It’s impossible to find “the truth” anywhere anymore. There is not one trustworthy source that has survived 2020’s cultural revolution. I know when I see a headline on NPR or the New York Times or CNN or anywhere else that it is not going to be the whole truth. It will be “truth” that supports the going narrative. Truth that keeps people from getting fired. Truth that minimizes upset on Twitter. Truth that bolsters what the hive mind already believes and thinks.
Conversations with people who only read these sources mean you are talking to someone who is committed to believing the narrative, whatever it might be. Twitter decides what that is every time the news drops. They decide if a mass shooting is worth making a big deal over (white shooter) or whether they should ignore it (non-white shooter). They decide if a scandal is worth talking about (Stormy Daniels) or if it’s not (Hunter Biden). The media obediently complies.
In this era of algorithm-driven news and behavior, everyone has a platform to protect, from modest platforms to massive platforms. If you’ve ever had a platform you understand that it depends on you giving your following what it demands. If you defy that ordinant they will attack you and abandon you. Thus, truth has to be in short supply if it doesn’t support the many platforms online by media outlets and individuals.
But every so someone sees the bigger picture and their message pierces the bubbles on the left and right.
Tucker Carlson is the most-watched cable news host, despite how hated he is by a good many on the left. In fact, my posting this video could put me on trial for being a White Supremacist or a racist. But the problem is, he’s the only person who would ever read these tweets on air. The only one. This kind of dissent against the establishment machine does not and could not exist on the Left in the mainstream. It exists on the left outside the mainstream, with voices like Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, but when it comes to people like Bill Maher - he can only go so far. He can’t go near the Trump line.
People like Andrew Sullivan, who recently wrote a brilliant piece addressing the illiberalism on the Left, but he must stop short when it comes to the Trump line. I know people who are opposed to censorship but will say nothing if requires saying something that agrees with something Trump has said. Parler? Sure, fine, take it down because it supported Trump.
Carlson is the number one cable news host because he says exactly what he wants to say, and in a time of extreme self-censorship, that resonates. That is why Trump resonates. And why Ben Shapiro resonates. And why Joe Rogan resonates. Even if people generally feel they cannot be courageous in their own lives for fear of losing their friends, their status, and their jobs, but are “mad as hell and can’t take it anymore” they gravitate towards voices who are not afraid to say what can’t be said. That should be a lesson to the Left, but it is not.
So who is Darryl Cooper? He calls himself an introvert who probably should not have posted the tweet thread, though he had no idea Carlson would read his tweets on his show. But for those of us who have been trying to put together just what happened in 2020, while the majority of the media and the left overall just continue to gaslight about it — nothing to see here, folks, move along — it was a revelation.
His site is called “Martyr Made” and he also has a podcast called “The Unravelling,” as in the “Fourth Turning.” That tells me a lot already about where he’s coming from. There are some of us who really do see the cycles of history in these kinds of patterns, as this video explains:
Regardless, because Cooper’s tweetstorm was on Tucker Carlson he’ll be pegged as an enemy of the left. And, as we speak, there are probably Daily Beast reporters and self-appointed Twitter cops trying to upend Cooper’s life and find the one wrong thing to bring him down, a smoking gun that will give people the opportunity to write him off. I hope that doesn’t happen.
Despite how the media and the left overall are trying to rewrite history, to force a narrative that was not mirrored by reality, people noticed. Enough so that it caused a massive fracture in those who trusted the media and those who no longer could.
Here is the part about the press:
It's hard to describe to people on the left (who are used to thinking of gov't as a conspiracy... Watergate, COINTELPRO, WMD, etc) how shocking & disillusioning this was for people who encourage their sons to enlist in the Army, and hate ppl who don't stand for the Anthem. 13/x
They could have managed the shock if it only involved the government. But the behavior of the corporate press is really what radicalized them. They hate journalists more than they hate any politician or gov't official, because they feel most betrayed by them. 14/x
The idea that the press is driven by ratings/sensationalism became untenable. If that were true, they'd be all over the Epstein story. The corporate press is the propaganda arm of the Regime they now see in outline. Nothing anyone says will ever make them unsee that, period. 15/x
This is profoundly disorienting. Many of them don't know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know for absolute certain that the press, the FBI, etc would lie to them if there was. They have every reason to believe that, and it's probably true. 16/x
They watched the press behave like animals for four years. Tens of millions of people will always see Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, based on nothing, because of CNN. And CNN seems proud of that. They led a lynch mob against a high school kid. They cheered on a summer of riots. 17/x
They always claimed the media had liberal bias, fine, whatever. They still thought the press would admit truth if they were cornered. Now they don't. It's a different thing to watch them invent stories whole cloth in order to destroy regular lives and spark mass violence. 18/x
Time Mag told us that during the 2020 riots, there were weekly conference calls involving, among others, leaders of the protests, the local officials who refused to stop them, and media people who framed them for political effect. In Ukraine we call that a color revolution. 19/x
Throughout the summer, Democrat governors took advantage of COVID to change voting procedures. It wasn't just the mail-ins (they lowered signature matching standards, etc). After the collusion scam, the fake impeachment, Trump ppl expected shenanigans by now. 20/x
Cooper’s tweet thread has been repurposed into a story over at The American Mind called “The Disillusionment of the Deplorables.”
What I personally found so fascinating about this is that I have spent months, almost a whole year immersed in Trump World. I did this because once I saw that the media was pushing for a narrative they wanted to be true rather than what was true I decided to take the time to do the research on my own. What was true about Trump? What was true about his supporters? Unfortunately for me, I found that most of what the Left believes is true isn’t. The press cherry-picked lines Trump would say and turned them into proof that he was actual Hitler. Trump is not a complicated person to figure out, yet the Left was invested in him being someone who was almost supernatural in his force of evil.
I have never been a part of one group that dehumanizes another but I suddenly found that I was. Once I humanized Trump and his supporters, and I watched how they were being treated by the Left, I knew that I could not be a part of that anymore. I am personally in a vague in-between where I am trying to seek out only what I can prove with my own ears and eyes, what is actually true versus what people think is true, based on how media and social media shape those ideas.
I saw exactly what Darryl Cooper sees. I have tried to articulate it in comment sections, on Facebook, and here on Substack. But it requires that the Left sees Trump supporters as actual people. And they don’t. They see them as Brown Shirts or Hitler’s Army. They have thoroughly and completely dehumanized them, justifying it by seeing them as “racists” so that anything goes. Anything.
Many of Trump’s supporters aren’t exactly well educated - at least not the ones the system exploits with money and power that they don’t have. By they are patriotic Americans. They have no status, no power, no money. They have no media to support them or write about them or even humanize them. There are millions of them out there that our government, with the help of the media, is trying to turn into terrorists as we speak.
The Left has now, stupidly, handed these things to Trump:
The fight against Cancel Culture
The fight for freedom of speech
The fight for “law and order”
The American Flag
Support for law enforcement
Preservation and defense of American history
Equality of Opportunity and not Equality of Outcome
When did people on the Left lose sight of what this country is actually about? And why have they decided that corporate authoritarianism is okay? And why aren’t they fighting for free speech? Why aren’t they suing Big Tech?
In handing the fight all the way over to Trump they have given more reasonable people who are opposed to the rising illiberalism on the left anywhere to go except to drift rightward. They might not ever admit it publicly, but come election time their voices will be heard.