The atmosphere was gotten more poisonous since Charlottesville.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
Since then, the Washington Post and New York Times have published an astonishing number of articles, editorials and blog posts warning white supremacists are everywhere. Like monsters hiding under a child’s bed.
Here’s the disconnect. CNN reports the number of white nationalists have fallen in recent years. The Anti-Defamation League said the neo-Nazi National Alliance peaked years ago at about 1500. The Ku Klux Klan’s numbers are “negligible.”
Yet, in a six-week period starting a week after Charlottesville, the two papers published nearly 600 stories. A hundred a week. 14 a day. In contrast, liberal news outlets have scoffed at a Terrorism Alert Desk that reports about 250 global alerts each year [here, here, here].
These leaders of the liberal media echo-chamber want Americans to believe there are skinheads hiding behind every front yard hedge. Hence, continuous agitprop of stories that could outnumber the actual population of white nationalists before long.
The Times published a single opinion. Defending the violent thugs.
The Post offered this advice. “The best thing journalists can do is to relentlessly explain the beliefs, scope and scale of antifa, and to resist conflating it with liberal groups.”