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Does the name Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa ring a bell? What about Noah Green? Only the true news junkies, with a gift for remembering trivia, will recall their names at this point. Which is remarkable, because Mr. Alissa killed ten people in a Boulder grocery store two weeks ago, and Mr. Green killed a police officer at the U.S. Capitol one week ago. Both crimes led to ubiquitous headlines, across all media platforms, as soon as they happened, as you might expect. But then, the strangest thing happened. They disappeared. Poof! They just vanished.
Both killers were Muslim, which prevents the stories from being covered. Leftist news sources like CNN ignored the stories, because they are unhelpful to our mass media’s stated goals of promoting the Democrat party. Right-wing news sources like Fox News ignored the stories, to avoid the appearance of discriminating against Muslims or other minorities. So guess what that means? That means that nobody can cover stories like this. So poof! They’re gone!
Imagine if the killers had been overweight southern Christian white male Trump supporters wearing red baseball caps? Those two killers would have been the most famous men on the planet, and would be front page stories for months. Possibly years. But no. The killers were inconsiderate enough to not fit the media’s preferred stereotype. So, poof! They’re gone. No more headlines. No discussion of their possible motivations (like, perhaps, their religion) – only the occasional brief mention of their emotional problems, difficult childhoods, struggles surviving American racism, etc. How sad it is that American culture breeds such hostility. What an awful society we live in. Really, it’s just awful. And then, * Poof! *
The media is rightly criticized for what they cover. Four years of endless stories about Donald Trump’s non-existent racism, until some people actually start to believe it. And yes, they control what people see, and they use it like a weapon against their political opponents.
But they also control what people don’t see. So we watch the shadows on the wall of the cave, and we think we are seeing reality. When there’s actually a whole world out there that we don’t see. Because those who inform us choose not to show it to us.
In the days of Walter Cronkite, there really was nothing that could be done about this. But the internet has made it more difficult to completely control access to information. For example, one of the things that put Powerline Blog on the map was their exposure of the Rathergate lies.
But the internet also allows us to choose our news sources. So a leftist can hear only what he wants to hear. This is more difficult for conservatives – they are immersed in leftism most of the time, but they can go search out other information if they like. But leftists are understandably content to sit in their cave, protected from ideas which challenge their thinking, as they confirm their biases with the shadows on the wall, which are pleasantly consistent.
And when one of the shadows goes * Poof! * and disappears, then it’s gone. Like it never happened. Which must be comforting, in a way, to the cave dwellers.
Americans are not united by a common religion, or a common race, or anything else. We are united only in that we are all Americans. Which once involved accepting a certain set of ideals, like individual liberty, restrained government, and so on. We were united by our ideas and policies.
It will be difficult to unite our country if we can’t even discuss ideas and policies. In this environment, that is nearly impossible. You can understand how difficult it would be to convince a cave dweller that everything he’d ever seen on the CNN cave wall might not be completely true. I’d probably dismiss such absurd challenges, too, if I were him. Such challenges would sound like the deranged ravings of a deplorable lunatic, who doesn’t understand reality. Such Neanderthals should be ignored, or perhaps expelled from polite society. Of course.
The media’s power of inclusion and exclusion, used only to their advantage, and without consideration for America or her citizens – this power is surprisingly destructive. You wouldn’t think it would matter this much. But in a country united only by ideas, this is incredibly destructive. Today, we can barely speak to one another. Our house is divided against itself. Which is the whole idea of those who seek to destroy America.
So here we are. Living together in the greatest country on earth.
Until * Poof! * – it’s gone!
Perhaps not physically gone, but fundamentally transformed, as Obama said. Into a shadow of its former self.
Just a shadow on a wall.Published in