by Hannes Wessels
The news that Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post must have pleased President Trump. Bezos has made destroying the Trump presidency an editorial priority and his reporters have been unrelenting in their hostility toward his administration.
In this instance the paper went after a 16-year-old male because he was white, Christian and even worse; he was wearing a MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat. He was accused of acting aggressively towards an elderly Native-American who engaged Sandmann at close quarters and the American left went wild with demands for the boy to be punished. As it turns out all the aggression came from the Native-American who beat a drum and sang loudly within inches of the teenager’s face, cheered on by a raucous group calling themselves the Black Hebrew Israelites who were hurling abuse at Sandmann and his fellow pupils. Sandmann and his group, it is now clear, acted with commendable restraint in the face of racially motivated provocation but that was ignored until recently when the facts have proved all the allegations false.
In another incident, the media, their praise-singers in Hollywood and the Democratic Party have again got egg on their faces in the wake of the Jussie Smollett ‘lynching’. This much loved and revered African-American actor who happens to be homosexual, claimed he was attacked by white thugs wearing MAGA hats who approached him screaming racial and homophobic insults before pouring a chemical substance on him and wrapping a noose around his neck. So severe was the assault Jussie had to be hospitalized. The press soaked this story up and along with millions of virtue-signallers in America and around the world, called for the perpetrators to be ruthlessly dealt with. But the screamers lost their voice a little when reports appeared suggesting evidence in the hands of the police did not corroborate poor Jussie’s story. The latest news is he has been arrested and will be facing a felony charge of filing a false police report that may get him a prison sentence. In a nutshell it was all a hoax cooked up by Jussie with the help of two Nigerians who were paid to play the part of the attackers.
Reckless and often false reporting by the American media is nothing new. In 1992 parts of Los Angeles were torched and riots went on for days following the beating by police of a powerfully built, itinerant criminal called Rodney King. The press immediately portrayed King as the victim of an unprovoked assault and the mobs went on a riotous rampage. When the facts showed the policemen acted within the law and an acquittal followed further unrest followed followed. Similar circumstances triggered mob violence in Sandford, Florida when George Zimmerman, shot a delinquent Trayvon Martin and in Ferguson, Missouri when a white policeman shot an African-American thug who attacked him. Only after Ferguson had been gutted was it revealed that Officer Wilson had acted in self defence when overpowered by his assailant who was about to wrestle the arresting officer’s weapon out of his hand.
This is today and far removed from us here but we in southern Africa have long been casualties of a similarly duplicitous and deceitful mainstream media that was never driven by a search for the truth but by a political agenda that was uncompromising in its hostility towards white people.
One of my first brushes with the real and destructive power of the international press goes back to 1972 when the headline news was about a massacre that had taken place in a village known as Wiriyamu in the Tete Province of central Mozambique when the territory was still a colony of Portugal. I was 16 years old and Mozambique and the Portuguese people who I knew living there were dear to me so this came as a big shock to me as it did to the rest of the world, but I remember my father suggesting this may not be entirely true. I was taken aback; at that point in my life I assumed the BBC was the oracle and would surely never lie.
The report and the sensation it caused with the clergy in full cry led to increased pressure upon Lisbon to relinquish its colonies. Pleas from the Portuguese authorities to believe them when they denied the facts as widely reported fell on deaf ears and their side of the story received little or no attention from a horde of left-wing journalists who, it turns out, had absolutely no intention of reporting objectively. This alleged incident got the traction it did not deserve and was a watershed moment in the process that soon led to the Portuguese retreat from Africa, the subsequent destruction of Mozambique and the ensuing misery and hardship that continues today.
Once the Portuguese were out the way the full focus of these frauds masquerading as the ‘news’ shifted to Rhodesia and their reportage was unrelenting in its criticism of the government of the day and the Europeans in general. This chorus reached a crescendo with the successful attack on the ZANLA enemy base at Nyadzonya in August of 1976. Once again, like Wiriyamu, the press pumped out falsehoods about the cantonment being a refugee camp and the world went into a frenzy of threats and invective. All these, even though senior enemy combatants went public denying it was a refugee centre and asserted, unequivocally, the camp was indeed a military facility. Nobody reported this and nobody was listening; world pressure on the country was ratcheted up instantly on the government to transfer power to the ‘liberators’. The disinformation campaign worked, and the world won the war of words. Rhodesia succumbed and the destruction of the country commenced.
Unfortunately, unlike Mr. Sandmann, the courts are of no use to the victims in this part of the world. We can only wish him a happier outcome than that visited upon us.