It’s CPAC time — or, as many conservatives like to call it, Christmas in February.
For just a few days during the year, conservatives can hear all their favorite pundits and politicians gathered inside the Beltway, going off uninterruptedly on the left and the media (but, as every pundit is fond of saying, I repeat myself).
The big ticket Thursday was Ben Shapiro, pretty much conservative punditry’s newest star. And Shapiro definitely delivered the goods, heralding the “slow, painful” death of political correctness and the culture surrounding it.
“The era of political correctness is over,” Shapiro told the audience in National Harbor, Maryland, according to Fox News. “Political correctness is dying a slow, painful, bloody, agonizing death. And all I can say is hell, yeah.”
As for one of the propagators behind PC culture, Shapiro said you needn’t look further than the “objective” news media.
“And then there are our friends in the media,” Shapiro said. “And I don’t mean everyone in the media. There are some good people in the media. But too many people in the media who claim they are objective truth-tellers are just advocates of leftism — masquerading as objective truth tellers.
“And these are the folks who have bought into PC culture maybe worse than it is at the university level. These are the people who categorically refuse to use the term ‘illegal immigrant‘ to refer to immigrants who cross the border illegally.”
— CPAC 2020 (@CPAC) February 22, 2018
As for how to fight liberals, Shapiro had advice for young people in the audience: go after them, but be armed with the facts.
“There’s nothing wrong with poking fun at the left,” he said. “Just make sure that what you say can be backed up with evidence.”
“We need to show that they are liars and we are the truth tellers. And that means telling the truth about everything. It means that when our own side fails, we have to call it out.”
Of course, the media — who by in large ignored Shapiro’s speech — caught onto that last line, given that Shapiro has been a critic of President Trump at times.
Even though Newsweek admitted that “Shapiro’s criticism of Trump was relatively mild,” they still ran a story with the headline “Trump, CPAC Lovefest Interrupted by Conservative Commentator Ben Shapiro, Who Calls President’s Lies ‘Immoral.'”
That was their extent of their coverage of the event, even though Newsweek is ostensibly an objective publication — you know, the kind of publication “who claim they are objective truth-tellers (that) are just advocates of leftism.”
Perhaps if they’d stuck around for the entire speech, they might have gleaned some especial knowledge about themselves. I doubt it, though.
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