn that his feelings are not at the pinnacle of what matters.
But back to my own point. The most important thing about this opinion piece is that USA Today chose to publish it with all of its flaws for the same reasons that I discerned in 2010.
If the Left has been successful at keeping racial grievance in the forefront of black American agenda—in indoctrinating black Americans into believing that retaining racial anger at whites is inherent in being black and essential for black survival–it has also been successful in later years of producing a certain mindset in white Americans. Actually this seems to be two mindsets, but it is really a singular one—a two-headed beast. The first is guilt-fear and the second is unproductive anger. (…)
The phenomenon of white guilt doesn’t merely mean that many white Americans feel guilty for the actions of pre-[Civil Rights Act] America. It also means that all white Americans must pay for the sins of their fathers and pay for a system from which they are perceived to still be the beneficiaries and to still have advantages over all other Americans simply due to being white. Stemming from that premise, all whites are guilty until proven innocent. (…)
Individual guilt can be a positive thing: a motivator to get clean and make restitution to the wronged party. (And this Christian asserts that the identity of the wronged party is always the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.) However, when group guilt is the matter at hand, there exists no actual defendant or plaintiff in reality. Under such a fantasy, the “plaintiff” can never be made whole and, obviously, the “defendant” can never be made to pay enough.
At the risk of re-posting my whole series on the topic, I’ll stop there, but, to repeat the point: anger is being ginned up between us, my fellow Americans. Anger and violence.
I saw the anger in the responses to the open – totally justifiable. But, just as the op-ed writer needs to let go of his pointless anger, so do those who are angry at the insult offered to their hard-working coal-miner ancestors. Why? Because it feed in what the elites – like those who own the USA Today Network – want for this country.
The liberal media has learned how the liberal brain works and how to exploit that. For instance, when they publish a lie and their lemmings voraciously devour it, when the correction or retraction comes out, it does not delete and replace the original memory. They maintain all the conclusions they jumped to based on the original false story even if and as they congratulate their media for being so honest and responsible to correct the record.
No matter how many times liberals might hear the actual words of Trump saying CRIMINAL illegal immigrants, they still believe he is saying “all immigrants are criminals” and, thus, CONDEMN him as anti-immigrant. No matter how many times they might hear Trump say, “FAKE media is the enemy of the people”, meaning that LYING to the PEOPLE is bad, liberals still believe the MEDIA mantra that Trump regards the media the enemy of the people. Though the media has been caught being TOTALLY dishonest about the confrontation between the MAGA-hatted Covington kids, liberals still believe that every MAGA hat wearing person is a racist, knuckle-dragging Neanderthal… even these very kids. Basically, liberals will always believe only what they want to believe.
When you have capitalistic success, socialism has a hard time taking hold. It has to be IMPOSED (for the good of the people, of course). One way to impose it is to create the false atmosphere of hatred, strife and inequity. When there is very little wrong, they have to INVENT the wrong. And, with the media’s help, they are very good at it.
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@Sawhi Singh: That’s nice.
By the look of it the op-ed writers for the media are all losing their jobs but wont be programmers. Always when a company shuts down some paper pusher comes in and speaks to the workers about re-education not always appealing to the over 50 crowd, go back to an expensive college get up to your eyeballs in debt to see all the jobs go to younger candidates because you also dont have 5 to 10 years experience.
@Sawhi Singh: the DHS already has the info…thanks
What Rashaad Thomas is saying about the photograph of coal miners hanging in a bar is nonsense. Holding his article out as evidence of some grand leftist media conspiracy to promote racial anger and resentment is also nonsense. Both writers seem to have come up short in their search for a peg to hang their respective agendas on. They’ve just wasted my time to equal degrees, but that would be my own fault, for allowing them to do so.
@Greg: Um… sorry to embarrass you, but this is how liberals behave. Like idiots. Remember, these are the people who make death threats against kids because they are scared of their hats.
Meanwhile, they ignore Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Ted Danson can do blackface and STILL be liberal icons. Apparently, some things are only outrageous sometimes.
@Deplorable Me: The faux outrage is cover for the governor telling the truth about the bill they had in committee. The MSM is working overtime to save normal democrats. “Normal” people are appalled at the thought of murdering an infant. It was never suppose to go this far just rare safe and early in the pregnancy. For rape and incest situations, not just unprotected sex cause democrat women are responsible and educated. They were not going to sell dead baby parts thats just ghoulish, never gonna happen.
Perhaps the Governor and his cohorts should be brought up on charges of conspiracy to commit 1st degree premeditated murder.
I grow weary of pointing out the logical fallacies around here. Maybe a list should be posted at the top of every thread, along with a challenge that people try to spot them as they fly by.
Top 10 Logical Fallacies
Appeal to Ignorance
For five points, which one did we just observe?
@Greg: Why in gawds name did you post that ridiculous Salon article about the Trump conspiracy theory, you should put a post a note on your computerwith the above when you read opinion pieces and watch wretched Madcow and her co conspiracy theorists or just watch ancient aliens, who also mix bad history with terrible lack of research.
Cow farts eliminated in 10 years omg Barbie Cortez is comedy gold!
@Greg: Yet it is a proven fact that liberals SEARCH for things to be outraged about as long as they can be outraged at the opposition. Liberals are perfectly happy accepting abhorrent behavior of any liberal. This is being proven out as we speak.
Would you have preferred a thoughtful article from The American Conservative? Here’s one:
Justice Dept: Trump Is A Crook
A lot of people are pondering that question.
@Greg: A lot of whiny sore loser crybabies ponder the “problem”. The rest of us are enjoying the restored health of the nation.
Republicans warn going after Trump’s tax returns could ‘open a Pandora’s Box’
I have no doubt.
@Greg: Yup that means congresses tax returns and investment portfolios are open season. Trump has been audited so many times Im sure they have already looked into them following the law is not a concern to them.
Lets look very closely at democrats campaign finances very closely.
They wouldn’t be looking to determine if he complied with tax law. They would be looking to see if serious conflicts of interest exist between his responsibilities of office and his personal business and financial activities, or if concealed dealings have made him vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers.
@Greg: I don’t recollect this sort of investigation ever being of interest to Democrats in the past, say, when the Clinton’s or Gore was a candidate? Oh… that’s right. They weren’t looking for ANYTHING, no matter how small or minor, to blow out of proportion or misrepresent to use as a political weapon.
Why not a thorough, deep and intrusive investigation of Obama? We knew NOTHING about him and what was known to be available, he LOCKED AWAY. Nothing suspicious there.
Hillary was absolutely a blackmail magnet yet YOU VOTED FOR HER. Get outta here with your “interests”. It’s petty, sore loser bitterness.
Jeff Bezos apparently isn’t going to allow his strings to be pulled.
Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’
Bezos made the threat public, along with details of what they were threatening to publish. Here’s his post, which includes the full text of the threat he received.
Bet they didn’t expect that.
@Greg: I guess Bozo is the first rich person the Enquirer every caught cheating on their wife? He must feel a little extra sting since he owns the Daily Lie-ograph, Washington Post.
Bezos was the wrong guy to try to pull this with. What David Pecker was trying to accomplish, and for whom, is what could turn this into a political train wreck.
It will be interesting to see if it’s wearing a Trump hat.
@Greg: He merely sounds like another whiny liberal crybaby getting a dose of his own medicine and it isn’t going down well. Did the Enquirer force Bezos to cheat on his wife? They are a scandal rag; they look for scandal and a wealthy yellow journalist would be a juicy target. Has the Enquirer revealed ALL the nasty little secrets they have? Bezos might want to consider that.
Liberals don’t seem to worry much about journalistic integrity until it is turned against them. I find it hilarious.