A liberal sports journalist from the online blog Deadspin has found herself at the centre of online mockery this week after wading in to a row over the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, endorsing critical race theory and the left-wing concept of so-called “white rage”.
Milley’s remarks came during a congressional hearing, during which he said: “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it.”
His comments drew the ire of many conservative commentators and Republican lawmakers, including top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “It’s hard to believe that man wears a uniform. He’s that unimpressive” he said.
It also incurred the ire of J. D. Vance, the author of the influential book Hillbilly Elegy who may soon announce his candidacy for a Senate seat in his native state of Ohio.
“I personally would like American generals to read less about ‘white rage’ (whatever that is) and more about ‘not losing wars.'” said Vance to more than a hundred thousand followers on the microblogging website Twitter, going on to add: “What I find so enraging about the Joint Chiefs’s pandering on progressive wokeness is that they know damn well the geography and politics of who dies in American wars.
“The conservative Americans you trash are disproportionately bleeding for this country. I’m glad you got your viral clip, General. Maybe you should try defending the enlisted folks, their families, and their values.”
But one person who wasn’t impressed by Vance’s comments was liberal sports journalist Julie DiCaro, who replied to Vance’s remarks by saying: “Guys who have never served calling the US Military ‘losers’ is a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.”
The issue? Vance did serve his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Iraq War, a fact that could have been easily verified by a simple web search.
Award winning journalist Glenn Greenwald responded to the humiliating gaffe: “I really think the pandemic somehow made US journalists even dumber and more reckless. How do you not Google someone before saying they “never served” as an argument against them???”
DiCaro, who has previously whined about “the very well-organized right wing outrage machine”, was subjected to widespread mockery for the blunder.
“Exceptionally poor journalism here” said one social media user while another joked: “If only he had written some sort of memoir that became a movie that you could use as a source.”
Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Elegy was adapted into a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated film last year by streaming giant Netflix, directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard.