The Media’s Niagara of Lies About Charlottesville
by David Sims
THE “MAINSTREAM” media’s lies about “violence from the right” in Charlottesville continue to pour out of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, and from leftwing telecasts in European countries.
Most of the lies probably were invented by Antifa members, which the media accept uncritically and without checking the facts. Some of the lies might have been invented by the media’s bosses or editors. A very small percentage of the media’s current deceptions regarding what happened in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017 might have their origin in truth, but by the time the media have finished adding embellishments and removing inconvenient details, it might as well be considered a lie, also.
Here’s one small example of the media’s currently ongoing deceptions: One of the Antifas had a stroke five days after Charlottesville. The media have hopped all over the theory that the White nationalists caused him to have that stroke. Stress, you know. (For examples of real stress, see the video below.)
We’ve seen all this before, in 2012. Remember the days following the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman? That’s what’s going on now, too.
Expect this to continue. The mainstream media are locked into a narrative now, and they aren’t going to change it. At most, if the narrative fails to bring about the misguided social change that the media’s bosses want, they’ll just stop talking about it at some point. They never admitted that they were wrong about George Zimmerman. They will never admit that they are wrong about Charlottesville, either.
If Donald Trump were to assign all the blame for the violence in Charlottesville to the alt-right, he’d be lying. And apparently he doesn’t want to do that. [This piece was written before Trump said of the antifa and their allies attacking free speech in Boston, “I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!” — Ed.]
Now, any thorough examination of the video evidence available on the web, as opposed to the redacted, edited, and censored subset of that evidence that the mainstream media are using, will convince any reasonable person that most of the blame belongs to the Left, to Antifa and to Black Lives Matter. Donald Trump would be telling no lies if he said so. The media leftists should be grateful that Trump has been vague, so far, about the precise apportionment of blame in connection with the Charlottesville violence.
But, of course, the leftists in the media are never satisfied unless they get someone to bow to their falsehoods in their entirety.
Someone needs to tell Ronna Romney McDaniel that everybody has the right to exercise his freedom of speech. Even the KKK. Even the “Nazis.” That isn’t just my opinion. It’s constitutional law as rendered by the US Supreme Court all the way down to United States District Court Judge Glen Conrad.
Leftist groups, such as Antifa, have created a contra-factual ideology that holds that White nationalist speech is “hate speech” — which, mostly, it isn’t — and that “hate speech” is not “free speech” — though, mostly, it is: just ask the ACLU or the federal judge who reinstated the Unite the Right group’s rally permit. These leftists use their self-serving ideology as a justification for using threats, intimidation, and violence to prevent groups that they don’t like from using their own freedom of speech.
Now, arguably being a counter-protester is just as much within the scope of the First Amendment as being a protester is. You can indeed say that you don’t like the kind of laws that some other group is asking the government to enact. If Antifa had never crossed the moral line from reasonable behavior to unreasonable and violent behavior, the White nationalists would have had their torch-light parade and would have left town. Nothing bad would have happened.
The rights of counter-protesters should never extend to the point of impeding the rights of the protesters that they are counter to. And that’s usually what Antifa does. Antifa uses threats, intimidation, and violence to prevent other people, with whom they disagree, from using their own First Amendment rights.
Historically, when there’s a street clash between activists on the political Left and activists on the political Right, the fighting is instigated by the Left. The activists on the right might, at some point, fight back, but they have never, to my knowledge, started the fighting. The track record of the far-Right for exercising their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly is incomparably better than is the track record of the Left. White nationalists don’t use these freedoms as a means to group up their forces in preparation for a riot that leaves a section of a city with broken windows, burned out businesses, and injured or dead people. But leftist groups, such as BLM and Antifa, have certainly done so repeatedly.
As far as President Trump goes, I’d have to say that the media have earned his enmity. They can’t expect him to cater to their preferences after they’ve treated him as they’ve been doing since before his Inauguration. You reap what you sow in politics. And I’m laughing at their lack of foresight. If they want presidential favor now, then they’ve got to go a long, long way to earn it. Personally, I hope Trump takes official cognizance of the ideological monopoly in the mainstream media and acts, either through Congress or by executive order, to bust up the leftist media empire with an antitrust order for the sake of US national security.
Learn one thing. The mainstream media, while it isn’t impotent yet, isn’t nearly the irresistible opinion-shaping powerhouse that it was in the 1970s. They’ve been thoroughly undercut by the peer-to-peer information sharing Internet media. They’re in decline. They can’t always have their way anymore, no matter what slick tricks they pull. They miscalculated very badly in 2012, tipping their hand about how readily they lie, how determinedly they set forth to deceive, when they are in pursuit of a leftist goal such as gun control. They will never get back the credibility they had prior to their massive defamation of George Zimmerman. They’re not the major player in the opinion-making game anymore, and they never again will be. To them I say: Learn your place, or your media business will be destroyed in the natural course of things.
Below is an excellent explanation of what really happened in Charlottesville, by someone who lived through it all.
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