IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND SOME FACTS ABOUT THINGS TODAY.
Sub-head: Manipulative, scheming bastards, trying to control our perception of things around us.
The tone and tenor of the media “coverage” of recent days at the nation’s capital would have been exactly the same as it was, regardless of what had actually transpired in Washington.
It’s kind of useless to mention that many with whom I’ve spoken, and many whose content I’ve watched, have declared that the protests in Washington were almost exclusively peaceful, except for a tiny, tiny fringe of aggressive nut jobs who got all the coverage.
The point is that the ones who invaded the Capitol Building and committed violence did stop over a line, and do deserve universal condemnation.
Not for being in the building — is it “the People’s House,” or not?!? — but for committing violence when in there.
But… and it’s a doozy…
You and I could have predicted that “coverage” of the “rioting” (we’d have predicted that they’d call it “rioting,” not suspecting that they’d go all the way to “insurrection.”) would completely drown out the fact that there were what looked like frickin’ millions in the streets of Washington, DC.
That’s no small thing at all. And there was a substantive, and valuable, and important, and valid message in the minds of those millions, and in the minds of tens of millions more across the country.
Unreported as if it had never existed… in favor of a cartoon-comical dude with Viking horns wearing furs or some such, and posturing at the top of a staircase.
The notion of looting the capital, or a coup, or rioting and looting, or occupying Nancy Pelosi’s office, or stealing a lectern, did not animate those millions in Washington.
The completely valid, supportable, defensible notion that there were serious illegalities, and serious irregularities, and serious problems with the 2020 election, that all require extensive investigation was the sole animating principle for 99.99999% of all those in the streets of the capital. That, too, should have received some coverage; say, 50% of it.
WHY are literal millions of people in the streets of the capital? is kind of an important question. It was completely unaddressed. If they’d been wearing “pu**y hats,” we’d have heard all about their grievances, you can be sure of it.
The bulk of the “on-the-spot coverage” was written long, long before January 6th — if not in actual wording, then in tone and tenor… because what the media would say was going to happen, was 100% predictable, and likely nothing at all like what actually was going to happen.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer my news as, you know, news — “Hey! This interesting thing just happened!” — not as pre-written narrative into which some manipulative, scheming bastard, trying to control my perception of things around me*, then fits or fabricates any events he can find to support that narrative.
If there had been no storming of the Capitol Building, then someone would have made it up anyway. You know how it goes: “This just in: Anonymous sources are reporting that armed right-wing extremists are roaming the halls seeking targets. Our sources are not revealing themselves because they fear for their safety.” etc.
MSNBC, CNN, WaPo, LA Times, NY Times, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, et al, would have had no qualms whatsoever about taking the first such fabricated report and running with it uncritically. And, presto-changeo! it’s “news!” Up is down, fact is fiction, white is black (no, Rachel Dolezal, not you), and the rest of the country believes fervently that something that never happened… happened.
That they didn’t have to fabricate it this time doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have fabricated it. (Think about that for just a moment.)
Remember, for example, how the NY Times — The NY TIMES, for heavens sake! Should we just start calling them “NY Pravda” now? — ran with the completely fabricated story about Trump calling dead soldiers losers and chumps. Remember how all the media ran with the Charlottesville fabrication? None have retracted either “story” to this day that I’m aware of. Even though the Charlottesville video is right out there for all to see!
Those are things that, presumably, are safely ensconced in American history texts as a fact of history… and they never happened. They’re probably in the very same chapter with “Hands up – don’t shoot!” which also… never happened. And “Trump told people to inject bleach,” which… never happened. And so on and so forth.
The media lie. And they lie and lie and lie and lie and lie again, and then some more. And when they don’t have an actual incident about which to lie, they simply make one up.
Remember for example:
• The gauntlet of violent, racial slur-hurling protestors through which those poor, brave Congress members had to pass several short years ago, as they made their way intrepidly to their jobs representing our interests? It never happened, but was fabricated, reported on and, presumably, is also now in American history texts.
• The latent violence and the rampant racism at all the Tea Party rallies? There was never any of either at those rallies, but people I interact with still tell me about those racist, violent Tea Party rallies.
There are American people who learned the Big Lie principle well and thoroughly. Just because, in World War II, we defeated the most famous user of the Big Lie theory, doesn’t mean the principle is no longer true.
The Soviets were masters of the Big Lie, as is the entirety of the International Left.
There’s a reason the Chinese Communist Party goons named their country “The People’s Republic of China,” and it had nothing to do with turning the country over to the, you know, to the actual people.
There’s a reason the North Koreans call their little hellhole “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” and it has nothing to do with instituting anything Democratic, or for the people, or republican (small “R”).
But it all has everything to do with the Big Lie.
The protests in Washington in recent days were “mostly peaceful;” far more peaceful, in fact, than the protests, rioting and looting around the country over the Summer. But there was rioting in the past few days, and no one condemns that more fervently than I. As I — we all — did over the Summer in these very pages.
The difference is simple: whether or not there was any actual violence whatsoever these past few days, you and I know that there would have been a “violent insurrection” in Washington… at least that’s what the reports would have been.
We can all know this from “the takeaway” from various events in recent history and their media “coverage.”
• Michael Brown in Ferguson? Takeaway: “Hands up – don’t shoot.” Never happened.
• Tea Party rallies? Takeaway: Racist. Never a hint of it.
• Charlottesville? Takeaway: Trump called white supremacists fine people. Never happened.
• Dead soldiers are losers? Takeaway: Trump called fallen soldiers losers and chumps. Never happened.
• The riots over the summer? Takeaway: “mostly peaceful protests” (which will, over time, morph into “peaceful protests.”)
• And now, the past few days? Takeaway: “violent insurrection.”
Everything we’ve read and seen in the still-dominant legacy media was written long before January 6, 2021.
And now the New Media are scrambling — fast — to make sure that they control the narrative in just as lock-step, just as dishonest, just as corrupt, just as leftist — but I repeat myself — a way as the dying legacy and print media.
Facebook, for example, just deleted the #WalkAway movement, along with hundreds of thousands of video testimonials about why people were leaving the Democrat Party. How long before our small, but increasingly influential think tank is banned from these pages?
Apple is demanding draconian censorship of Parler, or it will not be allowed on iPhones. The manufacturers of devices on which Social Media appear are part of Social Media too. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube have long been involved in censoring Conservative and contrarian voices.
Let’s face it, Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Tim Cook (Apple), and the Google gazillionaires own Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Without the Socials’ aggressive interference in the election on behalf of Biden/Harris, Trump would have won going away. Do you think that they’re just going to stand-by and watch as the far freer Parler’s and Locals’s of the world gain steam because the likes of you and I abandon the old, corrupt dominant Socials? Of course not! But not because they worry about competition in the world of Social Media, no it’s because they worry about contrarian voices! About dissenting voices that might not share the same leftist beliefs as the names mentioned above.
Get ready for a whole lot of clamping down on your and my ability to say what we think, if it differs from leftist orthodoxy. And this in the land of the free and the home of the brave… in the land of the First Frickin’ Amendment to the Constitution, for heaven’s sake!
* “Manipulative, scheming bastards, trying to control our perception of things around us.” — I guess that’ll do as a summary description of today’s media and Social Media. As well as academia, Hollywood and the rest of pop culture.