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.
“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.
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.
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.