It has been more than a week since the terrible murders in Texas and Ohio. And over this time, while normal Americans grieved the loss of life, we have had to watch some pretty nasty political posturing.
We have seen Democratic presidential candidates accusing the president of being a white nationalist, while TV hosts like John Oliver bolstered that agenda by accusing the President of “creating an environment” that allows the growth of “white nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric.”
See how he combined white nationalism with anyone who does not support unlimited immigration? As if they are one and the same. They are not. But leftists want them to be because it furthers their agenda. So, they use these national tragedies to gin up outrage, throwing baseless accusations at their opponents. But in doing this they continue to create more and more anxiety for their followers toward their fellow man, rising tensions and generating an unhinged reaction from their base.
All of this is not good for our country.
An incident with the New York Times illustrates how unhinged the left is becoming in their desire to further their rhetoric.
The day after the president spoke about the mass murders, headlines across the country summed up his brief comments in eight words or less. Some got it right, some got it wrong and some followed the agenda. One, however, got the headline right but the agenda wrong. And boy did the left go crazy.
The New York Times, previewing its morning edition on Twitter, showed its headline as “Trump Urges Unity VS. Racism” and was instantly excoriated on Twitter by regular subscribers, democratic presidential candidates and fellow journalists.
Let me give you a few examples (the ones clean enough to share) of the meltdown. First, we have John Weaver, who says he’s a Bush, McCain, Kasich strategist and an NBS, MSNBC analyst. Mr. Weaver tweeted, “I rely on the New York Times reporting. And respect them. But I’m cancelling my subscription and urge others to do the same. The management decision to reward this racist with a headline is too much. We must confront this at every level.”
James R. Dissent, also on Twitter, tweeted: “Last straw. I’m unsubscribing. Taking out new subscription to Washington Post. Same reporting reach and less of a shameless Trump rag. Thanks for making my decision easy.”
Oliver Willis, a member of Shareblue Media, a self-proclaimed progressive news platform inflammatorily tweeted, “the new york times wants us dead. because that’s the only reason you’d watch that racist slime squish his way through this and come up with that headline. prove me wrong.”
Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, who had in an earlier interview said dismissively it “cannot be open for debate” that Trump is a white nationalist, tweeted about the New York Times headline saying, “Unbelievable.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Let this front page serve as a reminder of how white supremacy is aided by – and often relies upon – the cowardice of mainstream institutions.”
Upping the ante, Democratic candidate Sen. Cory Booker tweeted, “Lives literally depend on you doing better, NYT. Please do.”
All of this hysteria because the New York Times wrote a headline accurately describing the President’s brief comments where he said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy – these sinister ideologies must be defeated.”
Because what they really wanted was a headline that would soothe their rattled nerves by affirming everything they have been told to believe about the President; that he is a white nationalist, that the NRA kills people, and that their agenda (like the kind in Baltimore and Chicago) save lives. And they want every institution they worship – government and the media – to never, ever, ever remind them they just might be wrong. The New York Times committed the grievous offense of doing just that, at least until they ran a second edition of the same paper and changed their headline to “Assailing Hate But Not Guns.” (Because virtue signaling the “evils” of guns is totally woke, right?)
But the response to the new, more woke headline?
More outrage and anger. It still wasn’t aligned to their agenda, as broadcast journalist of CNN and Al Jazeera fame Soledad O’Brien tweeted the New York Times print editor Tom Jolly: “you seem like a nice guy. That headline is not good. Not accurate. Not contextual. It’s just wrong and the grey Lady should be ashamed of printing this crap. The President does not, in fact, assail hate. He fans the flames and inspires white supremacists. Do. Better.”
Got that, New York Times? The president inspires white supremacists! You have your marching orders. Don’t report the news, report the agenda.
Poor New York Times. It’s tough to get it right with an increasingly unhinged leftist subscriber base.