On the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in the history of the world, the Apollo 11 mission, the mainstream media appears to be going out of its way to present the American accomplishment in as negative a light as possible. To “celebrate” the event, The Washington Post told its readers that “the culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male.” The New York Times likewise presented the “giant leap for mankind” from the lens of race and gender, but also managed to portray the oppressive communist Soviet Union as the true “winners” of the space race.
“America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit,” the Times tweeted, linking to its piece on “How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality.”
America may have put the first man on the moon, but the Soviet Union sent the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the U.S. would follow suit https://t.co/DrTZYxvbD7
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 18, 2019
In response, Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye in IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2012, posted a question for his hundreds of thousands of followers.
“Why is it that every time something has the potential to bring us together — in this case the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 — leftists media outlets do their best to undermine the notion that Americans should be proud of their country?” asked Crenshaw.
Why is it that every time something has the potential to bring us together – in this case the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – leftists media outlets do their best to undermine the notion that Americans should be proud of their country?https://t.co/MWATdUwlXe
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 18, 2019
Like the Times, the Post took an identity politics-heavy approach to commemorating the Apollo 11 anniversary.
The culture that put men on the moon was intense, fun, family-unfriendly, and mostly white and male https://t.co/x5vQBuU4IN
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 16, 2019
“Back then, in the ’60s, rocket scientists were the badass dudes of innovation. Just the title was about the highest brainiac accolade that could be conferred. As in, he’s smart, but he’s no rocket scientist,” wrote Karen Heller in a piece on the “the hard-charging space program” promoted by the Post this week. “As NASA worked relentlessly to fulfill John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon by decade’s end, it turned to the nation’s engineers. Many of them were fresh out of school, running the gamut from mechanical to electrical engineers, because that’s mostly what was taught in universities, and almost exclusively to white men.”
“In archival Apollo 11 photos and footage, it’s a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ exercise to spot a woman or person of color,” Heller writes, adding later: “The space program imagined the future. Yet the community of trim haircuts, shaved chins, white shirts (with contractors’ company badges emblazoned on their pockets) and pressed slacks, led by many veterans of World War II, seemed decades removed from the prevalent culture that was shaggier, angrier and sometimes stoned.”
As The Daily Wire noted earlier this week, the Post’s piece was met with overwhelming backlash online. “It wouldn’t be a celebration of American ingenuity without the Washington Post finding a way to crap all over it,” Twitchy wrote in its coverage of the blowback. A few examples of responses:
“Toxic masculinity!” wrote one critic. “God damned heroes,” added another. “Just like the WaPo newsroom at the time,” noted another. “Is this satire?” asked one guy. “Have you looked at the moon? It looks white. White bad. Moon bad,” mocked another. “What is wrong with y’all?” asked The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer.
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