The ABC reports that a man accused of making threats against Jewish community centers was arrested in St. Louis Mar. 3.
As it turns out, former reporter for The Intercept Juan Thompson stands accused of threatening at least eight Jewish community centers after he was arrested by the FBI in St. Louis, Mo. Friday morning.
There does seem to be evidence which suggests that Thompson was out to harass a Jewish ex-girlfriend.
The Washington Examiner published an article putting certain pundits on blast who had 🔥🔥🔥scorching🔥🔥🔥hot🔥🔥🔥takes🔥🔥🔥 about how this was somehow all Trump’s fault.
According to Vox’s Dana Lind, for example, Trump finally condemned violence against Jews.
“My Jewish co-workers and those with Jewish-sounding names have been targeted by Trump supporters who hate Jews since he hit the campaign trail. Many, like me, had never experienced any form of anti-Semitism before,” wrote Huffington Post’s Eleanor Goldberg.
The Miami Herald weaseled that Trump wasn’t an anti-Semite, but “his words and actions have emboldened anti-Semites”
Chicago Tribune‘s Dahleen Glanton claimed that “the wave of bigotry that has spread across America,” is “fueled … in part, by Trump’s divisive leadership that has emboldened bigots to express themselves openly.”
Even the Intercept themselves piled on in an article titled “Trump Can’t Accept That His Allies Are Targeting Jews — So He Blames His Opponents”
Needless to say, they’ve had to change it up a bit:
The Intercept fired Thompson in January 2016 for fabricating quotes and impersonating sources.
Over at KotakuInAction, /u/The-Truth-Fairy compiled a list of alleged hate crime incidents which were later revealed to be hoaxes.
There seem to be an awful lot of them:
The notion that it’s a “coordinated conspiracy” (a phrase which seems redundant) is a bit far-fetched for me.
What Thompson is accused of doing isn’t entirely a hoax (I somehow doubt he would have gone through with the threats), but rather the product of a personal vendetta, as well as a case in which the alleged perpetrator belonged to demographic groups favored in certain leftist narratives.
There nonetheless seems to be a cultural element underlying this which exists as a foundation in contemporary left-wing politics which contributes to this problem and the obfuscations and misidentifications born from it:
George Will was savaged for his remarks a few years ago about victimhood conferring a coveted status:
Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.
What may have been questionable to me back then now seems entirely and obviously correct — there’s not enough bigotry to go around to support the leftist narrative that the United States (and the West in general) is teeming with racism, sexism, homophobia, and the like so fabricated bigotry will have to do since the demand for it dramatically outpaces the supply.
It also shows that the key flaw of turning victimhood into a “coveted status that confers privileges” — or a type of socio-political currency — is the encouragement of counterfeiting which the mainstream media seems all too eager to exploit for reasons ideological, political and financial.
Ben Shapiro sums it up pretty effectively, I think:
Naturally, the right is triumphantly pointing out the irony: the guy behind the JCC threats isn’t a Trump backer but a left-winger who hates Trump, when for weeks the left stated that this had to be an outgrowth of Trumpian anti-Semitism. But let’s be fair: this guy sounds like a complete nut job, not just a left-winger gone awry. According to the FBI, this was all designed to act out some personal vendetta against an old girlfriend who was Jewish – the Jews were only involved insofar as they could be used as a tool against her. That doesn’t make this guy’s conduct any less egregious or anti-Semitic. But it doesn’t seem to connect to an ideology so much as a desire to hurt someone he knew. Furthermore, there’s still another suspect out there – dozens of JCCs have been called, and this terrorist was a copycat.
Still, it’s evidence that while the left-wing media constantly accuses the right of jumping to conclusions about terrorism and ignoring right-wing terror involvement, the left has a major blind spot for its own extremists.
A very blind spot indeed:
Added Mar. 8:
— CNN (@CNN) March 6, 2017
(CNN)–Authorities have determined that tombstones disturbed at a historic Jewish cemetery in New York this weekend were damaged by environmental causes and not by vandalism.
A New York City Police Department hate-crime task force had been investigating whether the damage to the granite and marble tombstones at Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn was intentional.
The task force concluded its investigation on Sunday, finding that the cause was environmental, which can include soil erosion and lack of maintenance.