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The 2016 U.S. presidential election exposed the mainstream media as a corrupted behemoth. Ronald Reagan had a “trust, but verify” policy with Soviets during the Cold War, and now citizens must do the same with American reporters.

WikiLeaks exposed how political networks and top pundits coordinate to undermine opponents, and voters rejected attempts by a cultural elite to label independent thinkers as a bunch of knuckle-dragging racists. For some odd reason, however, The Hill’s Julian Hattem refuses to accept reality. He used the website’s megaphone on Tuesday to blatantly lie about Breitbart News’ Milo Yiannopoulos.

He wrote:

“The retired lieutenant general President-elect Donald Trump has selected to be his national security adviser recently praised Milo Yiannopoulos, a well-known figure in the white nationalist “alt-right” movement.

The weekend after Election Day, Michael Flynn called the Breitbart News technology news editor, who was banned from Twitter this year for inciting racist and sexist attacks, “a phenomenal individual.” …

He has compared the Back Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan and previously set up a scholarship dedicated to giving money ‘exclusively to white men.'”

Lie. Distort. Shamelessly omit necessary context (i.e., lie by omission). That is the modus operandi of men like Mr. Hattem.

Mr. Yiannopoulos is an openly gay man who does not hesitate to talk about how much he loves black men— in bed. He openly rejects identity politics, and mocks it with things like scholarships for poor white people.

Mr. Yiannopoulos’ “white” scholarship, which he has publicly talked about, was created to shine a spotlight on the silliness of race-based scholarships when poverty does not discriminate.

The point (and 60 million of Donald Trump voter know this), is that poor and predominantly white towns in Michigan or Tennessee or Alabama are sick and tired of being lectured to about their “privilege.”

Websites like The Hill would rather not acknowledge uncomfortable electoral feedback, so instead they have decided that tiny gatherings of racists and losers featuring Tila Tequila (who I genuinely feel sorry for because she has psychological problems), somehow represent tens-of-millions of Americans.

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The Hill, like CNN and the Anti-Defamation League, would rather wallow in a worldview that allows them to turn Pepe the frog into a “designated hate symbol,” than to counter valid concerns by men like Mr. Yiannopoulos.

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If you asked 10,000 Pepe-loving Reddit kids before the election about obscure nonprofits headed up by a guy named Richard Spencer, perhaps ten of them would have known what you were talking about. Regardless, media outlets like NPR now give an inordinate amount of fear-mongering free press to white nationalists.

Saying the “alt-right” is synonymous with white nationalism is like saying the Westboro Baptist Church and its clan of about 50 people somehow represent roughly 230 million Americans who identify as Christians.

These kinds of tactics, which are part of a larger strategy to demonize opponents, are cheap, despicable, and come from the very same people who will tell you not to generalize about Muslims after terror attacks on American soil.

If you want to fight back against corrupted media outlets, then you must make a concerted effort to look for the truth, call authors out on their lies, and spread the word that they cannot be trusted. Then, with each election cycle, punish the media’s lies with your vote as tens-of-millions of Americans did on Nov. 8.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

15 comments

  1. Well said.

    Not long ago Milo actually distanced himself from the alt white faction of the alt right. Trump himself disavowed the Richard Spencer incident. Alt right has come to mean “white supremacist nazis” in the eyes of the press and in the eyes of the people who take their marching orders from the media. It’s not that simple, “alt right” is sort of a nebulous term for a variety of people, kind of like the, “vast right wing conspiracy.”

    That’s the nature of identity politics, however. People look at me, they see Westboro Baptist “church.” So these narratives have been really effective and the only way to stop them is to render them ineffective. When it doesn’t work anymore, that’s when the media or the political party will abandon their tactics.

    1. The mainstream media likes to play the Kevin Bacon “Six Degrees of Separation” game with conservatives. If some racist loser in a bunker tweeted something, then suddenly it’s like, “Do you disavow this?! Do you?!” And then if you refuse the play the game, or you do and you don’t scream it from the rooftops then it’s somehow portrayed as further proof that you’re a racistbigothomophobe.

      These people can see that their power is a fraction of what it once was and it’s driving them mad.

  2. The media still doesn’t seem to recognize that their way of doing things is part of why Trump was elected in the first place. Instead of learning a lesson from this, now they’re doubling down. The only thing that will do is push the American public away from them even further. I’ve heard a few people satirically say, “If only we called people more names, we would have won!”

    Also, going after Pepe is one of the most baffling things I’ve heard in a while. Why is a cartoon frog taking up so much time and attention? It’s absurd.

    1. “The media still doesn’t seem to recognize that their way of doing things is part of why Trump was elected in the first place.”

      The thinking a few years ago was, “If we just demonize the Tea Party, then we’ll be good to go.” It didn’t work. The Tea Party, for all intents and purposes, just morphed into a movement called “The alt-right.” We can argue about the particulars, but in general you have tens-of-millions of Americans who are just sick and tired of being lied to, being called a racist, and having their lives made more difficult by an ever-expansive federal government.

      If the media successfully gets people to stop calling themselves “alt-right” because Tila Tequila went to a white nationalist event in Washington, D.C., then what does it really accomplish? Nothing. Millions of people will just find a new way to identify themselves and mobilize for mid-term elections or the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

  3. I do think the alt right tends towards the most negative stereotypes of the conservative movement – the way it attracts the white nationalist and pick-up artist communities doesn’t do it any favors. I have a measure of respect for Milo’s courage and honesty, but I don’t admire his trolling, and don’t think it’s helpful. Responding in kind doesn’t do anything except convince the aggressors they were right all along.

    1. “I do think the alt right tends towards the most negative stereotypes of the conservative movement – the way it attracts the white nationalist and pick-up artist communities doesn’t do it any favors.”

      I have received enough hate mail and blatantly racist emails since last summer to know there is some truth to that, but at the same time I think there is a giant double-standard when it comes to the media’s coverage of a movement’s more detestable characters. Look at the way Occupy Wall Street was covered … Black Lives Matter IS covered … and then compare it to “alt-right” news. It’s very different.

      “I have a measure of respect for Milo’s courage and honesty, but I don’t admire his trolling, and don’t think it’s helpful. Responding in kind doesn’t do anything except convince the aggressors they were right all along.”

      Tough call. I think Milo goes way too far at times, but I think for too long conservatives have entered a bare-knuckled arena with kid gloves on. John McCain tried to stay “above the fray” and he was successfully demonized. Mitt Romney tried the exact same approach and he got shellacked. Heck, we can even go back to Bob Dole… George W. Bush was fortunate enough to go against Al Gore and John Kerry, who were nearly as flawed as Hillary Clinton.

      There needs to be a proper balance between a strong desire to take the high road, and letting your opponents know that if they want to hit below the belt then you’re not going to just sit there and take it like a chump. That’s why I still admire Marco Rubio, and I don’t care if people call him a “RINO.” He’s not. But that’s a post for another time.

  4. The ‘alt-right’ is a media make up word to cast their most strident and effective political enemies in the harshest light. Sadly some people on the right have taken the bait…hell, I think I may have taken the bait in the past.

    Lets be honest. Many of the ‘alt-right’ figures are the only ones making any headway with younger generations, and they are very effective. I was pretty sympathetic to ‘gamergate’ as the press about them and the liberal comment chatter was so full of distortion rather than engagement. The tired tactic of dragging the ‘one’ knuckledragging scumbag forward to prove an entire movement as a bunch of pigs needs to be shot down.

    I’ve been watching Sargon of Akkad on youtube…it’s good stuff. This isn’t a racist, this is the new generation’s Rush Limbaugh…saying things we’ve been trained not to hear (in one video, he puts Pepe all over the place, a satirical shotgun to the whole racism hysteria). There’s others on youtube and other venues that young people use…they pretty much are the only pushback…and they seem to be doing rather well. Unable to beat them in rhetoric, the left is deciding to use their pull to end their broadcasting…’fake news’ they call it.

    Milo and other ‘alt-right’ (again…a made up word) figures are no different than the tactics and strategy of ‘respected’ leftists such as Jon Stewart, Stephan Colbert or Bill Maher…in fact sometimes they are much tamer. The left and democrats have always used a 2 tier strategy to shape public opinion, a respectable political class (now coming apart) and their in-the-dirt shock troops (Jon, entertainment people in general, etc…) whose tactics we are used to and no longer call on as outrageous. The right has Rush and Fox news opinion people…and these guys are only watched by a certain demographic. The ‘alt-right’ is the ‘right’ …a bastion of deplorables yelling ‘stop’ using the left’s hypocrisy.

    When you read how their opponents think, and what the media is like, you let go of any pretense of trying to convince them of anything. They want to destroy you. This is the same brand of people that look at the destruction of communism and don’t care because it’s their ideology…there’s no talking to them, they have to be beaten ( not physically of course). I think these guys get that, and the media reaction is fear that the public in general is ready to hoist them into the ocean (not literally, LOL, disclaimers are the result of the discourse they set up). .

    1. “Lets be honest. Many of the ‘alt-right’ figures are the only ones making any headway with younger generations, and they are very effective. I was pretty sympathetic to ‘gamergate’ as the press about them and the liberal comment chatter was so full of distortion rather than engagement. The tired tactic of dragging the ‘one’ knuckledragging scumbag forward to prove an entire movement as a bunch of pigs needs to be shot down.”

      Yep. And it is frustrating to see certain individuals in the media turn up their nose at Milo as if they have nothing to learn from him. I do not agree with everything he does or his delivery, but to deny that he is effective is delusional.

      “Milo and other ‘alt-right’ (again…a made up word) figures are no different than the tactics and strategy of ‘respected’ leftists such as Jon Stewart, Stephan Colbert or Bill Maher…in fact sometimes they are much tamer.”

      Thank you. Yes, all three of those men can be downright nasty but they are always given a pass because apparently it’s culturally acceptable to say mean and nasty things about conservatives.

      Sometimes, the best way to deal with a bully is to punch him in the face. I think one of the best lessons I ever learned as a kid was getting my nose smashed in when I pushed it too far. I made sure to pass that wisdom on to another kid who teased me for two years straight in middle school…

      I don’t think it’s appropriate for conservatives to make a career out of being a troll like Milo, but at the same time there is nothing wrong with throwing intellectual uppercuts at jerks to let them know you’re not a pushover. Donald Trump has a lot of strange qualities, but one of his better ones is the fact that he will not be bullied by the media. I wish he would dial it down a few notches, but he can really land some zingers when it’s necessary.

    1. “And of course, I fail to mention my favorite pushback in the Comic book front…thank you Doug!”

      I’m really glad that I found the comic book niche. I wish there were a few more bloggers to network with, but at least I was able to meet Hube and some pretty cool readers so far. If I keep up the “once-a-week” YouTube videos, then I think that will be looking pretty good subscriber-wise in six months to a year. We’ll see…

      As usual, thanks for reading!

    2. Ya need a DC guy to pair with. If only you could get Chuck Dixon to blog (and then, if only he were actually reading, which even though I like most of what DC is doing these days, I can totally understand why he’s not).

    3. “Ya need a DC guy to pair with.”

      Good idea. I may start reading some DC in 2017… We’ll see. Maybe that will bring in some new readers/potential bloggers. 🙂

    1. “‘Alt-Right’ is basically the new ‘neocon.’ It means whatever the user wants it to mean.”

      Basically, yes. “Neo-con” was usually followed by a list of conservative or right-leaning Jews (e.g., Bill Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz), and then when you asked what the weird fascination with Jews were the person would stutter. I suppose it boiled down to “hawkish Republicans,” but then the definition of “hawkish” always seemed to be, “anyone who doesn’t agree 100 percent with Bill Maher.”

      I can’t wait until we have the “Neo-Alt-Right”! 😉 Watching that roll off the tongues of pompous pundits every Sunday will be fun.

  5. {Saying the “alt-right” is synonymous with white nationalism is like saying the Westboro Baptist Church and its clan of about 50 people somehow represent roughly 230 million Americans who identify as Christians}

    That’s it in a nutshell, the left really DOES believe this of Christians, while prostrating themselves at the feet of Muslim terrorists to show how ‘tolerant’ they are.

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