A brief excursion into the increasingly turbulent political world.
The wave of sexual harassment and rape claims currently sweeping the USA now has at least one handy guide listing some of the casualties over the past couple of months:
I had the thought a day or two back that it was all actually part of a civil war that’s under way in the USA between the political right (principally Donald Trump and the American people who voted him into office) and the political left (Dems, mainstream media, and RINOs).
What’s happening is that a whole raft of people are being laid low as women come forward with claims of sexual harassment (and even rape) going way back. Harvey Weinstein was a major player in Hollywood, but he was also a friend of the Clintons. And so far the casualties mostly seem to be liberals in the media, although there are some conservatives as well.
It’s all happening so fast that the handy guide above is already out of date, and doesn’t include some of the latest casualties, like Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, John Conyers, and Garrison Keilor. Radio talk show host Michael Savage was warning people not to gloat over all the liberal casualties, because there would be conservatives caught up as well, and quite likely even Donald Trump.
It’s a war that has even spilled over into UK politics, with the recent resignation of Michael Fallon. Because in some ways this is a global civil war that’s under way. For there are just as many people outside the USA that hate Donald Trump as there inside it.
And perhaps no better example of the global nature of this war has appeared recently than the interview of Ann Coulter by Krishnan Guru-Murthy on the UK Channel 4 News last week.
The background of the story here is that Ann Coulter tweeted about a video showing Muslim violence, and her tweet got picked up and repeated by Donald Trump, and Krishnan Guru-Murthy was saying it was all just “fake news” that was being tweeted by a “vile hate group” called Britain First.
The Labour party sidekick of Krishnan Guru-Murthy then went on to unload on Donald Trump (who’s due to visit the UK in February) for his “noxious, vicious, right-wing, islamophobic agenda.” She didn’t think he should even be allowed into Britain.
That’s how much of the UK media (and the US media) see Donald Trump. But I don’t see him as either “noxious” or “vicious” or even “islamophobic”. And I agreed with Ann Coulter that we’re in “a massive avalanche of Muslim violence”. Bataclan, Nice, and plenty of other events are the evidence of it. And Trump wants to do something about it, while the left wing media will call anyone who wants to do something about it “islamophobic.”
The above Channel 4 piece is a very good example of why I don’t watch mainstream media any more, and haven’t done for coming up on 10 years. I’m sick of seeing people being smeared and insulted and browbeaten, and one form of political correctness or other being enforced.
I don’t know anything at all about Britain First, but I’d guess that they’re a bunch of people who want to put Britain first (rather like Making America Great Again) and that’s probably enough for them to be condemned as “a vile hate group” by Channel 4.
But as far as I’m concerned these days, if you’re called a “vile hate group” or a “noxious, vicious, right-wing, islamophobe”, most likely you’re doing something right, because Channel 4 and the BBC and much of the political class certainly aren’t.
After all, these people threw Britain’s smokers under a bus a long time ago, and I for one haven’t forgotten it.
P.S. Krishnan Guru-Murthy was in the news a month or so back:
Channel 4 News Presenter Tells Hungarian Minister: ‘Christianity is Not Really a Fundamental of Europe’
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, a presenter for publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4, left the Hungarian prime minister’s spokesman “stunned” after asserting that Christianity is “not really a fundamental of Europe”.