The media has breathlessly reported on virtually every instance in which an alleged hate crime has been perpetrated by a supporter of Donald Trump or advocate for the president-elect’s policies. They have shown considerably less urgency in reporting when those hate crime accusations have turned out to be hoaxes.
Even though nobody in the media can cite a single verifiable instance where a post-election “hate attack” can be proven to have been perpetrated by a Trump supporter because of the election outcome, that hasn’t stopped the left and its media allies from saying otherwise.
Now, yet another widely-reported accusation of intimidation at the hands of pro-Trump thugs has been exposed as a hoax, leaving conservatives furious and the media embarrassed again.
According to WMAQ-TV, Chicago college student Taylor Volk reported on Nov. 14 that she was being harassed by Trump supporters because of her bisexuality. The North Park University student says a note reading “Back to hell” and “#Trump,” along with homophobic slurs, was taped to her door. She posted the alleged note on Facebook.
“This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,” Volk told WMAQ. “I just want them to stop.”
As it turns out, Volk was part of a nationwide epidemic, just not the one she claimed to be an a victim of. On Tuesday, a week after WMAQ originally aired her story, they reported that the whole thing was a ruse. That lie — so righteously reported by the media eager to impugn the president-elect — circulated for a week.
North Park University President David Parkyn issued a statement saying that Volk’s story had been “fabricated.” However, despite the revelation that the so-called hate incident was itself a nasty fake, the school president’s statement also implied a problem of prejudice at the institution. Parkyn told students that the administration is “confident there is no further threat of repeated intolerance to any member of our campus community stemming from this recent incident.”
“Repeated intolerance?” There was none, sir, except possibly on the part of the student who lied about the “recent incident.”
Volk’s story is hardly the only instance in which the media sensationalized an alleged hate crime attributable to Donald Trump’s backers, only to sheepishly back away from it when it turned out to be a vicious falsehood.
The most visible incident happened at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where a Muslim student said that Trump supporters had ripped off her hijab, attacked her and taken her wallet, according to The Washington Post.
The alleged attack was widely reported by the liberal as being the first indication of “Trump’s America.” Less widely reported was when Lafayette police issued a statement saying that the Muslim student “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.”
And the parade of deceptive fabrications continues. According to The College Fix, a Latino student was discovered to have written “Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista” on an Elon University whiteboard.
— Bryan Anderson (@BryanRAnderson) November 10, 2016
“The message was written by a Latino student who was upset about the results of the election and wrote the message as a satirical commentary,” Smith Jackson, vice president for Elon student life, said. Yes, some joke.
“Commentary” was also the excuse given by a duo of anti-Trump students who painted “AMKKK KILL” on a wall at tony Williams College in Massachusetts, apparently using something that looked like blood.
The Boston Globe reported that “(t)he students who stepped forward told officials they were going to write ‘AMERIKKKA’ but ‘for whatever reason’ didn’t.”
A Williams College spokeswoman claimed that the students “said they wanted to draw attention to what they felt was racism in the election of Donald Trump.” In fairness, I’m sure these individuals know a lot about oppression, especially since they attend a college that costs roughly $64,000 a year.
Then there was Bowling Green State University student Eleesha Long, who filed a police report the day after the election alleging that “while walking down Crim St to ask for yard signs, three boys began to throw rocks at me.”
“Long continued to write the white males shouted profanity at her while wearing Trump shirts. She described how all three young men looked and what they were wearing,” WTOL-TV reported.
Police say that “several times the complainant changed her story about what happened, where it happened, and when it happened,” which made them suspicious. A check of her cell phone revealed that she wasn’t even in the area during the time in question, and had instead made it all up because of her frustration with Trump’s election. She’s now being charged with filing a false report.
This hasn’t stopped the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) from promoting a list of 900 “hate incidents” that have allegedly taken place since Trump’s election, all apparently attributable to Trump’s policies and pronouncements. And USA Today — a big fan of, and unquestioning advocate for, the SPLC — dutifully gives complete credence to the allegations.
“I do think it’s important to understand that this is probably just the tip of the iceberg,” Richard Cohen, president of the SPLC, told USA Today. “Maybe someone screams a racial epithet on the street in Trump’s name — most people are probably not going to report that sort of thing in spite of our efforts.”
Yet, as Elizabeth Nolan Brown at Reason points out, the vast majority of “hate incidents” that the SPLC catalogues are both minor and completely unverifiable — “one elementary student telling another that he would be deported, or a white woman laughing at a black woman who overheard her saying racist things, or a man in a car yelling ‘fag’ as he drove by a gay couple.”
Has this stopped the mainstream media from viewing the SPLC’s list with wide-eyed credulity? Of course not. But where is the corroboration? Where is the media’s responsibility for vetting their stories? And where, pray tell, is the coverage of the very real violence and angry threats perpetrated by anti-Trump forces across the country?
The media have been duped, and duped willingly. Those in the mainstream all too eager to report on whatever makes Trump and his advocates look bad have fallen for fake stories that reinforce their narrative.
And this proves yet again why Americans simply don’t trust the mainstream media any more.
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