On Wednesday, November 29, US President Donald Trump re-tweeted three videos from Jayda Fransen of Britain First. The first video depicts a Muslim teen beating up on a non-Muslim Dutch teen using crutches. The second depicts a Muslim cleric destroying an image of Mary. The third depicts violence culminating in murder. As far as anyone knows, these videos are authentic, and not staged.
Trump's tweeting this material caused intense backlash. The world press condemned him in the harshest terms ever used against him. The New York Times and other publications rushed to condemn the videos and their sender, Jayda Fransen. Some alleged, without any evidence, that the videos were staged or inauthentic.
The New York Times devoted many articles to this topic. On the very day of the tweets, the Times rushed to print an article, "The Stories Behind Three Anti-Muslim Videos Shared by Trump," that struggled to defuse the videos, and make them out to be innocuous. It was as if the Muslim world were on trial, and the New York Times were the Muslim world's defense attorney.
A few observations.
First, the President of the United States should not use twitter. Twitter use demeans the office and endangers the US.
Second, I searched for over an hour to find any publication that supplied any facts to support the characterization of Britain First as an "extremist, right-wing hate group."
I read articles about Britain First, visited their Facebook page, watched their videos, and saw no extremism and no hate. They appear to be a small group of older British people who walk around carrying crosses and Union Jacks and distributing pamphlets encouraging patriotism. People spit at them and throw projectiles at them, and they do not retaliate.
If anyone has any information to support their status as an "extremist, right-wing hate group" please feel free to supply that information in the comments section.
Third. The videos in question are not fake, and are not anti-Muslim. They do show Muslims behaving badly, but there are an infinite number of videos that show non-Muslims behaving badly; those videos arouse no outrage.
Fourth, the gigantic furor aroused is very telling.
In the mainstream press, academia, and popular culture, Poles are Bieganski. That is, Poles are brutal haters who deserve every criticism. In recent days, world press has condemned Poland for its recent Independence Day March. No one pulled any punches in this criticism. In fact, mainstream news organs fabricated especially inflammatory slogans and claimed that they appeared on signage – there were no signs at the march that featured the inflammatory slogan.
No one rushed forward to say that Poles cannot be criticized in this manner.
This is what we call a double standard.
Poles need to unite and resist Bieganski. For more on that, see here.