Twisting the News To Suit the Narrative, by Stephen Bannon. This is a rather interesting analysis of the severe spin being put on the news about the recent shootings in the US. The same spin appears in Australia.
Five police officers are murdered in Dallas by a #BlackLivesMatter-type activist-turned-sniper, and President Obama says blankly, “It is very hard to untangle the motives of this shooter.” Actually, it’s not hard at all: Micah Johnson’s anti-cop, anti-white motivation was quite evident — and his murderous rationale has been bolstered by, even cheered on by, his sister’s Facebook posts.
So how, then, does the New York Times justify this Sunday’s headline, which appears, as they say, above the fold in the hard copy of the newspaper: “Police Face a Dual Role: Villain and Victim”? The answer, of course, is that the Times puts it there because it thinks it can get away with it. That is, it thinks that it can implant false memories in the minds of its readers — many of whom, of course, being loyal liberals, are all too eager to be bamboozled. And so while the Times uses two V-words in its header, “Villain,” of course, comes first. Yes, it takes some mental gymnastics to invert the truth like this, but then the Times and the mainstream media (MSM) have been in training for a good long while.
The ordinary American turning on his or her TV on July 8 saw it all clearly: Five dead cops and another half-dozen wounded. But that was two days ago — which is to say, the Dallas assassinations happened many moons ago, news-cycle-wise. And so now, as the MSM comes in to provide “analysis and context,” it’s going to be a challenge for Americans to remember exactly what happened in the Big D. As George Orwell wrote 70 years ago, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” And so it is with the MSM’s version of what Orwell called “Newspeak” and “Doublethink” — that is, systematic lying.
And yes, the MSM has been hard at it for a while: Here’s the headline from the Washington Post on July 7: “Fatal shootings by police are up in the first six months of 2016, Post analysis finds.” Yes, … the cops are bad!
Meanwhile, the Post doesn’t just bury the real lede, it outright ignores it. The real news is that it’s increasingly deadly to be a cop; the murder rate of police officers, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, is up 44 percent, just in the last year.
What’s happening, of course, is another giant MSM bait-and-switch as reporters and their Democratic allies and mentors seek to twist the subject from topics they don’t like to discuss — murderers with evil motives — to topics they do like to discuss, such as gun control. And oh yes, “more training” and “more sensitivity,” because that’s money in the bank for Al Sharpton-ish professional “diversity” mongerers.
It’s the same cynical process we saw in the case of Omar Mateen, the jihadist shooter at the gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12. And let’s realize: That horrific mass-murder took place not even a month ago, and yet already, it’s slipped down the MSM memory hole, to apply another Orwellism. In the wake of Orlando, the Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton cheering it on, intoned against guns and “hate,” and is now back to importing more hating Muslims. Meanwhile, stories with headlines such as “Syrian refugee assaults girl, 13, at Boston pool” are consigned to the media back-burner.