Trump Car Caravan Down the Media Memory Hole

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I may be missing something, but it appears that the only Rhode Island news organization to cover an event with a long line of cars supporting President Trump, patriotism, and the police that drove from Smithfield to Newport on Sunday was the Providence Journal.

Even there, though, reporter Brian Amaral devoted almost half of his article to a single counter-protester holding a Black Lives Matter sign.  Amaral makes sure to mention that while he was speaking with they guy, a well-meaning stranger came up to offer him encouragement.

The only car-counts I’ve found reported for the pro-Trump event were on Twitter.  One comes from local education writer Ted Dintersmith, who put the number at “over 100 trucks, motorcycles, and cars,” which he presented as if they had organized for the purpose of disrupting a high-school BLM rally and to “intimidate kids.”

The other was from Valley Breeze editor Ethan Shorey.  After somebody questioned why he posted a photo of a single truck (which he subsequently deleted) with the text, “A Trump parade passes by in Smithfield,” Shorey estimated “about 20 cars.”

Once again, we see the narrative in action.  Whatever the makeup of the population may be — and Shorey notes that President Trump won Smithfield 50-42 in 2016 — the news is clearly presented by liberals, progressives, and Democrats for liberals, progressives, and Democrats.  Things that audience doesn’t like to see will probably not be shown, and when shown, they’ll be minimized or placed in context as strange events set apart from ordinary Rhode Islanders.

Thus, we get perspectives like Dintersmith’s, wherein anything done by conservatives is not only put in context of its effects on the feelings of progressives, but imputed to be deliberately provocative to intimidate them.



  • Lou

    If you see a need for legitimize conservative coverage of local news that’s economically viable, here’s your opportunity. Why waste your time trying to gaslight the faithful through “non-partisan” opinion posts on a blog? After all, they are already true believers.

  • ShannonEntropy

    How come we never see the lame-stream media write about the growing and popular Black Nikes Matter movement ??

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/blacknikesmatter?src=hash

    • Joe Smith

      if you want to see police reform, pressure the insurance industry to stop insuring municipalities. Pressure municipal bond rules to prevent using bond funds to fund operating costs that cover the lawsuits since many have gone to self-insurance systems.

      “In 2017, Chicago took out $225 million in general obligation bonds to pay off police settlement debts, according to a letter to one of the bondholders from the Action Center on Race & the Economy [ACRE].”

      Move to a system where the city pays individual liability insurance premiums for city workers and let the insurance actuarials review complaint and other data, where increasing premiums above the average get deducted from the worker’s pay. Add that as well to disability so we all don’t pay for the risky behaviors of other workers.
      Shouldn’t conservatives be embracing market incentive solutions?