Staging Riots

 

shutterstock_213974764 (1)Journalism is pretty much dead in the United States. Most of the newspapers that used to do the basic work of looking into things have folded, and most of those that remain are, for the most part, in the disinformation business. Do you remember the coverage of the Duke Lacrosse Case? Of the George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin case? Of the events in Ferguson? Of the Eric Garner case in New York City? And of the recent events in Baltimore?

The media has a narrative that they desperately want to peddle – which is that you and I live in a viciously racist society. That is what our budding journalists were taught in college, and they are always on the lookout for an anecdote to illustrate that meme. Before carefully examining the facts in any given case, they will leap to the predetermined conclusion.

They will not print the news that does not fit. We are fed falsehoods about racist attacks by police on innocent young African-Americans. Next to nothing is said about the racist murder of whites by not-so-innocent young African-Americans (which is far more common). And even less is said about the murder of African-Americans by other African-Americans (which is more common yet).

In similar fashion, we are fed nonsense about a nonexistent rape crisis on our campuses, and nothing at all is said about the prevalence of rape within African-American neighborhoods.

I do not mean to say that there are no racist white cops in the United States. I do mean to say that it is not a grave national problem that needs to be addressed. I do not mean to say that there are no rapes on campus. I do mean to suggest that they are rare.

A lot could be said about the prevalence of alcohol-fueled casual sex on our campuses. But that would require acknowledging that young women (as well as young men) are conducting their lives irresponsibly in a manner apt to leave many of them (the former in particular) shaken, bruised, and bitter. It would also require acknowledging that these college students are putting themselves in harm’s way with full approval and encouragement from college administrations that think it a boon to teach incoming freshmen “safe” sex.

I mention the sad state of American journalism because yesterday we got a fleeting glimpse of the tip of what I believe is a very large iceberg; and, if there were any investigative journalists left, they could really go to town.

Yesterday, Katie Pavlich, Debra Heine, and Ed Driscoll drew our attention to a demonstration, unmentioned in the mainstream media, that took place in St. Louis and eventuated in the occupation of the offices of an outfit called MORE – Missourians for Organizing Reform and Empowerment. MORE is an offshoot of ACORN, and it is funded in part by George Soros’ omnipresent Open Society Institute (which has spent something like $5 billion supporting such outfits in recent years).

What makes this particular demonstration newsworthy is the fact that the demonstrators were demanding that they be paid, as promised, for the work they did in organizing demonstrations in Ferguson last summer. Here is part of what Debra Heine reports:

According to the January tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations, Mr. Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups to organize on-the-ground activists in Ferguson. Two of those organizations, MORE (Missourians Organizing For Reform and Empowerment) and OBS (Organization for Black Struggle) have been financing #BlackLivesMatter protests in Ferguson and elsewhere. That is – those organizations actually pay people to show up at venues to do their clapping, chanting, and sign waving routines.

Think a bit about this. In recent years – since Barack Obama took office – we have witnessed a great deal of thuggish conduct. Do you remember Occupy Wall Street? The demonstrations that the community-relations division of the Department of Justice helped organize against George Zimmerman in Florida? The riots in Ferguson, Missouri? The disruptive demonstrations in the Supreme Court building regarding Citizens United as the court began its last session? Those that recently interrupted Senate hearings? The demonstrations in New York and Boston that took place in the wake of Eric Garner’s death? And the recent riots in Baltimore?

The press has treated all of these as a series of spontaneous eruptions occasioned by understandable outrage on the part of the demonstrators. What we learned yesterday shows that much of what happened in Ferguson was theater. We know a little something about what the Department of Justice did vis-à-vis George Zimmerman. I would be willing to hazard the guess that virtually every demonstration and riot along these lines that we have witnessed in recent years was, at least in part, bought and paid for. And I would not be surprised to learn that the “reporters” dispatched to these various venues to cover these demonstrations and riots by Pravda-on-the-Hudson, Pravda-on-the-Potomac, and Pravda-on-Television in its various, more-or-less indistinguishable forms know a great deal more about the manner in which all of this was staged than they have told us.

If truth be told, I would not be surprised to learn that all of this – including the news coverage – was in a loose manner coordinated by the outfit now called Organizing for America. Do you remember Journolist? Someone in a systematic fashion should follow George Soros’ money.

Political theater and coordinated disinformation are the order of the day.

 

There are 18 comments.

  1. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    (dis)Like.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 9:16 AM PDT
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  2. Richard Fulmer Member

    I wonder to what extent, if any, these Soros-funded organizations coordinate with the office of the Organizer-in-Chief.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 9:30 AM PDT
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  3. KC Mulville Inactive

    This was bound to happen. Originally reporters and politicians were antagonists and adversaries. But the problem for a reporter is having exciting stories to cover, while the problem for a politician is attracting attention. The reporter needs a story and the politician needs attention.

    Sooner or later, they were bound to merge into a mutually cooperating partnership. So much easier for both of them. Reporters needs stories and politicians supply them.

    The civics-class myth is that ordinary citizens bring their concerns to their representatives, who create proposals and bills that are scrutinized in committee and debated openly in the wells of state and federal legislatures, then voted upon. Have you seen the well of the Senate lately? Or a House committee hearing? You might as well have the Witness Protection Program in there, because nobody shows up there or pays any attention to them.

    Politics doesn’t happen in the halls of the legislature anymore.

    Instead, the executive bypasses the legislature and “responds” to the artificially-manufactured cries of the flash mob.

    We’ve become Rome.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 9:35 AM PDT
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  4. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    KC Mulville:We’ve become Rome.

    Rome at least had respectable orgies…

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    • May 20, 2015, at 10:18 AM PDT
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  5. KC Mulville Inactive

    The King Prawn:

    KC Mulville:We’ve become Rome.

    Rome at least had respectable orgies…

    Bill Clinton is lurking nearby.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 10:36 AM PDT
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  6. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    KC Mulville:

    The King Prawn:

    KC Mulville:We’ve become Rome.

    Rome at least had respectable orgies…

    Bill Clinton is lurking nearby.

    Respectable is the key word here.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 10:47 AM PDT
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  7. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Paul A. Rahe Post author

    One pertinent fact that could be added: the vast majority of those arrested during the riots in Ferguson were from elsewhere.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  8. Saxonburg Member

    You mean these weren’t spontaneous reactions to a Youtube video?

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    • May 20, 2015, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  9. billy Inactive

    This post on Weaselzippers provides documentation of the professor’s claims.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 12:04 PM PDT
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  10. Tuck Inactive

    Richard Fulmer:I wonder to what extent, if any, these Soros-funded organizations coordinate with the office of the Organizer-in-Chief.

    I think it stretches credulity to think that there’s none.

    ACORN and the SEIU were the same organization, effectively, Obama was an employee, and Andy Stern, the head of the SEIU has been a regular visitor to the White House.

    And we and the head of the FCC know for a fact that Obama coordinates with at least some of these groups.

    Boy, rough times to be a conspiracy theorist! How does one stay ahead of the evidence?

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    • May 20, 2015, at 12:11 PM PDT
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  11. Profile Photo Member

    Yes it’s theater. Stock characters of Commedia dell’Arte travelled around towns and villages in medieval Europe putting on shows. The audience already knew who they were and how they would act. No character exposition was needed, on with the show! In 2015 we already know who the victim is and who the villans are, what their motivation is, and the story writes itself.

    In a very real sense these ‘actors’ are generating cheap content. News reality shows. It’s lazy and it gets eyeballs.

    The biggest conceit news networks thrive on is that “we (all) should DO something!” as though we (we?) can.

    This collectivist conceit, that ‘we’ can do something by making better laws or redistributing wealth benefits one approach, government.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 12:24 PM PDT
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  12. Jim Kearney Contributor

    Guerrilla Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It peaked early, when the Yippies hurled currency onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, setting off a scramble for cash and a media frenzy. Decades later, media-savvy political theater has sold out to the highest bidder, and become a Soros-backed infomercial for urban anarchy.

    The complicit mainstream media treat these spectacles like breaking news, four-walling the entire enterprise to house their own “national conversation about race.”

    They’re breaking News alright, the shattered fragments of their “journalism” piercing soles and letting blood in the communities they purport to serve.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  13. Pelayo Member

    This reminds of the plot in the James Bond movie “Tomorrow Never Dies”. A corrupt media mogul creates events so he can then report on them. Maybe George Soros should have been cast as Elliot Carver in that movie.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  14. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Sincerely, not snarkily, it would be good to hear Prof. Rahe give his thoughts on what individual Ricochetti could do about the situation. Same thing I think whenever I read something by Victor Davis Hanson, and any number of other center-right commentators.

    I agree with the commentary but can’t do more than shrug. What to do about it? Darn if I know. Elect a clean sweep of Republicans in 2016 and pray they don’t micturate it away like they did the last time?

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    • May 20, 2015, at 3:38 PM PDT
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  15. Paul A. Rahe Contributor
    Paul A. Rahe Post author

    Nick Stuart:Sincerely, not snarkily, it would be good to hear Prof. Rahe give his thoughts on what individual Ricochetti could do about the situation. Same thing I think whenever I read something by Victor Davis Hanson, and any number of other center-right commentators.

    I agree with the commentary but can’t do more than shrug. What to do about it? Darn if I know. Elect a clean sweep of Republicans in 2016 and pray they don’t micturate it away like they did the last time?

    I have puzzled over this myself. I am not a lawyer — but I wonder whether individuals in Ferguson, where something on the order of $250 million in property damage was done in the course of the riots funded by George Soros, have standing to sue the Open Society Institute. Could the same be done by those whose business was hurt by Occupy Wall Street?

    As things stand, I think that at least one part of our task — the part to which individual Ricochetti can make a contribution — would be to unmask these “demonstrators” as hirelings and to clarify the degree to which the mainstream media is in on the con.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 5:05 PM PDT
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  16. Jim Kearney Contributor

    Have one of our mega-billionaires buy CBS and CNN, then expose Soros’ merry band of extras.

    Or just turn one of them, and do an ad: “I am not an activist, but I play one on TV.”

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    • May 20, 2015, at 5:42 PM PDT
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  17. Autistic License Member

    Jim Kearney: Or just turn one of them, and do an ad: “I am not an activist, but I play one on TV.”

    Brilliant! Could work!

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    • May 20, 2015, at 6:45 PM PDT
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  18. Richard Fulmer Member

    Now that Soros has paid to burn down parts of Ferguson, I wonder if he’ll chip in to restore some of it.

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    • May 20, 2015, at 7:23 PM PDT
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