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One of the very many things that has been hammered home in the President Donald Trump era – is that if the media wants to make a non-story a story, they certainly can. At least for them and theirs.
No matter how ridiculous and fact-free the tale. It can be patently obvious that the “A” they are selling is actually “Not A” – but that matters not. The media floods the zone with it, and that’s all we get.
Trump-Russia collusion, anyone? We’re now a year in to the Media-Democrat complex screeching incessantly about Trump collaborating with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to steal November’s election.
CNN is absolutely obsessed. More than half of all MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s segments between February 20 and March 31 – were directly about it (and that count excludes stories that mentioned it, but weren’t directly on it). It is just about all you can get from anyone in the legacy Jurassic Press.
There remains zero evidence thereof. All along the way, all sorts of Democrats and Leftists have continually, begrudgingly admitted that there is zero evidence thereof. But that’s the storyline to which the Media-Left wishes to adhere – so we’re stuck with it.
The Media-Left has launched another non-story into the stratosphere – the hard Left’s July 12 “Day of Action”. Put together to protest the Trump Administration rightly, very reasonably undoing the Barack Obama Internet power grabs known as Reclassification and Network Neutrality.
Of course, with the Left insisting that we keep in place these government assaults on the free Web – this little outing should be entitled a “Day of Traction.” Because the Internet so regulated – is immobilized.
As we have noted, the DC-NY Bubble no longer controls the media narrative. In the age of social media, that locus has shifted to the Silicon Valley. As Left as is the Bubble – they have nothing on the radical Valley. And when it comes to protecting their massive Net Neutrality cronyism – the Valley-led media gets really ramped up.
Wait – what’s Netflix’s problem?
You’ll note that Amazon is a recurring character. They are funding much of this Day of Nonsense. Because Net Neutrality mandates that they can use as much bandwidth as they wish (and they use a LOT) – and not have to pay for it.
What none of these many outlets will tell you – is how incredibly fringe-y this gathering gaggle actually is. Though the media’s wall-to-wall advertising campaign (it can’t seriously be called reporting) does much to mask the uber-fringe-ness.
Meet “Day of Action” organizer Evan Greer: “I’m a queer activist singer/songwriter, organizer, parent, speaker, and workshop facilitator based in Boston. i travel the world playing high-energy music for social change and connecting with communities who are resisting oppression. Occasionally I write for reputable places like The Guardian and Huffington Post or appear as a guest on All Things Considered.”
I would posit that – for a variety of reasons beyond just their publishing this guy – these places aren’t “reputable.”
Greer recently spent nearly three years working to free Tarek Mehanna. Who is he?: “Tarek Mehanna is an American pharmacist convicted of conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI, and two counts of making false statements. He was sentenced in April 2012 to 17 years in federal prison.”
How pleasant. Greer’s a Tweeting peach.
Is Mehanna the only terrorist of whom Greer is a fan? Of course not:
Who is Rivera?: “Oscar López Rivera…is a Puerto Rican activist and militant who was one of the leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a clandestine paramilitary organization responsible for more than 120 bomb attacks on United States targets.”
Greer loves to Tweet paeans to terrorists.
Who is Shakur?: “Assata Olugbala Shakur…is a black activist, member of the left-wing Black Liberation Army (BLA), who was convicted of murder in 1977. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984, gaining political asylum.”
Shakur was convicted of murder. Greer defends her by saying she “never harmed a single civilian.” Who did Shakur murder?: “In May 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike, in which New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was killed and Trooper James Harper was grievously assaulted; she was charged in these attacks.”
So Shakur murdered…a cop. And grievously wounded another. And Greer’s cool with that.
Greer’s July 12 “Day of Action” – is a radical-fringe, terrorist-loving freak show. And should be summarily dismissed as the kook-fest it so obviously is.
The media absolutely shouldn’t be promoting this nonsense.
Silicon Valley’s companies – absolutely shouldn’t be funding it.
And no Republican anywhere should give a Tinker’s Dam what these freaks are saying. Because none of them will ever, EVER vote for ANY of them.
In a sane world. In the crazy, tiny, fringe-zone that is the Left – all of this is just fine.
[Originally Published at RedState]