When conservatives do something, the media story is whatever they did (painted in a bad light, of course).
When leftists do something, the story is how conservatives reacted, saying they "pounced" when the innocent leftists came along and tried to redefine reality and destroy the Constitution.
Here's a live look at Republicans in whatever story the media is cooking up right now:
That being said, I personally didn't think it was possible to spin the horrible anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks as some nefarious conservative power play, but I have to hand it to The New York Times and writer Michelle Goldberg for giving it their best college try!
Just look at that headline and marvel that some of the highest paid writers in the world – at what used to be America's most prestigious newspaper – actually wrote those words.
It requires a certain diabolical mindset to create something with this level of spin.
First, writer Michelle Goldberg admits to the recent string of attacks on Jews. She then immediately connects it to Donald Trump (because lefties need everything to be about Trump), even though you'd have to really dig to find any Trump supporter, let alone run-of-the-mill conservative involved in anti-Semitic attacks.
These apparent hate crimes are, first and foremost, a catastrophe for Jewish people in the United States, who've just endured four years of spiking anti-Semitism that started around the time Republicans nominated Donald Trump in 2016.
Nevermind that such attacks in 2016 were widely carried out by woke peeps who thought Jewish people had supported Orange Hitler. That's not important.
What is important is making the reader think Trump had anything to do with attacks on Jews so he can fit the neo-Nazi mold the media has made for him.
Goldberg then says we are conflating anti-Israel protests with anti-Jew protests. While that's technically true, as myself and others have pointed out, when the most passionate anti-Israel protesters say "from the river to the sea" or say they are going to cut Jews' throats and rape their daughters, they are calling for the eradication of all Jews everywhere.
Israel is just in the way.
But this violence also threatens to undermine progress that's been made in getting American politicians to take Palestinian rights more seriously. Right-wing Zionists and anti-Semitic anti-Zionists have something fundamental in common: Both conflate the Jewish people with the Israeli state. Israel's government and its American allies benefit when they can shut down criticism of the country as anti-Semitic.
Many progressives, particularly progressive Jews, have worked hard to break this automatic identification and to open up space in the Democratic Party to denounce Israel's entrenched occupation and human rights abuses. This wave of anti-Semitic violence will increase the difficulty of that work. The Zionist right claims that to assail Israel is to assail all Jews. Those who terrorize Jews out of rage at Israel seem to make their point for them.
This is Goldberg's real point: that anti-Semitic attacks are distracting us from the real evil that is Israel.
- You know, Israel: that functioning and diverse democracy in the Middle East that's surrounded by totalitarian Muslim states where they persecute you for believing the wrong things, treat women as second-class citizens, and have no concept of inalienable rights!
- You know, Israel: where they give high fives to the little kids of Islamist men who shamefully try to bait Israeli soldiers with their own children!
- You know, Israel: which calls to warn residents of an incoming airstrike and provides life-saving care to surviving terrorists while Hamas hides in media buildings, schools, and hospitals – hoping that a bunch of kids die so they'll get sympathy in the media!
It's obvious that Goldberg's "progressive" mind can't compute the real power alliances and violent actors. In her mind, she lumps together the Jewish "Zionist right" with neo-Nazi neckbeards living in a junkyard compound in Minnesota.
She can't fathom that it's actually the Marxists and Islamists that are threatening life and liberty worldwide, and that this unholy alliance's sympathy for bloodthirsty terrorists is why people don't take their criticisms of Israel's government more seriously.
That doesn't matter to Goldberg. Instead of seeing anti-Semitic attacks as bad always and forever, she sees them as an obstacle in the fight against Israel. How ironic.
Then there was this:
Not surprisingly, there's been a rush to blame left-wing Democrats like Ilhan Omar, who described Israeli airstrikes killing civilians in Gaza as "terrorism," for inciting anti-Jewish hostility. "If you blamed violent attacks against Asian-Americans on Trump calling Covid the ‘Chinese virus,' but you can't see how congresswomen accusing Israel of terrorism might result in Jews being attacked by pro-Palestinian mobs, you either can't think or you have a problem with Jews," Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor at Newsweek, tweeted last week.
But by this logic, those of us concerned about hate crimes against Asian-Americans shouldn't denounce China's genocide of the Uighurs.
"By this logic." Lady, by this point we've moved far away from logic.
Let's back up a second, because she's assumed the Newsweek editor's statement is a valid premise.
On one hand, you have Omar, who doesn't just take an anti-Israel stance, but regularly voices support for literal terrorists and the Islamic eschatology ushered in through jihad (remember, "some people did something" on 9/11).
On the other, you have Trump rightly blaming China for the release of a virus – or at least the failure to contain it – that has killed millions worldwide, and you have the media reaction, which was to try to somehow tie every crime against Asian Americans to him.
You see, from my "evil" conservative perspective, I can believe that it is the "China virus," that ethnic hate crimes against any people group are always wrong, and that China should be condemned for its genocide of the Uighurs.
Just one of the perks of having a consistent worldview!
Goldberg ends by saying "anti-Semitic violence helps shore up this [Israeli apartheid] system by strengthening the taboo against calling it what it is," but then talks about how Jews in Europe are afraid to wear their kippas or other Jewish identifiers in public.
May I submit to this balloonhead that maybe the latter issue is the one at hand, and why the "apartheid" state of Israel is fighting so desperately for its survival.
Anti-Semitic attacks are not a "gift" to the right. They are crimes against humanity, period, and the same hatred fueling attacks on Jews in New York and Los Angeles is the same hatred fueling rockets indiscriminately fired at Jews in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.