Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mainstream Media Are The Fifth Column

Two weeks ago, Brandon Darby filed a defamation suit against the New York Times for "reporting" that he was an agent provocateur for the FBI who enticed two innocent leftists into planning and attempting to execute a firebombing at the Republican national convention in Minnesota in 2008. Shortly thereafter, the Times printed a half-hearted retraction.

The Times had originally reported that Darby "encouraged" the conspiracy. The Times knew or should have known that this was a patently false statement. The least bit of research shows that Darby did no such thing. The trial judge had made a specific finding that Darby was innocent of any wrongdoing, as well as finding that one of the terrorists admitted that he had lied about Darby's alleged complicity. For that, the terrorist got extra time added to his sentence. The only complicity involved here was that of the Times, multiple MSM outlets, and a truly obnoxious George Soros-funded propaganda film entitled "Better This World."

It is a given that the Times and its fellow-travelers will ruthlessly lie, defame, and crucify conservative investigators and documentarians (e.g. the ACORN exposes and now the Planned Parenthood revelations). But there is another side to the leftist Fifth Columnists. The only thing they hate more than conservative revelations of their nefarious agenda is when one of their own dares to put America and American lives ahead of leftist loyalty. You see, Brandon Darby is no conservative. He is very much a self-styled radical. But when he discovered some of his fellow leftists plotting to kill Americans on American soil, he went to the FBI and told them the whole story, warts and all.

There is a reason why leftists and Islamofascists get along so well. Both want death for apostates. This is not something new. As far back as the McCarthy era, the left saved its greatest vitriol for the "innocent victims" of the "witch hunt" rather than for the communist traitors who were exposed for supporting the overthrow of the government by force and violence. The very real traitors were found at every level, including at the highest levels of the State Department. Today, there are still MSM deniers of the guilt of the Rosenbergs and Assistant Secretary of State Alger Hiss. They continue to vilify former leftist Whittaker Chambers who helped to expose communist infiltration of the federal government, despite the fact that the Venona Transcripts of the KGB after the fall of the Soviet Union proved him right, once and for all.

You see, it is a far greater sin to snitch on your fellow leftists than it is to commit mass murder in the name of bringing America down. That is the mentality of street gangs, Hollywood pinky-finger propagandists, communists, and the New York Times and company. So the story the Times and their friends wanted the public to hear was that "peaceful demonstrators" were outed by a traitor within their midst. Darby was merely an FBI stooge who helped the feds suppress simple protest. A firebombing? A simple protest?

However wrong-headed his political views, Darby loves his country and eschews violence as a means to bring about change. He wrestled with his conscience (something most leftists are lacking), and grudgingly but wholly truthfully informed on the wannabe terrorists. Yet "Better This World" depicts Darby as a Svengali who brainwashed two ordinary social engineers into becoming potential mass murderers. The terrorists were railroaded for their beliefs while a cowardly traitor walked away scot-free.

Darby was pretty stoic about the personal attack on him until "Better This World" premiered in his home town of Austin, Texas to rave reviews from the local newspapers, The Hollywood Reporter, and of course, the New York Times. To add insult to injury, the Times embellished the review with its phony report on Darby. At the same time, Eric Kohn at IndieWire claimed that "Darby gets to play the righteous man while his 'recruits' face as much as thirty years behind bars. He 'radicalized' the two protesters, then entrapped them." Kohn's biggest complaint about Darby is that he is "traitorous." Get it? Traitor to America, good. Traitor to the Left, bad.

Kohn and the Times both defended the terrorists by painting Darby as a "back-stabber" who should have given the erstwhile firebombers time to reconsider their actions and "do the right thing" by abandoning the murderous plot. Instead, the traitor Darby got the FBI to stop the plot. Boo! Apostate! Traitor! Collaborator! Coward! The leftists writers actually have the chutzpah to claim that McKay and Crowder (the terrorists) were deprived by Darby of "their opportunity to find the right outlet to express an authentic sentiment."

And what outlet might that be? A dirty nuke? A biochemical launch? A few tons of TNT? I'm getting the impression that the greatest sin the Times can find on the part of the wannabe terrorists is that firebombing isn't sufficiently efficacious.

20 comments:

Tennessee Jed said...

I wasn't aware of this one, Hawk--although am not surprised at how they acted. As usual, your writing is superb. Recently, I've been thinking about how much of the left lies, cheats, and does anything to win or get it's way. It would be unfair to brand all Democrats that way, of course. I tried to make sure I wasn't being a total hypocrite about this, and came to the conclusion--not really.

AndrewPrice said...

Yep, snitching on the left can be hazardous to your health/job/freedom. It doesn't surprise me that the Times would bury the retraction because they have long ago stopped caring about being right, they just want to be heard.

It's the same thing with whistleblowers. I think whistleblowers should be protected because they tend to be the only way we sometimes learn about nasty things that are going on in government agencies or whatever. And the left happily agreed with me when Bush was in charge. But with Obama in charge, they are now positively venomous about the exact same kinds of people. Amazing.

Joel Farnham said...

LawHawk,

This gives me hope that there are a few people on the left with a conscience. A couple more and we won't have to worry about the left anymore.

The Mainstream Media is losing power. Everybody knows it, but it is so slow. Most companies would have changed their ways by now. Unfortunately, momentum as well as stubborn disbelief in reality have kept them going.

The National Enquirer, a weekly rag which features aliens impregnating human women, has more street credit than the NY Times. In fact, they have scooped the bigger newspapers numerous times.

The NY Times complicity in misleading the public is now so well documented, the people who are willing to believe it are die-hard communists. NY Times is America's Pravda.

I hope Darby ends up owning the Times.

T_Rav said...

Like Jed, I wasn't aware of this latest outrage from The Lady in Gray. I permanently gave up on the Times a couple months ago, when it claimed that Jared Loughner (he of Tucson and Giffords fame) was a militant pro-lifer, by completely twisting information from acquaintances. He was, of course, no such thing. Unfortunately, this will be neither the first nor the last bald-faced lie the NYT has told.

StanH said...

God I hate these people! It’s long past time when someone screams McCarthy as a pejorative, that it is accepted as such, the man was right, read Venona. As it is with many things the left hurls, it should be embraced and turned around. The left has spent decades turning this country on it’s head, we need to quickly correct the ship and purge leftist radicalism from the body politic, it has no place in American society. What this kid did, takes real guts and should be applauded, not allowing these cretins to murder their fellow man for some harebrained leftist ideology - - useful idiots are alive and well.

LawHawkRFD said...

Tennessee: No story is too obscure for my attention. LOL The "half-assed gangster" views of the left make the Mafia's omerta look downright legitimate. Do they teach this stuff in journalism school?

LawHawkRFD said...

Andrew: Obama learned his "no snitching" rule in community-organizing school. They may teach it at Harvard Law as well, but I went to one of the poor folks' law schools, so I wouldn't know.

rlaWTX said...

I keep trying to believe that the leftists are well-meaning, but stupid. But the more they do the less I can believe that.

They are STUPID and malicious.

LawHawkRFD said...

Joel: Unfortunately, the New York Times won the defamation case in NY Times v. Sullivan which established the rules of defamation for news organizations being sued by "public figures." The issue here would have been "did the New York Times play the major part in making the plaintiff a public figure in the first place?" That would not be a sure thing, and the Times's retraction, however weak, goes a long way toward reducing the effectiveness of the lawsuit.

And you are right about the National Enquirer. Where else did anyone hear about the Edwards love-nest scandal until their expose became overwhelmingly "case proven?"

LawHawkRFD said...

T_Rav: The Times motto should have been changed years ago to "if the news doesn't fit, make it fit."

LawHawkRFD said...

rlaWTX: I still believe that many liberals are well-meaning but misguided. That said, I put most of the MSM on the radical side of the spectrum rather than the liberal side. Genuine liberals may get the solutions wrong, but it's the radicals in politics and the press who intentionally mislead them. This article is a perfect example. No real liberal, given the true facts, could believe that Darby is the bad guy here. But facts are no barrier to the leftist agenda.

BevfromNYC said...

Well, all I can say is never trust a paper that thinks it's too good to have a comic strip section...

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: You object to the awesome seriousness of the Times? LOL Frankly, I would trust the bona fides of Pogo Possum before I would trust Paul Krugman. And at least Pogo isn't shifty-eyed (yes, I spelled that right, I think).

T_Rav said...

LawHawk, I bet even if you had misspelled it, it would still apply just as well to the eminent Mr. Krugman.

LawHawkRFD said...

STAN: As we know, McCarthy had a strong dash of meglomania and self-promotion at some expense to a few innocent people, and in the long run, he gave the left a tool to beat us over the head with. But the simple truth is that he was more often right than wrong (at least at the early stages), and the difference between McCarthyism and Witch Hunts is that there were no witches, but there were plenty of communists.

LawHawkRFD said...

T-Rav: I just find that particular weasel personally offensive. He simply can't look an interviewer in the eye.

LawHawkRFD said...

Gotta pick the grandkids up at the school bus stop, but I'll respond to comments as soon as I return from dropping them off at their home. See y'all then.

wahsatchmo said...

Good article, LawHawk. I too, wasn't aware of this case but the attitude of the Dishonest Left does not surprise me.

Unfortunately, I think we're about down to two factions of the Left these days: the Dishonest Left and the Ignorant Left. The Honest Left has been or will be expunged/excommunicated/exterminated from the fold shortly.

LawHawkRFD said...

wahsatchmo: They do seem to be circling the wagons, don't they? The more the left transgresses, the more they blame the victim, George Bush, and conservatives in general. A leftist "traitor" really brought out the best in them.

Anonymous said...

It is time for good conservatives everywhere to start hitting these lying media bast*rds right where it hurts, every time they do it. In a lawsuit. Won't be long before they're out of business.

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