Bottom Line: When you never refer to someone without using the heavily freighted term, “far-right,” then you’re taking the lazy way out. Never let it be said that the media aren’t lazy! They’re exceptionally lazy. They’re lazy thinkers, debaters, writers, investigators, lazy researchers. These are the rather poor specimens — the media — who establish the Grand Narrative that America runs on day-to-day.
I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) this morning. It was their morning fake news program called “Morning Edition.” NPR sometimes has a segment that they import from the BBC, and it generally consists of some BBC personality interviewing some newsmaker, or journalist, or the like.
NPR did one of those segments this morning, in which the BBC person (I don’t remember his name) and the interviewee (I don’t remember her name, but she was from The Economist) talked about the possibilities in the upcoming French election, and in particular, about the chances that one Marine Le Pen might become France’s next President.
Marine Le Pen is an interesting figure in French politics. She heads up the political party/movement called Le Front National — the National Front. Le Front National is a movement that’s mostly concerned with keeping France, well, French. By that, I mean: of European French ethnicity, and having far fewer people of non-native birth in the country. She’s the daughter of long-time National Front leader (and founder) Jean-Marie Le Pen, also a nationalist and also sneeringly vilified by all the bien-pensants of French establishment politics in the ’70’s, ’80’s and ’90’s.
Since then, however, Marine Le Pen has broken with her father, and has imposed standard, dreary, leftist positions on the National Front, so that — other than immigration — it’s hard to distinguish the National Front from the Socialists or from the so-called “center-rightist” parties in France.
So, of course, as far as any Western media are concerned, she’s on the “far-right.” You won’t hear anyone in the dominant media refer to Marine Le Pen without also hearing the term “far-right.” For example: “Far-rightist Marine Le Pen,” or “Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front,” etc. There are several other terms that are interchangeable with “far-right,” like: “extreme-right,” “hard-right,” and the like. But, you’ll never hear Le Pen’s name without also hearing one of those terms.
This is Pre-emptive Vilification, and the left and the media (a redundancy) do it all the time.
The goal is to destroy the reputation of anyone who might disagree with the Left before that person has a chance to come to power. And if, by some weird happenstance, the “far-right” person arrives in power, through Pre-emptive Vilification, the Left hope to have handicapped him enough so that he can’t accomplish his agenda. This is what they did to now-President Trump.
The term “far-right,” and its associated terms, is supposed to connote: racist, nationalist, supports free markets, narrow-minded, violent, and all the other supposedly doleful baggage that the Left assume all people of the right carry: sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, gender bigotry, etc…
What’s funny is that, other than her French-focused nationalism, Le Pen is a conventional, dreary leftist. Yes, she’d be doing her country a big favor by reducing the population of, specifically, muslims in her country, but other than that, she’d simply continue to steer her country toward the same cliff toward which it’s careening now. In other words, the only thing with which the Left and Le Pen disagree is on the topic of immigration. Other than that, though, economically and socially, Le Pen is a typical leftist nitwit.
However, she’s been vilified for so long as “far-rightist Marine Le Pen,” that the Left can’t stop now. Nor is there anyone on the Left with sufficient intelligence to recognize that Le Pen has become simply another garden-variety, ho-hum leftist. So, the vilification continues.
This, by the way, is exactly what happened in America in 2015 and 2016. President Trump has spent most of his life as a typical, ho-hum, garden-variety leftist. He was chummy with the Clintons, with Chuck Schumer, etc. Socially, he was pro-death, pro-gay, pro-most of the leftist agenda for America.
When Trump made his rude comments about women, he was a person of the left at the time, and he was expressing himself and acting as the Left express themselves when they think they’re not being observed or recorded.
Then, though, Trump decided to run for the Presidency as a Republican. At that very moment, he morphed into a fire-breathing radical right-wing fanatic in the eyes and tiny, little minds of the media. Mind you, hard-leftist Bernie Sanders(1) would have been transformed by the media’s tiny, little minds into a hard-rightist if he had run, with exactly the same agenda as he had in the 2016 campaign, but as a Republican.
The objection to Trump by people on the right, myself included, stemmed from a real fear that Trump would be a leftist candidate and President… not a real Republican at all. That he’d grab control of the Republican Party, thereby eliminating or drastically handicapping the only remaining institution in America standing in the way of the Left’s agenda. That remains a fear, if diminished somewhat.
Back to NPR and their interview with the BBC personage. The key quote from the interviewee was: “Marine Le Pen is called a far-rightist, but she really has a very leftist economic agenda.” My question: how can a “far-rightist” have a very leftist economic agenda? Answer: She can’t. She’s not a “far-rightist” at all. But, you still will never hear her name without also hearing “far-right” somewhere very close-by.
When you never refer to someone without using the heavily freighted term, “far-right,” then you’re taking the lazy way out. Never let it be said that the media aren’t lazy! They’re exceptionally lazy. They’re lazy thinkers, debaters, writers, investigators, lazy researchers. They want what they want — power, fame, money, glory — without doing the actual work necessary to do what they’re actually supposed to do: discover truth. Discovering truth is tough. And it requires a lot of mental energy that the media are too lazy to do. These are the rather poor specimens — the media — who establish the Grand Narrative that America runs on day-to-day.
Pre-emptive Vilification is a tactic they use, that results from, and supports, their laziness.
(1) Sanders admits to his leftism, so it’s okay for me to label him that way.