In the culture war against middle America and President Donald Trump, the left-wing legacy media have for a long time used misleading reportage as a weapon. Establishment networks have promulgated a series of hoaxes that have contributed to an atmosphere of division and polarization, and one of the biggest ones, the Charlottesville “fine people” deception, may finally be exposed.
In case you missed the story, a Unite the Right rally was organized in Charlottesville, as a response to the controversial removal of a Confederate statue in 2017. Mainstream conservatives and libertarians attended, as did a small group of people from the so-called Alt-Right, including neo-Nazis, who walked with Tiki torches. There was a large group of counter-protesters, mostly from the moderate left and some far-left radicals. During the confrontation, a mentally ill person with a history of antipsychotic drug usage drove a car into the crowd, killing one and injuring 19 people.
In the aftermath of the incident, President Trump told reporters in a press conference that there were “very bad people on both sides,” referring to the neo-Nazis and Antifa. He then added that there were also “fine people on both sides.” Although Trump immediately clarified that he was talking about both sides of the Confederate statue debate, it was widely reported by the fake news media that he had called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “fine people.”
This deliberate twisting of the facts could be called a hoax, and Dilbert-creator Scott Adams used his celebrity status to highlight it. He challenged CNN directly to comment on why they continue the “fine people” narrative, and he predicted that CNN would not respond, because they had too much to lose if the truth came out.
So far, his prediction has panned out, and his cause has garnered momentum. Breitbart’s Joel Pollak has joined the crusade and revealed that CNN accurately reported the event for a brief period in 2017, indicating the network very well knew the reality:
“Trump said there were some ‘very bad people’ on both sides, but that there was some who came out to protest the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue who were ‘fine people.’”
A History of Lies
The media’s participation in politically polarizing lies goes back a long time, but two of the most well-known were the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown shooting hoaxes. While these two young black men were killed, they were both killed in self-defense and not cold-blooded, racially-motivated murder.
In the case of Trayvon Martin, NBC deliberately edited an audio recording of the 911 call made by neighborhood watch member and shooter George Zimmerman to make him sound racist, for which the network had to apologize afterward. CBS News doctored a picture of Zimmerman, who is Latino, to make him appear white. To emphasize the lie, they referred to him as “white” or “white Hispanic.” Finally, to complete the lie, they used an old photo of Martin to make him appear like a child rather than a young man. Others, such as Hollywood Reporter, used the original, unaltered photos.
Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in self-defense, and the story was later corroborated by black observers. The media lied, presenting Brown as a “gentle giant.” And when Wilson was acquitted the continued dishonesty contributed to the Ferguson riots.
Although the facts of both the above cases are incontrovertible and have even been reported in the mainstream media, tens of millions of Americans still believe the lies.
There are, however, signs that the times are changing. Recently, two major media deceptions were exposed. The first was the Covington hoax, which falsely presented a group of Catholic high school kids wearing Make America Great Again hats as racists who were harassing a native American. The second was the Jussie Smollett MAGA attacker fabrication, for which the actor has been indicted. Unlike numerous other examples, most Americans now know that these were false flag operations.
Truth Gaining Momentum
But the two most divisive and destructive media-created narratives about President Trump are still widely disseminated: The Russia collusion conspiracy theory and the Charlottesville “fine people” hoax. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Scott Adams, the second is being publicly challenged.
In the past, the left had a media monopoly and could bias their reporting in almost any way they desired, without being held accountable. With the rise of the alternative media and citizen journalism on the internet – the second Gutenberg revolution – it is becoming increasingly difficult for the traditional networks to get away with bad journalism. The time of large-scale media hoaxes may be coming to an end.