The sudden appearance of articles “explaining” antifa and giving them threat-level equivalence to organized (and in some cases decades-old) white supremacist groups is living proof that there is no such thing as “the liberal mainstream media.” This is anti-left propaganda, and must be giving Nazis and Trump lemmings great joy.
Once the fuck again, respected news orgs are playing into Trump’s media strategy. Trump is hopelessly obtuse in innumerable ways BUT there’s no denying he is a next-level media savant who does with press manipulation what Rain Man did with card counting and People’s Court. He’s the king of all news cycles.
Sure enough, within hours of the moment he spouts off some fresh deranged newspeak (the “alt-left” was not a thing yesterday, but I assure you, it is now), here come the think pieces and explainers reinforcing his self-serving bullshit — where in the pursuit of “objectivity” they pathetically refuse to name and defuse the lie that it is.
Antifa are not a group or identity, they are a variable collection of individuals. They also disrupt gatherings and destroy property to create an unpredictable environment. Sometimes, they punch Nazis. OK, no, that’s not nice. On the other hand, white supremacists advocate for the disenfranchisement/deportation/elimination/systematic murder of queerfolk, Jews, POC and “race traitors” and they have allies in authority. (And have had for 150+ years.) They routinely use clubs, guns, fire, bombs, chemical sprays and motorized vehicles to terrorize, maim and murder. (And have for 150+ years.)
The violence is not equivalent, the motives are not equivalent, the goals are not equivalent, the numbers of participants are not equivalent. But right-wingers are suddenly acting like antifa is a unified occupying army raining random death and destruction on poor law-abiding churchgoers, shopkeepers and families out for a stroll. It’s painting a conflict between lawless uncivilized savages vs. law-abiding gentlefolk for the umpteenth time and it’s as American as baseball and goddamn apple pie.
Yo, media folks, sure would be great if you could do better. Media consumers, you can *demand* they do better. Subscribe, click, and comment like the paying customers that you are. Make responsible reporting the smarter business move.
There are lots of ways to fight Nazis — including delegitimizing all their arguments, precluding their claims of any victim status, naming and negating false equivalencies, and keeping them on the filthiest edge of social acceptability. Fuck Nazis. #resist