Like the classic film starring my favorite comedy team, this is more funny than scary. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving news organization.
An online NPR article and a tweet promoting the story reported that Michelle Wu, just elected as Boston’s first woman and first person of color mayor, had disappointed some activists with her victory.
“While many are hailing it as a major turning point, others see it as more of a disappointment that the three Black candidates in the race couldn’t even come close,” the story, like the tweet, read. This being The Great Stupid, NPR was quickly accused of being racist. Trapped like a rat, NPR’s Boston affiliate apologized and said it had deleted the tweet which was “causing harm”, though all it had done is report, and accurately, the reaction of others in the city, notably the black community. “We realize we don’t always get things right the first time,” it groveled, saying that the “tweet/headline misrepresented the story.” No, what NPR was really apologizing for is reporting the story, which exposes the fact that black race-activists only care about one race, their own. They did see Wu’s victory as a disappointment. NPR’s sin was telling the truth, instead of being a reliable propaganda organ and spinning the story to the satisfaction of those who want to avoid letting on that the conservative criticism of the Left’s race obsession is legitimate. What “harm” had the tweet done? The harm was not following the approved script and hiding the ugly hypocrisy at the core of progressivism.
Bad progressive lapdog! BAD!
“The story is still Asians vs. Blacks for some unknown reason. The ‘tweet/headline’ was hardly the issue,” one outraged Bostonian tweeted. Unknown reason? Harvard and other elite colleges are rejecting better qualified Asian-American applicants to admit Blacks with lesser credentials. A disproportionate number of the attacks on Asian-Americans hyped by the media was at the hands of Blacks.
Now the updated tweet says that “many were hopeful Boston would finally elect its first Black mayor,” with “Black activists and political strategists” left having to “reflect on what they can learn from the 2021 campaign season.” But they weren’t disappointed that Boston didn’t elect a black mayor, you see?
No, I don’t either. What NPR correctly noted is that “many” in Boston and elsewhere in Progressiveland care about color more than character and ability. NPR’s story had quoted civil rights activist Danny Rivera as saying he wept at Wu’s victory, though she was Boston’s first mayor who is not a white man. “I cried my eyes out because I don’t know the next time we’ll see a Black mayor in our city,” Rivera said. Now I lived in the Boston area for many years. I just wanted a mayor who wasn’t an incompetent, corrupt political hack for a change. His or her color was irrelevant. NPR quoted black community leader Rev. Eugene Rivers warning that “we can only play [the] race card for so many occasions….Black leadership failed to produce success even with an incumbent. We failed. Now that’s not on white people.” Whatever that’s supposed to mean.
This is prime Great Stupid. NPR reported accurately on the Boston community, and was attacked as racist for revealing the underlying racism of the Race That Can Do No Wrong, thus doing “harm” by telling the truth. Then the infamously biased news source engaged in self-flagellation for not hiding facts unflattering to an anointed minority, promising to “do better.”
But apparently it’s being punished anyway, for not being unethical as usual. This is where “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” the twice filmed 1934 crime novel by James M. Cain comes in.
At the end of the story, dumb and manipulated Frank is facing execution for his lover’s murder, though her death was an accident. The two had gotten away with her husband’s murder, and Frank muses that just as the postman always rings a second time to make sure people receive their mail, fate has made sure he will pay the just price for his real crime, even though it comes in the form of a wrongful conviction.
For once, NPR reported a story straight and without shading it to please its progressive-leaning core audience, exposing black racism rather than enabling it. Now it’s being punished for practicing good journalism, after getting away with so much of the unethical kind.