On Jan. 17, the CBC National aired a mini-documentary on the rise of white nationalism in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, and I just had to watch. I wanted to see what research the MotherCorp had done. What was going to be the angle?
As it turned out, there was virtually no research. There were no statistics presented. There were no membership numbers. There was hardly any substantial presentation. This was basically a story about Richard Spencer.
Now, most people do not know who Richard Spencer or what the alt-right is, but he is the head of the National Policy Institute, which is “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
In other words, Richard Spencer is a white nationalist.
What drew media attention to Spencer was his support of Donald Trump and a video in which Spencer gave the Nazi salute and shouted “Heil Trump.”
That meeting drew a lot media attention because the news media like to either characterize Trump as a racist or someone who enables racists.
Spencer and his beliefs seem made to measure.
The thing is Trump has denounced Spencer and racism repeatedly.
“I condemn them. I disavow, and I condemn,” Trump said in a New York Times interview in New York on Nov 21, adding “I don’t want to energize the group. I’m not looking to energize them. I don’t want to energize the group, and I disavow the group.”
Trump said his goal was “to bring the country together.”
The president-elect reiterated his objections to the group and again disavowed them in an ABC interview with Lesley Stahl.
And he’s disavowed them in numerous speeches during the campaign.
In fact, Trump’s forceful denunciations have disappointed Spencer and his few followers, leaving them feeling dejected and abandoned.
This is all old news. It was a tempest in a teapot in November and it is absolutely pointless today.
Trump has no more control over those who support him than outgoing President Barack Obama does.
I have yet to see a documentary from the CBC on Obama’s role in encouraging violence against police officers.
So why bring up Spencer two days before Trump’s inauguration?
Spencer is irrelevant. He has very few supporters. There were a mere 14 commentators on his Reddit channel.
All the CBC succeeded in doing was falsely linking Spencer to Trump when no such link has been shown or proven.
It was just more fake news and yet another sad day for television journalism.