The Holy Trinity - Keneally Now Wrong on Kassam, Guns & Free Speech
It's said that bias isn’t what you put in, it’s what you choose to leave out. Kristina Keneally has demonstrated at best a factual ignorance, and at worst, a deliberate attempt to use US tragedy’s as a means to score political points. In the past week, two mass-shootings, one in Dayton Ohio, the other in El-Paso Texas, rocked the United States.
The Labor Senator and Home Affairs SpokesWoman in a Sydney Morning Herald Op-ed Titled “We can't bury our heads when it comes to right-wing extremism” wrote
"On Sunday a wave of sadness consumed me as I saw Dayton, Ohio – where I attended university and lived for seven years – become the latest site of a mass shooting in the United States. Blocks from my old neighbourhood, nine people had been killed and 27 injured in less than 30 seconds. Hours earlier, 20 people had been killed in El Paso, Texas, with the shooter reportedly inspired by the Christchurch attacks, according to a white nationalist, anti-immigrant manifesto posted online."
(Kristina Keneally Admonishing Raheem Kassam)
She leaves no doubt as to the Ethno-nationalistic, xenophobic motives of the El-Paso shooter. In fact, you could probably guess after reading the opening lines and the Title where the story was going. But it’s helpful to understand why Keneally omits the intentions of the Dayton mass murderer. The perpetrator, 24-year old Connor Betts, was a fan of Elizabeth Warren, Antifa, & Socialism. He was clearly mentally unstable, and according to reports, previously written a ‘kill list’ of former classmates.
(Tweets from Bett's Twitter Account)
To omit this information is ethically dubious, particularly in the context of ascribing White Nationalism as the raison d’etre of the other massacre. Mainstream media in general is wilfully ignorant of the intentions behind the politically inconvenient shootings, like that of Republican Stephen Scalise & the Pulse nightclub. Hard Core Bernie supporters and Anti-LGBT radical Islamists don’t fit the narrative. We can all agree that these are absolute tragic circumstances, & they shouldn't be used to score political points. However, if for ethical journalism it's important to disseminate the motives behind one shooting, & draw from it a sweeping conclusion with the potential for substantial legislative action, then it should be equally compelling to do so for all shootings.
It is the ominous backdrop of public tragedy that is so ofted used to attack the institution of gun ownership & The Right in general. In Australia, the new favourite whipping post is the Australian Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Keneally landed herself in some hot water last week, accusing ‘Brexit Badboy’ & CPAC speaker Raheem Kassam of ‘vilifying muslims,’ espousing anti-LGBT views & being deserving of a visa ban.
Doubling down on whipping up CPAC hysteria, knowingly or not, the old favourite of ‘guilt by association’ channels the isolationist practice of now deceased community organiser, & subject of Hilary Clinton’s senior thesis, Saul Alinsky. He posted that to inflict maximum damage to an institution, you should freeze and alienate individuals within it. People hurt faster than traditions. Rather than only slamming the second amendment, you attack Kassam & life-long NRA members Matt Schlapp & Dan Schnieder. CPAC becomes radioactive and framed as providing ‘fertile ground for the alt-right to become normalised.’
“It’s in this disturbing environment that we have Morrison effectively encouraging further radicalisation by welcoming hate to our shores in the form of CPAC. You don’t prevent violence by providing a platform to those who believe gun ownership is a god-given right.”
Cue the scary music. It’s difficult to find a real link between ‘hate’, ‘gun rights,’ & the Right, because as statistics demonstrate, a substantial portion of left leaning Americans also believe in the 2nd amendment. According to a 2018 YouGov poll, only 38% of Democrats (US Equivalent of ALP) want the second amendment repealed. In total, only 21% of American's are "strongly" or "somewhat" in favour of Second Amendment repeal.
If respect for 2A is somehow a gateway to Richard Spencer and the Alt-Right then the democrats are going to have a difficult time getting any affirmative action past a lot of hateful rank and file members.
Frankly, the entire beef with CPAC is bizarre. To imply that hosting a mainstream conservative conference in Australia is ‘welcoming hate to our shores’ is to paint with the same broad brush which the Left accuses Kassam of using. Contrastingly, the Right makes no fuss made about the annual Marxist conference. There are no hardcore libertarians banging at the door & pleading for censorship & visa banning. I’m sure there would be plenty of Ukranians with links to Holodomor who might take issue with the conference, but bad ideas should be left to rot in sunlight, not in the cupboard behind the pringles.
As World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen said recently during a banter-blitz live stream, “As long as your plans are good, there's no need to hide them.” CPAC is dangerous because when the rubber hits the road, the public leans conservative. Seven of the last nine federal elections have been won by the LNP. In the US, there have been 19 Republican Presidents since Abraham Lincoln compared to 13 Democrats. So, a bunch of conservatives getting together and sharpening their swords with the constituency to become more conservative is far more dangerous to the left than anything Kassam or NRA members have said. Censorship is the only way that bad ideas get worse & In this case, Keneally got Kassam, Free Speech & CPAC wrong in the space of a week.