On Friday, the Los Angeles Times published an article cheering threats of violence made against Ben Shapiro, the conservative editor-at-large for Breitbart News, by Zoey Tur, a transgender reporter for “Inside Edition.” Although Robin Abcarian agreed that Tur’s on-air threat against Shapiro was “wildly inappropriate,” she nevertheless said in so many words that Shapiro deserved the threat for allegedly being a “bully.”
“Ben Shapiro, author of ‘Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America,’ tried to bully the wrong woman,” she wrote. “Given his supposed expertise, Shapiro should know that disrespect is a time-honored form of intimidation.”
Shapiro, as we have reported, simply pointed out that Tur, like Caitlyn Jenner, carries male genetic material. In his discussion, he referred to Tur as “sir,” which, to Abcarian, was a “provocation” that “was aggressive, deliberate and disingenuous.”
Shapiro, Abcarian said, told her by email that he does not regret his comments. Moreover, she added, he stands by his comments and is appalled that anyone would support Tur’s actions against him.
“Factual truth is not offensive; it is truth,” he reportedly said. “Factual truth is not bullying. And humor[ing] delusion is not kindness, it is cruelty to the mentally ill,” he added. He also addressed the complaint he filed against Tur and the media’s apparent stand that violence against conservatives is okay under certain circumstances.
“On the other hand, battery and criminal threats are not just offensive but illegal — and Mr. Tur’s activity meets the legal definition of both in California,” he said. “Such activities are most certainly bullying, and outside any standard of decency. Your willingness, and the media’s more general willingness, to ignore that basic standard of decency and civilization out of sympathy for those who violate such standards is repulsive. Is it truly your position that it is perfectly acceptable to physically threaten someone because you don’t agree with their argument?”
“Of course not,” Abcarian wrote in response. But, she added, “I didn’t think what Tur did amounted to bullying at all, since she was responding to an outrageous and insulting provocation.” The law, however, may have a different take on the subject. As we reported earlier this month, Shapiro filed charges of battery against Tur.
To review, Tur placed a hand on the back of Shapiro’s neck — not his shoulder as Abcarian claimed — and said: “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Video of that encounter can be seen here.
According to Shapiro, there was more. Tur, reports claim, allegedly threatened him after the discussion ended, saying, “I’ll see you in the parking lot,” an apparent invitation to a brawl. Tur also approved a tweet calling for Shapiro to be “curb-stomped.” Curb-stomping, Breitbart explained, “is a heinously violent street practice where the victim is forced to bite the corner of a cement street curb before the assailant stomps on the victims head.” The practice, John Nolte added, was “made infamous by American Nazi skinheads.” Shapiro, he added, is Jewish.
Nolte responded sharply to the L.A. Times report Saturday, characterizing it as a “fascist narrative” that left out or glossed over “numerous facts,” like the “curb-stomping” statement. He also said Abcarian’ piece “is not only dishonest, it is the elite media championing the dangerous idea that moving from speech to violence is sometimes okay.”
“Even if you are naïve enough to accept Abcarian’s facts at face value, her premise is still monstrous,” he wrote. “Under no circumstance can a civil society accept the idea that it is ever in any way okay for debate, argument, or disagreement to jump the big red line into violence or threats of violence.”
If the roles were reversed and the actions the same, Nolte argued, Shapiro’s career would be finished and the Times would be cheering. “And justifiably so,” he added.
“The L.A. Times and Robin Abcarian are why America’s Founders put a Second Amendment in our Constitution,” he said. “When you have powerful media outlets not only excusing but cheering on threats of violence against another; when powerful media outlets abdicate the social pact to support the right of an “approved” aggressor to violate the rights of an “approved” victim, the smallest and most vulnerable minority in our country — The Individual — must have the right to protect him or herself.”
“Don’t be fooled by the pretty rainbow flag,” he added, referring to the gay pride flag. “The Brownshirts aren’t coming, they are already here.”