Slovenly, Superficial Media, Politicians Falsely Say Trump Racist.
If They Bothered To Define Racism, They’d Realise Their Idiocy.
Incompetent Media Decided Only The First Part Of This Quote Mattered.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done”
The mainstream media, and superficial, time-serving politicians, quickly succumbed to labelling President Trump a racist for his fiery criticism of the four Democrat politicians known as “The Squad”, but as I told the BBC’s “Any Answers” programme, this is unthinking nonsense.
I suggested that anyone seeking to describe Trump’s remarks as racist should ask themselves exactly what they mean by this now overused and often unthinking insult. They should define what they mean by this devastating word.
In my opinion, a racist is someone who dismisses without respect the views of others because of the colour of their skin. That’s rather obvious, isn’t it? But politicians and journalists constantly use it as a vague but deadly weapon to shut down argument, or demonize hated opponents. And if you apply it to the Trump controversy, it quickly becomes obvious that what the president was saying had nothing to with the colour of “The Squad’s” skins, but everything with the stupidity of their arguments.
The Squad – freshmen Democrat members of the House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar – hate Israel with its open society and freedom of speech, love the Palestinian fascist dictatorship bent on victimising its people as political chips, question “911”, want a fully socialized state with free health care, and love the Green Agenda, which will ruin the U.S. economy and reduce it to third world poverty. These four are so extreme and arrogant, they’ve even fallen out with Democrat party leader House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, not exactly a known moderate. A mention of this early on in the saga might also have leant weight to Trump’s assertion that the four are lefty maniacs, even by British standards, colour of skin immaterial.
“biased, rancid, fake news media”
So Trump was criticising the remarks of The Squad, who happen to be women of colour. But their colour had nothing to do with what he was saying. The biased, rancid, fake news media crashed in with its determination to label Trump a racist. This wasn’t just the BBC, which now routinely and without proof calls Trump a racist as a known piece of background. Other newspapers did too, and most abused the twitter quote at the centre of the storm.
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done,” tweeted Trump.
That was the full quote, but the BBC and The Telegraph, and every other media outlet I think, only used the first sentence. And left out the second one, which invited them to come back and show us how it’s done. In other words he wasn’t saying they should leave, but the BBC etc implied that he had. I tweeted the BBC Today programme, Politics Live and NewsNight, BBCNewsTen and C4News seeking a correction and came there none. I tweeted directly the Telegraph Washington correspondent Nick Allen. He promptly did it again. The only commentator with the honesty and humility to recognise this error was Nick Ferrari of LBC. And you think my “biased, rancid, fake news media” is over the top? This is full scale, organised lying, seeking to belittle the present of the United States. Why would the Tory leaning Telegraph go along with this? The only explanation I can come up with is cowardice, as the newspaper felt it had to match the garbage being reported by all the other media outlets. And because it doesn’t have the balls to face down what would have been a PC assault if it sought to tell the truth.
And it was politicians too. Former British Prime Minister Theresa May (doesn’t that sound wonderful?) was asked to react to the half quote, and was outraged. Just about every other front-line politician too reacted in the same way including the two Tory party leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, without having the brains to ascertain if the quote was right or complete. The Labour party’s Jeremy Corbyn did too, but who would be surprised about that. But even Brexit party leader Nigel Farage said this wasn’t The Donald’s finest hour.
Free speech in danger
So we have the outrageous situation where Trump makes a powerful and aggressive attack on extreme left politicians who happen to be people of colour and the media automatically slips into “he’s a racist” mode. And the British media was slow to make clear just how extreme the views of The Squad are. At least the U.S. media didn’t have to explain that because it was common knowledge there.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see where this is going. Extremist lefties will soon be able to close down any criticism of them at all if they are brown or black if they cry “Racist”. Free speech is in danger. It’s hard to suggest how this can be avoided, if what I’m describing is simply the fall-back mode of the entire Main Stream Media. As someone who has tried everything to shame the BBC into honouring its charter obligations, from seeking a job on its watchdog body, to peppering it with emails, tweets, letters and phone calls, or seeking my MP Nick Herbert to petition the Culture and Sport committee, I’m at a loss. Any ideas gratefully received.