Friday, 2 October 2015

MEDIA HOAX OR MEDIA JOKE?

Did he really do it? Did he ever even exist?
Can the media ever be trusted?

As scribblers scramble to find out the "actual factuals" concerning the hideously horrific act of Chris Harper Mercer, a reclusive, mixed-race "conservative republican" who fetishized the Irish Republican Army, loathed Christianity, adopted a Nazi-sounding username and professed a cryptic adherence to the "left hand path," (i.e. a man whose online persona seems to resist all convenient pigeonholes, yet also to conjure up various "loner-loser-pyscho" archetypes all at once, checking many boxes simultaneously including but not limited to (1) comic book nerd, virgin, and pornography addict, (2) unemployed misfit who lived with his mother, (3) avid gun collector, (4) generally Aspbergers-ish, autistic weirdo)... some, a mere day later, are already adamantly refuting the notion that the massacre at Umpqua College ever even took place.

Go to Youtube and type "Oregon shooting hoax" into the search engine, and you will see several already-posted discourses of varying length and quality, many of which have already drawn a large number of viewers and a great many more "likes" than "dislikes." Such a trend also followed hard upon other recent sensationalistically lingered-upon media events of recent months, including the Charleston church shooting in June and the live-broadcast Roanoke local news double-murder in August. It seems that things are barely even reported on these days without many immediately crying "fake!"

Perhaps this trend is an inevitable result of the severe lack of trust most Americans have with media institutions they once revered, but who by now have clearly given themselves away as stooges of the "establishment" and servants of the "system." Still, it is a disquieting symptom of a deeply disharmonious age, an age in which, as one poetic prophet put it, "The best lack all conviction, and the worst are full of passionate intensity."

One is inclined to suspect that the compulsive hoax-callers are a bit daft, but then again are we supposed to trust the likes of CNN, when they pull a boner (pun intended) like this, immediately blaming a Caucasian male anti-feminist "white supremacist" on scant evidence?



And will the supposedly "edgy" (actually quite "safe" and mainstream) Vice News ever be able to live down this mistake?

(Granted, we here at Alternative Right initially passed along some bad information on this story ourselves – since corrected. Lesson learned! "Scoops" from the likes of CNN clearly aren't even worth the enamel in CIA recruit Anderson Cooper's pearly white grin.)


Connected Content:
Bryce Williams and the Roanoke Massacre
Angry White Male
Dylann Roof as Manchurian Candidate
A Very Ordinary God
Elliot Rodger: Omega Male Massacre


Andy Nowicki, assistant editor of Alternative Right, is the author of eight books, including Under the Nihil, The Columbine Pilgrim, Considering Suicide, and Beauty and the Least. He occasionally updates his blog when the spirit moves him to do so. Visit his Soundcloud page.


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