One of the most infuriating aspects of the revival of white supremacy in America is the mainstream media’s insistence on glorifying and romanticizing racists, normalizing and giving a platform to some of the very worst people in our nation and their appalling ideas.
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The New York Times, of all newspapers, is the latest to do so — on the front page. While their op-ed section quite frequently sees white nationalist ideas dressed up in the hood of intellectualism by the likes of columnists like Bret Stephens and Ross Douthat, it’s truly repulsive to see a dead-eyed psychotic racist like Trump advisor Stephen Miller portrayed as a “young firebrand” who was leading a crusade.
Today's NYT front page romanticizes Stephen Miller, the White House aide who is pushing racist immigration policies, as a "young firebrand" pic.twitter.com/38tCpj9Kb1
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 18, 2019
“Crusade” terminology is often used by white supremacists, who believe they are waging a holy war against the invading hordes of Muslims and Jews.
Stephen Miller is the heartless monster behind the Trump administration’s “family separation policy,” which tore tens of thousands of children away from their parents and incarcerated them in concentration camps and foster homes, where they were traumatized and sexually abused.
It is one of the most monstrously cruel crimes against humanity that the United States has ever committed — and that is a long and sordid list. Miller was the man behind its implementation and still advocates for it to this day.
“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement. It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law” said Miller to the New York Times last June.
It is stunningly irresponsible for the Times, which knows exactly what kind of person Miller is, to label him a “firebrand crusader” as if he was a particularly energetic youth pastor and not a shadowy white supremacist whispering dangerous hatred into the ear of a sundowning old racist.
The reaction from social media was immediate:
This is so unbelievably dangerous. What has happened to the @nytimes ?
— J. Williams B. (@thisrampanthag) August 18, 2019
Stephen Miller is being described as a “young firebrand” who’s “leading a crusade” on behalf of a “movement.” https://t.co/rgmQkkQ01H
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) August 18, 2019
The New York Times referring to Stephen Miller aka Santa Monica Goebbels as a “young firebrand.” REALLY? pic.twitter.com/zNAvwmImdm
— J’onn J’onnz, Earthian Nerdfinder (@hyster181) August 19, 2019
NYT working real hard to normalize racists and fascism.
— Party of Fear (@kdevil66) August 18, 2019
Young firebrand? Holy hell @NYT.
— Paulette Feeney (@PauletteParis1) August 18, 2019