While I was writing my new Taki’s Magazine column on Ferguson across Monday night and Tuesday morning, the sense was palpable that the dominant media had taken a humiliating double blow in a battle of their own choosing:
But, as Stalin liked to say, quantity has a quality all its own. Since then, the MSM has doubled down about how you can’t believe your lying eyes. To tell others journalists what the party line should be, the NYT Editorial Board has editorialized:
The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD NOV. 25, 2014
The St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who in August shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, would have generated widespread anger and disappointment in any case. But the county prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, who is widely viewed in the minority community as being in the pockets of the police, made matters infinitely worse by handling this sensitive investigation in the worst possible way.
First, he refused to step aside in favor of a special prosecutor who could have been appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri. He further undermined public confidence by taking a highly unorthodox approach to the grand jury proceeding. Instead of conducting an investigation and then presenting the case and a recommendation of charges to the grand jury, his office shifted its job to the grand jury. It made no recommendation on whether to indict the officer, Darren Wilson, but left it to the jurors to wade through masses of evidence to determine whether there was probable cause to file charges against Officer Wilson for Mr. Brown’s killing.
What percentage of the looters and arsonists are residents of Ferguson? Until America’s power elite decided to destroy what had been a modestly encouraging example of blacks and whites getting along together over the decades, the black residents of Ferguson were, on the whole, content with their government, as a long line of elections demonstrated. After all, they wouldn’t have moved to Ferguson, often from black ruled municipalities like East St. Louis, if the place was so intolerable. And if it was so bad once they were there, they would have bothered to vote.
But since the whole point of the exercise was to rile up black turnout for this month’s midterm elections, the national leadership set about destroying the property values of black and white homeowners in Ferguson.
News accounts have strongly suggested, for example, that the police in St. Louis County’s many municipalities systematically target poor and minority citizens for street and traffic stops — partly to generate fines — which has the effect of both bankrupting and criminalizing whole communities.
By the way, that reminds me that the city of Los Angeles has cranked up it parking ticket enforcement to bring in more revenue, which favors the kind of rich people who get valet parking or pay to park in private lots. Therefore, I should loot the Barnes & Noble’s coffeetable art book section.
When you own the Megaphone, the most important thing is to keep talking, no matter how temporarily depressed you might be by how you’ve managed to embarrass yourself yet again with your previous talk talk. It’s like in Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron: whatever you do, don’t stop yapping and let your victim have a chance to think for himself.