Sunday, September 17, 2017

Part II: Northern Guard and the News Media

When I published the story on the Northern Guard on Wednesday, I expected it would be the first of a two part profile of the group. However events that have transpired since the first article was published sort of scream for a follow-up detailing the reaction of the Northern Guard leadership and membership at large. In short, and as a very brief preview, I offer this for your consideration:


More on that to come.

A day after Northern Guard founder and president Nick Gallant posted his video bemoaning what he perceived to be shabby treatment by the media, he posted a second video offering the same though with the additional caveat that neither he nor the remainder of the Northern Guard will ever speak to the media ever again:


Or, in other words of social commentor E. Cartman, "screw you guys, I'm going home."

There are a number of themes that are apparent in Gallant's commentary, but among those themes is the fact that appears oblivious about the purpose of the news media. It's clear that he thinks the media is to report exactly what he says about his "club" and not dig any further. He wants the media to talk about only what he wants them to talk about and to avoid any probing questions. In short, he wants the independent media to act as a cheap public relations agency.

Dude, that's not how good media works. 

Yes, they will interview you to get your side, but when your public statements about the Northern Guard being against racism and merely wishing to support the community conflicts with the private statements that are rife with paranoia, support for violence, and really racist and Islamophobic statements, some of which ARC has highlighted on this blog, they are going to ask about the discrepancy if they are even half decent journalists. And when the explanation you provide seems wanting, well.... you're not going to look good and you will be exposed for what exactly you are.

For example, saying that you are concerned about the direction of the federal government likely won't raise any red flags for a journalist, except perhaps when the rhetoric is excesively profane:



However when you cross the line and advocate violence against the prime minister of the country, your claims of being a conservative club focused on charity sort of takes a bit of a hit in the credibility department and a good journalist will pick up on it:





Advocating for the murder of any person, never mind the head of the Canadian government, is not and never has been protected speech. People were arrested and charged for making threats against Mr. Harper when he was in office. That people are being arrested and charged for making threats against Mr. Trudeau is not proof that Canada is a dictatorship and that you are loosing your right to free expression. 

But then when people exist in an echo chamber, the real news, flawed though it can sometimes be, is dismissed as "fake"....

 ....while information that conforms to one's biases is accepted without reservation.

The membership of the Northern Guard, like many other similar groups, have a profound distrust of the media but seem willing to accept any crackpot conspiracy theory that confirms their own biases. For example, Charlottesville where an anti-fascist protester was murdered never really happened. Or at least it didn't happen in the way people think. No, it was a set up from the start apparently:




For people who wish to believe that their side is blameless and that the truly violent people are on the left, this conspiracy is a comforting lie, but a lie that has been readily accepted in many quarters.

Another conspiracy readily accepted is that the government is out for their guns....


.... or that mass shootings in American schools or stories of children being killed overseas are all an effort at social engineering:
The conspiracies that people like those found in the Northern Guard will accept, even the most ridiculous and outlandish, as fact if they fit preconceived biases is quite expansive:




And of course, one couldn't provide representative examples of the far right echo chamber without including the arch-villain of those who embrace such conspiracy theories, George Soros:

Soros never said this.

Now to the credit of the one commentator, the second image purporting to be Soros in an SS uniform is debunked, however even his refutation is telling. Simpson "wish[es] it were true." 

And ultimately that is what this is about. The world doesn't conform to the narrative in their minds, so folks like those in the Northern Guard find comfort in believing the lies. When legitimate media attempts to debunk the lies, they are attacked both rhetorically and in some cases physically:


Kevin Metcalf was assaulted while covering an anti-Muslim protest and counter-protest in Toronto. He was then subsequently and erroneously linked to ARC my Steven Alexander Tinky-Winkie Dipsy Laa-Laa Po Gregory Myatt who suggested be be shown, "some love." A Facebook group administrator as well as another member of the Northern Guard knew exactly what kind of love Myatt is referring to:


And because I do so like poking hornet nests....



Meet Nick Bishop (left) and Logan White (right).

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty much discredit yourself by making fun of a guy who is bound to a wheelchair. Oh ya you're miles better then those guys.

Enrique Cardova said...

Good roundup. One wonders if groups like the Northern Guard are not working "undercover' with racist state regimes to carry out racist agendas as in US voter suppression.

Nosferatu200 said...

Anonymous: Uhm, he's not being made fun of because he's in a wheelchair. His physical challenges are not relevant to the discussion. His involvement in a racist and, apparently violent, hate group are relevant though.

Try to keep up. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha dumbest shit I've ever heard