Chicago Hate Crime

Chicago hate crime exposes what the media has become (and how conservatives should respond)

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Chicago hate crime exposes what the media has become (and how conservatives should respond)

Sev­eral sto­ries posted on con­ser­v­a­tive web­sites this morn­ing exposed what most con­ser­v­a­tives already know: the media will instantly scream at the top of their lungs when hate crimes are per­pe­trated by “the right” but hold out against hope when they’re per­pe­trated against “the right.” That’s how it’s per­ceived, at least, and for the most part it’s true. How­ever, this is a deeper, more sin­is­ter prob­lem that deserves a response.

We all know what would hap­pen in a reverse sce­nario. Had four white peo­ple kid­napped and beaten a spe­cial needs minor­ity while chant­ing racial hate and insult­ing a Demo­c­rat, there would be riots. Build­ings would be torched, peo­ple would get shot, and gen­eral havoc would ensue across the nation. The main­stream media would be stum­bling over them­selves like rav­en­ous wolves to con­demn the “atmos­phere of big­otry” per­pet­u­ated by President-​elect Don­ald Trump.

Instead, we have sto­ries buried as if this wasn’t a big deal. The left is forc­ing them­selves to yawn at this one because to give it atten­tion would mean acknowl­edg­ing that their nar­ra­tive just expe­ri­enced a set­back. The vast major­ity of main­stream media pub­li­ca­tions are doing their oblig­a­tory men­tion, then mov­ing on and telling the peo­ple, “Oh, look at what Trump Tweeted about Toyota!”

As I said, this is much more sin­is­ter than we can pos­si­bly real­ize. It’s worse than the fake news epi­demic. It’s worse than the media’s obses­sion with being part of the story. In fact, it’s worse than state-​run media. Some say that the media is the Democ­rats’ Pravda. Tech­ni­cally, that’s not true. The media has become the mouth­piece of the lib­eral ide­ol­ogy itself. This is much more dan­ger­ous than being con­trolled by the gov­ern­ment or a polit­i­cal party because it empow­ers them to spread their nar­ra­tive and pro­mote their agenda with­out the major­ity of Amer­i­cans even real­iz­ing it.

Let that sink in.

The media knows that if they all say some­thing, it would be con­sid­ered true. If they all bury a story, it has a chance of going away. To pre­vent this, two things must hap­pen. First, the out­cry from the right must be loud and per­sis­tent. In the case of the Chicago hate crime, we did just that. The facts sur­round­ing the story com­bined with the inces­sant dis­cus­sions on social media and con­ser­v­a­tive pub­li­ca­tions made the main­stream media push the story back to the top after ini­tially bury­ing it. They’re not at the point that they can dic­tate what the peo­ple want reported. Not yet.

The sec­ond thing that can bury a story is another story of sub­stance pop­ping up. It doesn’t have to be big­ger, nec­es­sar­ily, but if it’s big enough and new, the media will have a “valid” excuse to bury the big­ger story that goes against their nar­ra­tive. We’ve seen this very recently. The U.N. res­o­lu­tion and sub­se­quent con­dem­na­tion by John Kerry against Israel had a day in the spot­light before Barack Obama changed the con­ver­sa­tion by sanc­tion­ing Rus­sia. Like clock­work, main­stream media turned their atten­tion (and America’s atten­tion as a result) away from his heinous acts to focus us on some­thing else. The Russ­ian sanc­tions will amount to lit­er­ally noth­ing while the actions against Israel will affect Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East for a long time. Thanks to the media’s cov­er­age, many will never know this until it’s too late.

This is a sick­ness that’s spread­ing through the media. Lib­er­al­ism and agenda-​building are becom­ing the pri­mary busi­ness of news­rooms across the country.

We’ve seen this pro­gres­sive ide­o­log­i­cal sick­ness in a more advanced form in uni­ver­si­ties. The media is a step or two behind them, but they’re bridg­ing the gap. In edu­ca­tion, it’s advanced beyond the intel­lec­tual shift we saw in the 60s and 70s. It’s pro­gressed past the bla­tant bias we saw up to the turn of the cen­tury. In recent years, it’s hit its final man­i­fes­ta­tion as an accepted con­cept. Amer­i­cans no longer have an illu­sion that their chil­dren will be fed any­thing but a steady diet of lib­er­al­ism by their pro­fes­sors. The same thing is now hap­pen­ing in the media.

As con­ser­v­a­tives, we allowed it to hap­pen in edu­ca­tion because we were too busy doing things to notice. They say that the best con­ser­v­a­tive minds in an indus­try build com­pa­nies while the best lib­eral minds in an indus­try become pro­fes­sors. That’s how we got to the point we’re at today. It’s imper­a­tive that we do not allow the same thing to hap­pen in the media. They’re push­ing for­ward towards pub­lic accep­tance of their bias. We must draw the line here and start push­ing back.

I often write that con­ser­v­a­tive pub­li­ca­tions must take the high road. The only thing that upsets me more from a jour­nal­is­tic per­spec­tive than lib­eral media’s growth is when “con­ser­v­a­tive” media out­lets play games. The stan­dards at so many of the most pop­u­lar con­ser­v­a­tive web­sites are low. They use click-​bait head­lines and skew facts in a way that makes us look just as bad as lib­er­als. This is why I spend so much time writ­ing every day for mul­ti­ple pub­li­ca­tions. We have to take the high road. We have to be the coun­ter­bal­ance rather than sim­ply the biased foil against main­stream media’s agenda.

What hap­pened in Chicago needs to be called out for what it is. The media needs to be called out for bury­ing the story. As con­ser­v­a­tives, we have to bal­ance our desires to spread the right word with the neces­sity of keep­ing the truth on our side. When we play their games, we’re giv­ing fod­der to those who want to paint us as “the right,” a label that they’re quickly posi­tion­ing as being a bad thing.

Several stories posted on conservative websites this morning exposed what most conservatives already know: the media will instantly scream at the top of their lungs when hate crimes are perpetrated by “the right” but hold out against hope when they’re perpetrated against “the right.” That’s how it’s perceived, at least, and for the most part it’s true. However, this is a deeper, more sinister problem that deserves a response.

We all know what would happen in a reverse scenario. Had four white people kidnapped and beaten a special needs minority while chanting racial hate and insulting a Democrat, there would be riots. Buildings would be torched, people would get shot, and general havoc would ensue across the nation. The mainstream media would be stumbling over themselves like ravenous wolves to condemn the “atmosphere of bigotry” perpetuated by President-elect Donald Trump.

Instead, we have stories buried as if this wasn’t a big deal. The left is forcing themselves to yawn at this one because to give it attention would mean acknowledging that their narrative just experienced a setback. The vast majority of mainstream media publications are doing their obligatory mention, then moving on and telling the people, “Oh, look at what Trump Tweeted about Toyota!”

As I said, this is much more sinister than we can possibly realize. It’s worse than the fake news epidemic. It’s worse than the media’s obsession with being part of the story. In fact, it’s worse than state-run media. Some say that the media is the Democrats’ Pravda. Technically, that’s not true. The media has become the mouthpiece of the liberal ideology itself. This is much more dangerous than being controlled by the government or a political party because it empowers them to spread their narrative and promote their agenda without the majority of Americans even realizing it.

Let that sink in.

The media knows that if they all say something, it would be considered true. If they all bury a story, it has a chance of going away. To prevent this, two things must happen. First, the outcry from the right must be loud and persistent. In the case of the Chicago hate crime, we did just that. The facts surrounding the story combined with the incessant discussions on social media and conservative publications made the mainstream media push the story back to the top after initially burying it. They’re not at the point that they can dictate what the people want reported. Not yet.

The second thing that can bury a story is another story of substance popping up. It doesn’t have to be bigger, necessarily, but if it’s big enough and new, the media will have a “valid” excuse to bury the bigger story that goes against their narrative. We’ve seen this very recently. The U.N. resolution and subsequent condemnation by John Kerry against Israel had a day in the spotlight before Barack Obama changed the conversation by sanctioning Russia. Like clockwork, mainstream media turned their attention (and America’s attention as a result) away from his heinous acts to focus us on something else. The Russian sanctions will amount to literally nothing while the actions against Israel will affect America and the Middle East for a long time. Thanks to the media’s coverage, many will never know this until it’s too late.

This is a sickness that’s spreading through the media. Liberalism and agenda-building are becoming the primary business of newsrooms across the country.

We’ve seen this progressive ideological sickness in a more advanced form in universities. The media is a step or two behind them, but they’re bridging the gap. In education, it’s advanced beyond the intellectual shift we saw in the 60s and 70s. It’s progressed past the blatant bias we saw up to the turn of the century. In recent years, it’s hit its final manifestation as an accepted concept. Americans no longer have an illusion that their children will be fed anything but a steady diet of liberalism by their professors. The same thing is now happening in the media.

As conservatives, we allowed it to happen in education because we were too busy doing things to notice. They say that the best conservative minds in an industry build companies while the best liberal minds in an industry become professors. That’s how we got to the point we’re at today. It’s imperative that we do not allow the same thing to happen in the media. They’re pushing forward towards public acceptance of their bias. We must draw the line here and start pushing back.

I often write that conservative publications must take the high road. The only thing that upsets me more from a journalistic perspective than liberal media’s growth is when “conservative” media outlets play games. The standards at so many of the most popular conservative websites are low. They use click-bait headlines and skew facts in a way that makes us look just as bad as liberals. This is why I spend so much time writing every day for multiple publications. We have to take the high road. We have to be the counterbalance rather than simply the biased foil against mainstream media’s agenda.

What happened in Chicago needs to be called out for what it is. The media needs to be called out for burying the story. As conservatives, we have to balance our desires to spread the right word with the necessity of keeping the truth on our side. When we play their games, we’re giving fodder to those who want to paint us as “the right,” a label that they’re quickly positioning as being a bad thing.