Enemy of the People Update
It isn’t safe out there these days if one is a Trump supporter exercising one’s right to participate in the American political process. You have to look out for lunatics in vans, lunatics with cane swords, and lunatics who wake up looking like mug shots and slap kids.
If — as all of you are — frequent consumers of conservative media, you know about these stories.
Those left to the editorial whims of The New York Times or any of the evening news networks, however, are probably blissfully unaware.
It’s not that they aren’t being covered at all, it’s that they aren’t being covered with the fervor and repetition that, say, a story about the president saying something mean to Jim Acosta would.
Leftists have been rationalizing violence for a very long time, long before Donald Trump ascended to the presidency. The unhinged cancer has metastasized these past three years, and will not be going into remission anytime soon.
The media’s role in letting the leftist violence get out of hand cannot be understated. There are both errors of commission and errors of omission.
Errors of commission happen when they do things like lie and insist that Antifa is a reasonable “anti-fascist” group of peaceful protesters.
Errors of omission occur when virtually no one in the mainstream media can work up any outrage for acts of physical violence committed against Trump supporters. The stories get a few minutes of daylight, then it’s off to the memory hole.
By contrast, these very same people refer to every verbal dig against reporters as “attacks” that are endangering their lives.
The media are enabling the riotous, violent behavior of the anti-Trump people. They keep the denigration of the president at a fever pitch and, when it spills over and manifests as violent behavior, turn a mostly blind eye.
One of President Trump’s greatest legacies will be his complete unmasking of the American mainstream media, forcing them to abandon any and all pretense of objectivity. Sure, all involved are still paying lip service to it, insisting that they aren’t swayed by personal political motivations, but their eyes are dead as they do so and it’s easy to tell that their hearts aren’t in it anymore.
They hate this president. They hate any Americans who support this president.
And deep down, they all feel that anything bad that happens to Trump supporters is justified because Orange Man Bad.
Journalists were once brave seekers and defenders of the truth.
Sadly, they’re now so emotionally damaged they feel morally justified in perpetually egging on a powder keg mob.
But don’t call them any names, because that’s dangerous or something.
I Will Never Get Tired of Telling This Story
I’ve probably mentioned this before and probably will again but here we go.
Back in the early ‘90s I was at a party the night before the Indianapolis 500 that happened at the track every year. A fun mix of celebrities were there each year and Chuck Yeager was in attendance at this one. At one point during the evening I was in his way as he was heading to the bathroom. He put his hand on my shoulder, smiled and said, “Excuse me son.”
I didn’t wash that shoulder for quite some time after.
From the Mothership and Beyond
The Kruiser Kabana
Did someone order the innuendo?
I’m working all weekend if anyone wants to bring beer by.
PJ Media Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author of “Don’t Let the Hippies Shower” and “Straight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.”