Monday, August 14, 2017

Vice News on Charlottesville

The Monday Vice News tonight focused solely on the weekend events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The continuity of a straight half hour of reporting was a relief from the piecemeal news accounts of the last 36 hours, both because a story was told and because it needed to be a program with no repetition.  Most of the news to date had really been less than ten minutes of footage.

There were interviews with a couple of rigidly alarming extremists, right wing zealots with guns.  It is a given that there are crazies in the white supremicists ranks, but as leaders proud to be interviewed?  The most interesting take from the Vice News program after everything that had already been digested here was how anti-semetic the thugs were.  It was clear from the outset that they were vehemently anti-black, but only through their constant chants could they underscore how much they hated Jews, blamed Jews, for whatever their miseries are and slights they have experienced.

Those interviewed professed in convoluted ways some sort of world views, and the best comparison to whatever they were trying to say was neo-Nazism.  They really seem like extreme fringe groups that should be monitored.  If they are not on the fringe, we have big issues.

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