A few observations about the Marathon bombings and its political aftermath
As William Jacobson and others have pointed out, the progressive media establishment — after having spent years now trying to pin every last national show of violence on the “right wing,” and having spent the days leading up to the identification of the alleged Marathon bombers yet again rehearsing that same formula — is, in a surreal show of arrogance and contempt for the citizens they supposedly help to “inform,” now hoping to turn angry rebukes against their odious, ideological-driven speculations, as well as factual descriptions about the two brothers responsible for the slaughter and maiming of innocent families and charity runners, into a condemnation of that same right wing, this time for having the temerity to “politicize” the Boston ordeal.
And they are OUTRAGED that anyone would try to map politics onto such a horrible tragedy. Particularly when it’s those filthy, evil, gun-toting, children-hating earth polluters who fetishize a bunch of old white slave owners and stand athwart progress yelling stop, much like another famous group of racists stood in the doorways of schools in order to keep black children subjugated and separate.
Worse, they think either that no one will notice this surreally hypocritical (pardon, anti-foundationalist) tactic, or else that the public is so stupid and so malleable that it will buy into this latest bit of revisionist history, wherein it is the right who “rushed to judgment,” the right who is so quick to condemn, the right who, because of their hatred and bigotry against the Other, poses an existential threat to innocent, peace-loving Muslims here in the US, even though (they’ll tell us) Islamic radicalism had nothing to do with the bombings, that instead, it was the violent US gun culture and a kind of latent cultural racism that the brothers, who are just “boys,” could feel always around them that prompted their rage.
Our contemporary mainstream national “journalism” is nothing more than an exercise is narrative creation and management, manufactured consent, and ideological indoctrination posing as information dissemination. Even those who try to tell the truth have been conditioned by political correctness and fear of indictment in the court of public opinion for insensitivity and “racism” to hedge their bets, to offer qualifiers, to err on the side not of caution, but of staying within leftwing narrative parameters, which they sadly confuse with an exercise of caution and sobriety.
If this past week — and frankly, these past many years — have shown us anything, it’s that the mainstream press, with its institutional collusion and its collaboration with statist government, may be the single largest threat to our democratic republic. Their job — their very political mission, emerging from what they pretend is objectivity — is to create the parameters for public discussion, to drive the direction of that discussion, and then to coax, shame, coerce, confuse, and indoctrinate a pliable public into following their ideological lead.
Which is precisely why they are now hurrying to bracket the fact of Islamism that attaches itself via YouTube channels and FBI and DHS intelligence at least one of the brothers, in order to deflect, to dismiss, and to change the subject, turning their sense of phony self-righteous indignation on the right, who they laughably maintain are trying to profit politically off the terror attacks in Boston — even as they remain caked in the blood of the Newtown children.
I don’t know how to end the real existential threat to our country that the mainstream press poses — and I am not overstating this at all, regardless of who may sneer and say that I am — but I do know that it must be done.
Or else every political battle will be an uphill one.
There’s a reason a center-right country often finds itself in the grip of hard left demagogues. And it ain’t because the vast majority of American are screaming for soda bans, amnesty for illegals, and single-payer health care.