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Raining (and reigning) On The Parade 

By on August 15, 2018 in See It Here
There is an old phrase that defines what took place (and didn’t take place) in Lafayette Park across from the White House when white nationalists/supremacists/clowns gathered to protest the fact they’ve realized their race is becoming a minority.
If a tree falls into a forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
This demonstration made a lot of noise because a lot of people  wanted to let the Unite The Right members know they had it all wrong. So that “tree” made a very loud sound. The fact it started pouring rain minutes before all 35 of them gathered was a gift from above because testosterone doesn’t like getting wet.
These idiots who refuse to read and accept and understand history and, instead, wish things were the way it used to be, have every right to gather and lament the real world, just as those who see it differently. Being stupid is always easier than thinking.
Being in the news business, there were discussions about promoting this event that had yet to happen in a newscast. There was concern about legitimizing racism. There is already, I hope, an ethical discussion underway in journalism schools (now called “media” schools) about spending time in a newscast on what is called “ego-wacko” (mass shooters wanting to hear their name, racists wanting to outdo someone else, gun toting-must carry fanatics wanting to protect the Second Amendment make their point so everyone breaks out in applause) in place of covering the decision to boycott Harley Davidson if it starts building motorcycles outside of the United States?
If it happens, it has a place. That’s because democracy allows idiocy, but it also allows the right to ignore idiocy and viewers-listeners-bloggers-readers and people on the street should be smart enough to make that decision. But whenever a “media” outlet refuses to expose it, we begin to lean toward an organized effort to silence a voice that says “no.” Democracy isn’t pretty. It is extremely frustrating and it isn’t easy. And to quote the philosopher Martha Stewart: “that’s a good thing.”

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