I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning and saw the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel joining in on the delegitimize-black-student protesters tip.
Weigel had retweeted a story by Breitbart News with the headline “The Missouri Poop Swastika is the Moment Social Justice Jumped the Shark.” The rightblogger, Milo Yiannopoulos claims that all of the issues Mizzou students are raising are all lies.
“It seems more likely that the swastika is a hoax, just as — whisper it — so many other high-profile black victims on American campuses celebrated endlessly by progressive journalists turn out to be mendacious frauds,” Yiannopoulos wrote.
It’s the age-old tactic of the regressive — delegitimize your opponent. Simply claim that there’s no racial prejudice in Missouri, or anywhere for that matter, it’s all lies from the pit of hell.
Let’s think that through.
What would be the point of making up a bunch of stories, protesting and going on a hunger strike? Because the students really hated the president that much that they would go to these lengths in order to oust him? That seems unlikely. So what is their motive then? Yiannopoulos doesn’t say.
But you can see where Yiannopoulos is coming from in his use of the word “retard” in the story. He’s a “libertarian.” I assume that’s why Weigel, former Reason writer thinks Yiannopoulos is cool. But is that what it takes to be a libertarian today? Just be an asshole?
I agree that there’s more to the Mizzou story than poop smeared on a wall, but this story by Yiannopoulos does nothing to increase our understanding of what’s been happening on the campus for the last two years. Or why these folks are so upset. Investigating that would take work, it’s much easier for to just call the students and protesters liars and move on, right?
I don’t expect more from Breitbart News, but for a supposedly serious Washington Post reporter like Dave Weigel to give this sort of pathetic attempt to delegitimize the plight of these students is very sad indeed.