TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2020
What our own cable viewers aren't shown: Above the fold on this morning's front page, the New York Times got it right.
The Times has begun to report the kinds of events our tribe's cable viewers aren't shown. Our stars protect us from such content. On the highly permissive Fox News Channel, videotape of this sort of thing is routinely shown:
BOWLES (9/22/20): Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street [in Portland] one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling.
Mr. Moses was initially not sure what the protesters were upset about, but as he got closer, he saw it: His neighbors had an American flag on display.
“It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, ‘How dare you fly the American flag?’” said Mr. Moses, who is Black and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area. “They said take it down. They wouldn’t leave. They said they’re going to come back and burn the house down.”
According to Nellie Bowles' front-page report, "Mr. Moses and others blocked the demonstrators and told them to leave."
But as Bowles continues, she describes other types of confrontational behavior—behavior from which we liberals are shielded on our own "cable news" channels:
BOWLES: Nearly four months after the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, some protesters against police brutality are taking a more confrontational—and personal—approach. The marches in Portland are increasingly moving to residential and largely white neighborhoods, where demonstrators with bullhorns shout for people to come “out of your house and into the street” and demonstrate their support.
These more aggressive protests target ordinary people going about their lives, especially those who decline to demonstrate allegiance to the cause. That includes a diner in Washington who refused to raise her fist to show support for Black Lives Matter, or, in several cities, confused drivers who happened upon the protests.
In Rochester, N.Y., protesters have confronted people at outdoor restaurants, shaking dinner tables. Marchers in Washington also accosted people eating outside, urging everyone to raise their fists to show their allegiance to the movement.
The more personal tactics echo those being used against elected officials, with activists showing up not only outside mayors' offices but outside their homes as well. The apartment building where the mayor of Portland lives has been vandalized. Protesters lit fires outside, ignited fireworks and broke into one of the businesses in the building on his birthday. In San Jose, Calif., demonstrators graffitied and egged the mayor’s house and lit an American flag in front of it, according to the police. In Rochester, people have recently posted police officers’ home addresses and information about their families, according to a police spokeswoman.
There's more where that came from as Bowles' report proceeds.
Videotape of such events is routinely shown on Tucker Carlson Tonight, a Fox News Channel "cable news" show. The program stars the aforementioned, overwrought Tucker Carlson, live and direct from Maine.
(He's said to be making an extensive stopover on his way to Newfoundland.)
In the past month or so, we've suggested that you watch Carlson's show to see such videotape. You have to listen to Carlson's routinely lunatic interpretive rantings, but you're allowed to witness the types of conduct which are kept out of view on other "cable news" shows.
Is it wrong to march through neighborhoods, telling random residents that you might burn down their houses? Each person is free to decide! Judging that isn't our point.
(Should the Times be reporting such conduct? You can decide that too.)
But how does it happen that our country is so cosmically polarized? One answer could be this:
Carlson routinely broadcasts footage of a wide array of such events. Devoted to keeping us tribally pure, our own major TV stars don't!