The mainstream media establishment has long been able to get away with blatantly lying about what conservatives say, and another example of that disgraceful phenomenon emerged this week.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday called on Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) to resign after journalists took comments he made about slavery out of context, and several news sites deliberately misreported them, as Breitbart reported.
The senator gave an interview with the Arkansas Post-Gazette, published Sunday, in which he spoke about legislation he introduced Thursday to prevent federal funding from being used for schools to teach curricula based on the controversial New York Times “1619 Project,” which argues, among other things, that the founding purpose of America was to preserve slavery.
“As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as [Abraham] Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction,” Sen. Cotton reportedly said, according to The Guardian. The original Post-Gazette appears to have been altered, however, and his actual quote no longer appears there.
Predictably, numerous media outlets reported that Sen. Cotton himself declared that slavery was a necessary evil, even though his full quote clearly shows that he was in fact arguing that the Founding Fathers considered slavery a necessary evil, not that he did.
CNN posted an article titled on the controversy titled, “Tom Cotton describes slavery as a ‘necessary evil’ in bid to keep schools from teaching 1619 Project,” and The Guardian headlined, “Tom Cotton calls slavery ‘necessary evil’ in attack on New York Times’ 1619 Project,” and these are just a few examples of the distortions that occurred.
Sen. Cotton, for his part, tweeted that the reporting was “the definition of fake news.”
Protecting the narrative
Sen. Cotton’s only offense is that he dared to criticize the Times and its “1619 Project,” a propaganda piece that has become sacrosanct to liberals even though — or maybe because — it attempts to rewrite history.
“The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded. Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage,” Sen. Cotton said in a release about his legislation, according to ABC News.
It’s becoming predictable that when a prominent conservative — or anyone really — pokes at one of the pillars of liberal ideology, Democrats and their media allies will do everything they can to destroy them. This time it’s CAIR’s turn to lead the charge, but does that particular organization really have room to speak?
“Both as Muslims and as human beings, we know that evil is never necessary,” CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said concerning the controversy, as Breitbart noted. “Whether it is the rape, torture and enslavement of Black Americans because of the color of our skin, or the genocide of indigenous Americans, evil is simply evil. Anyone who claims otherwise should not hold public office. Tom Cotton should resign.”
Considering the fact that slavery is alive and well in many Muslim parts of Africa and the Middle East and that millions of women in those areas of the world are subjected to some of the worst oppression known to civilization, CAIR might want to look inward before casting stones at Sen. Cotton — or anyone else for that matter.