Monday, December 29, 2014

Mark Steyn Nails It: "News" Is Social Engineering


"The great, messy, contradictory, complexities of reality have to be streamlined and organized into the half-a-dozen approved narratives of the age. At its most absurd, you wind up with "Jackie", the "victim" of the University of Virginia "gang" "rape", to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude for having the courage to come forward and raise awareness by "pulling back the curtain on rape" - even if behind the pulled-back curtain there was no actual rape going on. But the CBS Kwanzaa "report" reminds us that the same philosophy determines a thousand lesser stories every day of the week."

"The only very modest bit of news here is that, even in the heart of south Los Angeles, Kwanzaa is too boring and fraudulent for all but the most gung ho of identity-group hucksters. Which would be mildly interesting to know, and has the additional merit of being true. But you can't say that on CBS. You can't report the truth on CBS. So instead reality has to be brought into line with the diversity myths."