So, You Think You’re a ‘Victim,’ Huh?
posted at 12:19 pm on October 14, 2009 by The Other McCain
Nothing is quite so annoying as fake victimhood: Overprivileged people trying to elicit sympathy in the Oprah Age by claiming they are victimized by something that doesn’t actually harm them at all. And if you take the liberal MSM seriously, you have to believe that the entire world is being victimized by conservatives:
- NFL football players victimized by Rush Limbaugh? Yeah, cry me a river, Mr. Millionaire Athlete.
- Charisse Carney-Nunes victimized by Michelle Malkin? You’re breaking my heart, Ms. Best-Selling Children’s Author.
- Maureen Dowd victimized by Liz Cheney? I pity you, Ms. Once-Dated-Michael-Douglas.
The key to this kind of nonsense is the liberal MSM’s willingness to exaggerate both the potential menace of conservatives and the helplessness of their victims. Beyond the transparent political bias involved, this phenomenon damages society in three ways:
- It invites weak-minded people to join the Self-Pity Parade. Throughout the 1980s, the media pounded home the message that “Reaganomics” was devastating the poor, who were portrayed as helpless victims of trickle-down policies that only benefited rich Wall Street fat cats. If poor people believed that message, why should they even bother trying to improve their lives? Fortunately, many poor people were smart enough to ignore the media’s doom-and-gloom propaganda, and some of them are now the “top 5 percent” whom Democrats plan to tax to pay for everything.
- Fake dangers distract us from the real thing. While the media is out chasing phantoms — global warming, the Cheeseburger Menace, the scary people of South Carolina — people are dying every day in car accidents and innocent kids are being gunned down by drug gangsters. And, oh, by the way, al-Qaeda is still in the business of scheming up ways to kill Americans. But if you believe what you see in the MSM, the looming threat is that Rush Limbaugh might buy an NFL franchise.
- Phony victimhood devalues the experience of actual victims. There are today — right now, this very minute — thousands people whose lives have been affected by death, disease and other tragedies. Their daughter is suffering from leukemia, or their son has been wounded in Afghanistan, or their spouse has been killed in a highway accident. They turn on the TV and what do they see? Sob stories about Jessica Simpson’s missing maltipoo, Khloe Kardashian’s pre-nuptial agreement, and the latest on Jon and Kate. Really. Those are the kinds of “victims” the media genuinely care about: Celebrities who are good for ratings.
So it’s occasionally helpful to reflect on those rare MSM stories involving actual victims of genuine wrongs, like Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at 11, repeatedly raped by a perverted psychopath, and kept captive for 18 years. Now she’s on the cover of People magazine and guess what her attitude is? She’s grateful to have survived:
After being held against her will for 18 years, much of it in a backyard hell straight out of a horror film, Jaycee Dugard wants the world to know:
“I’m so happy to be back with my family,” she tells PEOPLE.
Now living in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and the two daughters – Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 – fathered by her alleged kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, Dugard, 29, has begun the slow process of recovery. She rides horses, cooks meals and is thinking of collaborating on a book.
“They live a surprisingly normal life, considering the circumstances,” says Terry’s stepmother, Joan Curry.
Happy to be with her family? Living “a surprisingly normal life”? After all that she’s been through? Amazing.
Think about that, next time you encounter some liberal idiot spreading hyterical fear of the Terroristic Extremism of Glenn Beck.