Thats the real takeaway from this review of the factually challenged Mark Steyn’s “America Alone”:
When the figures fail him, Steyn falls back on urban mythology. After the 9/11 massacres, in his Daily Telegraph column he repeated as fact preposterous claims that Muslim children all over New York had warned their favourite teachers not to go to the World Trade Centre that day. Here, he says, “On the night of September 11th Muslim youths in northern England rampaged through the streets cheering Islam’s glorious victory over the Great Satan. They pounded on the hoods of the cars, hammered the doors and demanded the drivers join them in the chants of ‘Osama Bin Laden is a great man.'” There is no record of these events on Lexis-Nexis; Steyn has not replied to a request for the source. He says variously that “the old flag” of St George is now “unflyable” in England, and – with shades of Enoch Powell’s untraceable “grinning picanninies” – claims he knows “an English lady” who wears a headscarf every time she steps outside to stop Muslims harrassing her. As somebody who lives in a Muslim area, everybody I know who lives here finds this preposterous. But this is Steyn’s way with evidence: the extremely atypical is presented as universal, and the urban myth is presented as damning fact.
For too long progressives have engaged cons as if they had something worth debating. They just hate, and we should say it.