Stop the lies about Charlottesville!

By Barry Farber

Barry Farber is taking the week off. In place of his weekly column is this one by his friend and associate Stu Tarlowe.

Last week, coverage across the spectrum of mainstream media informed us that James Alex Fields, who drove his car into a crowd at Charlottesville, Virginia, in August of 2017, injuring dozens and killing Heather Heyer, had been sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges. He’s already been convicted of murder in Heyer’s death and will soon face formal sentencing for that.

Let me state that I have mixed feelings about the very existence of “hate crimes” legislation. I can remember a popular song from my youth – it was called “Standin’ On the Corner (Watchin’ All the Girls Go By)” – that contained the memorable line, “Brother, you can’t go to jail for what you’re thinkin’!” Since the notion of “hate crimes” entered our legal lexicon, that line is no longer true.

Still, I have zero sympathy for Fields or anyone who commits assault and murder in such a patently cowardly fashion. Deliberately driving one’s car into a group of pedestrians is an act of indefensible cowardice. It’s the sort of thing we’ve come to expect to see (and have seen) committed by Islamic terrorists. Who cares what they were thinking?

But I have much more than “mixed feelings” about the manner in which the events at Charlottesville were, and still are, reported. I have serious issues with the way almost every mainstream “news outlet” (newspapers, TV and radio) has chosen to report that Fields’ crimes were committed at a “white nationalist rally.” That phrase is repeated over and over to describe the gathering at Charlottesville that day.

But it was not a “white nationalist rally.” The events unfolded in reaction to the city’s plan to yield to the pressures of political correctness and historical revisionism and take down a statue of Robert E. Lee, and to re-name the eponymous park where it stood.

That plan was part of an epidemic of virtue-signaling by way of vilifying and literally tearing down all symbols of the Confederacy, starting with the Confederate Battle Flag (the “Stars ‘n’ Bars”) and going so far as to call for the razing of Stone Mountain, known as “The Mount Rushmore of the South” (where Gen. Lee, along with Jefferson Davis and Gen. Stonewall Jackson – and their horses!– are depicted in an enormous granite-and-quartz bas-relief that was started under the direction of Gutzon Borglum, who went on to execute the “real” Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota). Had that razing been carried out, it would have been comparable to the cultural and historical revisionism wrought by the Taliban in the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan in 2001.

There were people who turned out to protest the proposed tearing-down of Lee’s statue in Charlottesville, and there were people (like Heather Heyer) who protested the first protesters. And that first group was joined by numerically meager elements that did, indeed, identify themselves as white nationalists, white supremacists, KKK supporters and neo-Nazis (and James Fields was among them). But conflating those seeking to preserve Confederate historical markers with white supremacists and their ilk is a propaganda ploy.

Why do these mainstream “news providers” seem to march in lockstep in the way they choose to characterize the events in Charlottesville? Why are all their stories framed with a common terminology?

They do so for the same reason they’ve hung onto the term “collusion” even long after those charges have been shown to ring hollow. They do it because there’s an agenda at work, and that agenda is to perpetuate and further promulgate a falsehood. But there’s a further agenda, because acceptance of that original falsehood lends credence to the additional, even more deceitful canard that President Donald Trump excused, praised and even endorsed those white supremacists, KKK’ers and neo-Nazis when he remarked that “there were very fine people on both sides,” despite that his words, when reported verbatim, clearly and definitively show that he did no such thing.

This blatant lie, the leftist, anti-American falsity that Trump spoke glowingly of such bad people, and that his remarks prove that he is a racist and anti-Semite, has been utterly exposed as a hoax (see, for example, Joel Pollak’s refutation of it on Breitbart News) to any clear-minded, reasoning person who takes the trouble to actually read the full text of Trump’s remarks that day, in which he was adamant in pointing out, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally …,” and in a later statement he labeled those and related groups as “criminals and thugs … that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

And yet there are still enough who are complicit in furthering its dark agenda to keep that lie rolling merrily along.

These lies have been repeated often enough (in accordance with Dr. Goebbels’s maxim that a lie told big enough and repeated enough becomes the truth) that now the mere mention of the word “Charlottesville,” as uttered by, say, Joe Biden in the video announcing his presidential candidacy (he called Charlottesville “a defining moment for our nation”), conjures, like the words “Pearl Harbor,” an image that will live in infamy. The Charlottesville lies also help reinforce and perpetuate the left’s meme that the USA has been steeped in racism from its very beginnings and remains an inherently, irredeemably racist nation.

There are so many utterances by the left’s propaganda-meisters and their press lackeys that move the needle on my Bravo Sierra meter into the red zone, but this particular pack of lies, this particular sack of excrement, so glibly spread about Charlottesville, has caused that needle to etch a permanent groove for itself.

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