21 July 2015

The Provocateur as "Victim"

The other day I got into an argument with someone who watches Faux, I mean Fox, News for hours on end and echoes their whines about "the liberal media."  Now, I'm no fan of Hilary or Obama, but I don't think the "liberal media" has gone easier on them than it did on George W. Bush or Dick Cheyney.  After all, the so-called LM allowed them to get away with leading this country into two wars over lies and allowing the CEOs of large banks to, in essence, drive the world's economy off a cliff.

Also, the so-called liberal media is not all fawning over Caitlyn Jenner, as the Faux Folks might have you believe.  One of Faux's compatriots in duplicity, Breibart News, engages in all sorts of thuggism so that it and its reporters can complain about being "victims" of the LM.

It started when Breitbart  Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro made a point of insulting the trans community by refusing to refer to Caitlyn Jenner by her preferred pronoun.  Then he deliberately provoked transwoman Zoey Tur by asking her, "What are your genetics, sir?"

Tur responded by placing her hand on his shoulder and saying, "You should cut that out now, or you'll go home in an ambulance."  Shapiro claims that after the show, Tur said the two should meet in a parking lot.  From there followed a stream of tweets between Shapiro, Tur and their followers that led to Shapiro making the ludicrous assertion that Tur is an anti-Semite. 

All of this ended with Shapiro filing battery charges against Tur.

From what I know about the incident, Tur was wrong to threaten Shapiro.  However, he and is fans conveniently ignore his complicity in creating the hostile environment in which she made the threat. And he is perpetuating such an environment by re-tweeting all of those who sent him approving tweets.

If anything, the fact that he was allowed to insult a trans woman on national TV for ten minutes before Tur threatened him should put lie his and his ilk's notions about the "liberal media" or about themselves as "victims."

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