This Washington Post article may be the worst reaction yet to the story of a Chicago man who was kidnapped and tortured on Facebook Live.
But first, a quick rundown of the facts:
Chicago law enforcement officials have charged four black teenagers with hate crime and battery charges after a Facebook Live video surfaced showing the suspects cutting and beating a white, mentally disabled man.
The teens can be seen in the video saying things like, "fuck Trump" and "fuck white people." One of the charged suspects claims at one point in the video that their victim "represents" the president-elect.
The kidnapped man has since been given medical treatment.
The Post was quick to cover the story, and they had a good, detailed report published early, early Thursday morning.
Then the newspaper's first commentary on the incident was Callum Borchers' hot take: "Pro-Trump narratives converge in one awful attack streamed on Facebook."
The basic gist of the article is this: Kidnapping and torture is bad, but it's also bad that Trump supporters are using the attack to reaffirm their false notions about violence in Chicago, media bias and persecution of white people.
"If you believe discrimination against white people is rampant, that Donald Trump supporters face persecution, that Chicago is a war zone, and the media is dishonest, then your entire worldview is likely to be confirmed by one awful story," the article begins.
Borchers added, "The message in conservative media is clear: Reverse discrimination — particularly against white Trump voters — is a big problem that the liberals in the media refuse to acknowledge. Oh, and by the way, Chicago (the part inhabited mostly by black people, anyway) is a super-dangerous place, just like Trump said."
Let's go through each of these points.
First, Borchers is not wrong when he defends the media from the charge of ignoring the attack. The incident has gotten a good deal of coverage Wednesday and Thursday. However, one can certainly make the reasonable argument that some in the press are downplaying the issue.
Lastly, as to all the points about discrimination against whites, polling does show white respondents think it's a bigger problem today than in previous years, though separate data also shows outcomes are usually better for whites than blacks.
However, the issue here with the Post article isn't about media or discrimination against whites. It's that there is little daylight between this Borcher's take and the right-wing activists who've rushed to use the kidnapping to attack black rights groups.
The hashtag "#BLMkidnapping," which refers to the Black Lives Matter movement, sprang up quickly after the story went national. As of this writing, there is no evidence to suggest the four suspects had any sort of formal role, connection or involvement in the BLM.
The Twitter crowd tying the attack to BLM is using the incident to draw attention to its own pet political issues. Likewise, by suggesting the kidnapping is primarily remarkable for the reaction it spurred from some Trump supporters, the Post's Fix blog is also looking at the attack in terms of politics.
It's all gross.
Borchers declined the Washington Examiner's request for comment.