I apologize for taking almost a week to cover this. I admit to having massive cognitive dissonance involving MSNBC, which long ago jumped the Megalodon and can no longer pretend to be anything but a pure progressive propaganda organ without objectivity, decency, honesty or moderation. Or shame, of course. Still, sometimes you can’t look away, as with a particularly gory roadside accident. When New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, an “important editor” by the Times’ own admission who covers local politics, says this on national television, as she did to “Morning Joe,” attention must be paid, (even if its five days late):
“You know, the reality is here that we have a large percentage of the American population — I don’t know how big it is, but we have tens of millions of Trump voters who continue to believe that their rights as citizens are under threat by simple virtue of having to share the democracy with others. I think as long as they see Americanness as the same as one with whiteness, this is going to continue. We have to figure out how to get every American a place at the table in this democracy, but how to separate Americanness, America, from whiteness. Until we can confront that and talk about that, this is really going to continue. I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend. And I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with you know, expletives against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which you know is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear, this is my country. This is not your country. I own this. And so until we’re ready to have that conversation, this is going to continue…Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape.“
For some strange reason, many people took offense at this. Not anyone at MSNBC, where basic journalism—which is not acknowledged there—required at least a “Wait, what did you just say?”, as ABC’s Ted Koppel essentially said 50 years ago to Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis, who had explained on the air that there were no black major League managers because blacks “lacked the necessities” for the job. But no. Mika, Joe and the gang just nodded, as if Gay had explained that the world spins.
Al Campanis was fired. In contrast, the New York Times defended Gay, as if her comments were defensible. Not only were her comments indefensible on their face, the New York Times continuing to employ such a racist and hyper-partisan propagandist is indefensible. The Times tweeted,
“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context. Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag. The attacks on her today are ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith.”
Ann Althouse, whose blog I continue to look in on now and then despite her declaring that her readers opinions and ideas annoy her, reacted,
“So I’m going to say that tweet is ill-informed and grounded in bad-faith! What a ridiculous blanket statement with no regard for the individuals who listened to Gay and made our own interpretations and expressed our opinions. It’s so hypocritical to obsessively protect her while attacking all her critics with broad-brush insults!”
It’s not hypocritical, it is revealing. The Times has the same ideological goal as Gay: undermine American values and pave the way for the radical undoing of American democracy using race as a wedge and weapon. If this was not the case, an editor who condemned “whiteness” in public would be treated exactly as one who condemned “blackness”: she would be fired, disgraced, and shunned as the racist she is.
A few additional points:
- Those flags were presumably on display that weekend in celebration of June 6, 1944: D-Day. Did Gay know it was the anniversary of D-Day, an event all Americans can and should take pride in? Or does she regard honoring the WWII soldiers who sacrificed their lives to begin the final push to victory over fascism to be one more celebration of “whiteness”?
- A large percentage of the American population “believe that their rights as citizens are under threat” because freedom of speech, freedom of expression, the right to bear arms, due process and equal protection under law are being attacked directly and openly by an aggressive and radical progressive push that has nothing resembling a mandate, just temporary access to power. They believe their rights as citizens have been not only threatened but diminished by a complicit news media that deliberately withheld information during the 2020 campaign to advance the cause one Presidential candidate over another, and by a political party that spent four years using relentless and unprecedented tactics, including two contrived impeachments, to prevent an elected President from governing.
- The divisive and dishonest—but it works!—talking point that any dissent from the Democratic agenda is driven by racist whites who believe they are losing control of the nation is a relic from the the Obama administration, and is no less than slander. But it supports the package of the Left’s race-baiting weapons that include Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, and the Times “1619 Project,” as well as open borders, vilifying the rule of law, race-based hiring and college admissions, and more. The idea is that opponents of policies on legitimate grounds will be silenced and beaten into submission by the threat of being labeled racists. It was a brilliant, if unethical, strategy, but I would think people would be wise to it by now.
- Similarly, the “Trump threat to democracy” nonsense is now firmly in the realm of gaslighting. During his entire administration, the “resistance” was opposing democracy in any way they could think of because they wouldn’t accept defeat at the ballot box. In what respect were American rights diminished in any way during Trump’s term? To the contrary, many were restored, like those of college students accused of sexual assault and harassment. Thousands of regulations, passed unilaterally by federal agencies without public control of any kind, were eliminated, advancing the guaranteed American right of the pursuit of happiness. Democrats have become exactly the threat to democracy that the party falsely accused Trump of being, and if the Times were an honest and objective journalism organization, it would be reporting on that. Instead they employ editors who actively participate in misinforming the public.