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Media’s deliberate lies about violent left real outrage

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By Holly Audette
Columnist

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mitt Romney issued this statement about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protest regarding a Confederate statue: “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes.”

Let’s examine the inconvenient truth. The protest at Charlotte emanated from Dr. Wes Bellamy, deputy mayor of Charlottesville, named to the state board of education by Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe, consulted by the media on the issue, and school teacher, who called for the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee there.

These are his words, as from tweets as recent as 2014. “I hate seeing White people in Orangeburg.” “I don’t like whit people so I hate white snow!!!!!" Asked this question, “Does it make males uncomfortable wen girls are so upfront about sex??” Bellamy responded: “It only makes (homosexual slur) uncomfortable ….” “A Rape charge waiting to happen: ”This weekend I’ll be on a whitegirl diet u (black slur) should try it.” “I really tune out when white people talk in community meetings. I really need to work on that …”Obama Shrug.” There were other bigoted, racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets too vulgar to print here.

From CNN criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville: “Both sides don’t scream racist and anti-Semitic things at people with whom they disagree. They don’t base a belief system on the superiority of one race over others. They don’t get into fistfights with people who don’t see things their way. They don’t create chaos and leave a trail of injured behind them. Arguing that ‘both sides do it’ deeply misunderstands the hate and intolerance at the core of this ‘Unite the Right’ rally. These people are bigots.They are hate-filled. This is not just a protest where things, unfortunately, got violent. Violence sits at the heart of their warped belief system.”

What planet does the left media live on? Let’s again look at the inconvenient truth. Black Lives Matter protests: “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!” Remember Charlotte where Black Lives Matter for several days burned, pillaged and murdered a protester? Twenty police officers injured. National Guard was deployed. Silence from President Obama for two days. Silence. When he spoke, was there forceful condemnation of the hate-filled violence? He called for peace, and The Hill reported, “Obama said the ‘overwhelming majority of people’ who have spoken out against police-related killings of black men are ‘doing it the right way.’” But he added that, “every once in a while you see people doing it the wrong way.” The wrong way. Violence, burning, looting, murder. Later he said the protesters had a legitimate beef. Was that backtracking that revealed he empathized with those who act out of hatred with violence? Are most of the people protesting the removal of historic monuments doing it the right way? Alan Dershowitz wrote a couple of days ago speaking of the new platform put out by over 60 groups making up BLM's core: "It is a real tragedy that Black Lives Matter — which has done so much good in raising awareness of police abuses — has now moved away from its central mission and has declared war against the nation state of the Jewish people." Reminds one of Jesse Jackson's slur about Jews and New York City in the 1980s.

The day after the racist shootings in a Charleston church by a self-described white supremacist, President Obama made a statement. He did not denounce white supremacy. He said this in part: “Until the investigation is complete, I'm necessarily constrained in terms of talking about the details of the case. But I don't need to be constrained about the emotions that tragedies like this raise.” He talked about gun incidents. I guess only some presidents are required to forcefully denounce the violence of haters.

From Fox News' reports on an Antifa group called, “Its Going Down”: ... “justifies violence as not only good but necessary to the survival of minorities and the disenfranchised. A library of downloadable publications on the website offers long-form articles that call for ‘insurrectionary mass resistance and refusal’ and militant tactics against employers and law enforcement. ... Antifa ‘black bloc’ activists clashed with a pro-Trump group which organized a free speech rally in Olympia. ...The rally's organizer said he was pepper-sprayed and left bloodied by the angry mob.... An Antifa protester was arrested in Pennsylvania ... for allegedly using a flagpole with a nail on top to stab a police horse. Other Antifa protesters were accused of using bike locks to attack opponents in Berkeley....”

Outraged by Trump’s “moral equivalency” of the bad actors on both sides. Falsely depicting the bad actors on the left armed with clubs, tear gas, intent on violence by the admission of the Charlottesville police chief and other witnesses, as non-violent opposition to racism and bigotry.

There is nothing outrageous about equating those using violence. There is nothing outrageous about speaking truth, both sides involved groups who advocate hatred and violence and both sides had decent people exercising their right to peaceful protest.

The outrage is the false moral equivalency between bad groups as described above and historic champions of civil rights. The outrage is some in the press choosing not to mislead, but to intentionally lie about facts because the truth is simply inconvenient when promoting their false narratives and political agendas.

Holly Audette is a small-business owner active in political and civic activities.

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