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Gray Journalism is the opposite of Yellow Journalism: it’s covering up unpalatable realities by burying the interesting facts until long after most people have stopped reading. The Gray Lady, the NYT, is the leading practitioner of Gray Journalism. For example, articles in the New York Times about anti-Semitic incidents often take just about forever to get around to mentioning who the anti-Semite perps actually are:

Anti-Semitic Taunts by Yellow Vests Prompt French Soul-Searching

By Adam Nossiter, Feb. 18, 2019

PARIS — He was one of France’s few public intellectuals to express support for the Yellow Vest movement at the beginning, but last week he said the protesters “devastate without regard for anything or anybody.”

Over the weekend, they turned their ire on him.

As Alain Finkielkraut, one of France’s leading essayists and critics from the right, walked by a Yellow Vest demonstration, protesters at its edge shouted insults widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

“Fascist!” they yelled.“Palestine!” “Go home to Israel!” “Tel Aviv, back to Tel Aviv!”

By Monday, the affair had snowballed into another episode of anguished national soul-searching over the problem of persistent anti-Semitism in France, and the evolution of the Yellow Vest movement from gas-tax protest to violent street revolt with hints of menace and hooliganism.

Okay, so I’ll just excerpt the beginning of each subsequent paragraph up until the Times gets to dropping another clue …

Some politicians and intellectuals accused others of not condemning the insults to Mr. Finkielkraut firmly …

The march, the accusations and counteraccusations, …

The extreme sensitivity of the issue …

The affair crystallizes a number of dark elements …

Mr. Finkielkraut, the son of an Auschwitz survivor …

Apart from displaying his erudition …

Some of the virulence directed at him Saturday …

The movement has been fueled by economic …

Muttering about the “Rothschild bank” …

Mr. Macron was a banker at Rothschild …

Mr. Finkielkraut was in the cross hairs …

Citizen videos, which have run continually …

Finally, in the 18th paragraph, the NYT unveils a second clue as to the identity of the anti-Semites:

One man was particularly virulent: Tugging at a sort of kaffiyeh scarf, he yelled: “France belongs to us! Damn racist! You are a hatemonger. You are going to die. You are going to hell. God will punish you. The people will punish you. Damn Zionist!”

Okay, from Wikipedia:

The keffiyeh or kufiya (Arabic: كُوفِيَّة‎ kūfiyyah, meaning “from the city of Kufa” (الْكُوفَة); plural كُوفِيَّات kūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah (غُترَة), shemagh (شُمَاغ šumāġ), ḥaṭṭah (حَطَّة), mashadah (مَشَدَة), chafiye, dastmal yazdi (Kurdish: دستمال یزدی‎) or cemedanî (Kurdish: جه مه داني‎), is a traditional Middle Eastern, headdress worn in the Middle East, with origins from the Fertile Crescent (Iraq and the Levant) fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton.[1]

In other words, at least one of the men who insulted the rightist Jewish intellectual is a Middle Easterner or North African. Judging by them calling M. Finkielkraut a “fascist,” they are likely leftists.

As Scott McConnell explains, one problem with the Yellow Vests as a movement is that everybody’s got one (literally: car owners are required to have them in their trunk in case their car breaks down by the side of the road):

Much of the initial appeal of the Gilets Jaunes was based in their “everyman” quality—that of middle-class French who weren’t especially engaged in politics but had had enough. But the other side of this lack of experience and foundational structure was that anyone could put on the yellow vest that French drivers are required to carry and present themselves as representatives of the most important social movement France had seen in years.

This, of course, gave a huge opportunity for entryism, especially to the far Left. Soon, demonstrations began to attract casseurs, the professionals of leftist street violence.

iSteve commenter A Newsreader points out that Mencius Moldbug may have originated the Yellow Journalism vs. Gray Journalism distinction:

Interestingly, Mencius Moldbug independently came up with the term Gray Journalism back in 2007, and his definition fits nicely with Space Ghost’s:

One fact that every American learns in high school is that there used to be something called yellow journalism. If yellow journalism is with us today, it only exists in the sort of papers which no one of any quality reads, like the New York Post, or the Daily Mail, or Juggs.

Clearly the New York Times would stand out in this list, so clearly it is not yellow journalism. It would certainly dispute the characterization, and I certainly agree. But in order to compare the two, we need a parallel terminology. So I humbly propose gray journalism for the latter.

What is the difference between yellow journalism and gray journalism? Who invented gray journalism, when, and why? And is gray journalism—which its practitioners call responsible journalism, objective journalism, and so on—best defined as official journalism?

One interesting possibility is that the transition from yellow to gray journalism is identical to the transition from ochlocracy to mediocracy. Under this theory, the grayification of journalism is a sort of Gleichschaltung , a coordination or alignment. Yellow journalism, such as that practiced by Hearst, Pulitzer, etc., used its political power to serve a variety of divergent private interests which did not always coincide with the interests of the State. Gray journalism has learned its Hegelian manners, and invariably serves and upholds the State.

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  1. Who is antisemitic is unimportant; what matters is that the world is now 1930s Germany because of Trump.

    • LOL: reactionry
    • Replies: @anon
    , @william
  2. been on a University campus in the last 20 years? the keffiyeh is an international symbol of soyboy solidarity with muh Palestine

    (specifically, this one

  3. @Roderick Spode

    Speaking of soy boys, unmarried vegan Cory Booker attended Stanford, Oxford, and Yale.

  4. Hail says: • Website

    What is the opposite of ‘Gray Journalism’?

    Conservative-leaning German paper Die Welt has something close to an “anti-gray” version of this story, in the form of an interview with Finkielkaut. Rather than muddy the waters as the New York Times does, Welt dives right into immigration — in the headline itself and then in the subtitle. The implication is clear: Merkel, and Merkel-like policies, are to blame for the rise in anti-Semitic such-and-such. And that is quoting Finkielkraut.

    (Finkielkraut plays the Steve Sailer Card: He cannot be guilty of thoughtcrime, he says, because is merely noticing things):

    Alain Finkielkraut: [Merkel’s] “Wir Schaffen Das!” was simply nonsense

    The French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was abused by Yellow Vests. He says that anti-semitisim would be a marginal problem if not for multicultural societies. Merkel, he says, is to blame.

    Welt: Please tell us what, exactly, you are critical of about the Muslim-origin population of France.

    Alain Finkielkraut: I do not want to criticize French Muslims. I am convinced that a great number of them wish to leave in peace and practice their religion quietly. These people have nothing against Jews. I am simply noticing [feststellen] that mass immigration in France and elsewhere in Europe has radically changed something.



    „,Wir schaffen das!‘ war einfach Unsinn“

    Der französische Philosoph Alain Finkielkraut wurde von Gelbwesten antisemitisch beschimpft. Er sagt, dass der Antisemitismus ein Randproblem wäre, wenn es keine multikulturellen Gesellschaften gäbe. Dafür macht er auch Merkel verantwortlich.

    Von Martina Meister
    19 Feb 2019
    298 Kommentare

    (Interview with Welt.)

    WELT: Dann seien Sie doch bitte ganz klar: Was kritisieren Sie an der muslimischstämmigen Bevölkerung Frankreichs?

    Alain Finkielkraut: Ich will nicht die französischen Moslems kritisieren. Ich bin überzeugt, dass eine grosse Zahl von ihnen in Frieden und auch iheren Glauben in aller Stille leben will. Diese Leute haben nichts gegen Juden. Ich stelle lediglich fest, dass die massive Immigration in Frankreich und anderswo in Europa etwas radikal verändert hat.

  5. Yellow vests have shown up in Germany, too. But to protest proposed speed limits on the Autobahn.

    That sounds silly at first, until you realize that speeding is about the only true liberty there is in the Anally Retentive Republic of Germany.

    The reason for the limits? Climate change!

  6. Lot says:

    Good stuff here:

    Quoted by the American Conservative:

    Finkielkraut’s response was interesting: he said he hoped police would find out who the attackers were, but made some important distinctions. “We are not experiencing a return to the 1930s. It’s a new type of anti-Semitism we’re experiencing. They are the sorts who shout ‘Palestine’ while calling me a Zionist. There was one with a beard who said ‘God will punish you’—that’s not the language of the extreme Right, it’s actually Islamist rhetoric.”

    In an interview published prior to the assault, Finkielkraut, when asked about the rise in anti-Semitic acts in France, repeated that they were not for the most part due to the extreme Right but to an anti-Semitism imported from the Maghreb, Turkey, the Middle East, and Africa, which had been implanted in France over a long period of time. He then noted a parallel exponential rise in attacks on Christian churches, observing that “in the 21st century France, Jews, and Catholics were in the same boat.”

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
  7. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    Non-Arabs wear the keffiyah thing too sometimes. I don’t know if it’s still fashionable, but it was among young leftist types for a while. Though in the article, the person with the keffiyah is presumably a Muslim. Leftists generally don’t talk about God’s punishment.

    Attacking the Rothschilds and Jewish finance more generally is not uncommon among populists in France and other parts of Europe, and of course there’s a history of it in Europe. Here’s some middle class boomer age native French ranting about the Rothschilds:

    “Un Gilet Jaune dénonce le Nouvel Ordre Mondial et les Rothschilds” (“A Yellow Vest Denounces the New World Order of the Rothschilds”)

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  8. anon[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @Roderick Spode

    Wasn’t familiar with it myself, but it looks like you’re right. Seems Colin Farrell likes to wear one.

    A mark of a champagne socialist/SJW. Speaking of which, when did the Guy Fawkes masks go out of style?

  9. Mmmmmm…. not so sure about this one. Just like the anti-semitic assaults in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, there is some video footage of the incident.

    Are the protesters hurling insults at Mr. French Public Intellectual Algerians or Arabs? I cannot tell. They could very well be European French. I am not versed enough in French culture to pick up on the accent and social cues to determine who is actually involved. A kaffiyeh can be worn by anyone and since the 1970’s kaffiyehs have been popular in Leftist street protester circles.

    It is possible that the Macron government wants to paint the protests as anti-semitic and call it a day. You never know when everyone is masked and anonymous.

    Public Intellectuals seem to play the same role in France that Dr. Phil plays in the States. Speaking of French Public Intellectuals, the utterly insufferable Bernard-Henri Lévy, was on the New York City NPR affiliate, WNYC, this week shilling for the usual globalist drivel.

    • Replies: @anon
  10. Anon[210] • Disclaimer says:

    “Entryism”; never heard that term. The infiltration of an opposing political party to subvert its goals.

    I think that’s similar to how faculty and university administration have been taken over, but especially the way that various professional organizations have been taken over, the APA and its toxic masculinity stuff, and the way that the national legal association has all of a sudden gotten really close to changing the uniform criminal code recommendations for state laws so they reflect campus definitions of sexual assault and campus evidence standards.

    In general these kinds of organizations are ignore by competent, male practitioners in the profession. Only the radicalized losers have time to pour into them and play politics. And all of a sudden “your profession” is sagging y this, that, and the other, and you go WTF!?

  11. Bill P says:

    In Seattle in 1999 during the anti-globalist protests against the WTO, the mayor used the depredations of professional “casseurs,” known as the Black Bloc, as an excuse to violently break up the protest and then turn downtown Seattle into a forbidden zone occupied by the National Guard. You needed a badge to enter the zone (I had one at the time, supplied by my employer), and the guardsmen, who were in full combat gear, were quite intimidating.

    I and many others found it quite curious that the police maintained a hands-off policy toward the Black Bloc. While tens of thousands of people peacefully stood up to make their point, a few dozen clowns in black ninja suits ran around with hammers smashing windows. As far as I know not one of them was arrested.

    After the masked vandals had done their thing for a while – entirely unmolested by the police – the gas, grenades and rubber bullets were suddenly directed against the peaceful protesters.

    It was probably planned that way. These “casseurs” are truly the best friends of the elites. Sometimes I wonder whether elites pay them. But in truth, they don’t have to directly pay them; all they have to do is let them squat somewhere and wink at their behavior, and they will do what it is their nature to do. Sam Francis’s “anarcho-tyranny” in plain sight.

    The media play a key role in this elite/vandal symbiosis. They interpret events like the WTO protests and the Yellow Vests movement. In order to discredit those who challenge their masters, they make liberal use of mediagenic louts, thereby slandering people who have a legitimate political grievance. It’s a lot like the Jussie Smollett hoax, only more sophisticated and with plausible deniability.

  12. Dan Hayes says:

    Clifford Brown:

    Brian Lehrer, the WNYC interviewer of BHL, takes the cake for smugness. What’s especially galling is that as both a Federal and NYC taxpayer I am forced to support this particular example of the liberal zeitgeist in Sodom & Gomorrah On The Hudson!

  13. Beckow says:

    Propaganda is what they don’t tell you.

    Gray, yellow, red,…let’s not play with journalism of colour. When NY Times intentionally leaves out key information, that is simple propaganda.

  14. Bill B. says:

    What has been extraordinary is the level of police violence against the Yellow Vests when Muslim rioters who regularly burn a swath of the country’s car pool are treated with kid gloves.

    At least a score of protestors have been blinded in one eye, several have had a hand torn off and there have been local reports of deaths.

    Christophe Guilluy’s La France Périphérique anticipates much of this by showing how the mostly white working class and middle class whites have been forced by diversity and high costs to flee the cities for small towns and the countryside leaving them isolated, poor and desperate.

    But Macron and the other members of the cosmopolitan elite don’t care because they already have their electoral base of immigrants and the liberal/bien pensent coalition of helots and good-thinkers and cognitive winners. Macron believes in an open Federal Europe not a historic France.

    So the police have a very free hand to fire flash-grenades and beat up protestors. Paris doesn’t care.

    Galliawatch has a good survey:

    If you doubt the violence perpetrated by the authorities on ordinary often rather old white French people glance at this; in French but obvious. Scroll down. (Link from Galliawatch.)

    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @peterike
    , @Forbes
  15. Tyrion 2 says:

    For context on who Alain Finkielkraut actually is here are some quotes (on his work, not an NYT-style tally of his victim points):

    “For the first time in the history of immigration, the guest is now denying his host, whoever the host may be, the right to incarnate the nation that is welcoming him.”

    “Under the prism of romanticism for the other, the new social norms of diversity create a France where one’s origins have no right to be mentioned unless they are exotic, where only one identity is stricken with unreality: the national identity.”

    “To forget or to excommunicate our past, this is not to open ourselves to the dimension of the future: it is to submit, without resistance, to the power of onrushing events … Abandoning the great ambition of the Enlightenment—which was to stamp our image upon the entire world—does not have to lead to the destruction of that image.”

    “One group’s [the native French] roots are considered suspect, their genealogical pride repugnant; meanwhile, the others [Muslim immigrants] are invited to celebrate their history and cultivate their otherness.”

    “‘The People’ have disappointed the left; they have trapped themselves in nostalgia, they have become reactionaries. … the Front National is now the premier working-class party in France. … But it’s precisely those who denounce this occurrence, those very nice bobos [moneyed hipsters], who in a practical sense avoid the problems [of mass immigration] through their choice of residence, and even more through the choice of where they send their children to school … ‘The Other, the Other’—they repeat this buzzword endlessly, but it’s in the comfort of familiarity between themselves that they cultivate exoticism.”

    “What they’ve forgotten in their fervor for equality and liberty, is that bourgeois customs had a moral foundation. … They force you to feel, all while playing into the social comedy, concern for others. When I’m polite, I’m following a custom, of course; I’m playing a role, no doubt; I’m betraying my roots, possibly. But above all, as Hume showed, I’m letting other people know that they count in my view. I greet them, I bow to them, I acknowledge their existence by de-stressing my own. A child who’s been left to the devices of his inborn egocentricity and new technologies does the opposite: he denies the existence of the person who’s right in front of him. He snuffs out the external reality which, in other eras, he would have been forced to face.”

    “These aren’t idiots or bad people, but men and women of good intentions, who need to think that villainy has a central address, that racism has a single face, that events all fall into a single paradigm … does the Just remain just when it’s divorced from reality?”

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Harry Baldwin
  16. What kind of journalism is it when the left is having a bad news cycle so they decide to dig up an American icon and put his corpse on trial?

    WTF is this weasel term ‘resurface’ supposed to mean?

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  17. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2

    That is pretty selective for context on Finkielkraut. Much of his prime was spent on Ta-Nehisi Coates style ethnonarcissism and navel gazing about being Jewish, the Holocaust, Nazis, etc .

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  18. Anonymous[383] • Disclaimer says:

    The parallels between the gilets jaunes and the sans culottes of the French Revolution are uncanny.
    Both movements are genuine expressions of massive popular discontent amongst distressed workers against an arrogant, contemptuous government which more or less hates and despises them.

    At some level, Macron, (The Economist’s fool), *MUST* realise this – and the full implications.

    Hence the sheer utter panic of Macron’s hysterical response – and the desperate attempts to smear the Yellow Vests with the ultimate taboo of ‘anti-semitism’.

    • Replies: @Anon
  19. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    This is olds, not news.
    He used the phrase “white supremacy” on an entirely different context than the phrase is used today.

    “With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks,” Wayne said. “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to the point of responsibility.”

    A modern white separatist or white nationalist would not say that: one, they don’t think that as a group the blacks are educable to responsibility, and two, they wouldn’t say the blacks have any right to resentment at all.

    I believe that in their situation, resentment is only human, but that the solution is to offer them the option of reparations and separation, so they can live in a Black society with all that entails, or to submit to explicit white rule: their political power should be limned, to where they have some redress for legitimate grievances, but the idea that they can determine the future of the country should be clearly ruled out.

  20. Anonymous[383] • Disclaimer says:

    France – the state which screams the loudest about ‘human rights abuses’ committed by foreign governments.
    Yet, gleefully mutilates its own citizens – like animals caught in a trapper’s vice – who had the temerity to express their discontent.

  21. Tyrion 2 says:

    I’ve only read The Defeat of The Mind (1987!), which I believe is his most famous book. It had none of the stuff you’re alleging. It was instead a gallop through the last few centuries of philosophy that added up to a wonderful critique of post-modernism and an uncannily prophetic indictment of progressive politics in 2019…

    Notice how I also provided a bunch of quotes, the first in English I could find in fact, while you just made a bunch of stuff up.

    Edit: I feel like a mug for initially taking your reply in good faith.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. @Bill P

    It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that any white people shouting bad things at Jews in Paris are agents of the state. I notice that, unlike the weekly incidents of people being badly beaten or having their eyes shot out by riot police, this verbal assault is getting full coverage in all media – and a protest against “anti-semitism” is getting the same treatment.

    The Guardian recently published a list of police infiltration of “political” (many, like the animal rights terrorists of SHAC, actually pretty unpleasant people, but some, like the BNP, just having the wrong politics) groups. I’d imagine French police would be doing all that and more.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Anonymous
  23. @Reg Cæsar

    Sammy Hagar was a prophet!

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  24. @Anonymous

    The Rothschilds aren’t mythical creatures that only benighted anti-Semites believe in, they’re actually real. Macron himself was once officially employed by them.

  25. @Reg Cæsar

    If you are going to pay a shitload of fuel taxes on every litre, and Germans do, then they rightly expect to use as much as they are willing to pay for. There are plenty of folks on the Autobahns who keep it to less than 130kph, and, unlike the US, most have the good sense to get the hell out of the left lane for the rest to merrily consume and pay the taxes.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Simply Simon
  26. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    And here’s another tell:

    “… a Yellow Vest demonstration, protesters at its edge shouted insults …”

    In this context, “at its edge” is a weasel fart, an unpleasant detail included to enable the possible need for ass coverage when it becomes apparent that the shouter was not associated with the smeared Yellow Vests.

  27. Pericles says:
    @Clifford Brown

    The Heliogabalus of France.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. Pericles says:

    BBC and even our Swedish papers seem to be going with Gilets Jaunes = anti-semitism of unspecified origins.

  29. @Roderick Spode

    ‘been on a University campus in the last 20 years? the keffiyeh is an international symbol of soyboy solidarity with muh Palestine’

    You’re a Zionist, I take it.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Roderick Spode
  30. It seems to me that Sailer is overlooking a couple of considerations.

    First, there’s nothing anti-semitic about any of the cited remarks:

    ‘“Fascist!” they yelled.“Palestine!” “Go home to Israel!” “Tel Aviv, back to Tel Aviv!”’

    Finkelkraut is a Zionist and partisan of Israel. What’s unreasonable about the epithets directed at him? They’re certainly not anti-semitic. If I abuse Nazis, does that demonstrate I am bigoted against Germans?

    Second rather than leftists and Muslims having actually infiltrated the protests to any extent, it may be matter of the Times attempting to discredit the movement by implying that. ‘A sort of kaffiyeh’? Isn’t that a scarf; and isn’t it the middle of winter in Northern Europe?

    This is the Times we’re talking about. Why should the reader be trusting?

    • Agree: Prodigal son
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @Bill B.
  31. Sean says:,7340,L-3413292,00.html

    LONDON – Many of the key players in the escalating British campaign to boycott Israel are Jewish or Israeli, the Jewish Chronicle revealed in an investigation published Thursday.

    According to the investigation, the Jewish academics justify their stance as part of the struggle for Palestinian rights and ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

    The report stated that a high proportion of the academics were deeply involved in UCU, the University and College Union, which last month sparked an international outcry by voting to facilitate a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

    Anti-boycott figures suggest that the campaign has been fuelled by a well-organized mix of far-left activists and Islamic organizations, the JC reported. In reality, the main proponents are a loosely knit collection of academics and trade unionists linked to groups such as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for the Boycotting of Israeli Goods, and Bricup, the British Committee for Universities of Palestine

  32. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    The next time ‘French’ Islamist terrorists massacre a van load of French police, don’t expect any sympathy from the French public.

  33. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    It goes without saying that if the Polish or Hungarian, or even Russian police mutilated civilian protectors the way the French police are doing then, rest assured, the EU, the ‘Council of Europe’, Amnesty International, Soros, the NYT, The Economist, The Guardian, Bilderberg etc etc would be screaming bloody blue murder and generally ‘doing their bollocks’ – as the Cockneys say -.

    Partly this is purely political, but mostly it’s an expression of traditional ‘good ol fashioned’ western European patronising and sneering racial contempt aimed at eastern Europeans.

  34. Finally, in the 18th paragraph, the NYT unveils a second clue as to the identity of the anti-Semites …

    You’ve probably heard it before, Steve, but this reminds me of the time when Noam Chomsky advised reading NYT articles backwards, since all of the important information is found in the last paragraph or two.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @anonymous
    , @Crawfurdmuir
  35. Anonymous[360] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    haha, so now merely acknowledging the now ubiquitous connection between brain-dead leftism, Palestinianism, and a shallow fashion statement makes one a “Zionist?”

    Sign me up I guess.

  36. French authorities now have in custody, Benjamin W., the principle suspect in the Finkielkraut insulting case. He is from Mulhouse, near the Swiss border, and owns a small mobile phone store. His father is Tunisian and his mother French and the French media are claiming he is a convert to Islam and the only person in his family who practices the religion. He is very active in pro-Palestinian causes and has traveled to the region several times. He has a public Facebook account but the French media are as yet only describing the contents.

    He is charged with “”public insult because of national origin, ethnicity, nation, race or religion”. Benjamin’s defense no doubt will be that he was insulting Finkielkraut’s Zionist political views, and the phone videos certainly reinforce this defense. Hopefully France’s Muslim organizations will support him for fear that they will soon find themselves getting arrested every time they criticize Zionism.

    The police are continuing to search for a suspect that is associated with Dieudonné and/or Alain Soral and his Égalité et Réconciliation organization. Hunting and bagging such a suspect is the French equivalent of the never ending search for the Great White Defendant in the US. The likely end result of all this in any case will be the banning of the Égalité et Réconciliation website.

  37. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    …and her deserves the same fate.

  38. After yelling “Go back to Israel”, the Yellow Vests yelled “This is MAGA country.”

    • LOL: Forbes
  39. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    The sans cullottes didn’t appear until
    after the revolutionaries took over Paris Versailles and most of the cities and towns.

  40. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Best way to read the NYSlimes and other papers is to just assume the opposite is true of every article.

  41. @Bill P

    One of the failings of the right is misplaced cop and military worship. The same people who make posts about Blue Lives Matter on Facebook can’t understand why their heroes stand idly by while antifa smash up the city but release the hounds on “Nazis”.

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    , @Forbes
  42. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Digital Samizdat

    Another helpful technique: treat them as you would something written by a sketchy lawyer with a lousy case.

    Beware the modifiers, the qualifiers, the spatial, temporal and other relative references — they’re like the dribs and drabs to be found in a rat’s nest.

    Who needs crosswords?

  43. The name Finkielkraut sounds like a malaprop type name Archie Bunker would make up when he was being anti Semetic.

  44. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Let’s hope so because if america is now Germany on the verge of resurgent ethno nationalism, its going to happen this time without america to stop the glorious counter revolution and without a slave morality anymore, the left killed the christian slave morality to erect the circular firing squad morality which cant stand up to a real assault

  45. @Colin Wright

    Get with the program. Mentioning their Jewishness is, of itself, Anti-Semitic.

  46. “In other words, at least one of the men who insulted the rightist Jewish intellectual is a Middle Easterner or North African. Judging by them calling M. Finkielkraut a “fascist,” they are likely leftists.”

    Probably, but keffiyehs are a pretty common sight on white lefties in Europe.

  47. ic1000 says:
    @Bill B.

    Bill B.’s comment expanded on his topic sentence, “What has been extraordinary is the level of police violence against the Yellow Vests when Muslim rioters who regularly burn a swath of the country’s car pool are treated with kid gloves.”

    There are some parallels with L’Affaire Charlottesville. When the authorities (city mayor and police, Virginia governor and state police) revoked the permit of the “Unite the Right,” they could have dispersed the demonstrators behind police lines, to the neighborhood north of the park. Instead, they expelled the right-wingers to the south, into the waiting arms of Antifa. Violence resulted, but who could possibly have anticipated that unlikely outcome?

    The Prestige Press hasn’t noticed anything untoward in the circumstances behind this mysterious mystery. Happily, then-Governor McAuliffe emerged unscathed, to assume his current role as a Wise Man of the Democratic establishment.

  48. Got to disagree with one point Moldbug made . It’s not only the “ loud tabloid “ type of press still practicing Yellow Jounalism . The whole St. Trayvon of Skittles and Ferguson fiascos were a type of racial Yellow Journalism and this came from “respectable “ press . Who obviously are anything but .

    • Replies: @Forbes
  49. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clifford Brown

    No doubt in france as here painting the right as anti semitic is a common ploy the problem for the new right is much of the problems have strong semitic ties like tech, globalism, deficits and piles of debt run up foor proxy armies of non whites, the internet on those debts and the central bankers that sell their cousins that interest bearing debt,central banks that no one remembers actually issue the money as privately held banks that no one knows who owns them except we know for sure rothschildes are one of them, the endless wars and foreign aid, the destruction of european culture all of this is frankly pretty jewish and so jews are either triggered because they realise this is coming at them or because they are financially threatened the problem is the 80s dynamic of the right must be unquestionably capitalist and for every war or suspect of being a commie is coming apart. I dont think many in the new right are against these things as anti semites but its hard not to notice the strong connection and once these tings become ok to question and investigate its not going to be good for the jews, yet if they defend them as such as anti semitism it hastens the connection being made so they for now try to use the neocuck whip what s left and paint populists as crypto fascists

  50. densa says:
    @Clifford Brown

    Looks like a case of Stockholm syndrome. It wasn’t that long ago that no head of state would be caught dead in that photo.

  51. @Tyrion 2

    I like what Finkielkraut had to say in 2005 when the rioting started in the banlieues.

    I think that the lofty idea of `the war on racism’ is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology. And this anti-racism will be for the 21st century what communism was for the 20th century. A source of violence.

  52. @Digital Samizdat

    Noam Chomsky advised reading NYT articles backwards, since all of the important information is found in the last paragraph or two.

    In cauda est venenum!

    A point to note here is that wire-service news stories are typically written with the most important points in the first two or three paragraphs, with further details in roughly descending order of importance in the following ones. The purpose is to permit editors to shorten the articles to fit their available space simply by cutting the later paragraphs.

    If you have the opportunity to compare the way two different papers print the same AP or UPI story, you’ll often find that one paper carries more of it than the other, and that the stories are written to facilitate this kind of editing-by-truncation.

    The NYT practice seems deliberately designed to take advantage of this practice, so that not only does someone reading a story in the NYT must follow Chomsky’s advice or he will miss significant content – but also that any lesser daily that picks up a NYT story will probably cut that content out entirely through the kind of lazy and perfunctory editing its staff are accustomed to use with wire-service articles.

  53. Bill B. says:
    @Colin Wright

    This is the Times we’re talking about. Why should the reader be trusting?

    I thought I was sufficiently cynical over the NYT but this sister-article on Yellow Shirt “anti-semitism” to the one Steve posted above actually shocked me. What utterly flatulent and crude propaganda.

    The words Islam and Muslim entirely absent. No, it is the evil white Frogs doing their traditional thing apparently. It throws the recent desecration of a Jewish cemetery into the anti-Yellow Vest mix without even a nodding reference to that fact that it is close to an absolute certainly a Muslim attack.

    The Adam Nossiter character who wrote the articles apparently grew up partly in France and appears to have spent a good part of his adult life paying the French back for that.

    He wrote a book that is “a searching and beautifully written narrative of how the French today live their lives haunted by the war and its crimes.” Well if the NYT has anything to do with it…

    • Replies: @Forbes
  54. peterike says:
    @Bill B.

    What has been extraordinary is the level of police violence against the Yellow Vests when Muslim rioters who regularly burn a swath of the country’s car pool are treated with kid gloves.

    Exactly. This is critically important. The police and military haven’t batted an eye when it comes to attacking native French whites. When what they should be doing is siding with them.

    This is instructive for all those American day dreamers who foresee a revolution led from below in which our police and military join hands to dethrone the Globalist vermin. Not going to happen. The police and military will gun down their own family members if that’s what orders they are given.

    In France, should the police/military suddenly take the sides of the Yellow Vests, they can overturn the government handily, take over, and bring some proper nationalist governance to poor, ruined France. Maybe even save it.

    But they won’t do any such thing.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  55. J1234 says:

    One of the ways journalists can distort the news, and rarely get called on it, is with headlines. I’ve always said that if advertisers sold products with ads the way journalists sell stories with headlines, they’d likely get sued for false advertising. Here are a couple of examples about that 11 year old kid arrested in Florida the other day (“11 Year Old Student Arrested After Not Standing For Pledge of Allegiance”):

    In the stories I’ve read, the cops said, emphatically, that the kid wasn’t arrested for refusing to stand for the pledge, but for being violent and making threats. I presume that information is there in these stories somewhere (I’m not going to read or listen to a story with a misleading headline) but the headlines, imply that he was arrested for not standing. I’m guessing the sly news people believe they have a legal out because they didn’t say, “….student arrested for not standing….” They said “….after not standing….” but that’s a little like a headline saying, “Man Arrested After Jay Walking,” when the guy was running across the street to get away after the cops for some other reason.

    From “The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics”:

    Make certain that headlines, news teases and promotional material, photos, video, audio, graphics, sound bites and quotations do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  56. @Colin Wright

    No; I just don’t care what happens to a bunch of religious fanatics who hate me.

  57. Yngvar says:

    car owners are required to have them in their trunk in case their car breaks down by the side of the road

    I can imagine it being a EU regulation but the Hi-Viz-vest are mandatory here in Norway too. I got several. The insurance companies, car dealerships, auto parts shops, they hand them out like pens and calendars, with a discreet company logo of course. We keep them in the pockets of the front doors instead of the trunk, much more convenient.

    • Replies: @Simply Simon
  58. Anon[303] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    When the news is convenient to the narrative, media go heavy on the testosterone.
    When the news is inconvenient to the narrative, media go heavy on the estrogen.

    When the news is convenient to the narrative, media is a dog trying to dig up the bone. Gluttonous and carnivore.
    When the news is inconvenient to the narrative, media is a dog trying to bury the bone. Anorexic and herbivore

    How the big media treat alternative media trying to dig a bone buried by big media.

  59. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2

    What did I make up? His first major book was on Jewish identity and published in 1981. He’s a follower of Levinas. Any sort of context has to include this information, rather than selective quotes, which by definition aren’t context but specific claims in an argument he’s making.

    The context is that he’s a modernist. Jewish identity and the Holocaust provide objective and eternal moral lessons and standards for him. Post-modernism denies objective truths and morality. According to post-modernism, Jewish identity and the Holocaust are just one of innumerable identities, perspectives, events with no special or particular import.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
  60. MB says: • Website

    Grey journalism is yellow journalism that has (ahem) transitioned to the mainstream, i.e. become “more responsible” and more respectable.
    Same bums, only they wear a suit and tie instead of sweats and a T shirt.

    • Replies: @Hail
  61. @The Alarmist

    The Krauts’ Kraftwerk:
    Fahrn, Fahrn, Fahrn = Fun, Fun, Fun?*

    – Which sounds a lot like “fun, fun, fun, til her Daddy takes the [gas-guzzling?]T-Bird away.” However, Hagar’s “I can’t drive *55*” as in – “fünfundfünfzig” sounds a lot less fun.

    * Years ago, like many, I did a Lady Mondegreen (btw., it’s not clear that Kraftwerk was er, “flaming”) with those lyrics.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  62. @The Alarmist

    I call the slowpokes in the left lane “enforcers”.

  63. Daniel H says:

    Grey journalism: brilliant explication of this phenomena. We have all sensed it for years but you articulated it. I congratulate you and Moldbug for conceiving, elaborating and meme-ing (sic) it. Now, would that Fox News, or other right wing populist run with it in their critique of the American liberal/left.

  64. Hail says: • Website

    What color do you get from mixing ‘Red’ and ‘Yellow’?

    Orange Journalism?

    A ‘Gray’ coating over a base of ‘Orange Journalism’ is surely not the same as true Gray Journalism.

    (It’s too bad ‘Orange’ is now associated with a certain specific person, and ‘Red’ with the Republican Party and not with the Left, as it is everywhere else and historically.)

  65. @Johnny Smoggins

    Nice point. Too subtle for this crowd.

  66. Interestingly, a Jew with pedophilic tendencies was the ringleader of the last big show in Paris, in 1968. But of course that hoe-down was romantic, not menacing.

  67. @reactionry

    What does it work out to in metric? “I can’t drive eighty-eight point five.”

    • Replies: @reactionry
    , @Jim Don Bob
  68. @The Alarmist

    I spent quite a bit of time in Germany during the late 1950s. Perhaps at that time the average German motorist had not realized he was supposed to move over from the left lane when he noticed flashing lights approaching from the rear. I witnessed some interesting exchanges of road rage at the time.

  69. @Yngvar

    Good grief, how often do modern cars break down by the side of the road that would require every motorist in France or Norway to wear a HI-Viz vest. I thought that’s why the flashers were designed. Seems like more bloody government control of the citizenry. Stay tuned however for the insurance companies to lobby congress for the same law in the US.

    • Replies: @Yngvar
  70. Forbes says:
    @Bill B.

    Well, French media–especially the newspapers–are supported by French government funding in a significant way, which has the effect of not biting the hand that feeds it.

    Coverage and scrutiny will be subdued. Talk about gray journalism…

  71. @The Alarmist

    Kraftwerk Express?

    A Google’d “achtundachtzig punkt fünf” sounds awful to American ears.

    However, the reclusive Emily Dickinmeagh has “gone full metric” by striking “miles” from her old slobbering and bowl-lapping doggerel:

    “I like to see it lap the Miles –
    And lick the Valleys up –
    And stop to feed itself at Tanks –
    And then – prodigious step”

    and replaced that paean by penning one in which she expresses the hope that Kraftwerk would win a race against domestic doughboys for the hearts and minds of lonely American youngsters and spinsters – who are already eager to “pull a train” of Teutons:

    Valley Girls

    I’d like to see it lap the Yanks –
    And lick the Valleys up –
    Make haste to overrun with Tanks –
    Begetting sons of Krupp

  72. @J1234

    “The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics”

    Now that’s an oxymoron!

  73. Forbes says:
    @Bill B.

    He wrote a book that is “a searching and beautifully written narrative of how the French today live their lives haunted by the war and its crimes.”

    I guess you’d have to read Nossiter’s book to learn about the French being “haunted by the war and its crimes” for it doesn’t appear obvious to the naked eye as an expression of French culture or society.

    I could be wrong…

  74. Forbes says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    Nothing wrong with supporting cops and military personnel. The decisions to deploy them (or not) are made by politicians, which is where the ire should be directed in the fault-finding Olympics.

    Actual worship of living things is probably best to be avoided, in all cases.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  75. Forbes says:
    @Waylon 347

    Yeah, there was a good 72 hours of wall-to-wall going after the Covington boys in the so-called prestige press. Yellow journalism at its finest.

  76. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:

    There was an IFOP poll (France’s Gallup) this week which showed nearly half of the gilets jaunes believe in a global Jewish conspiracy, and that nearly half of them believe in the “Great Replacement” theory i.e. that immigration is deliberately organized to replace native Europeans. This would suggest that a significant proportion of the anti-Semitism among the gilets jaunes is among native French, not just or solely among the Muslims among them.

    The Ifop poll said nearly half of “yellow vests” believed in a worldwide “Zionist plot”, as well as the “Great Replacement” theory, which posits that immigration is being organised deliberately “to replace Europe’s native populations”.

    • Replies: @Bill P
    , @Hail
  77. Bill P says:

    Well, maybe the native French are influenced by the Muslims among them. Does that seem so outré?

    I’ve long suspected that a lot of European gentile leaders have acquiesced to Muslim immigration to counter the Jews, just as Ron Unz has suggested that whites in the US have acquiesced to Latin American immigration to counter the blacks.

    It sounds preposterous until you look at what’s really happening behind the scenes with Jews demanding and receiving huge payouts over WWII from all sorts of countries. Having a solid anti-Semitic bloc of some 15% can really come in handy when that’s taken into account.

    Eventually,. the Muslims and native French are going to find common cause somewhere. Jewish plutocrats are as likely as not to be the glue that binds. Wouldn’t surprise me if the same thing happens with woke Latinas and heritage Americans. When heritage Americans are bled dry, after all, what leverage will the Bloombergs of the world have over the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez types?

    Personally, I hope it doesn’t come to that, but as a heritage American I’ve already washed my hands of it in advance. There’s no way to win on either side, so I’ll choose my own, thank you.

  78. donut says:
    @Roderick Spode

    They even have them in Olive drab . IIRC several of the Special Forces guy in Zero Dark Thirty are sporting them . But yeah , I don’t think you’ll see them at a Trump rally .

  79. Tyrion 2 says:

    My quotes were a far better representation of his work than your initial slur.

  80. Hail says: • Website

    What is the general public approval rate of the Yellow Vests as of Feb. 2019? It was, I recall, a comfortable majority circa Dec. 2018.

  81. william says:
    @Ghost of Bull Moose

    PROsemitism ——- what is it?
    If there is an “antisemitism” you must ask: “What is PROsemitism?”
    PROsemitism must be a supporter of “semitism”, which really means Judaism (though most Moslems are SEMITIC and most JEWS are NOT). So what are you supporting if you are a PROsemite? Well first of all we must define Judaism:
    Judaism is neither a race or a religion, it is Xenophobic Tribalism.
    A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.
    1. The organization, culture, or beliefs of a tribe.
    2. A strong feeling of identity with and loyalty to one’s tribe or group.
    So right off the get-go you hate all NON-Jews, NON-members of YOUR group(TRIBE).
    You “bundle together” for support and safety, the very definition of Fascism
    THAT means, that if I am not one of the TRIBE, you do not like me.
    Since Jews BRAND all NON-Jews “gentile” automatically denigrating them, to be PROsemitic one must by definition be ANTI-GENTILE.
    They hate all NON-Jews so fundamentally, that they have to SPECIFICALLY name “RIGHTEOUS GENTILES”.
    Those are NON-Jewish HUMANS that went so far out of their way to help/save Jews that the Jews were FORCED to ACKNOWLEDGE the humanity of that specific ‘gentile”. You see, PROsemites do not acknowledge the EQUALITY of spirituality and humanity of “gentiles”
    What the Jewish Rabbis think of JESUS “As for Christianity, there is a dispute among Halachic authorities, but the vast majority consider it idolatry as well. Islam, on the other hand, is not considered idolatry.” Read that last bit again VERY SLOWLY so the “christianzionists” can follow: “ISLAM, on the other hand, is NOT considered idolatry.” ………..

    According to the SPLC & ADL an organization is a “HATE GROUP” if it has
    “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people”.
    Jews have HATED Egypt for 3,500 years.
    Jews have HATED Babylon for 2,500 years.
    Jews have HATED CHRIST and his followers for 2,000 years.

    David Ben-Gurion, one of the father founders of Israel, described Zionist aims in 1948: “A Christian state should be established [in Lebanon], with its southern border on the Litani river. We will make an alliance with it. When we smash the Arab Legion’s strength and bomb Amman, we will eliminate Transjordan too, and then Syria will fall. If Egypt still dares to fight on, we shall bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo… And in this fashion, we will end the war and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram “………….. read that again
    “and settle our forefathers’ account with Egypt, Assyria, and Aram”
    They are STILL HATING and planning deadly attacks after 3,500+ YEARS .
    How do you think they feel about JESUS CHRIST whom they have HATED for 2,000 years.
    Israel’s MOTTOES:
    (1) NEVER forgive & NEVER forget.
    (2) By Way of Deception you will Do War.
    Their ONLY(monotheistic) “god” is a WAR god
    PROsemitism is antiGENTILEism and Gentiles are ALL NON-jews, particularly CHRISTians.

  82. dfordoom says: • Website

    This is instructive for all those American day dreamers who foresee a revolution led from below in which our police and military join hands to dethrone the Globalist vermin. Not going to happen. The police and military will gun down their own family members if that’s what orders they are given.

    Of course they will. The police have never been any different.

    And a volunteer army is essentially a mercenary army.

  83. dfordoom says: • Website

    Nothing wrong with supporting cops and military personnel. The decisions to deploy them (or not) are made by politicians, which is where the ire should be directed in the fault-finding Olympics.

    The point is that cops and military personnel are happy to be used in whatever ways their masters see fit. They’re willing whores. Why should anyone respect them?

  84. Yngvar says:
    @Simply Simon

    We are in fact not required to wear the “chicken suit” when we exit our vehicles, but it can be smart sometimes. Mandating all cars to carry at least one vest is what is called ‘nudging’ by the social engineers that run Europe.

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