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Mendacity and the Left

One Catholic blog I check in with on a regular basis is Est Quod Est.  On Monday, Pauli, the blog proprietor, had a post which gave a fine example of how the social media Left operates:

 

Mark Shea Attributes Inner City Violence to Trump and the Ku Klux Klan

In a recent public post on Facebook, Catholic commentator Mark Shea used the euphemistic spelling of America as AmeriKKKa — indicative of the Ku Klux Klan — to make point about anti-immigrant, racial violence. To this remark, a commenter points out that the man of Mexican heritage was attacked by a black person.

“AmeriKKKa? The attackers were black.”

I checked out the claim and discovered that the commenter was correct. This seems to be a good illustration of posting before you have fully thought through the implications of your assertions. I can type the words Trump’s AmeriKKKa in about 2 seconds, Whereas watching the full video took me several minutes. It is possible that Mark Shea did not even watch the video which would explain why he imagined white Southerners committing the crime.

Furthermore we are informed that this is happening in the context of “Trump’s America”, (sorry, I got tired of misspelling my country) so we are asked to dutifully accept the assertion that this is one of the 4% of black females who voted for Trump. In the Willowbrook section of Los Angeles.

We have to buy that Brooklyn Bridge.

Once again, everything goes back to white racism for Mark Shea, and Republican white racism even when in the inner city a Mexican is beaten by blacks.

Donald Trump received a paltry 24% of the vote in Los Angeles.

Exposing your own thought process in this way would seem to indicate that you are unaware of your own prejudices to a degree which would make the man with the “beam” in his own eye blush.

This is Facebook activism, not sound reason or sensible commentary. Mark Shea is not a reliable guide on moral matters nor on Catholic matters. Period.

Go here to read the comments.  Now Mark has always been a fairly lazy blogger.  He will seize an item that supports his preconceptions without doing any investigation.   That was his mode of operation back more than a decade ago, long before his turn to the hard left, and he was often called on it. My reaction to such a story that supports my preconceptions is that on the internet something too good to be true probably isn’t, and that is a very good rule of thumb.  However, that is only applicable if one is concerned about truth, and the contemporary Left and the truth are usually at war with each other.