Milo most recently appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher and the result was not surprising at all.
He came into the room with a chip on his shoulder, insulted the other guests and sarcastically laughed off anything that made him uncomfortable. Tensions within the room dissipated after some light humor, but Milo appeared to be a boy amongst men. This isn’t criticism of his age or his intelligence, because Milo is far from stupid. It’s a criticism of his expertise. Each person on the other end of the table was not just more experienced within their perspective fields, but better informed on the issues being discussed. Milo himself is not an expert in any fashion. He’s a well-spoken pundit, who excels in the department of controversy.
Milo’s gift is making people feel stupid for disagreeing with him. He’ll usually open the floor to the audience at his events, target the emotions of whoever opposes him and back them into a corner. If someone fires back with logic, he uses “Selective Statistics” to reinforce his argument. The person in the crowd becomes the latest subject for viral trolling and Milo wins.
The statistics he’s using aren’t necessarily false, but are instead twisted in a manner to indicate a desired point. For Example: Milo has continuously cited Black-on-Black crime when disparaging the BLM movement, yet he fails to acknowledge that a majority of violent crimes against whites are committed by other whites. By using Black-on-Black crime rates to justify his argument that African Americans should be more concerned with their own community rather than with issues related to police brutality, he’s selectively using a statistic to twist the argument. Unfortunately for Milo, more informed professionals aren’t fooled by his selective statistics, and are fully capable of supporting their opposing side. When challenged with the facts on Maher’s show, Milo’s only defense came from insulting the intelligence of the other guests in the room, which blew up in his face.
No one can deny that Milo should feel humbled by his appearance the show. His arrogance stems from remaining unchallenged, but this time he had to face worthwhile opponents.
Unfortunately, one of Maher’s regular guests, Jeremy Scahill, cancelled due to Milo’s presence on the panel. In doing this, he projected the exact weakness that the conservative media loves to see. Regardless of which side you’re on, people must be willing to sit down at the table and have a conversation (Squat and Squabble, perhaps?) with one another. If the Left wants to combat the Alt-Right movement, along with pundits like Milo, its members must be ready and willing to show the public why he’s wrong. Should the Left not step up to the plate, then the term “Liberal Snowflakes” might be more accurate than I thought.
And Pops responds …….
Milo Yiannopoulosis a blatantly swishy homosexual from the UK who happened to be thrown from the gay hay wagon when it hit a bump traveling through the conservative camp. Finding a vacant front row seat in the Alt-Right theater, he is now unabashedly frolicking in the media spotlight. Unconstrained, totally politically incorrect and outlandish, Milo is what you would get if you took Don Rickles and made him gay, gave him hair and streaked it blond, and told him not to hold back on his comedy shtick. This guy is a hoot.
Liberals freak out over this. In appearance, Milo is the spitting image of the iconic West Hollywood gay, but he speaks the language of conservatism. To a progressive, hearing Milo on stage is like watching a black man speak Chinese – it just doesn’t compute. Heads are exploding.
Southpaw, being a left-leaning millennial, can’t attack Milo for his gayness (that would be so un-PC) so he goes for his politics. Actually, not so much for his politics, but for Milo’s purported “twisting of facts” to support his machine gun-style arguments.
Fact-twisting used to be the exclusive domain of the left, but since the “Left” recently abandoned twisting in favor of just making stuff up, they vacated a fertile field for planting by the Alt-Right. Enter Milo the fact farmer. In this day and age, “facts” are defined as things that many people believe to be true, anyway. (Opinions are those things that nobody believes to be true, but they like to hear themselves say them.)
So, if Milo is using the old Liberal playbook, so be it. Leave it to the ignorant public to figure out what is more accurate than not.
Besides, Milo is hugely more entertaining than anything the Left has to offer at the moment.