The Young Turks: Asian Men Are The New “White Terrorist”
BAILEY T. STEEN | MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018
Remember, folks, progressive logic dictates assuming one’s gender is bigotry and assuming one’s race, and exploiting that race for political capital, is just the news industry.
Towards the start of the new year, Matthew Riehl, a 37 year old Asian man who seemingly identified with the alt-right movement, at least according to his abundance of pepe memes on his now deleted Facebook page, shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy in Denver, Colorado.
With authorities responding to a “noise complaint” in his suburban apartment building last weekend, the man apparently barricade himself inside his apartment, unleashing bullets on five on-duty officers and two bystanders who were wounded, according to Newsweek’s report.
The Facebook page was discovered by the counter-extremist reporter for Forbes, writer J.J. MacNab, who was able to secure screenshots before the social media platform removed trace of his identity.
On his Facebook page, according to the provided images, were pictured with the infamous meme known as Pepe the Frog, your standard, innocent cartoon that the ADL, the media and alt-right movement are portraying as a mascot for white nationalism (a green frog for a white movement, apparently.)
The alt-right movement, of course, were responsible for last August’s white identitarian rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which saw one counter-protestor killed in a car crash and several people on both sides injured. Police, however, have not released a statement on the official motive for the shooting.
Towards the early part of December, Riehl posted a video to his YouTube channel expressing his distaste for Douglas County’s Sheriff Tony Spurlock, proceeding to call the man a “pimp”. He can be seen wearing an Iraq war veteran hat, saying he would run as a Libertarian candidate against Spurlock.
“There were well over 100 rounds fired … from the suspect,” Spurlock said in a statement. “[The deputies] all went down within almost seconds of each other so it was more of an ambush type of attack on our officers.”
There doesn’t seem to be any reason to doubt his belonging to the political (alternative) right, so surely the racial facts are much easier to get correct, right? Well, unless you’re The Young Turks, one of the most popular political news outlets working today.
Breaking from their previous tradition of not showing the face of victims, stating they “don’t want to glorify killers” in any way, founder and host for the show, Cenk Uygur, is found with an enlarged picture of the man with the bold letters of “right-wing terror”.
“Why isn’t the media talking about this?” reads the first line in their video description. “(Spoiler: The shooter was a right-wing white guy who loved posting Pepe memes on 4chan).”
First off, the statement that no-one is talking about it is wrong. His own video cites The New York Times and CNN, two of the biggest names in news with household name status, and even the more right-leaning Fox News, which Uygur condemned for apparent hypocrisy, addressed the shooting, as well as the man’s political leaning, in three seperate articles.
They weren’t giving it wall to wall coverage the way of an Islamic extremist belonging to ISIS, sure, which seems fair considering this was a more isolated event and the man belonging to no organised terrorist group, but they didn’t bury the story. They acknowledged Riehl called President Barack Obama a “lying piece of shit”, with several photos of him training with weapons at Colorado’s Kenaz Tactical Group.
Outlets even showed the same tactical training company’s statement from Monday, expressing their interest in cooperation with police and giving dates as to when Riehl attended their courses in Colorado Springs. This is hardly the work of media cover-up.
But secondly, the racial aspect to this man is near impossible to cover up, unless the man was perhaps given a burqa
His photo in the TYT video is here:
Yet they assume the race, motivation and falsely equivocate the man with other violent criminals anyway. “If it was a Muslim — ” this and “Oh, if it was a Black Lives Matter supporter — “ that, despite neither Muslims or Black Lives Matter being involved in this event anyway.
This becomes hypocritical when you consider the content produced by Devon Tracey of the YouTube channel Atheism Is Unstoppable, who I do occasionally contribute to on Patreon, who brings up The Young Turks’ own curious coverage of the police shootings conducted by Gavin Long.
In the original video, Uygur fails to name the Black Lives Matter leaning supporter. Whether maliciously or not, Uygur’s mentioning of the man will show his enthusiastic support for The Young Turks program, repeating the talking of Uygur and comedian panelist Jimmy Dore, who I also contribute to, who in the past have expressed heavy anti-cop rhetoric of “fighting back”. He even reposted TYT videos on his own channel, Cosmo, which has since been removed and never fully addressed on their program.
Thanks for reading!
Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet ™ on occasion.
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