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The Media Blame-Game Routine

Posted on | August 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

James Alex Fields Jr., Random Idiot of the Month.

Ramming a car into a crowd of protesters is a bad idea, and I’m against it. Because I have not advocated political violence, I cannot be blamed for it, and I refuse to play along with the liberal guilt-trip game where conservatives are expected to deny, denounce and repudiate their beliefs because some random idiot did something wrong and stupid.

Da Tech Guy offers two laws of media outrage:

  1. The level of Outrage or interest of the media and their allies on the left concerning any insult or prevarication concerning a person or thing will routinely be equal to the inverse of the degree of the political distance between said media / leftists and and the target of said insult or prevarication at the time it is made.
  2. The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

The media ignore (or in some cases, celebrate) political violence by the Left, as for example the riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte that were incited by the Black Lives Movement. Liberal journalists were OK with student radicals using violence (or the threat thereof) to disrupt or prevent campus appearances by Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles Murray, Ann Coulter and Heather Mac Donald. And whatever violence “antifa” protesters inflicted on attendees at the “Alt-Right” rally in Charlottesville is also acceptable to the mainstream media.


However, when the Random Idiot decided to plow his Dodge Challenger into the “antifa” mob, suddenly the media decided that political violence was a bad thing, and the Republican Party was to blame for it.

As to the “issue” that the media would have us believe that the Random Idiot’s crime symbolizes, Professor Glenn Reynolds nails it:

When Democrats’ national position depended on unwavering support from “the Solid South,” we got lots of pro-Southern propaganda: the Lost Cause, Gone With The Wind, Disneyfied Uncle Remus, etc. As a vital Democrat constituency group, southerners, even practical neo-Confederates, were absolved of all sins as long as they stayed in line.
Now the South isn’t “solid” anymore — or, more accurate, it’s becoming pretty solidly Republican — so rather than receiving cultural dispensations, it now gets targeted for cultural warfare.
That’s all that’s going on here.

Democrat operatives with bylines,” indeed. If a majority of gay people ever started voting Republican, suddenly the liberal media would find a way to argue that homosexuality is a threat to progressive values.