Skip to comments.The Tookie Vigil: What the Mainstream Media Missed
Posted on 12/18/2005 10:15:35 PM PST by SmithL
The execution of Crips Gang founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams on December 12th generated an inordinate amount of hysteria from anti-death penalty forces, not to mention the mainstream media coverage, which, as always, skewed leftward.
The vigil that took place outside San Quentin on the night of Williams execution was attended by such ubiquitous liberal celebrities as actor Mike Farrell, folksinger Joan Baez, and professional race-baiter Jesse Jackson. Brows were beaten, tears were shed, and Governor Schwarzenegger was lambasted for denying Williams clemency. Apparently, all it takes is writing (or more likely having ghost-written) several childrens books and one is sure to be elevated to the level of martyr by the bleeding-heart crowd.
The media coverage generally tried to portray the gathering as moderate by ignoring the true nature of the groups involved. Only the unparalleled Zombie, anonymous photojournalist for Little Green Footballs and ZombieTime.com, captured the full story.
Zombies photos reveal the presence of groups such as the International Socialist Organization, The Spartacist League, and various pro-Palestinian activists. All with security thoughtfully provided by The Fruit of Islam, The Nation of Islams goon squad.
As always, media manipulation was the order of the day and the journalists and photographers in attendance were all too eager to play along. A somber looking man caught in a seemingly spontaneous moment of sadness turned out to posing for a cameraman several feet away. Zombie's photos also shed light on the violent behavior of the Tookie-ites towards several counter-protesters, which was largely ignored by the reporters standing by.
Also lost amidst most of the mainstream media coverage was the presence of two San Francisco officials. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, a well-known leftist ideologue, was there to do his bit for the cause and even more significantly, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi was alongside him.
Mirkarimi and Adachi apparently hired a Mexican bus and along with 60 supporters, traveled to San Quentin for the vigil. When asked via e-mail if taxpayers had footed the bill for this little outing, Mirkarimi insisted that the group itself had contributed to the costs. Whether or not their contributions covered all the costs remains unknown.
The fact that a Public Defender would take part in such a politically biased event screams for more media attention, but alas, it was not to be. The San Francisco Sentinal was the only publication to refer to Mirkarimi and Adachis presence, as well as catching at least one outrageous photo of a man holding an American flag with a swastika spray-painted over the stars.
By now, the San Francisco Bay Area has developed its own reputation for leftist radicalism and the participation of city officials in the Tookie vigil simply confirms what most Americans already know. The Left Coast is increasingly out of touch with the rest of the country.
And so is the mainstream media.
Posted by Cinnamon Stillwell, December 18, 2005 05:57 PM (Pacific)
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HUH??? Who they be??
Another group of radical libs no doubt
I vote we dig him up and kill him all over again. Just to be sure.
These disreputable charlatans use, abuse, and manipulate America's laws and hospitality- but they are no friends of America, or Americans.
The day is coming when they will no longer mistake our generosity for weakness, or our kindness for lack of will.
The day IS coming.
There was a great video clip of some guy with a bullhorn taunting the lefties there. Plus, there was another video of them pushing & shoving some Christian who was countering them. Free speech, only for leftists.
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