Thursday, June 08, 2023

As Usual, The New York Times Drama Queens Rail Against the (Far) Right Threats While Ignoring Those of the Left — Not Least the Government Itself

Below the title After Jan. 6 Sedition Convictions, Far-Right Threats Remain (in its international edition, Convictions haven't quelled far-right threats), the New York Times summarizes the article as follows:

The Justice Department has been successful in holding leaders of the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to account, but threats from other groups and radicalized individuals are on the rise.
"To account." To account for what? The article references, as mentioned, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers along with groups such as — groups that most of us have never heard of — such as the Goyim Defense League, the Atomwaffen Division, another (unnamed) neo-Nazi group, and the "so-called accelerationists, who seek to use the chaos of attacks to incite unrest and racial violence." Not a single word about Antifa or Black Lives Matter or their "mostly peaceful protests." Well, they are mentioned once or twice, and you will hardly be surprised in what a neutral way they are described…

The article by the usual band of Drama Queens speaks about the insurrection and the deadly attack on the Capitol (January 6, 2021) while forgetting that photos and video show no armed people among the protesters ("But they had a flagpole!!") and that, contrary to what has been reported (ad nauseam), no member of law enforcement was killed, or even died, on that day.  Related: The January 6 Protest Summarized in One Single Sentence

The guilty verdicts on Thursday against four leaders of the Proud Boys on charges of seditious conspiracy were arguably the most significant victory the Justice Department has won so far in its vast investigation of the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Prosecutors took a victory lap, with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland noting that along with the similar convictions of six members of another extremist group — the Oath Keepers militia — a major blow had been struck against two of the country’s most prominent far-right organizations.

 … even after the hard-won convictions of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers on the most severe charges brought so far in the Justice Department’s inquiry into the Capitol attack, law enforcement agencies are still confronting threats from sometimes violent groups and individuals on the right.

The end of the sedition trials, while a landmark moment, does not mean that far-right radicals have given up their ambitions to foment unrest or attack their enemies. Recent reports have indicated that far from abating, right-wing threats and acts of violence are actually on the rise.

I thought that threats and acts of violence were on the rise among the left.

In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released statistics showing that hate crimes in 2021 — the last year for which data is available — had reached their highest point in decades, with reports of such crimes against Asians and members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community seeing the biggest increase. 

I do not remember many attacks against members of the LGBTQ community — usually written without periods, NYT — but as for crimes against Asians, do they usually come from whites or from (left-leaning) blacks?

That same month, the Anti-Defamation League reported that antisemitic incidents last year were also at a record high just as propaganda efforts by white supremacist groups had soared.
Don't anti-semitic incidents also seem to come more from the left (from white leftists as well as black leftists) harboring the Leftist Worldview: A world of Deserving Dreamers Vs. Despicable Deplorables?

These spikes in hate and threats have come at a moment when bellicose language and extreme ideas are increasingly common even among mainstream Republican officials. Experts on political violence say that the lines between right-wing extremists and ordinary right-wing public figures have become hopelessly blurred.

They point to how Mr. Trump, for instance, warns of “potential death and destruction” in response to criminal charges brought against him, or Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, openly muses about a civil-war-like “national divorce.”

Yes, when leftists in power persecute their opponents so much, using lawfare against them (and against them alone), whether they are VIPs named Trump or are the mostly incognito members of some group or are simply parents of schoolchildren, are you supposed to expect them to react with feeble acceptance?  Related: The DOJ and the FBI "have no conscience or soul": “There is a fervor to attack the J6 protesters, ruin their lives, and bankrupt them”. Here we have again The Leftist Worldview in a Nutshell: A world of Deserving Dreamers Vs. Despicable Deplorables.

By any definition, the three sedition trials — all held in Federal District Court in Washington — were monumental endeavors.

Monumental endeavors in witch hunts and kangaroo show trials. Held in a city that is over 90% Democrat.
Now comes the only mention of Antifa and BLM:

Without leadership and with some local chapters in revolt, the Oath Keepers have not been able to mount the anti-government operations they undertook during their early years. Nor have they been able to conduct missions against leftist movements like antifa and Black Lives Matter, as they often did during the time Mr. Trump was in office.

The Proud Boys have been less affected by the government’s prosecutions. … Still, the Proud Boys have remained a persistent force in far-right politics, showing up — in often violent ways — to protest local issues like drag events, coronavirus restrictions and the teaching of antiracism in schools.

No context given about "the anti-government operations" and the "drag events, coronavirus restrictions and the teaching of antiracism in schools." Besides seeing racism everywhere, the New York Times does not realize that the curriculum is not teaching antiracism, it is teaching anti-Americanism and that, through historical lies. How about "in often violent ways"? what violence did the rightists use? The same as that used by parents, also known as "domestic terrorists"?!

Note how Antifa (why no upper-case A?) and Black Lives Matter are matter-of-factly mentioned simply as "leftist movements". "Leftist movements" beset by (military-type?) "missions" conducted against them. This segues into the next sentence, which should infuriate the average reader:

Hatchet Speed, a Proud Boy and military veteran charged in a different case, was quoted in a recent court filing saying that the Proud Boys of today were something like the Nazi brown shirts, fighting leftists in the streets.  

Note that the exact sentence that Hatchet Speed used is not quoted. I find it highly unlikely that he would use "leftists", suggesting that they were (unsuspecting?) run-of-the-mill victims. In the 1930s, the brownshirts (one word or two?) were fighting communists, at a time when all communist parties were totally bound to the Soviet Union.

So we can say that, rather than "far-right organizations" fighting "leftists", Hitler's fascists were fighting Stalin's communists, who were fighting back (indeed sometimes instigating the fighting), as good as they got.

In any case, the mainstream media is not only rewriting the present, it is also rewriting the 1930s (and God knows what other decade or century)…

Almost since the day the Capitol was attacked, Robert Pape, a scholar of political violence at the University of Chicago, has been studying a group that has traditionally been ignored by experts in his field: the more or less ordinary people who took part in the violence that day.

Again: How was the Capitol attacked by people with no weapons (or very few weapons that no participant knew about)? where was the violence with no deaths except among Trump supporters?

Mr. Trump and his allies have repeatedly sought political gain by stoking a sense of victimhood and grievance in their followers, and at times seeming to encourage violence.

Last summer, for example, after the F.B.I. searched Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s club and residence in Florida, for classified documents, pro-Trump figures described the search as an act of war not only against the former president but also against his ordinary supporters.

“Trump targeted by Biden administration, and they can do it to you, too,” read the headline of an opinion article by Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, that was published on the Fox News website two days after the search took place.

Again, treat people like secondhand citizens, i.e., like garbage, and they get upset — justifiably upset. Once again, an expression of The Leftist Worldview in a Nutshell: A world of Deserving Dreamers Vs. Despicable Deplorables

There are false senses "of victimhood and grievance" and there are (entirely) justified senses "of victimhood and grievance." 

And is anything can be said about the Mainstream media, about the Democrat Party, and about the Left in general, it's that they have those groups entirely mixed up. 


Let us let Ann Coulter respond to one final part of 's article:

Oren Segal, the vice president of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism …  said that while he recognized the threats presented by the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, he was more concerned about individual extremists who were not part of any group but had been radicalized online by hateful ideology.

Such individuals, he noted, have been responsible for some of the most brutal and spectacular attacks in recent months. Among them were the teenage white supremacist who fatally shot 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket last May and the California man obsessed by conspiracy theories who assaulted Paul Pelosi, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, with a hammer during a break-in at their home in San Francisco in October.

Mr. Segal also mentioned the less violent, but no less threatening, confrontations that have taken place as extremists from smaller organizations like Patriot Front have protested Pride events across the country. 

Regarding Patriot Front, it is often considered an FBI psychop operation, with its faceless members, all of them, composed exclusively of FBI undercover agents (once called G-men). And why is it wrong — let alone violent — about protesting things like Gay Pride events? Oh, I forgot — The Leftist Worldview in a Nutshell: A world of Deserving Dreamers Vs. Despicable Deplorables

Having said that, and insofar as we can allow for the New York Times and CNN to be interchangeable MSM outlets, let us, again, let Ann Coulter handle this one:

Here's some "follow the facts" reporting CNN absolutely refuses to do. The network provides breathless bulletins whenever there's a mass shooting, but as soon as the suspect turns out NOT to be a straight white male, it's back to Ukraine.

Somewhere in the media right now (probably MSNBC), someone is talking about Dylann Roof, the monster who murdered nine people at a black church in South Carolina. That happened eight years and three presidents ago. But mass shootings this year keep mysteriously disappearing from the news.

January: two mass shootings of Asians in California just days apart, including the deadliest shooting in Los Angeles history. Eighteen killed in all. Gunmen in both cases Chinese immigrants, Huu Can Tran and Chunli Zhao.

The end!

February: Active shooter at Michigan State University kills three students, sends five to hospital. Gunman: Anthony Dwayne McRae, a 43-year-old black man.

The end!

March: mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, killing three 9-year-olds and three adults. Gunman: Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a transgender.

The end!

But she left a manifesto!

Media: Go away. We're not interested.

April: horrific shooting at a 16-year-old's birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, leaving four dead -- three of them teenagers -- and wounding 32 others. Arrested: Johnny Letron Brown, Willie George Brown Jr., Wilson LaMar Hill, Travis McCullough and Tyreese McCullough.

The end!

Last day of April: slaughter of five family members, including a 9-year-old boy, all shot execution-style, in Texas. Arrested: an illegal from Mexico.

The end!

Would covering stories like these turn CNN into a "right-wing" network? Only if facts are "right-wing."

All the gunmen, all the perpetrators, symbolic of, again, The Leftist Worldview in a Nutshell: A world of Deserving Dreamers Vs. Despicable Deplorables

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