(Earlier version posted at Clash Daily)
Here’s some stunning news. The most recent “hate crime” against a liberal activist, this time against someone woman named Meg Lanker-Simons was committed by–wait for it–Meg Lanker-Simons. What are the chances, not only that some lefty wackjob would have one of those goofy hyphenated names, but that she would make stuff up? From the Daily Caller:
A student at the University of Wyoming has been charged with interference with a police investigation after she allegedly posted on an anonymous social media page that she would like to engage in angry sexual intercourse with someone named “Meg Lanker Simons.”
It gets better. Also from the Daily Caller:
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Lanker-Simons and Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers (emphasis mine) sued the University of Wyoming after school officials decided to cancel a speech by Ayers. The same story suggests that Lanker-Simon admitted to pointing a gun at her employer in 2005.
The Pinterest page for Lanker-Simons describes her as “a 28-year-old undergrad at the University of Wyoming.”
Bill Ayers? He’s everywhere! Apparently, Barack’s mentor, the unrepentant domestic terrorist and probable author of Dreams from My Father, has his dirty fingers in every leftist pie in the country. That’s not surprising, of course. He’s a respected “educator,” whose Amerika-hating philosophy has infected virtually every institution of higher learning in the country. One of his cohorts, cop killer Kathy Boudin was recently rewarded with a teaching post at Columbia University.
But I digress. Why would Ms. Wanker–I mean–Lanker-Simons, so outstanding a liberal that she was nominated for an award for her fabulous activist journalism, perpetuate this silly hoax? That’s really the wrong question. Given liberals’ propensity for faking “hate crimes” against themselves, the real question is what took her so long? Concocting wacky, and sometimes very creative, scenarios in which they are victims of hideous racist, “homophobic,” or sexist “rape culture”-enabling attacks, and then doing their best to present them in a convincing fashion is one of the Left’s favorite plays. It’s as predictable as Joe Biden’s next gaffe, but every time it happens, the drill is the same. The Left’s comrades in the Lame Stream Media, collectively rendered as dumb as a box of rocks by years marinating in mind-destroying political correctness, take each of these incidents seriously, and dutifully recount each horrid detail, only to have to report a few days or weeks later that the whole thing was a crock. Maybe I am giving them too much credit. Maybe they are simply being good little apparatchiks, helping to serve the cause. Usually, these scams are motivated by the irresistible leftist impulse to manufacture evidence for what they “know” to be true. “Everybody knows” that America is “racist, sexist, homophobic,” but in the absence of any actual proof, it must be constructed out of whole cloth. Think Dan Rather’s “fake but accurate” documents. Dan and his peeps knew, and still know, that George W. Bush was a draft-dodging, lying chicken hawk. What’s a few forged documents in the service of proving that undeniable fact?
Regardless of the reason, these hoaxes happen with a ridiculous degree of regularity. Consider the following list, which is by no means exhaustive, of leftwing loons who claimed to be victims of “hate crimes,” only to be exposed as the perps.
StripperGate: Duke LaCrosse Case
This infamous case, in which black stripper Chrystal Magnum falsely accused members of the Duke Lacrosse Team of rape, and is notable because it resulted in not only the downfall of the grandstanding prosecutor, Mike Nifong. The greater significance of this case is not the predictable actions of the pathetic accuser in this case, who eventually ended up being brought up on a murder rap, or even those of the tv coverage-chasing prosecutor. The takeaway from this case is the actions of the many faculty members who lapped up this “rich white boys rape poor black woman” fairy tail like honey. These hoaxes receive the benefit of the doubt from the liberals who run the media and academia. Where are they now that Chrystal Magnum has been charged with murder?
That’s Noose to Me: The Plagiarizing Prof Cries Racism
Professor Madonna Constantine supposedly found a noose on her office door. No, actually, she did. The problem is that she put it there, probably to distract from the plagiarism charges that eventually got her fired.
I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up: Tawana Brawley
Of course no one could forget the case the helped Rev. Al Sharpton make his bones, in which 15 year-old Tawana Brawley was allegedly raped, smeared with feces and covered with racist slogans. Despite the fact that the “crime” was demonstrated to be a hoax, the race-baiting Rev has gone on to fame and fortune on the 24/7 televised nuthouse, MS-NBC. Ms. Brawley was not so lucky. Despite her efforts to avoid responsibility by fleeing to Virginia to avoid liability, she owes $431,492 to settle a defamation case won by former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones who was falsely accused of raping Ms. Brawley. Rev. Al managed to get others to satisfy the judgment against him, but somehow left Ms. Brawley out of that deal. She had served her purpose.
Then there are the scammers who aren’t motivated entirely by left-wing ideology, but who realize that phony “hate crime” claims not only won’t be challenged, but will in fact by celebrated and will help them get what they want. For example:
Daddy, I Hate This School! It’s Full of Scary Racists (Like Me)!
Chicago native Alicia Hardin, 19, an African American woman, was charged with a hate crime and disorderly conduct after confessing to sending three letters that contained racial slurs and threats against minority students at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
It turns out that this girl didn’t like Trinity University, but her parents wouldn’t let her change colleges, so naturally she figured what better way to persuade them than to fabricate evidence that the place was a racist hellhole, since the media would report that as fact?
I could go on, of course. We could mention the attempt to perpetrate a hoax called “Fast and Furious” to bolster gun control efforts, as we well as the fraud that was the entire “Mathew Shepard was killed for being gay” narrative that continues to be accepted as truth, despite being debunked by Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News in 2004. (Yes, that’s nine years ago, for those of you keeping score at home.) Please feel free to add your own examples of left-wing fraud in the comments.
So, what’s the takeaway from this most recent, and certainly not the last, leftwing hate crime hoax perpetrated by Ms. Lanker-Simons? Leftwing ideology is built on a foundation of lies, so, with respect to Jefferson, I paraphrase thus: it shouldn’t be surprising that the tree of leftism has to be frequently refreshed with an infusion of deception.
The surprising thing is that anyone takes these fables seriously anymore.