Here’s How a Liberal Journalist Gets Story 100% Backward

There is an elite website called The Hill which generally covers news stories from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. But it sometimes ventures into larger thematic essays like one by Reid Wilson called Fury fuels the modern political climate in US

Wilson gets the story totally backwards by writing it from a liberal point of view, although the casual reader may not notice exactly how he does it. So let explain it to you.

Wilson’s commentary is excerpted here with a comment after each excerpt showing how liberalism persistently taints reporting and commentary today:

Wilson writes: Americans are angry about everything. That’s what Rep. Steve Israel thought just months before the 2014 midterm elections. During that cycle, Israel poured over reams of data and watched hours of focus groups with voters across the country. The New York Democrat, who had been tasked with coordinating his party’s messaging strategy, saw voters deeply antipathetic about more than just the partisan political process.

“We saw an historic breakdown of faith in institutions across the board, not just government,” said Israel, who has since left Congress.

People were angry about religious institutions riven by scandal and a financial system that led to the worst recession in modern history. They saw disruption taking place across the economy in deeply personal terms, like the local bookstore that had closed because of online competition or the taxi cab that had been replaced by ride-hailing services. And they saw a political system entirely unable — or unwilling — to offer a response that addressed their growing anxieties. comment: Notice how Wilson approaches the subject from a liberal point of view. First, he never mentions the catastrophic breakdown of faith in issues on the Democrat side like the Welfare State or Obamacare or open borders or Hillary Clinton or Black Lives Matter or militant environmentalism or football players who kneel for the National Anthem. No, he singles out the banks and the churches, both conservative institutions.

Second, he cites a bookstore as a displaced business when local bookstores are hardly the most significant talisman of economic vigor. Many small towns don’t even have bookstores.

Perhaps he could have mentioned the hardware store or the lumber yard. But no, liberals don’t go to lumber yards or hardware stores. They don’t even know which end of a screwdriver to use, or what plywood is. Liberals go to bookstores; they think that the whole world is based on books written by college professors and other intellectuals.

Wilson then cites “religious institutions riven by scandal” when he is really referring to the molestation of thousands of young boys by several hundred homosexual Catholic priests after the Catholic church loosened up its rules against gay priests, with predictable results.

Meanwhile the “financial system” that Wilson describes was brought down in 2008 by the lending of trillions of taxpayer dollars for home purchases by millions of poor people who never paid it back; and by the general weakening of lending standards at private banks.

These were both commanded by Democrats starting with the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 and continuing with decades of propaganda about how the banks need to make it easier to buy homes.

Wilson writes: There have been plenty of times in the nation’s 240-year history in which an evolving economy has produced anxiety. But this time was different.

“The bookstore, the local small business, the taxi, those are proxies for people’s own economic security. And when they disappear, people think they’re next. There’s an existential fear for their economic survival,” Israel said. “Even when our politics and government failed us in the past, people have had safe havens to go to, whether it was sports or the church. Without a safe place to go to, that amplifies anxiety.” comment: Again, the bookstore. This guy is obsessed with bookstores. But it is not the bookstore or the taxi cab that Americans are disturbed about. Americans are really disturbed about the destruction of our basic manufacturing and mining economy that created the wealth that supported small businesses in the first place. This guy Wilson would never know anything like that. He is too busy reading books about the economy.

Americans also are very troubled about the shift of jobs overseas. But this shift is to be expected after decades of rhetorical, legal, financial and political assaults on our corporations, manufacturing companies, mining companies, oil companies, logging companies, coal companies, natural gas firms and nuclear power plants from the media, the labor unions, the Democrats, and the taxers, regulators and environmentalists. No wonder they have moved jobs overseas.

This is precisely why Trump won. He wants to bring these jobs back. He already is doing so.

How about “safe havens” like “sports or the church”?

Well, we cannot even watch a football game any more without some multi-millionaire black player telling us how much he hates America after he listened to Black Lives Matter and its Democrat benefactors.

Meanwhile the socialist/communist left and their media cronies destroyed our traditional churches with decades of public hatred toward our Christian founding and replaced them with radical political churches that are nothing but extensions of the far-left Democrat party.

Wilson writes: President Barack Obama ran as a “hope and change” candidate in 2008, tapping into voter frustration with President George W. Bush and the Iraq War. Eight years later, Donald Trump ran an anti-Obama campaign. He said his candidacy “was representing a lot of anger out there.” comment: The Iraq war was a disaster, particularly for our military. It is a very sad story that has written about many times. But Wilson conveniently ignores the reason that Trump won – the tremendous destruction of much of the American economy under 50 years of socialist policies, culminating in Obama. The middle class is shrinking rapidly and tens of millions are suffering. That’s what Americans are really upset about.

Wilson writes: After a decade of economic and cultural tumult, one in which our trust in civic institutions has fallen to all-time lows, the degradation of the nation’s political system has left American government at a crossroads. comment: That decade of economic tumult would have lasted two years if Obama had made decent policies. But he pushed the accelerator to the floor for socialism and made everything much worse. He gave away $800 billion in taxpayer cash in his so-called ‘stimulus’ of 2009 that did almost nothing for our economy except to enrich his political cronies who stole most of the cash.

And that “cultural tumult” is a direct result of aggressive liberal dogma promoting agendas that upset thousands of years of cultural norms, like opening up ladies’ bathrooms to whomever wants to use them.

Wilson writes: The chasms that have emerged in the wake of partisan gamesmanship and a vastly uneven economic evolution — even before a more uneven recovery — have become a feature of American life…. comment: That “uneven economic evolution” is a result of the obliteration of, or the obstruction of the creation of tens of millions of jobs, particularly in small-town and rural America over the last 50 years.

This was the handiwork of the environmentalists and urban/university political elites who have been seeking for decades to destroy the economies of white working-class people in Trump Country and to turn the countryside into a ‘green’ utopia with no people.

Wilson writes: The Hill spoke with more than 60 experts, including demographers, economists, political scientists, members of Congress, party strategists, local officials, union leaders and business owners.

Those experts universally agreed on the unique spirit of the American conscience, entrepreneurship and ambition.

But many are equally pessimistic about the future of the American experiment. The partisan fever created by two almost evenly divided factions vying for power, and the logjam in government, show few signs of breaking without some sort of nationally unifying catastrophe. comment: When we had a unifying catastrophe called 9/11 the unity lasted one week. Then the Democrats started saying that 9/11 was America’s fault or was perpetrated by Bush.

Wilson writes: The influx of immigrants seeking a better life within our borders is speeding a demographic change already well underway due to natural growth in minority communities. comment: This is classic liberal misdirection. It is the influx of illegal immigrants that is undermining our economy and our system of law and order, and angering Americans.

Wilson writes: And the small towns that once defined Middle America are dying as big metropolitan areas outpace them in job creation and cultural dominance. comment:
These small towns have been suffering for decades with increasing mechanization for farming, mining and logging and thus with many fewer workers needed. But then the ‘greenies’ came along and beat them down further with relentless obstruction of new economic development.

Wilson writes: Blame lies, too, with the leaders sent to Washington. Politicians, like anyone, are driven by incentives, and in a moment of hyperpartisanship the overwhelming incentive is to demonize the other side — as Trump has with immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally, or to a lesser extent as Clinton did with her “basket of deplorables” remark. comment: Wilson says that Trump’s comment was worse, but Hillary’s comment was infinitely worse. Trump and his followers oppose 10 million to 20 million illegal immigrants who are not American citizens and who broke the law to come here. Millions of them have committed crimes, while up to 70% and more live on taxpayer handouts. On the other hand Hillary insulted 60 million honest, hard-working and legal American citizens who don’t want handouts, who abide by the law and who have built the country up over more than 200 years with hard work and patriotism.

Wilson writes: Decades ago, Americans consumed the vast majority of their news from one of a small handful of sources, concentrated in the nation’s largest cities. Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America, and even robust local newspapers consumed Associated Press content or raced to match The New York Times.

Today, the rise of partisan media outlets has supplemented conservative talk radio and in turn has been supplemented by the internet’s ability to spread dubious news.

“You have basically the information network that stitched America together now cracking apart,” said Laura Quinn, a Democratic data analytics expert. comment: Awww…. Poor CBS. Poor New York Times. Too bad. Their own bias ruined them. They alienated half of America. Bye-bye and good riddance.

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