Apropos of my earlier post re CNN’s headline about President Trump’s visit to Long Island to discuss immigration, here’s more from the anti-Trump network. Trump rightly attacked the scum known as MS-13, the feral, gang of tattooed savages who murder with impunity, but CNN permitted gang members to claim that Trump was only helping them.
The comments at the Twitter link are entertaining.
An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society.
In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not… When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course.
4chan and Reddit now have more power than CNN does in shaping national discourse. That’s the real reason the media are losing their minds. And if truth be told, you will frequently learn of breaking events FASTER from 4chan (sometimes days faster) than you will on CNN.
In November, shortly after the election, the New York Times published a profile of the subreddit calling it, “one of the most influential communities within one of the most significant websites on the internet.” The Times reported that according to its moderators, The_Donald was “the largest, best and closest thing to an official campaign subreddit for Donald Trump 2016.” Analysis of its posts showed that it was “home to copious Islamophobia, trolling of liberals and near constant bashing of Hillary Clinton.”
This week saw President Trump cross yet another line in his use of his Twitter account. Trump tweeted a meme of himself symbolically beating up CNN. While to some it might have appeared to be a funny way to epitomize Trump’s feud with CNN, to many the meme was aggressive, immature and inflammatory. CNN took the attacks seriously and released a statement stating, “It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.”
There are lots of questions to be asked about the tweet, not the least of which is what it tells us about the judgment of the president and those who work with him. But the real story here is not about Trump; it’s about the increasing power and presence of alt-right communication on various social media platforms, from Twitter to YouTube to Reddit to Facebook.
What is interesting is the way that rants and memes and other alt-right tirades have major success in shaping public opinion. And while there is a through line between these outbursts and fake news, it is important to point out that the rants are likely far more influential than fake news in shaping political perception.
This means that the real lesson for CNN and other mainstream news outlets is not that the president is immature enough to share a stupid meme attacking the news but rather that their focus on fake news has distracted them from the real story: the rise of emotional, aggressive, inflammatory, bigoted communication on social media and the power these posts have had in shaping the ideas of the Trump-supporting alt-right.
Well beyond the problem of fake news, which at least tried to pose as news, these posts are pure opinion, outburst and excess. There is nothing about these posts that even remotely compares to news reporting — and that’s why they are popular. At a moment in U.S. history where trust in the news is at a record low, we are seeing the growing power of individuals outside of traditional media circuits who have built a following by suggesting that their voices are more authentic and more accurate than those of the so-called liberal, elitist, majority-silencing news.
The key to the story is the connection between Trump’s tweet and its original source. As Vox reported, the source “was discovered to be a Reddit forum known for Islamophobia, racism, and frequently violent hate speech.” It was originally posted on Reddit’s largest pro-Trump community.
The Reddit user HanAssholeSolo released the original GIF version of the clip used in the president’s tweet, posting it to Reddit’s r/The_Donald. As Vox reports, the Reddit community known as The_Donald is both a huge and hugely controversial part of Reddit. It gained in popularity over the course of 2016, as Trump’s presidential campaign gained momentum.
PR just received: (Toronto, ON – June 19, 2017) On June 17, 2017, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) attended a rally by far-right media group The Rebel. At the event, dubbed ‘The Rebel Live’, CJFE contracted a video billboard truck owned by outdoor marketing company Wild On Media and displayed a video advertisement in support of CJFE’s latest campaign. This campaign seeks to challenge public assumptions about human rights in Canada. The ad campaign is part of a crowdfunding and public awareness initiative run by CJFE to defend democracy and challenge hate, based at cjfe.org/democracy.
The advertisements feature section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Arabic accompanied by the English-language message, “These Rights Belong to All of Us.” Section 2 enshrines the rights to freedom of expression, press, religion and association. The concept for the advertisement is borrowed from a high-profile billboard campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union designed by New York-based agency Emergence Creative.
CJFE is striving to raise awareness about the rise in prominence of anti-democratic hate groups in Canada and the increased use of ‘free expression’ as a shield for overtly Islamophobic sentiment, as well as the need for civil society to challenge extreme rhetoric. The Rebel Media has played a prominent role in the resurgence of far-right movements in Canada and around the world.
At the ‘Rebel Live’ event, there were several notable speakers from the political right, including University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who argued that the recently passed transgender-rights Bill C-16 represented a threat to free expression, despite this interpretation being rejected by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Bar Assocation, and others. Also featured was Rebel Media employee Gavin McInnes, the founder of far-right “fight club” the ‘Proud Boys’. In his address McInnes addressed suggestions for increased dialogue with the political left by calling on supporters of The Rebel to “stop talking to satanic retards.”
CJFE has learned that two journalists from media watchdog site Canadaland were prevented from attending by organizers. Organizers attributed this decision to past critical tweets that had fact-checked statements by The Rebel. CJFE previously published letters of support for The Rebel after the Alberta Legislature moved to bar their accreditation and after the UNFCCC barred the outlet access to the Conference of Parties climate summit in Marrakesh.
“Obviously barring media outlets because of critical coverage appears to be arbitrary and hypocritical.” said CJFE campaigner Duncan Pike, “Our activity is about improving civil discourse, challenging hateful narratives, and standing up for universal values. While The Rebel certainly has the right to use provocative or inflammatory language, we also have a responsibility to challenge bad ideas that dehumanize marginalized groups. Our democratic rights belong to everyone.”
The CJFE campaign is running on billboards in Toronto’s transit system for the next five weeks. CJFE indicates a desire to use funds raised through the advertising campaign to expand it to other locations and transit systems, including the Peel Region, where far right groups have announced plans to conduct weekly protests outside of public high-schools. These groups are opposed to accommodations the Peel School Board has made for Muslim prayers in public schools.
This should come as no surprise. I noticed the van in the parking lot but there was just too much going on inside the building to bother with it. As noted earlier, dying mainstream media have no stake in freedom of expression, but rather in getting progressive governments to adopt them as PR and then suppressing alternative points of view.
A couple of notes: “the increased use of ‘free expression’ as a shield for overtly Islamophobic sentiment” Does that mean negative feedback about changing the term “female genital mutilation” to “female genital beautification”? Yes, the crowd WAS negative about that.
“University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, who argued that the recently passed transgender-rights Bill C-16 represented a threat to free expression, despite this interpretation being rejected by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Canadian Bar Assocation, and others.” Governments attempting to reshape language to suit themselves are always a threat to liberty by definition. The groups mentioned are cruising for business in a society that needs them less than ever before for the substantive issues. So if they could just get a chance to police language, they would have fat jobs forever.
“Obviously barring media outlets because of critical coverage appears to be arbitrary and hypocritical.” said CJFE campaigner Duncan Pike, “Our activity is about improving civil discourse, challenging hateful narratives, and standing up for universal values.” Unfortunately, people have been assaulted, pepper-sprayed, and shot recently by persons who would claim to be “challenging hateful narratives.” The Rebel conference gladly let in three New York Time reporters because those people probably still believe in civil society. At least for now.
“CJFE indicates a desire to use funds raised through the advertising campaign to expand it to other locations and transit systems, including the Peel Region, where far right groups have announced plans to conduct weekly protests outside of public high-schools. These groups are opposed to accommodations the Peel School Board has made for Muslim prayers in public schools.”Why should a public school board accommodate religious prayers? And the prayers of only one religion at that? Wasn’t the answer to that decided to be no! a long time ago?
These CJFE people probably do not know how badly they stink, how far they have strayed from any semblance of their former integrity. Shame. Shame. Shame. And, it must be said, now sham!
See also: New York Times Sent Three Reporters To The Rebel Media’s Live 2017 Celebration
As Gavin McInnes strode toward the entrance of Washington’s National Press Club in January, a black-balaclaved “anti-fascist” protester lunged toward him. “Get the f— out of here,” the picketer shouted.
The tuxedoed McInnes reacted swiftly. Spinning around, he grabbed the demonstrator’s mask and took a couple of long-range swings at the man.
“What takes priority,” Kay wrote for the National Post, “the right of artists to extend their imagination to the entire human experience, or the right of historically marginalized communities to protect themselves from possible misrepresentation? Personally, I land on the free speech side.”
There has been a raft of apologies over this latest petty outrage.
One thing is certain, it illustrates the general cowardice of our PC chattering class.
Is it any wonder they consider criticism of Islam to be the greatest sin of all?
Once again, ABC’s Matthew Dowd has proved that even Twitter can’t keep him from saying something so stupid in so few words. Responding to FNC’s Shannon Bream tweet announcing that she was going to be talking to Franklin Graham about the increasing persecution of Christians across the world, Dowd bitterly brought up anti-Muslim “persecution” in the United States as the real issue we should be talking about.
To my memory, unreliable as it is, I’ve never met Desmond Cole.
We both work part-time for Newstalk 1010, a Toronto radio station, he as the host of a weekly show, me as a regular on a couple of daily panels, but as I toil from home, we haven’t run into one another at the studios.
“After celebrating the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in April, baseball was just reminded of how far it still has to go,” claims the Huffington Post after Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones claimed people were calling him nigger. What a pile of horseshit. If a fan yelled that word from their seat at a baseball game, the only people not attacking the guy would be busy having a stroke. A quick check-in with people who were at the game confirms our suspicions. Jones is just another social justice warrior feeding off the myth that America is a racist hellhole. When the San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick was all over the news last year for taking a knee during the national anthem, Jones jumped on the bandwagon, claiming he goes through similar pain because “baseball is a white man’s sport.” This got traction despite the fact that one in four pro baseball players are born outside the U.S. and a good third of all players are Hispanic.
I keep reading in the European fakestream media that the new upsurge in conservative democratic parties in Europe all comes down to fascists and paleo-Nazis. They are not – any more than Republicans are fascists and Nazis.
Euro-conservatives sound just like you, me, and Donald Trump. They talk about freedom and democracy. They talk about tolerance for democratic parties but not for totalitarian killers. They talk about taking control of their borders again. Their college campuses have been subverted and turned upside-down, just as ours have. Their police forces often turn against normal people on behalf of murderous barbarians, just as ours are being pushed to do.