In a new op-ed for The New York Times, reporter Baynard Woods decided that it was time to defend the liberal hippies of the 1960s from the bad rap they’ve been getting for the last fifty-some-odd years. It was time to divide his favorite form of counterculture from the deadly crescendo of August 9, 1969, when Charles Manson and his “Family” brutally murdered Sharon Tate and friends at their mansion on Cielo Drive. But reading his account of the murders, one wonders whether Woods is more interested in what could be an interesting examination of Manson’s association with the 60s “free love” era or just using it as a pretense to take a shot at the New York Times’ favorite target: Donald Trump and his supporters.
“Apart from the long hair and the casual sex, Mr. Manson, who spent much of his life in prison with a swastika carved into his head, had more in common ideologically with far-right groups like the John Birch Society than he did with the anarchic leftism of, say, the Yippies,” he writes, setting the stage. “Mr. Manson was not the end point of the counterculture. If anything, he was a backlash against the civil rights movement and a harbinger of white supremacist race warriors like Dylann Roof, the lunatic fringe of the alt-right.”
First of all, it is journalistically irresponsible to lump in a whacko like Dylann Roof with the alt-right, but we’re getting used to these smear attack that says there’s essentially no difference between the KKK and Breitbart subscribers. And to be fair, certain elements of the so-called alt-right haven’t made the press’s job any more difficult. But in any event, we should at least be clear that it takes a hell of a leap to get from the JOHN BIRCH Society to a mass murderer like Roof, to say nothing of Charles Friggin’ Manson! But hey, please, continue…
After delving into Manson’s bizarre theories about the impending race wars that would consume the country – wars which he supposedly hoped to ignite with his murders – Woods takes us back to the present.
“In recent months, the far-right media have become fixated on the idea that left-wing ‘antifa’ activists will spark a new civil war,” he writes. “Gateway Pundit, a far-right website, claimed that ‘millions of antifa supersoldiers will behead white parents,’ and Alex Jones, the conspiracy enthusiast who runs the website Infowars, predicted that the antifa activists would lose such a war.
“A recent essay by Vincent Law on AltRight.com, Richard Spencer’s website, granted that though ‘I love fantasizing about RAHOWA’ — racial holy war — a culture war among ‘good’ and ‘bad’ whites will have to come first,’” he continues. “That is not the inevitable outgrowth of the 1960s counterculture. That is the apocalyptic racism of too many eras, including our own.”
We’re not going to vouch for whatever weird theories Woods found in the dark recesses of Gateway Pundit or Infowars, but they have nothing to do with anything that has – EVER – been covered by a mainstream paper like the New York Times. But in using terms like the “alt-right” and “the far right,” Woods is attempting to make it look like conservatism in America has taken this dangerous turn towards apocalyptic, racist fury, and there’s…there’s just no evidence that this is the case. Go yap about it on some left-wing blog, fine. At least then, you’re on an even playing field. But when you’re talking about this stuff in the pages of the Times, you’re trying to get readers to believe that this is Trump’s base you’re talking about.
Oh, and he also managed to slyly cover for Antifa there, too, which we did not fail to notice. How about we go into their websites and see what kind of apocalyptic racism we can find. Will the Times publish us if we do? Or will we be told that these are just far-left loonies who don’t really matter? Either way, we bet they have “more in common” with the Manson Family than Baynard Woods would like to admit.