Whenever the prejudices and illusions of left-wingers are confirmed by an individual incident, the incident is treated as representative; when those prejudices and illusions are contradicted, the incident is considered an aberration — and treating it as representative is deemed hateful.Strong words, but invert the usual conventions and watch heads explode.
It was by satirizing that rule that Breitbart’s mustache-twirling evil-doer Ben Shapiro once again got himself in hot water this week. The flagrantly brainy provocateur ran a headline describing the heart-shredding murder in Virginia of a local TV reporter and her cameraman: “Black, Gay Reporter Murders Straight, White Journalists — Media Blame the Gun.” The headline violated mainstream media protocol by being completely true while running counter to the leftist narrative. The two straight white people had in fact been killed by a mentally ill black gay Obama supporter who saw micro-aggressions everywhere and played the race card whenever he could.There are limits, Mr Klavan argues, to how often the Perpetually Aggrieved and their enablers in the drive-by media and the victimology divisions of higher education and their ward-heeler politicians can stick their metaphorical fingers in the eyes of normal Americans.
I’m not a Donald Trump supporter because I don’t think he represents my beliefs, but the success of his loud-mouthery should send a message to the mainstream news media. The message is this: You lie to us every day and we hate you for it. I’d like to add, Your dishonest narrative isn’t fooling anybody, but I’m sure it is. But not all the people, and not all of the time.Yes, and putting dissenting views in front of others is easier now than before, and distributed networks and emergent ideas can overwhelm the most assiduous of gatekeepers.
Fourteen months to run. More rebellion is likely.