Saturday 27 October 2018

Breaking news

The vile antisemitic atrocity at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has got my Twitter feed reacting in depressingly familiar ways. 

Anti-Trump people are busy blaming President Trump, saying that his bullying, hateful language helped incite this latest act of political violence, while pro-Trump people are busy tweeting (subsequently deleted) social media messages, apparently from the suspect, showing him to be a Nazi who said he didn't vote for Donald Trump and who regarded the President as a puppet of the Jews and who was anti-Israel. 

The 'unifying' thing, if we can call it that, is that such people, from either side, are making it mostly about Trump and politics rather than about antisemitism.

I'm seeing lots of tweets saying that it was a baby-naming ceremony that was attacked.

As you'd expect Anthony Zurcher's Twitter feed is making it all about Trump too, and he's not held back, even so early after this atrocity, from taking political potshots at the President:

And Katty Kay hasn't specifically mentioned the atrocity but is retweeting attacks on Donald Trump instead:

And here's Jonny, having a snark:

And I, as you'll have noticed, am now taking political potshots at partisan BBC hacks like Anthony Zurcher and Katty Kay and Jon Sopel.

Quite a few things are definitely wrong here.

1 comment:

  1. You are not uniquely funded by compulsion, nor claim impartiality, which oddly you manage a whole lot better than about 9999.9% of the BBC.


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