- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi says that “the American left has lost its mind.”

The liberal writer — who is no fan of President Trump — recently penned a column titled “The American Press Is Destroying Itself,” which details many of the “deeply weird scenes” playing out in response to Black Lives Matter and the May 25 death of George Floyd, killed at the hands of a white Minneapolis cop.

“But police violence, and Trump’s daily assaults on the presidential competence standard, are only part of the disaster,” he wrote June 12. “On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we’re watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.”

Mr. Taibbi told readers that basic tenets of liberalism have been warped by men and women seen as ideological thought leaders.

“[They’ve been] replacing traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation,” the writer continued. “They are counting on the guilt-ridden, self-flagellating nature of traditional American progressives, who will not stand up for themselves, and will walk to the Razor voluntarily.”

The writer buttressed his points by noting recent controversies at The Intercept, The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Variety involving alleged ideological infractions.

“Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics,” Mr. Taibbi warned. “White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for “forgiveness … for years and years of racism” are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in ‘African kente cloth scarves’?”

The writer summed up his frustration by lamenting “orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of all, deeply weird scenes, and the press is too paralyzed to wonder at it. In a business where the first job requirement was once the willingness to ask tough questions, we’ve become afraid to ask obvious ones.”

PJ Media’s Matt Margolis responded on Monday by calling it “refreshing” piece that missed the bigger picture.

“This kind of outrage politics is not new or limited to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Mr. Margolis wrote for the conservative website. “The right has been repeatedly targeted by the outrage mob for years — decades, actually. Taibbi’s concern seems to be rooted in his fear of a liberal circular firing squad, and the casualties among the left because of the outrage mob. Where has Taibbi been all these years when conservatives were branded racist for opposing racial quotas and taxpayer-funded abortion. Where was Taibbi when Republican support for Voter ID was was likened to Jim Crow laws?”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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