Ideology Über Alles!
Some journalists think their job is simply to push “facts” out into the world and see what happens. They lob grenades over the editorial wall and don’t think they’re responsible for the explosion on the other side.
This is what gay magazine Out did Wednesday, when it published a pretentious profile of Milo Yiannopoulos, a tech editor at alt-right site Breitbart. Yiannopoulos was banned in June from Twitter for inciting and fueling a harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actress and Saturday Night Live cast member Leslie Jones. An anti-feminist and white nationalist icon, he is known for his attacks on Muslims — after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, held a press conference denouncing Islam. Out provocatively titled the piece, “Send in the clown: Internet supervillain Milo doesn’t care that you hate him.”
The piece has rightfully led Out readers and the gay commentariat to ask: Why is a gay, progressive magazine showering such attention on one of the culture’s most toxic trolls?
The claim that the 5,000-plus-word profile of Yiannopoulos is justified because he is “central” to the election is farcical. He is an online troll. As a British citizen, he can’t even vote in the U.S. election. He is a guy who was entertaining enough to have duped a publication into showering him with attention because he had a lot of Twitter followers.
Alas, the surest way to turn a clown into a threat is by treating them with the same uncritical eye with which the mainstream media has treated Donald Trump, who has used billions of dollars in free airtime from the major television networks to rail against Muslims, Mexicans and refugees. As John Sides, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University, noted in the Washington Post, the media’s early, fawning coverage of Trump helped propel his rise. Out is feeding a much smaller monster in the same way.
Those of us in the media are not mere stenographers. We decide whose voices to elevate. We amplify information. We generate the narratives that define public discourse. This isn’t an opinion about how journalists should do their jobs; it’s a statement of fact about the power of information and those who wield it.
The main difference among journalists is that some are agnostic about what happens on the other side of the editorial wall. The rest of us are not.
As Hicklin himself told Mic, “It’s dangerous when you start caring about how people respond to what you say. It’s important that you don’t because it won’t let you be truthful.”
I guess Milo really is the Dangerous Faggot.
Social justice is a religion, and journalists are members of its priesthood. So are teachers. It is no coincidence that progressives dominate both professions. If you control “truth” you control society.
When socialists take power they send everyone they don’t kill to reeducation camps to teach them how to think properly. Dissent is a capital crime.