Media Gorges Itself on Hatred While Ignoring Atrocities

By | 2019-03-16T10:02:53-07:00 March 16th, 2019|
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On a day in March, more than 40 members of a religious minority were targeted for their faith and murdered. I don’t mean the Mosque shooting in New Zealand, but the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, about which the American media was altogether unconcerned.

In the wake of the New Zealand shooting, however, New York Times “reporter” Patrick Kingsley could barely contain his glee. The New Zealand shooter, a self-described fascist, provided Kingsley with ammunition to charge President Trump, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban with aiding and abetting the “Global Reach of White Extremism.” The shooter, wrote Kingsley, “highlights the contagious ways in which extreme right ideology and violence have spread in the 21st century.” Trump, Orban, Salvini, and all those who dare speak their name but to spite them, own this shooting so far as Kingsley is concerned.

A search for “Nigeria” in the Times’ archives shows that no ink has been spilled in the columns of this, America’s “newspaper of record,” for the Christians facing extermination at the hands of Muslims in that country. This is odd, isn’t it?

Local reports from Nigeria state that 35 people were killed on March 10 during an attack on Anguwan Barde. The next day, authorities estimate that 46 people were murdered in the village of Anguwan Gamu. Around 100 homes were razed. The bodies of a minister and his wife were found mutilated, floating in a river. All in all, more than 130 people were killed during one week in February, which suggests a plan to “wipe out certain communities”; namely, Christians, a minority group.

To be sure, the New Zealand shooting is an atrocity. But to claim, as Kingsley does, that it is indicative of some kind global spread of white extremism of concern to Americans must mean the lack of reporting on the worldwide massacre of Christians, mostly by Muslims, is a serious moral and ethical failure. Unless, of course, our concern is only reserved for particular forms of extremism.

If we are to believe, as Kingsley insists we must, that Trump is to blame for the New Zealand shooting, does that make The Young Turks (“Hey White Christians, Your Time Is Almost Up!!!”) party to the massacre of Christians in Nigeria? Kingsley would probably scoff at that idea—which is what Trump should do in the face of those who claim that he is in any way responsible for the actions of an extremist in New Zealand.

Though they feign impartiality, the Left, people like Kingsley, plainly value some lives more than others. The Left, then, is necessarily immoral.

The Left does not conform to the patterns of conduct it claims are acceptable: extremism is bad, but only when whites or Christians are behind the gun. Nor is the Left consistent with its purported principles of social ethics: all life is equally valuable, but some lives clearly are more equal than others. In other words, “Black Lives Matter” except in Nigeria where, apparently, they don’t.

Minorities must be especially protected; but not if those minorities are Christians facing persecution from Muslims, though there are innumerable Christian minority communities facing such violent persecution worldwide.

If the Left were consistent with its own professed moral and ethical principles, it would denounce anti-white racism and anti-Christian violence. Instead, the Left rewards these things, as evidenced by Kingsley’s publication bringing Sarah Jeong (white people are “only fit to live underground like groveling goblins”) onto its editorial board.

The great tragedy of our time is that we have allowed morally bankrupt parasitic writers like Kingsley to appoint themselves the arbiters of ethics. People like Kingsley feed on hatred and, in fact, need hatred to survive. They latch on to tragedy—but they are selective about their “hosts”—and engorge themselves on the hatred that they bring up from our body politic. Expect the Kingsleys of our media—and there are many—to drain as much blood as they can from New Zealand as possible, before moving on to their next host.

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Pedro Gonzalez
Pedro Gonzalez is assistant editor of American Greatness and a Mount Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness.