Skip to comments.The Politics of News
Posted on 05/22/2007 6:00:36 AM PDT by IrishMike
Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, were out on a dinner date in Knoxville, Tenn., on January 6, when they were carjacked, kidnapped, raped, tortured, sexually mutilated, and killed.
Despite the press's taste for dramatic crimes, even crimes that do not involve missing blondes in Aruba, the story got almost no publicity. Conservative bloggers, who are beginning to buzz about the case, think they know why: the couple was white and the five suspects arrested in the case are black.
The mainstream press does not like to carry stories of black mayhem and white victims. First, there is the fear of stirring up more racism among Klansmen and neo-Nazis, as the Knoxville case has started to do. More importantly, the newsroom culture tends to view black-on-white crimes as responses to black oppression, and therefore not worth reporting. Whereas similar white-on-black crime is oppression itself, and thus crucially important to put before readers and viewers.
This classic newsroom double standard pops up again and again. A recent example is the "second rape case in Durham." In this eerie reversal of the Duke lacrosse story, a girl was allegedly raped in the bathroom of a Duke fraternity house during a party. North Carolina's News & Observer said the suspect being sought was in "his late teens or early 20s, about 6 foot 1 and wearing a do-rag, a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans." However, the story failed to mention that the suspect was black, the alleged victim is white, and the fraternity, initially unnamed, is African-American.
But it does little good if reporters tell us that the man being sought has a small mole on the side of his neck and parts his hair in the middle if we don't know what color he is.
(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...
Most telling that Nifong isn't all over this one.
I had not heard a thing about this case. After reading your post, I did an internet search and the details of this crime are absolutely. Its unbelievable this story did not receive more coverage.
sorry, absolutely BRUTAL
Its a job for the Justice Brothers.
Thank you for posting this article I downloaded the deatails off of Snopes.com and passed it out to my friends. It takes people like you to keep it on the internet. This crime was savage and unspeakable and even news organizations like Fox won’t run with it. This is the fifth thread of this horrific black on white crime and I’ve been posting and re-entering this thread as often as time lets me. It’s scary, no one seems to care.
On O’Reilly Now
There is defiantly a news blackout.
What was said on O’Reilly?
Excuse me. Malkin talked about it last night on O’Gasbag.
Whatever the intentions of the press for not reporting on this case, I think we can assume their intentions are not as noble as indicated above.
"..Michelle Malkin was pinch hitting for O'Reilly Tuesday night and had Ellis Hennican as a guest to discuss the coverage. He rather ridiculously tried to argue it was simply another run of the mill grisly murder with no special national significance. Is that not racist in and of itself? Michelle fired back and charged the major media newsrooms with using their 20 foot poles because most MSM playbooks show that hate crimes can only go one direction.
For instance, nobody in their right mind would believe that if the roles were reversed this wouldn't be the number one headline in the nation. Remember the dragging death of James Byrd, an event inserted into the 2000 presidential campaign? It certainly got the attention it deserved. Recall the Duke non-rape case was top billing on Greta and CNN for nearly a year..."
You should have seen the dirty look Ellis gave Michelle throughout the interview.
Malkin could replace O’Reilly!
I like your idea!!!!! Go girl.
As to your excuse me, excuse me. That was last night, this story has been out for a week and a half and when it first came out I emailed it to Fox News. That was a week ago Johnny come lately.
No way. This was no single perp wacko.
These were grown men, 4 of them and a young girl eyewitness.
This was carjacking, kidnapping, days long torture, disfigurement, murder, and RAPE and sodomy of a young man AND woman.
And not one of these men said to the other, “what the hell are we doing”? Not one. Even longtime criminal minds can stop at this kind of barbarics. And ALL four of them?
THAT does not happen often.
Longer than that if memory serves.
Not all hate crimes equal in the media
June 13, 2007
“Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton appear to carry the story forward. They know their roles and play them well. The cameras click. Editors dispatch think pieces on race in America. TV talking heads offer commentary and what are called “town meetings” and “national conversations on race.” Special-interest advocates use the media time to argue for racial preferences in academic admissions and hiring. Politicians mouth their platitudes. Editorials chant conventional wisdom....
...But when the hateful crime involves white victims and accused minorities, there’s a problem. Jackson and Sharpton aren’t there to round out the second act...
...But mostly we’re of a certain class and tone: white and college-educated, politically liberal, holding an abiding (and terribly mistaken) faith in government regulation to engineer social outcomes. Journalists generally mock evangelicals for “believing” in creationism, yet many journalists are fundamentalists when it comes to other beliefs, like using skin color — not the content of someone’s character or the quality of their mind — to discriminate against those of other hues while defining such discrimination as fair and affirmative...”