The Best Threat Money Can Fabricate

I’ll say it here and now:  “right wing terrorism” is a boogeyman that the left has been floating out there for decades to try to create a sense of urgency and alarm among their base.

There certainly has been some terror associated with the…well, not “the right”, per se; more like “the non-left”.  The “Klan” has nothing to do with mainstream American conservatism, much less the GOP, and never has.  Tim McVeigh was neither conservative nor Christian.  And by the time of the Murragh building bombing, even that wave of activity, whatever it was, was on the wane.

But with Donald Trump, a GOP Congress, 2/3 of America’s state legislative chambers in GOP hands, and a solid conservative Cabinet waiting to take office in less than three weeks, the left has been stepping up its efforts to create hysteria about “right wing” boogeymen under everyone’s couches – whatever the cost.

Cut to the “A and E Network’s recently-aborted documentary about The Klan.

Well, no.  Not about “the Klan”.  About a Venice, California-based documentary maker’s narrative about what “The Klan” was supposed to be like, whatever it took (emphasis added by me):

The KKK leaders who were interviewed by Variety detailed how they were wooed with promises the program would capture the truth about life in the organization; encouraged not to file taxes on cash payments for agreeing to participate in the filming; presented with pre-scripted fictional story scenarios; instructed what to say on camera; asked to misrepresent their actual identities, motivations and relationships with others, and re-enacted camera shoots repeatedly until the production team was satisfied.

The production team even paid for material and equipment to construct and burn wooden crosses and Nazi swastikas, according to multiple sources including Richard Nichols, who is one of the featured subjects of the documentary series as the Grand Dragon of a KKK cell known as the Tennessee White Knights of the Invisible Empire. He also said he was encouraged by a producer to use the epithet “nigger” in interviews.

“We were betrayed by the producers and A&E,” said Nichols. “It was all made up—pretty much everything we said and did was fake and because that is what the film people told us to do and say.

Rest assured, it’s not just a couple of hack producers for a hack cable network.  “Journo-list 2.0”, wherever and whatever and whoever it is, and the leadership of the American left itself are layout out this narrative from the top, and pushing it through the entire media.

12 thoughts on “The Best Threat Money Can Fabricate

  1. Was Alex Baldwin slated to narrate it? Had the show actually aired, I think justice would have been served by the producers being sued by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for using non-members as labor. Or was it Film Actors Guild? Anyhow. Offer me enough money, and I’d play the role. I’m not a racist – but I play one on TV.

  2. There is a motorcycle club, whom I’m aquainted with members of, that agreed to let A&E film them.

    They reported the same exact experience. The producers sold the idea with the promise that it would give the club the chance to contrast truth with what coppers tell the public.

    In fact, that was not even close to what happened. Contrived scenarios, scripted dialogue and felacious dramas. The clubs lawyers had to get involved to stop the show, but not until after half a dozen episodes had aired.

  3. There is also an A&E series about Charles Falco’s infiltration of the Vagos MC which I can tell you is 90% bullshit.

  4. I am looking forward to a reality TV series about Somali-American wannabe jihadists.

  5. How about a reality TV show on the nutjobs on the Minneapolis city council? Wouldn’t need to script that.

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  7. I started to watch this thriller Netflix series with Sean Bean: Legends. It began with a mass casualty terrorist attack by a Right Wing group called “The Citizens Army of Virginia.”
    “He’s going to start a fire that’s going to burn down this so-called government!”
    I turned it off. I am not going to bury my head in the sand.
    The most terrifying thing you can hear in a public today is someone shouting “Alahu Akbar”, and this is the crap that Hollywood peddles to the masses.

  8. Isnt encouraging to commit tax fraud a felony in itaelf? I have no idea thats what caught my eye in this story but it might be the only truly criminal thing done.

  9. You know, I can feel a little bit of sympathy for victims of a hack job, but quite frankly, when they start telling you what to say for their documentary, I would hope that people would figure out it’s being scripted. The fact that they apparently could not figure this out gives me great hope for the future of this nation: that the racist nutjobs of the world are not exactly the brightest bulbs in the chandelier.

  10. I started to watch this thriller Netflix series with Sean Bean: Legends

    May I recommend Mr. Bean instead. A lot more realistic.

  11. I look at the CBS production of “Undercover Boss.” We were watching a couple episodes this weekend, I told my wife, this part is scripted. She asked why and I said not enough people are stupid enough to bad mouth the company and customers in front of someone who just showed up today along with 2 – 3 camera guys and a sound team, recording everyone.

  12. BTW, the first season of Legends was good, despite the comic book villains. The idea of the deep undercover agent so deep that he doesn’t know who he really is was interesting.

    Second season was quite different from the first, as Bean is in Europe, trying to discover who he really is/was, while on the run from the FBI.

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