The New York Times, Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon and Racism
President-Elect, Donald Trump
I'm Not a Trump Supporter, but He Will Be My President
Author's Note: I did not vote for Donald Trump, but that doesn't mean I will accept unproven accusations against the man who will be my president. In this article, I am not defending Donald Trump or Stephen Bannon. I am shining a light on media bias and how the mainstream media will attempt to misrepresent the soon to be President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Is Trump a Racist?
Did you read the New York Times headline for Monday, 14 November 2016? Critics See Stephen Bannon, Trump’s Pick for Strategist, as Voice of Racism. Wow, now there's a problem for Trump and his supporters, isn't it? One of Trumps first appointments is a confirmed racist –– right? I mean, that's what the NYT headline says. It clearly implies that Bannon is a voice of racism.
So you read the headline. Did you read the article? If you did, then you know what I know. There is not one confirmed example of Bannon being racist. Not one. Rumors? Yes. Allegations? Yes. Proven? No. In fact, racism primarily came up in the article when the name Jeff Sessions was mentioned. About Sessions, the article states that "...he was once rejected for a federal judgeship after officials testified that he had made racist comments."
I have a question. What does Jeff Sessions's alleged racist comments have to do with Steve Bannon being named Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor for Trump?
Bannon is the former chairman of Breitbart News. He also made some documentary films. One would think that his film making would betray his racist views. But his documentaries are about Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin, names that do not make liberals happy, but this isn't even related to racism. Bannon's name appears alongside names such as Mark Levin and Matt Drudge. These men are conservatives, not racists.
The article and other articles like it, report that the KKK and David Duke are happy about Bannon's appointment. These far right, radical extremist groups are supportive of Bannon, but the article does not show that Bannon is in any way connected to or supportive of these groups. The KKK has supported Donald Trump throughout his candidacy and the election. But no one has shown that Trump supports these groups. It seems that in the case of each of these men, bad groups support them. But can they be held accountable for what these groups do or who they support?
Why are radical, racist organizations and individuals so supportive of Donald Trump? It really is simple. At one point their interests cross. That point is immigration. Trump sees illegal immigration as a national security issue. Racist groups see immigration of any kind as a threat to white supremacy in the United States. The point of common interest does not mean there is a common purpose.
The mainstream media is not finished with trying to smear Donald Trump's name and they have only begun to try to ruin his term as president. This article is an example of how they will do so. They have stated in a headline that Trump's appointee is a racist. The implication is therefore that Trump is a racist. But the fact is, the article doesn't even attempt to prove that Trump's appointee is a racist. But really, all that matters to the NYT is that people believe the headline, right?
Maybe Donald Trump and Stephen Bannon are both racists. I don't know if they are or aren't, but articles like the one in the New York Times on Monday are not helpful in getting to the root of these allegations. Articles like this have one purpose and that is to create the illusion of racism and to convince you and me that the illusion is real.