Americans are keenly aware the left side of the aisle currently, in part because of fake news, finds something to go berserk about.
Literally berserk, as the riots at Berkeley (called ‘Berzerkeley’ in my youth) indicated.
Talking to CNN, a network perceived by many of us as solidly leftist, Robert Reich came up with a conspiracy theory worthy of myriad tinfoil hats. And a strong dose of medication, perhaps.
Reich, by the way, worked for the administration of Bill Clinton and a couple of other presidents from both sides of the aisle.
Now as threats on Twitter are directed at children of Trump supporters and others, Reich has decided it’s all a conspiracy. By the right:
“You think it’s a strategy by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers?” asked host Don Lemon.
“I wouldn’t bet against it,” Reich said. “I saw these people. They all looked very– almost paramilitary. They were not from the campus. I don’t want to say factually, but I’ve heard there was some relationship here between these people and the right-wing movement that is affiliated with Breitbart News.”
Reich gained notoriety after President Barack Obama took office. Reich publicly stated “white male construction workers” shouldn’t get jobs from Stimulus money paid by US taxpayers. The video can no longer be accessed at most indie sites who wrote about it as national media ignored the biased statement.
I covered it, however, and for now, the video remains active.
Reich claimed his words were distorted. They weren’t. His intent was obvious. The type of bias expressed by Reich brings out the worst in humans regardless of skin color or party affiliation.
Meanwhile, groups associated with the self-applied label ‘Antifa’ have multiplied on social media. Some, indicated by the screen capture from Twitter, are advocating violence. Including violence against children.
‘Antifa’is a term that has been illegitimately appropriated. It should not be used by media to describe groups and individuals who are, despite numerous efforts by online sites to politically redefine the term, actual fascists. Fascism is top down authority, with power achieved by suffocating the opposition. At present, violence comes from the left. At present only the left can say whatever they want. That privilege does not extend to anyone in opposition.
Reich, indulging in his conspiracy delusion, overlooks his party’s deliberate incitement of riots. Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, currently a US senator from Virginia, told supporters they had to “fight in the streets.”
That’s what happened at ‘Berzerkeley’ and people were hurt. Reich seemed unconcerned about the fascist clampdown on free expression.
No media have asked Reich how, since most of the rioters were masked, he knows who is and is not a student at Berkeley where enrollment now tops 38,000. Regardless, the Twitter user labeled AZ Antifa Front (see snip at bottom), who naturally doesn’t include a photo on the page, seems to be taking Kaine’s instructions to heart. Twitter has eagerly censored provocateurs on the right, but not so much on the left.
More background on Reich is published at Discover the Networks. As for Kaine, it wouldn’t surprise me if aspiring candidates use his words against him and his fellow Dems come midterms. Most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, do not like property destruction or violence.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 3, 2017)
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