National treasure Dr. Thomas Sowell, one of my personal heroes, weighs in on the current state of affairs. Excerpt:
It is amazing how many people seem to have discovered last Wednesday that riots are wrong — when many of those same people apparently had not noticed that when riots went on, for weeks or even months, in various cities across the country last year.
For too many people, especially in the media, what is right and wrong, true or false, depends on who it helps or hurts politically. Too many media people who are supposed to be reporters act as if they are combatants in political wars.
Someone once said that, in a war, truth is the first casualty. That has certainly been so in the media — and in much of academia as well.
One of the most grotesque distortions growing out of this carelessness with the facts has been a removal of Abraham Lincoln’s name and statues from various places, on grounds that he saw black people only as property.
Such criticisms betray an incredible ignorance of history — or else a complete disregard of truth.
I suspect it’s some of both, but there is plenty of complete disregard for the truth going around. Take, for example, last week’s events at the Capitol.
The legacy media would have you believe this event, which was for the most part better defined as hooliganism than terrorism, was some kind of historic first; when in fact the Hart Senate Office Building was invaded only in 2018 by anti-Kavanaugh protestors, Senators were confronted in elevators and all this was accepted as “free speech.” Not to mention that only earlier this year D.C. was literally on fire, and this was described as a “mostly peaceful protest,” in one case by a reporter who literally had a burning car in frame behind him.
So to answer Dr. Sowell’s question: No, the truth does not matter any more. To pols in both parties, honestly, The Narrative is what matters. But the actions of the Democrats and their supporters in the legacy media have been, for some time now, particularly egregious.