I wrote to ask our American friend, who has called the US election for us correctly for many months, whether the mass shootings at Orlando have made a difference:
Can it really be true that Donald Trump is taking heat for referring to Islamic terrorism, when 50 people are dead at the hands of someone who was explicitly targeting them because they are gay, in the name of Islam? And other politicians are dancing around the point?
Anyway, Friend wrote back to say,
It’s hard to see how it hasn’t already. Clinton wouldn’t utter the words “Islamic terrorism.” This insults Americans who are routinely insulted (and belittled) by the left. No one could foresee this attack and yet Trump looks prescient, not because he’s a seer but because he speaks honestly. This doubles back to his destroying the prison of political correctness, without which American media are powerless. Trump calls them scum and they don’t care but neutralizing their power by destroying political correctness is crime for which they’ll never forgive him.
Yes. Many media made it all about gun control. Gun control may reduce mass murder among the less motivated, but the Islamist is highly motivated (yet such media can’t admit that the murderer’s affiliation is his central motivator).
Or their big worry now is not more attacks but Islamophobia (as if the inability to have honest discussions doesn’t fuel the suspicion). Or else everyday homophobia, as if this kind of thing is normal.
Who do they think their avoidance and denial are helping?
Reality check: Mark Steyn thinks that civilizations can become just too stupid to survive.
It will be an interesting test of whether legacy media can survive now at all without government subsidy. For example, the tax-supported CBC simply avoided reporting the central facts.
See also: Our American Friend: “Too much, or rather, not enough” Why Donald Trump is leading
Decision point at Orlando Moving the discussion forward