As our nation continues to struggle with an enormous, bitter divide, it seems as though the mainstream media has thrown shame to the wind and is now egging us on.
They know that violent protests make for victory on ratings day, and so they push every possible needle-like narrative that they can, hoping to whip up the sort of froth that we’ll wait through commercials to get another spoonful of.
This week it was MSNBC’s turn to whip up a batch of bombast, and they may have crossed a line in the process.
MSNBC contributor and Boston Globe columnist Kimberly Atkins Stohr said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that former President Donald Trump’s radicalization of Americans with propaganda is the “exact same” way groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS build their following.
Atkins Stohr said, “I don’t know what the Justice Department will do. As an attorney, I feel like there is so much basis for an investigation if not moving forward with chargers, but I do know that Merrick Garland is meticulous and careful and thoughtful, so these things will move more slowly than we want.”
She added, “One thing that I’ve really come away with in terms of how Republicans writ large see what’s happening, particularly with yesterday’s hearing, is that what we saw was…evidence that the president called on not only right-wing groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, but also really galvanized everyday Americans with language that was false, with propaganda to encourage them to come to Washington, D.C., and fight for a lie. What that is, is radicalization. If this was done in the name of Al-Qaeda or of ISIS, we would have the Republican Party all over this, but what we saw is that exact same thing happening to American citizens that led up to an attempted coup at the Capitol.”
The comparison is not only offensive and erroneous, but worst of all lazy.