At about ten past eight this morning. Today Programme. Cosy chat with John Humphrys and Chief Strategist for Barack Obama, David Axelrod.
The BBC is cherry-picking again. John Humphrys was oh so chummy with David Axelrod as they vied with each other to find the most fitting superlative to emote President Trump’s racism.
“Isn’t Trump racist?
“Yes he certainly is, but he’s not only racist, he’s playing to his base - a bunch of racists.
“Yes, and the more racist he is, the more they love him.
“Yes, and it’s hard to see how much more racist he could get.
Yes, and to tell four Americans to go back to their own countries, well, just how more racist-er could anyone be?
“No, this is the ultimate racism of all racism, on stilts.
“And he’s rewarded for it.
Not verbatim, but that was the gist of it. Then, on the line, Brian Lanser was introduced as one of Trump’s deputy communications directors from his presidential campaign. (I couldn’t find him online - maybe he spells his name differently)
The atmosphere froze. An argumentative, waspish tone crept into Humphrys’s questioning.
Hear me out while I cite Sir Rod of Liddle. (£) writing about something Matthew Parris (miss)-spoke about (which resonates with what happened in the Humphrys - Lanser interview)
“A perfectly sensible observation from Matthew Parris has incurred the wrath of his colleagues on the Times. Speaking of Trump’s “racist” comments, Parris writes:
“I don’t like his attacks but I think they will strike a chord among millions who should not be called racists. It’s just futile to suppose that arrivals from another country, and their children, immediately and automatically assume an identity as citizens that is indistinguishable from that of the population already there. They have all the same rights but will be seen, for a generation or two, as neither better nor worse but different.”
That seems to me precisely the case. And I suspect the majority of Americans think the same, not to mention British people.”
That’s almost exactly what Brian Lanser replied when Humphrys stated confidently that the ‘majority of Americans’ were horrified at Trump’s racist Tweet. Wrong. Most Americans probably agree with Rod and Matthew.
“Yet you would have thought he had donned a pointy white hood to listen to the wailing from Caitlin Moran and Sathnam Sanghera who said:
‘I’m forever being told, as a second generation immigrant, that I should be “more grateful”, when I’m just doing the same job as him, being critical of aspects of Britain. That is racism.’
Followed up with:
‘I’ve left a comment on the website, Matthew often responds, so hopefully he will reflect.’
Me sticking up for Parris will simply confirm to people of such Manichean, absolutist beliefs, that Matthew is a raaaccissst. They are impervious to everything else. There is nothing else but racism. No nuance, no context, no truth.”
That’s it. The way the BBC has been running with this story for two days. No context, only Racism. Racism. Raaaccciismmm. Race. Ism.
Trump’s biggest error was probably including the word “back” in that dreaded Tweet. It was technically incorrect, at least in respect of three out of the four.
The BBC and most of the MSM completely ignore the context around this storm-in-a-teacup, while amplifying the juiciest fragment of ammunition with which to attack Trump is the only thing that interests them. That’s what they all do these days.
They speak as if the ‘squad’ are clean and unblemished, 'without sin', confident (because of their blind-eyed, politically correct reporting) that hardly anyone knows what these four ladies have constantly been saying. If a fraction of their ugly rhetoric had been honestly reported it would be plain to see who the actual racists are.