Trump Supporter’s House Vandalized
Post Tries to Ignore It
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I was watching the Fox5 10 pm news on Wednesday, March 9, out of Washington, DC, when I saw the shocking report of a woman’s house having been vandalized—apparently for political reasons—in nearby Gainesville, Virginia, in Prince William County. She had awakened that morning to discover that her two signs supporting Donald Trump for president had been stolen from her front yard and that the words “Can you see the new world through the tear gas” and “Revolution” had been prominently spray-painted in black on separate sides of her modest white frame house.
This looks very much like a thuggish and criminal attempt to intimidate people who support a particular candidate for president into silence, and, as such, it is very newsworthy. Such acts should be exposed and denounced, the sooner the better. I checked my home-delivered Washington Post the next morning to see what, if anything, they might have about the matter. Nothing. I went online to see what other news coverage there might be. It was only on the Fox5 web site.
Perhaps The Post didn’t learn about the crime until it was too late to get it into my paper delivered to western Fairfax County, I thought, giving them the benefit of the doubt, but that was no excuse not to have it on their web site. Since they hadn’t put it on their web site, things didn’t look promising for Friday morning’s delivered Post, and, sure enough, they still had nothing about the vandalism.
The Punch to the Face that Wasn’t?
Meanwhile, The Post joined the national news organs with a headline “Trump supporter charged after sucker-punching protester at North Carolina rally,” a similarly deplorable incident that, unlike the vandalism, did not occur in The Post’s backyard:
The videos, which appeared on social media early Thursday and are shot from different perspectives, show an African American with long hair wearing a white T-shirt leaving Trump’s Wednesday-night rally as the audience boos. He is being led out by men in uniforms that read “Sheriff’s Office.” The man extends a middle finger to the audience on his way out.
Then, out of nowhere, the man is punched in the face by a pony-tailed man, who appears to be white, in a cowboy hat, black vest and pink shirt as the crowd begins to cheer. The protester stumbles away, and then is detained by a number of the men in uniforms.
Closer examination of the video reveals that the elderly, pony-tailed man appears not to have punched the young black man in the face, at all. Rather, he struck him intentionally only with his forearm in the upper part of the body near the younger man’s face. It looks like a glancing blow administered for maximum show but to little effect, sort of like what we see in professional wrestling matches. In a related article The Post reveals that the older man, John McGraw, an Air Force veteran, has been a “cowboy action” reenactor. A 2009 article from the mountain town of Hendersonville, NC, about McGraw is still more revealing. We learn that he is an Air Force veteran, that he had been a serious boxer in his youth, that he has deep and old ties to Las Vegas, where he was a friend of Sammy Davis, Jr., among a number of celebrities, and that at the time of the article he was still working as a sham gunfighter in wild west reenactments. One can easily imagine that he has engaged in sham fistfights as well for the entertainment of tourists:
He worked with jet engines on the base and began a boxing program, spending as much of his free time as possible in the ring. McGraw became a Golden Gloves amateur boxer. He never weighed more than 138 pounds, but defended titles in several weight classes including light weight, welter weight and middle weight.
When he wasn’t on the base working or boxing, McGraw hung out at the former Showboat Hotel and Casino in Vegas. He met Sammy Davis Jr., Lee Marvin and boxers Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, among others. He credits Davis with getting him interested in what’s known as single-action shooting. The entertainer was good with a gun, McGraw recalls.
“I knew half the people in Vegas. I never thought anything about it. We were all just the same bunch,” he says. “Vegas was a little town in the ’50s.”
After finishing his time in the Air Force in 1959, McGraw stayed in the Las Vegas area and continued boxing.
During summers at the Pisgah View dude ranch in Candler, McGraw and other members of the local Single Action Shooting Society dressed in their cowboy duds and staged a mock shoot-out for guests.
He’s on call for a handful of stunt agencies that need firearms or horse-handling experts for films.
Now compare the worldly man depicted in this article, this person with connections to the Deep State mecca of Las Vegas and to big time show business, to the ignorant sounding (“He might have been ISIS.”) hayseed who was immediately interviewed after the incident, supplying inflammatory remarks (“Next time we might have to kill him.”), and you have to be an extraordinarily credulous person not to be more than a little bit suspicious. He might not have been the least bit representative of the thousands of Trump supporters at the rally, but you know that the press very badly wants you to think that he was. You also know that he knows how to throw a real damaging punch, and such a punch doesn’t result in the fist being curved back toward the punch thrower, as one can see on the video.
The Post in its coverage, of course, played it straight and stuck to the script. All Trump rally disrupters—who might be compared to Duke fans at a UNC pep rally trying to shout down Coach Roy Williams—are always characterized simply as “demonstrators” or “protestors” as though they were just peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. And anyone with the gumption to suggest that the little scene played out in Fayetteville might have been staged is likely to get the “How dare you?” treatment from the press, which is #2 in the Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression.
The Post Resolves Its Dilemma
Now let’s get back to the vandalism story. At three pm on Saturday, buried deep in the local section of its web site, The Post came out with “Trump supporter’s Virginia house vandalized,” as though it was something that had just happened. One can only imagine the handwringing that went on at the newspaper in the intervening three days. Clearly, they wanted to black the story out, or they would have routinely reported it as the important news that it was as soon as they knew of it. The fact that it happened within The Post’s distribution area could reflect rather poorly upon the paper, after all. So unrelentingly vicious and negative has the newspaper been in its reporting and commentary upon Trump’s candidacy that it’s hardly a reach to say that it bore some responsibility for the crime. Dilbert creator Scott Adams has gone so far as to suggest that the national press is encouraging violent attacks upon the candidate himself.
Such arguments have certainly been made when the shoe was on the other foot. I can recall that in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing * many in the mainstream press, including The Post, blamed the “incitement” of the anti-government rhetoric coming from the militia movement. And the press is not the least bit shy in blaming Trump’s truculent rhetoric for any act of violence that might take place in association with a Trump rally. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. The vandalism itself also reflects badly upon opponents of Trump and tends to engender sympathy for him and his followers. With its anti-Trump agenda, The Post obviously prefers to direct attention to things having precisely the opposite effect, like the likely manufactured incident at the rally in Fayetteville.
On the other hand, obvious news suppression also reflects poorly upon the newspaper. Corey Stewart, Trump’s Virginia campaign chairman, is also the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and it is certain that the incident did not escape his attention. At some point, The Post’s attempt at a blackout of the news out of obviously ulterior motives could become an embarrassment. They settled upon the expedient that they had used in “reporting” upon the nearest rally that Trump has had to Washington, DC, the one in Manassas, Virginia, on December 2, 2015. They would report it on their web site, but only on their web site, and provide no mention of it on their home page so the story would not be easy to find. I checked the print edition one last time on Sunday morning, after their Saturday afternoon online coverage, and, once again, the story was missing. As far as the print edition of the paper is concerned, the crime never happened, so none of its pundits need express any opinion about it.
Summing up, The Post has covered its a-- without actually covering the story. If you already know about the anti-Trump mischief and you do a Net search for “Trump supporter’s house vandalized,” because of its large circulation The Post’s article is the first one you see, as if they had been all over the story, which they were not. To the contrary, what they were all over was the likely phony, racially charged “sucker-punch” story in Fayetteville.
* In breaking news, I see that President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, the man who railroaded the chosen patsy in the bombing of the Murrah Building, to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court. He would be a fitting Deep State replacement for Antonin Scalia. Naturally, The Washington Post loves the man. (added March 17)
March 16, 2016
Concerning the so-called sucker puncher, John McGraw, all the news reports say routinely that he is from Linden, NC. Since Linden is a small community in Cumberland County near Fayetteville, it would have been a simple matter for him to have attended the local Trump rally. However, the postmistress in Linden, where they deliver to some 2,000 addresses in Linden and the surrounding area, tells me in a phone interview that neither she nor anyone with whom she has spoken has heard of the man. We know from the Hendersonville newspaper cited above that he was living in the mountains in the general Asheville area as of seven years ago when the profile article was written. It is 264 miles from Asheville to Fayetteville and it is not a common migration route. Perhaps he’s living in the Linden area with a daughter. He couldn’t be living with a son of the same last name, because there are no McGraws who get mail in Linden. But the man is obviously a very colorful character who, one thinks, would have stood out in a place like Linden.
March 18, 2016
On the afternoon of Friday, March 18, news on the radio, television, and major web sites was reporting that Donald Trump’s son, Eric, had received a threatening letter containing a white powder. This news was nowhere to be found in the Saturday, March 19, Washington Post, delivered to my driveway in the morning. I could find no mention of it on The Post’s home page, either. On the other hand, one of the paper’s “Drawing Board” cartoons, a compendium of the week’s “best” from around the country, this one by Drew Sheneman, shows a demonic looking Trump saying, “I want to make America great again and nothing evokes America’s storied past like sucker-punching a black guy.”
This is not news, folks. This is propaganda.
March 19, 2016