…very, very slowly…in my brain, at least.
I refer to the events in Berkeley about ten days ago: Trump supporters planned an event; antifa crashed the event and began their chaotic violence. As I felt at the time, the news to me was not so much the news; the news was how the news was covered.
I wrote something on the events the day after, based on a report from the Los Angeles Times. The Times placed the blame on the left and antifa, and not on the right and Trump supporters (aka fascists, Nazis). This was quite surprising to me at the time, considering the completely opposite narrative a couple of weeks earlier after Charlottesville.
The piece from the Times was the first I saw that morning (via Google News, I think – another interesting curve). But by the time I published my piece, I noticed that other mainstream outlets were posting the same story – the same way: it was the left, it was antifa. I think the second report I saw was from the Washington Post – again, a rather surprising source for such a narrative to be offered. Then, the floodgates opened.
It was clear something had changed – it was clear a memo went out. But I couldn’t make heads or tails out of it.
One of the better bits of analysis on this that I read, early on (a couple of days after the event), was by a regular commenter at this blog: Unhappy Conservative (2.0) August 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM. I will only summarize, and poorly, his analysis: the violence of the left is being used as a tool to crush all dissent – right and left; no peaceful protest will be allowed by anyone, because of the violence.
I certainly have not done UC’s comments service; if you haven’t read these, it would be a worthwhile two…