It’s easy to complain about the state of the mass media. And we have every justification to do just that.
Our Founding Fathers were right in their commitment to Freedom of Speech and in their belief that a healthy Republic demands a free Press which holds the political elite and government institutions accountable. Instead, we have “FakeNews.”
Originally an epithet coined by the establishment media to undermine conservative news outlets, during his time as President, Donald Trump effectively turned the insult FakeNews against its originators in a fashion that would make any jiu-jitsu master proud. And amongst all his achievements in office, from crushing our enemies, like ISIS, to revitalizing our national economy, one of his accomplishments we must never forget is President Trump’s effective demonstration of just how morally bankrupt our media has become.
I do not have the space or time to list even a fraction of the lies spewed by the likes of CNN, the New York Times, et al., but their moral turpitude is today clearer than it ever was. From the actions they took to willingly propagate Democrat smears such as the “Russia collusion” hoax, to their SNL-like portrayal of violent BLM riots and arson attacks as “mostly peaceful,” we now know that these platforms are political and ideological actors, not news services, And this doesn’t simply apply to politics. Remember when media “luminaries” like Rachel Maddow assured us again and again that COVID vaccines would stop you from catching the Wuhan virus and even prevent you from spreading the disease? They lied thousands and thousands of times. Yet not one of them has ever apologized to us, their viewers, listeners and readers.
Has journalism improved since the liars and propagandists have been unveiled? Well, in one way, yes. New, or newer, outlets and “alternative media” platforms have been flourishing for a reason. There’s a good reason sites like Breitbart are so popular, Newsmax’s popularity is exploding, and new technologies like Twitter Spaces are enjoying such a mass following. Not to mention the fact that patriots still dominate talk radio. (Thank you, SALEM!) But we still have much work to do.
But now we have a new role model.
I have known Douglas Murray for years now. He is also from the UK but now is spending much of his time in Israel. Not because he’s a storied war correspondent but because, I believe, he has had it with the international FakeNews.
In the past, Douglas was know for authoring superb texts on the collapse of Europe and Western civilization, as well as being a formidable debater, so good in fact, the Conservative superstar Jordan Peterson has invited him to tour the globe in a series of inspirational live events.
But then October 7th happened.
Instead of staying comfortably in the UK or the US or traveling from one special speaking event to another in the safe cities of Europe, Doug donned body armor and started to report from a nation that has been fighting for its life since its miraculous rebirth in 1948, and it is one of his remarkable reports I commend to you now.
This week, he was being interviewed by one Piers Morgan, a fellow Brit who you may remember from his short stint as a CNN host. Full disclosure: I have had my own run-ins with Morgan, who I find insufferable and an inveterate “click-bait” merchant. Just see how he deliberately mislabels his big-name interviews with guests like President Trump, invariably misrepresenting what was said just to attract more clicks. But this isn’t about Piers Morgan’s standard hyperbole. It’s about his mainstream media apologia for savages and Murray’s flawless and spectacularly succinct and clear explanation of the civilizational war we are all in. Not just Israel.
First, you have to commend Douglas’ utter sangfroid. Halfway through the interview, rockets fly overhead, and Doug pauses for a moment, decides it’s OK, and insists on carrying on. When Piers engages with the worst question any journalist can ever ask, “How does that make you feel?,” Doug’s retort is priceless: “Oh I’ve been shelled by the Russians in Ukraine. I’m used to it.”
But the remarkable aspect of Douglas’ interview is not his calmness under fire, but how he brings clarity to the lies and misrepresentations of the media and Establishment Left (is there a difference?).
When asked about President Obama’s call for a ceasefire and measures to protect the “innocents” of Gaza, Douglas points out the sordid truth: the Arab populace of Gaza is even worse than the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany, since Hitler’s killers had some shame, or at least they tried to hide their crimes. When the 23-year old German Israeli woman Shani Louk’s desecrated body was paraded through Gaza – most likely after being raped repeatedly – the population celebrated gleefully.
There is not one analogous example from the world of real WWII Nazis. There are thousands from the Arab world. Videos, voicemails, social media posts of “average” people reveling in their animalistic savagery, their murder of children, their ritualistic rape of young women before they are killed.
Bravo Douglas Murray. We need more like you.
Watch the whole interview here.
Sebastian Gorka Ph.D. is host of SALEM Radio’s AMERICA First and The Gorka Reality Check on NEWSMAX TV. A former Strategist to President Donald Trump, he is a member of the National Security Education Board of the Pentagon. His latest book is The War for America’s Soul. Follow him on his SubStack page and website.