Covington High School Situation, a Few Thoughts

The most ridiculous news story I have seen in a while took place over last weekend. It was ridiculous because it really shouldn’t have even been a story. No one got hurt, only words were exchanged. That didn’t stop the main-stream media (hereinafter MSM) from blowing the story so out of proportion that Salvator Dali would have to bow in defeat.

I have some thoughts. Firstly, MSM is completely and utterly incapable of telling unbiased news. Conservatives have known this for a long time. MSM allowed prejudice to blind them to the fundamental fact of interpretation: context is king. Context makes things more complex than first glances can fathom. MSM reporters are obviously either not being trained in elementary interpretation, or they are forgetting what they were taught. It doesn’t matter at this point whether the boys were perfect in their behavior. They almost certainly were not. Why, however, are the MSM and all those spewing out hate speech against these boys forgetting that these are teenage boys? Considering the fact that a hate group was spewing out filth against them, I thought they behaved with rather admirable restraint. When I was a teenager I had all the emotional empathy of a wooden block. While these boys may not have done the most admirable thing (but what would that have been, do pray tell?), they certainly did nothing worthy of the hate speech that has been spewed against them by intolerant, prejudiced MSM and others. If we were in the position of the boys, what would we have done? The boys couldn’t flee, since they were waiting for a bus. They didn’t want to hear the hate speech, so they started chanting their school song. They made no moves of physical aggression against anyone. All in all, pretty good discipline for teenage boys! Maybe one or two of them committed a micro-aggression. Why is that worse than what some of the people in the video were doing to them?

The MSM have forgotten (for a long time now) that there is always more than one side to a story. Since conservatives are no longer human, no longer to be given the benefit of human treatment, the conservative side of any story is ignored in the MSM. I don’t care about the MSM. I haven’t watched it in years. But I do care about the boys at Covington. And I do care about civil discourse in the nation. And the MSM still have the power to ruin people’s lives because they simply don’t care. More than that, they are guilty of far more hatred than Covington High School boys are.

I pity the MSM, actually. As the saying goes, there is no one so blind but the blind person who thinks he sees. And if there is any group of people who thinks it sees today, that group is MSM. If there is any group that simply does not see how much it is contributing to the hate in America, it is the MSM.

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12 Comments

  1. Adrian Keister said,

    January 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Bro, you need to get it into your head that it’s really the FMSM: Formerly Main-Stream Media. HT: Nancy Pearcey.

  2. greenbaggins said,

    January 24, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Theoretically, I agree. However, FMSM is a bit confusing. Besides, in this case, it seems clear that social media was in charge of this one, and the MSM was completely reactionary.

  3. Steve Drake said,

    January 24, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Pastor Lane, brother,
    I can see that this has touched a nerve. Thank you for your defense of these young men. I am reminded of Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:17-19, that unbelievers walk in the futility of their minds, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance in them, because of the hardness of their heart. Becoming callous, they have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

    And there were such as we.

    The word ‘conservative’ is now broadly equated with the word ‘Christian’. The world hates Christ, and those who take His name. That these young men were from a ‘Catholic’ high school, further fanned the flames of the MSM in their hatred of Christ, and all things Christian or conservative.

    Our culture used to be infused with a Christian morality, that perhaps would have restrained these Machiavellian twistings of the truth. No longer. It hasn’t been that way for quite some time.

    As Christians around the world are being persecuted and killed for their faith, I fear, save revival, we are inexorably headed in the same direction. The spiritual forces of darkness in heavenly places are on the march in this country; the minions of Satan, gleefully dong his will.

    Lord,, come quickly.

  4. roberty bob said,

    January 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    ” . . . guilty of far more hatred than the Covington Catholic boys.”

    So, the Covington Catholic boys are guilty of hatred after all! It is just that their guilt is less than those who were taunting them, and less than that of the MSM.

    Sorry that you feel that way. I do not ascribe guilt to the boys at all!

  5. greenbaggins said,

    January 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Bob, I was not actually ascribing hate to them at this point. The statement admits of various possibilities, of which zero hatred is one. If MSM is guilty of hatred, then that would be considerably more hatred than the Covington boys had evinced, whether that is a little or zero, wouldn’t you agree?

  6. roberty bob said,

    January 24, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Well, then, let me agree with you that the demonstrable hatred from one side of the arena is indubitably far more hatred than the humanly undetectable zero hatred from the other side of the arena. I am heartened to hear that you were not ascribing hate to the CC boys. Only the Righteous Judge knows for certain.

  7. roberty bob said,

    January 24, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    The CC boy who was at the center of attention, Mr Sandmann, proved himself a true disciple of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: when he was reviled, he opened not his mouth!

    The subsequent interviews featuring the young Mr Sandmann revealed an integrity of deed and word. Quite an impressive Christian testimony!

  8. January 26, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Would that the MSM had paid more attention to the agitator and publicity seeker in all of this brouhaha:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/24/don-shipley-finds-nathan-phillips-stayed-us-during/

    Sigh.

  9. reiterations said,

    January 26, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Actually, that old saying is even stronger: “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

  10. Ron said,

    January 27, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    MSM reporters are obviously either not being trained in elementary interpretation, or they are forgetting what they were taught.

    It’s more likely that they were trained in elementary interpretation and have not forgotten a thing.

    The MSM have forgotten (for a long time now) that there is always more than one side to a story.

    Same as above. I don’t think they’ve forgotten a thing. They could care less about being truthful.

  11. roberty bob said,

    January 28, 2019 at 4:42 am

    reporters?
    hardly.
    propagandists!

  12. Bob S said,

    February 4, 2019 at 11:02 am

    If Neil Postman didn’t say that television by nature was all about distraction, the corporate lamestream media sure do vomit a lot of radar chaff on the typical bombing run over America.
    But every once in awhile the real agenda comes into clear focus.

    Which is to say the March for Life/Covington High School incident doesn’t make any sense unless one understands that this country is in the middle of its very own Cultural Revolution.

    IOW it is not OK to be white, Western, sane, heterosexual, conservative, Christian or male because in the New Moral World Order that means that one is automatically a privileged “racist/sexist/bigot/homophobe/transphobe/antisemite/nazi/white supremacist” or any combination thereof.

    Capishe?

    And if we’re not sure we buy in with that yet, for starters how come there was no real corresponding condemnation that anybody knows of regarding the contingent of racist Black Israelites adult whackos, who were the original provocateurs? Why are they off limits? . . . .

    . . . .The jury might still be out on whether our modern electronic media peep show is an upgrade from Plato’s cave, but right now the current proprietors are pretty much advocating for/appealing to man’s basest instincts and appetites when it comes to hating God and our neighbor, i.e. “You are evil, I am not”.


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