The video above was, according to the the New York Times, shown at a conference for his supporters at his Miami resort last week. There is no evidence, none, that the Trump campaign, the President, or the White House had anything to do with it. The group holding the event is called American Priority. The organizer of the event denounced the video and said his organization was looking into how it came to be shown at the event.
1. Why is this newsworthy? Does the New York Times cover every violent, ugly or outrageous meme that denigrates the President? It’s newsworthy, I assume, because the Times and the rest of the mainstream media view anything that places President Trump in a bad light, even a simulated President Trump, and represents his foes as victims as worth publicizing.
2. No, it’s not the equivalent of Kathy Griffin extolling a violent execution of the President of the United States by holding a model of his severed head. If Trump or the Republican Party produced the video, then there would be a basis for comparison.
3. I thought the video was funny, just as I find the absurd violence in “Planet Terror,” “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn,” and the “Return of the Living Dead” movies funny. If it genuinely upsets you, I’m worried about you.
4. The headlines about the video either show how stupid editors think we are, or how stupid they are. “Doctored Video…,” “Fake Video…,” “Fictitious Video”…Seriously? We need to be told that video is fake?
5. The news media demanded that the White House condemn the video, and the White House meekly complied. It should not have. This is a satirical, anti-news media video, protected political speech, and at least as valid as the anti-Trump venom CNN and others launch into the atmosphere daily, except that the video announces itself as a gag, while the news media’s relentless character assassination is presented as fact.
6. I don’t see how CNN can posture like this without promoting giggles.
“Sadly, this is not the first time that supporters of the president have promoted violence against the media in a video they apparently find entertaining — but it is by far and away the worst,” the network said in a statement. “The images depicted are vile and horrific.The president and his family, the White House, and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms. Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone.”
Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, also issued a statement, saying that “We have previously told the president his rhetoric could incite violence. Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society.”
I haven’t heard the news media formally denounce actual violence against Trump supporters by the antifa, or condemn the rhetoric by Democrats like Maxine Waters calling on citizens to harass members of the Administration, or declare unacceptable, for example, the Central Park production of “Julius Caesar” that portrayed the assassination of a President Trump lookalike. Yet the President has to condemn a virtual cartoon? Is Karl saying that the President’s rhetoric incited fake violence? The Horror!
7. Violence does have a place in our society: in entertainment, which is what this video is, and is intended to be.
Here’s Al Pacino’s grand finale in “Scarface.” Say hello to his little friend. Did anyone demand that President Reagan condemn that film? Why not?