Feeling a bit manipulated by DNAinfo surrounding the Rogers Park Rape Club Meet up story, but I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, to recap, earlier this week it was reported that a pro-rape group would meet at the flagpole park at the intersection of Devon and Sheridan in Rogers Park Saturday night. I won’t repeat their name of organization, but I was heartened that dozens of activists and police Occupied the small park after the group cancelled their gathering because they were, by their own words, afraid. Hmm?

Gee, it is awful when someone feels afraid to venture out at night, sort of like a woman fearing that she might be raped. No one should feel dis-empowered or intimidated by an individual or a group wielding greater power…sort…of…like…a…rapist. Just sayin’.

Ignoring  the pro-rape group(did I really just write those words? That’s why my show is called “Helter Skelter!) wasn’t an option for  a mix of activists and concerned neighbors. Those who came out were far more passionate than angry. This was a community outcry about a group of true miscreant children born and bred in the shadows, and while, to a person, there was a desire to shine a light on the rape group’s vapid existence, I couldn’t help feel I was being manipulated.

Call me cynical, back in November, a struggling DNAinfo launched a new neighborhood centered effort on reporting. DNAinfo is owned by Joe Ricketts, a hedge fund guy who also owns TD Ameritrade, and is estimated to have a networth of over a billion Dollars. His son, Tom, owns the Cubs, which has held up the taxpayers of Chicago and Illinois to the tune of millions to support their private for-profit business. The Ricketts were behind a major effort to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. Joe served on the board of the rightwing American Enterprise Institute. That same rightwing regularly assails feminism and feminist groups, efforts to stop bullying and muddies the media reporting waters over sexual assault stories, regularly engaging in victim blaming. So forgive my cynicism.

Rogers Park and DNAinfo has always held a strong relationship. There is in Rogers Park, Andersonville  and Edgewater an exceedingly strong and cohesive community awareness. A case could be made that four or five of these post-pubescent cranks might have trolled out of their mom’s basement, such as the leader of this angry masturbation clique only to wind up at the local Duncan donuts comparing video game high scores. Had it not been for DNAinfo headlining a story about idiots, these little-boys would likely have relived a modern version of  a Norman Bates collecting the SSI checks of their mummified mother mouldering in a rocking chair by the window.

DNAinfo not only ran the story, it then capitalized off the righteously indignant social media storm that followed. They were there last night as well, doubtless hoping that some energy drink-fueled flagellant from the dark side wouldn’t have gotten the memo from the rape enthusiasts to stand down. I would hate to believe that they had some secret desire to incite an incident from which their kin at FOX or Salem or WLS might twist the event into sympathy for the rapists and use it as further ammunition on their perverse twisting of “free speech” issues, in essence turning the tables on feminists and community activists by making them appear as bullies.

Alas, instead it was the good people of this neighborhood, men and women, real men and women who came out in force to stand guard against the vermin the media apparently exalts and profits from inflicting upon us by overturning the buried parasites beneath the surface of an otherwise civil society…kind of like Donald Trump.

WC Turck is the author of more than a dozen books. He is an artist, critically acclaimed playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His latest book “<em><strong>A Tragic Fate:</strong> is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17</em>.” His first novel, “<strong>Broken</strong>” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “<strong>Everything for Love</strong>,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “<strong>Occupy my Heart</strong>” and “<strong>The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden</strong>.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He hosts “<strong>Helter Skelter</strong>” a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics on Que4 radio in Chicago. he is also an organizing board member of Chicago’s only community radio station dedicated to supporting diversity in media. Turck also hosted Revolution and Beer, with co-host Brian Murray, a weekly TV and radio show. He has been featured on radio, television and newpapers across the country, including The Thom Hartmann Show, WLS, WCPT, The Grant Cordone program, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and more. Turck also has nearly two decades experience in the airline industry, working for both Lufthansa and United Airlines. He is also an expert in Balkan and European History, Nationalism, PTSD and Issues of Genocide and Racism. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit http://www.wcturckhelterskelter.wordpress.com</em&gt;

 

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