We are all Rush and Fox now: Our major national disputes are almost wholly controlled by fake facts.
Once the fake facts have been established, they simply never die. In part, that’s because newspapers like the New York Times agree to avoid fact-checking any Preferred Standard Narrative.
Once a fake fact has been established, it will live forever. Consider this groaner by Edward Wyckoff Williams in a new post at Salon:
WILLIAMS (7/15/13): It bears reminding that it was Sanford’s police who first allowed Zimmerman to walk away uncharged—his gun in tote. The story of self-defense seemed logical to them given the brown body laying on the ground. It was their decision not to investigate the case as a crime that led to public outcry, rallies and marches. It is only because of their total failure to do their jobs that the world now knows the name and face of Trayvon Martin.“It bears reminding!” According to Williams, the Sanford police let Zimmerman keep his gun last year!
Unfortunately, that is one of the million fake facts promulgated by MSNBC last spring. The statement is flatly false, as we thought everyone pretty much knew by now.
But Williams still seems to believe the fake fact, and no one else at Salon seems to know.
They didn’t take away Zimmerman’s gun! This was repeated again and again as Sharpton, O’Donnell, Schultz and Blow whipped us rubes up last year.
But then, some people are born to mislead us. This is how Williams begins:
WILLIAMS: If there is no justice, there can be no peace. But in the American South it seems white folks suddenly believe that decorum and charm are a proper response to unspeakable acts of violence and unconscionable injustice.Reread that passage slowly, with care. Then ask yourself this:
The day before a jury delivered an acquittal in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith gave a national press conference to appeal for a peaceful reaction to the verdict—regardless of its outcome.
Eslinger, who is white, said “We will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law.”
The veiled threat of an aggressive police response to imaginary civil unrest belies the very logic that led to Trayvon Martin’s death to begin with. For, you see, African-Americans are never protected or served by the law enforcement apparatus—yet they are always subject to its military might.
Sanford police coyly “tolerated” the actual killing of an unarmed black child, but yet refuse to “tolerate” any anger expressed for the acquittal of his murderer.
This is the new Jim Crow realized.
From that passage, would a reader have any idea that Sanford’s police chief is black?
We’re told that Eslinger is white. We aren’t told that Cecil Smith is black. Instead, we’re told that “this is the new Jim Crow realized” when Sanford police, led by Chief Smith, “refuse to ‘tolerate’ any anger expressed for the acquittal of his murderer.”
The Sanford police did not let Zimmerman keep his gun last year. That is one of the many fake facts The One True Liberal Channel spent many weeks pimping and promulgating.
One year later, Williams is still saying it! Salon just lets it go.
Rush and Fox created the template for this. If you have cable, you already know our final fact:
We libs have embraced this culture too! We are all Rush and Fox now!