I had a bit of fun earlier at the expense of Roger Stone and David Duke. It’s what I do. But the more I’ve thought about the MSM reaction to the “basket of deplorables” flap, the angrier I’ve gotten. The basket cases of the MSM are convinced that pointing out bigotry is as bigoted as bigotry itself. It’s nutty. Once again, Catch-22 is being applied to those of us who believe that telling the truth is the best way to fight bigotry in all its forms. That’s what Hillary Clinton did last week: it was also an invitation to the other basket to reconsider supporting an authoritarian racist flim-flam man for President.
It’s exhausting writing the same thing over and over again but as long as we have an optics obsessed press corps dedicated to both-siderism and false equivalency, it’s necessary. It’s not rude to discuss bigoted Trump supporters, it’s imperative.
Let’s get to the point of this post. I wanted to make sure that everyone sees two great pieces on this controversy. First, Slate’s Jamelle Bouie compares the instant analysis by Ron Fournier and the usual suspects to theatre criticism. Second, the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks an unspeakable truth, How Breitbart Conquered The Media.
Both Bouie and Coates stress how the MSM has focused on the appearance of HRC’s basketry as opposed to the substance of her statement. Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows that there are more bigots out there than you can shake a stick at. They used to bite their bigoted tongues but they’ve been emboldened by the Tea Party and Donald Trump as well as the election of our first black President and the prospect of the first Oval One with ovaries. It’s open season on the Other and it’s not rude to point that out.
In the long run, it’s probably better that the haters have been drawn out into the open. We’ve gone from GOP dog whistling to bullhorn bigotry and it’s not a pretty sight. I deplore those who deplore HRC’s basket of deplorables: all she was doing was speaking the truth.
It amazes me that Beltway Borg Collective continues to insist that we should be polite to the rudest man in American and his obnoxious followers. You have to fight fire with fire and insults with ridicule. And that’s the impolite truth.