Has anyone actually seen the Dana Loesch video about Thomas the Train? I have. USA Today says it was angry. No, actually it is clear Dana thought the whole thing absurd.
For those of you who have not seen her monologue, let me give you the summary. According to Loesch, the producers of Thomas the Train have decided they need to add diversity to the show because the trains are all products of white culture. So they've specifically designed one train to appear in traditional African styling with a darker face than the blue trains with gray faces. As Dana points out, there is one white dude in the entire program -- the man the trains all work for. And now they are seemingly introducing a African styled train to also work for that white guy. None of the other trains actually represent a race, racism, or whiteness. They're just blue trains with gray faces.
To highlight the absurdity of it at the end, her graphics team put KKK hoods on the blue trains with gray faces to highlight how the producers must see those trains.
There was no anger involved. But this has become a major media controversy with not a single story highlighting Loesch was pointing out absurdity. She wasn't angry about it. She wasn't railing against it. She just thought it was dumb and another example of liberals turning non-racial things into racial controversies. It was fair criticism, even if you disagree with her point. It was completely within the bounds of acceptable views. Here's what she said:
"Am I to understand this entire time that Thomas and his trains were white? Because they all have gray faces. How do you bring ethnic diversity? I mean they had to paint what I guess they thought was some sort of African pattern on the side of Nia's engine."
But the left, led by Media Matters, is out to deplatform Dana Loesch and the NRA. They've been pushing Apple to take the NRA app off Apple TV for some time. They are emboldened by the Alex Jones situation and are pushing even harder now. They have every incentive to play up every controversy and twist it to make it worse than it is. They have gotten USA Today and other media outlets to take the bait on this -- many of them outlets that had already questioned Apple keeping the NRA platform.
This is the logical outcome of the media going after Alex Jones. Now they'll go after other conservative outlets. Media Matters is also pushing for climate change skeptics to be censored and others. Alex Jones was the beginning, not a one off thing.