Hirsh’s threat received barely any MSM attention. Outside of conservative media it’s been primarily covered on the media blogs of CNN or the Washington Post, but not the actual news sites, much less network or cable television.Further, while the media’s coverage of NPI focused solely on Richard Spencer’s most incendiary lines, and passed over violence by “anti-Fascist” mob, the few stories on Hirsh spend a great deal of space on how Spencer provoked him and ignore his violence.Thus CNN’s media critic Dylan Byers said Hirsh was “encouraging people to go to his home” but failed to mention his threat to go there himself and bring baseball bats. But Byers did manage to find the space to conclude his piece by attacking Lou Dobbs:
I mean some people might deserve it. I would dox Mussolini I think.— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) November 22, 2016
Hirsh is not the only journalist who has posted the address of a private citizen in a way that might lead to problems for that person, though different news organizations have taken different approaches to such breaches of conduct.Last month, Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs tweeted a link to a post that included what were supposedly the address and phone number of Jessica Leeds, a woman who had accused Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her. (Trump has said Leeds' story is false. CNN has not independently verified her allegations against Trump.) Dobbs later apologized, writing: "My Retweet, My Mistake, My Apology to Jessica Leeds."[Politico editor resigns after publishing addresses of extremist leader, November 22, 2016]This tangent on Dobbs took up 105 words of a 310-word piece. If Byers’ story was your sole source, you would think that Fox gave the Trump-supporting Dobbs a slap on the wrist for the same transgression that POLITICO made Hirsh resign for. And of course, Hirsh’s victim was an (alleged) evil Nazi, while Dobbs went after an (alleged) rape victim.But Dobbs, of course, did not call for people to show up at Leeds house with baseball bats. In fact, he simply retweeted a claim that she was tied to the Clinton Foundation, which included an image that compared a phone number in Wikileaks to her contact information. He likely didn’t even notice the personal information when he retweeted.Dobbs may have been careless, but not malicious. And even the original tweet had a legitimate—albeit incorrect—purpose: to question Leeds’s credibility. [Fox Business host Lou Dobbs appears to post personal information of Trump accuser on Twitter, by Oliver Darcy, Business Insider, Oct. 13, 2016] Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Dobbs’ careless innocent mistake received far more media attention than Byers malicious call for violence.In 2009, a bullet struck Dobbs’ own home after he’d received multiple death threats because of his opposition to (illegal) immigration. As Brenda Walker noted at the time, this received minimal MSM attention. The New York Times seemed to think it was probably a stray bullet fired by rural .Jerseyans [Lou Dobbs Says His Views Made His Home a Target, By Brian Stelter, NYT, October 30, 2009]In his now-infamous speech, Spencer referred to the “Lügenpresse,” a term that predates Nazi Germany by more than 75 years but was used by the Third Reich among many others. It’s used today in Germany to refer to immigration enthusiasm and suppression of immigrant crime news in the (German) Main Stream Media.The Wikipedia entry for Lying Press (as of today) says
In late 2014, the term was repopularised by the right-wing grassroots movement Pegida in response to what its protesters felt was a scornful treatment by the mainstream media, as well as biased press reporting on the rising migrant influx and other immigration issues. It was chosen to be the Un-word of the year 2014 by a panel of five linguists and journalists of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache for "wholesale defamation" of the work of the media. President Gauck [the current President of Germany, a largely ceremonial position] condemned the chanting of the slogan as "ahistorical nonsense", maintaining that in contrast to the Nazi and the GDR era the federal German press is not manipulative in character and "covers events mostly in a correct and balanced way".But the New York Times predictably described this as “Nazi propaganda in the original German.” [Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump’s Election With a Salute: ‘Heil Victory,’ by Joseph Goldstein, November 20, 2016].(Note that this MSM report too has been significantly walked back: ‘Heil’ vs. ‘Hail’: New York Times corrects report on alt-right conference, by Erick Wemple, Washington Post, November 23, 2016)At VDARE, we see no need to resort to German. We are very happy to quote President-elect Trump instead:
The double standards revealed by the way the MSM treated NPI in contrast Hirsh is just another example of why Trump calls them the “dishonest and corrupt media.”Roger Dooghy (email him) is a Conservatism Inc. refugee making an honest living.
I am not only fighting Crooked Hillary, I am fighting the dishonest and corrupt media and her government protection process. People get it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2016