While living for a time in Pensacola, Fla., like most I became a Joe Scarborough fan and followed his conversion into pseudo-commentator when he went to MSNBC. It segued nicely into my then-daily routine of roughly equal watch time devoted to CNN, FOX and MSNBC, and reading of various publications to ensure I found balanced perspectives on the events of the day.
However, beginning approximately one year ago I began to detect a subtle shift in my big five (New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC), separating from normal discourse into a daily denunciation of all things Trump — reaching a shrill and snide crescendo following the election.
It mattered little the protagonist as the big five sought to somehow mold an anti-Trump message out of the facts in each case. The resultant “if the first two marbles I pull from the bag are blue, then all the marbles must be blue” deductive reasoning would be laughable in a freshman philosophy class, but the vigilante posse could not be bothered with journalistic self-examination, as the shrieking anti-Trump message blared like a storm siren.
Even a certain reclusive, mentally ill little North Korean Pillsbury dough boy with a bad haircut fared well when the big five assessed news of Trump attempting to alter the direction of a runaway military power emboldened by years of spineless foreign policy.
Now comes Charlottesville.
To be clear, bigotry of any kind is sick and unacceptable, but even the most vile of idiots are guaranteed the right of peaceful assembly under our Constitution. Left alone to their chanting and flag waving, the pathetic bigots were nonetheless peaceful and would shortly have wandered back into their delusional world of the superior race — that is, until this made-for-TV confrontation erupted.
Whether to teach the fools a lesson or to show their intolerance for the message of the extremists, it is clear to anyone who has participated in a crowd-control drill that the “authorities” funneled the parties together to create this maelstrom and then feigned horror when the inevitable violence occurred.
There is plenty of blame to go around, including the mayor and governor who cannot explain away their culpability and blood-stained hands. Into this stacked deck Trump comes out in his inimitable fashion and states “bigotry is horrendous, but both groups contributed to the violence.”
Simple enough, but now again the bad commentator reasoning: “Trump must be a racist if those first two marbles are blue,” and the shrieking becomes pandemic.
Trump is a threat to the elitist Washington establishment. And the big five, who formerly comprised some level of journalistic independence, are now all owned or controlled by attention-seeking super-liberal narcissists intent on a mission to discredit by any means and, if possible, destroy the Trump presidency.
The fix was in, and nothing he could have said would have satiated the hungry beasts with their steely knives of righteous indignation.
North Augusta, S.C.