Death of the Media
Tomorrow is the grim, one year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, during which America witnessed the killing of Heather Heyer when white supremacist James Alex Fields deliberately and at high speed rammed into a crowd with his Dodge Charger. Heyer was protesting the fascist/racists who were, in turn, protesting the removal of Confederate statues. (Everyone always leaves that little detail out of the stories. I wonder why?)
Today Sunday is an encore protest cleverly called Unite the Right 2 in D.C. What, the racists couldn’t spring for an Electric Boogaloo?
And for some reason known only to themselves, NPR decided to give Jason Kessler—the organizer of this Hate-a-Palooza—a platform to talk to the NPR audience about the poor, put-upon, never gets a break, white dude.
First, Kessler credentials himself:
I’m not a white supremacist. I’m not even a white nationalist. I consider myself a civil and human rights advocate focusing on the under-represented Caucasian demographic.
(and you got to love that “even,” so there is a scale or something?)
The under-represented Caucasian demographic. Let that sink in for a moment.
Noel King: “In what ways are white people in America underrepresented?”
Well, because they’re the only group that is not allowed to organize into political organizations and lobbies and talk explicitly about what interests are important to them as a people. You have blacks, who are able to organize with Black Lives Matter or the NAACP. You have Jews, who have the ADL. Muslims have CAIR.
Maybe someone should introduce him to the Republican Party? Give him a jar of Mayo and drop him into Indiana. The GOP will find him.
KING: “You are going to march on Washington this weekend, legally, with the permission of the National Park Service. What do you hope to accomplish?”
Well, my No. 1 goal is to make sure that it’s peaceful. No. 2, I think that we have to stand up for the First Amendment because the First Amendment is under attack, you know, if not legally, in practice. When people are too afraid to…
Pretty loose grasp on the First Amendment, that. Kessler continues:
..The problem is is that, legally, I have the right. It’s not that the police are trying to oppress me or that the government is trying to oppress me. Who is trying to oppress the rights of white folks who are standing up for themselves are antifa, who come there to use violence to shut down speech, and this has been documented. I mean, there are riots happening in Portland, in Berkeley, all over. You just think that there’s one side to that?
And thus he completely destroys his own First Amendment argument.
King: “You say that you’re not a white supremacist, but you do think there are differences between races. What are the differences?”
I’m not a human biologist. You can go and look into that. There’s people like Charles Murray [ED – The Bell Curve author.] who study that. There are differences in mental life just like there are in physical life. I mean, it’s ridiculous to say that, you know, there are no differences in height, let’s say, between a Pygmy and a Scandinavian. So if we acknowledge that there are physical differences, obviously, there are differences in behavior, in levels of aggression, in intelligence, in, you know, bone density, et cetera, et cetera. But that’s…
King: “Do you think that white people are smarter than black people?”
There is enormous variation between individuals, but the IQ testing is pretty clear that it seems like Ashekenazi Jews rate the highest in intelligence, then Asians, then white people, then, uh, Hispanic people and black people. There’s enormous variation, but as a matter of science, IQ testing is pretty clear.
The press does not usually give valuable airtime to every racist crank from Possum Hollar who can fill out a National Park Service application for a rally, but for some reason, NPR decided to do exactly that.
There is absolutely no news value that NPR gained from broadcasting this, and I feel pretty safe in saying that NPR listeners did not really gain any insight into the under represented caucasian demographic, either. If it was supposed to be sensationalism, it failed, too, but what it did do was to legitimize and enable racists. Kessler can add to his media credits that he appeared on NPR:
We’ll give last word to Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism:
Media outlets should think long & hard before granting white supremacists a platform that can reach millions. This piece was not a general story quoting Kessler for a few seconds, among others–it was a one-on-one interview. No experts, no debunking or exposure of mistruths. 🙁 https://t.co/14UdrDAvdJ
— Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) August 10, 2018