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No conspiracy, just another heinous crime - Media didn't try to cover up black-on-white murders
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 12, 2007 | MARY MITCHELL Sun-Times Columnist

Posted on 06/12/2007 10:37:18 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

What happened to Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, is almost too horrible to contemplate. The Knoxville, Tenn., couple fell victim to four crazed young criminals during a carjacking. The perpetrators allegedly kidnapped Christian and Newsome and brutally raped both of them before killing them.

Newsom was shot, his body burned and dumped beside the railroad tracks. Christian was strangled and left in garbage bags.

This heinous crime occurred in January. But it wasn't until recently that the tragedy has been talked about outside of blog posts on the Internet. Maybe that wouldn't have been the case had people not felt the need to embellish these already sordid facts with outright fiction.

Because Christian and Newsom were white and their alleged killers are black, the couple's brutal murder has been fodder for people who are convinced that the "mainstream" media conspired to keep this sickening black-on-white violence out of the news.

Lurid details fabricated Most of the complaints I get are from readers who claim that murders of black victims are often ignored or downplayed, while a homicide involving a white victim -- especially one from an affluent suburb -- is front-page news. It doesn't do a lot of good to try to explain to them that there are so many homicides involving black victims that the media could not possibly report them all as front-page news. So it is a little surprising that we are now being beaten-down because this story didn't go national. Last week, that changed when several national columnists stepped up to sort the fact from fiction in this case. And on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story on the murders under the headline: "What is a hate crime?"

It probably took so long for this story to get legs, so to speak, because of the incendiary claims about what happened to Christian and Newsom before they were killed that have been spread on the Internet. For example, a Web site dedicated to debunking urban legends posted an e-mail that is reflective of the e-mails I've gotten about this crime:

"The animals pictured below car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. . . . Channon Christian was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breast and put chemicals in her mouth. . . . then murdered her."

Frankly, the truth is horrible enough. So it is difficult to see the embellishments as anything other than a white supremacist rant.

Was it inspired by hate? Fortunately, the painful truth about this terrible crime is slowly emerging -- painful because it's just another tragic example of how lost and how disturbed some young people are. We know now that Christian and Newsom were not mutilated, that Christian was not raped over four days and she was killed within one day of the kidnapping.

But even without the explosive false accusations, these murders raise legitimate questions about the way in which some crimes are labeled "hate crimes."

For instance, while Newsom's father, Hugh Newsom, initially agreed with law enforcement that the crime was not racially motivated, the heinous nature in which the killings were carried out has him wondering whether race did indeed play a role in the murders.

"I don't think it started out that way, but from all indications we have, it developed into that," Newsom said in published interviews.

That would mean that there's reason to believe the four black attackers would have treated black victims differently. It would mean that these criminals probably would not have kidnapped and raped a black couple, or that they would not have tried to cover up their crime by killing their victims.

Black-on-black crime just as vile I understand how Newsom's father feels. What happened to his son is incomprehensible. But given the coldhearted black-on-black crimes that continue to tear apart urban communities, there's not much basis for such an argument. Black victims have often been killed in horrible ways, and those murders weren't reported, either.

Like all senseless murders, even if it's not classified as a hate crime, it is still a matter of hate.

mailto:marym@suntimes.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: channonchristian; christiannewsom; christophernewsom; hatecrime; holderspeople; lefties; liberals; newsomchristian
Well, there you have - Mary Mitchell says no hate crime here.
1 posted on 06/12/2007 10:37:22 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Mary Mitchell should be kept away from a keyboard.


2 posted on 06/12/2007 10:40:31 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Chi-townChief

What a monumental idiot of a columnist they have there.


3 posted on 06/12/2007 10:41:29 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Chi-townChief

I want to see Mary Mitchell and Cynthia Tucker get locked in the UFC Octagon and have a good mixed-idiot-arts fight.

}:-)4


4 posted on 06/12/2007 10:43:59 AM PDT by Moose4 (Effing the ineffable since 1966.)
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To: Chi-townChief
This heinous crime occurred in January. But it wasn't until recently that the tragedy has been talked about outside of blog posts on the Internet. Maybe that wouldn't have been the case had people not felt the need to embellish these already sordid facts with outright fiction.

If embellishment did occur, then all the more reason the "main stream" media should have jumped in to set the record straight!!!

5 posted on 06/12/2007 10:45:29 AM PDT by F-117A (Mr. Bush, have someone read UN Resolution 1244 to you!!!)
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To: Chi-townChief

“Fortunately, the painful truth about this terrible crime is slowly emerging — painful because it’s just another tragic example of how lost and how disturbed some young people are...”

Dear heavens. The poor, poor victims of society who perpetrated this crime must be lost and disturbed and excused perhaps.

So everything is relative in the land of Mary Mitchell.

Y’all honkeys shut yer yaps!


6 posted on 06/12/2007 10:45:45 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Chi-townChief

Of course, the point that has been made over and over again, the point which Mary Mitchell studiously ingnores, is that a brutal murder of a black person committed by a white person is much more of a national story that the brutal murder of a white person by a black person.

By concentrating her argument on the reletive treatment this case would have gotten if it was a black victim of a black perpetrator, Mary Mitchell intentionally misses the point.

Not that I think the point is that important, anyway. Take these four, convict them, and apply the punishment prescribed. That is enough. Giving them a bunch of bad publicity is not going to make it worse.


7 posted on 06/12/2007 10:47:36 AM PDT by jebeier (Never ascribe to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. But is stupidity sufficient?)
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To: Chi-townChief

Her argument is that because black crimes are so violent then violent black on white crime can’t possibly be racist? Like white on white crime isn’t heinous too? And isn’t it even a bit racist to say black on black crime is exceptionally heinous? Usually the mere act of committing a violent crime against a black is deemed a hate crime if you’re white. These two kids were probably singled out because they were white, never even knew their attackers and their bodies were descecrated in the worst ways. Nope that couldn’t possibly be a hate crime, could it?


8 posted on 06/12/2007 10:50:23 AM PDT by TheThinker
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To: Chi-townChief
“Christian was strangled and left in garbage BAGS.”

“So it is difficult to see the embellishments as anything other than a white supremacist rant.”

“We know now that Christian and Newsom were not mutilated, that Christian was not raped over four days and she was killed within one day of the kidnapping.”

So let me get this straight, she was not raped over 4 days, she was just raped over 2. She was not mutilated, just dismembered and stuffed in garbage bags. Yep, happens every day. Wow, thanks for clearing that up. I guess I was almost one of those white supremacist that thought this was a hate crime.

9 posted on 06/12/2007 10:54:29 AM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: Chi-townChief

What if they had tied the victims to the back of a truck and dragged them? Would that have merited the felling of whole forests to handle all of the print stories? Oh, sorry. That was already done. It was whites who dragged the victim to death.


10 posted on 06/12/2007 11:01:05 AM PDT by billhilly (My former tag line.)
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To: Chi-townChief

What if they had tied the victims to the back of a truck and dragged them? Would that have merited the felling of whole forests to handle all of the print stories? Oh, sorry. That was already done. It was whites who dragged the victim to death.


11 posted on 06/12/2007 11:01:22 AM PDT by billhilly (My former tag line.)
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To: TheThinker

The story has to fit the template in order to be reported...


12 posted on 06/12/2007 11:04:38 AM PDT by Loyolas Mattman
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To: Chi-townChief

They just decided not to report on it.


13 posted on 06/12/2007 11:05:24 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: billhilly

Who cares whether it’s a hate crime or not. These are dogs who deserve to be strapped to the gury and terminated, today.


14 posted on 06/12/2007 11:07:05 AM PDT by Taylor42
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To: Chi-townChief
My e-mail to her

You might be right, but white-on-black crimes are just as heinous, but no more so than black-on-black or black-on-white. Punish the crime for what it is, not for perceived motivations. If the media were not trying to spotlight white-on-black and straight-on-gay crimes so much so as to press for passage of hate-crimes laws, others wouldn’t be making a case of the same type crimes in reverse.

Conspiracy? No need to postulate that. Only a vast majority of journalists so self-righteously sure that they stand on the side of the angels, and that not only must the American public be educated to be “better”, but that they are too immature and racist to handle the truth about which way the majority of crime goes without riots or repressive laws.

It is said journalists that need to be educated. Otherwise, FOXNews and Rush Limbaugh are going to take the MSM down for the count.

15 posted on 06/12/2007 11:08:47 AM PDT by chesley (Where's the omelet? -- Orwell)
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To: Chi-townChief

Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty and David Evans are household names because of a “crime” that never happened.

Channon Christian and Hugh Christopher Newsom were victims of a horrible crime that most certainly did happen, but for some reason, their names wouldn’t ring a bell with the average American, no matter how well informed.

The Duke University lacrosse team’s falsely accused troika had their young lives disrupted and good names dragged through the national media mud for more than a year based on evidence that was suspect almost from the start. The national media took great pride in figuratively lynching the three students because they are white, privileged and went to a prestigious school. It didn’t matter that the case had crumbled — that the media were left with a mentally unstable accuser and a corrupt, power-abusing, race-baiting, liberal, “rogue” prosecutor. To many, the three young men were still the bad guys.

The underlying narrative is that Dukies, Enron, Halliburton, George W. Bush, and mainstream America are all the same. They are “the problem..” They’re racist, sexist, “homophobic,” and they get away with it. The Duke case affirmed this premise. The fact that no crime was ever committed seemed unimportant. The frenzy in the national media served its purpose. For more than a year, they were the bad guys

In the absence of an agenda, why would this story have the resonance it had in the MSM? Was it really the alleged “crime” itself that drew the news-sharks to the smell of blood in the water? No. It was the socio-political (i.e., liberal agenda) factors.

If it had actually been the “crime” that drove the coverage, then the people of Tennessee would have been overwhelmed last January by an invading army of reporters coming to cover a terrible real crime there.

On January 6th, 2007 a double murder was committed in Knoxville that would make Dirty Harry throw up. It has many of the elements that the Duke not-a-rape story had. It has race, and class and gender, as well as rape — but made more horrific by murder. A terrible injustice had been committed against innocent, helpless people at the hands of vicious thugs.

On that night, 21-year-old Channon Christian, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Hugh Christopher Newsom were carjacked in Knoxville by three thugs. Their attackers were sadly not satisfied with the Toyota 4-Runner that they commandeered at gunpoint. They kidnapped the young couple and took them to the house where one of the perps lived. They were joined by a fourth man and a woman. They proceeded to commit the stomach-churning crimes.

All four men are charged with the anal rape of Christopher Newsom. They did so in the presence of Channon Christian. They then shot him to death, wrapped him in bedding, soaked him in gasoline and set him on fire. He was the lucky one.

Channon Christian was a senior at the University of Tennessee. According to the charges and a source close to the investigation, she was repeatedly gang raped by the four men — vaginally, anally and orally. Before she died, her murderers poured a household cleaner down her throat, apparently in an effort to kill the DNA they had placed there. She was left to die, either from the bleeding caused “by the tearing,” or from asphyxiation. Knoxville officials won’t say.

It was several days before the police found her body. She had been stuffed into a garbage can in the house. According to a story posted on the WATE T.V. News web site, she was, “in five separate dark trash bags.”

The four men and the woman were eventually arrested. They are all black. Christian and Newsom were white. Two of the murderers had prior felony convictions.

So why would the national media treat America to full-immersion coverage of the Duke not-a-rape case, while burying this horrible story? Certainly the editorial yardstick here is not the nature of the crime or the Knoxville murders would easily supercede the Duke not-a-rape. The appalling truth is that the railroading of the Duke students served an ideological purpose, and the Knoxville case does not.

The news media’s collective decision to studiously ignore the Knoxville horror reveals their consistent practice of burying stories whose facts conflict with their established narratives. You don’t hear much good out of Iraq but Paris Hilton’s DUI gets more attention by far than the Knoxville horror. It’s politics, not news.

In “newsroom-think,” giving the Knoxville story the coverage it merits would serve only to reinforce negative notions and contribute to hurtful stereotypes.

Any editor in any major newsroom that showed the poor judgment to push the Knoxville story would be accused, or at least suspected, of racism by their peers. So it doesn’t happen. It’s not as if they sit around the newsroom and openly conspire. They don’t have to. The rules for this sort of thing were laid down years ago. They all know how the game is played. These are the institutional and cultural norms. There is very little dissent.

Importantly, although it is unarticulated, pursuing this story would not contribute to the broader liberal social narrative as the Duke story did. It wouldn’t be another example of white racist violence, as was the case when the media focused extraordinary attention on terrible murder of a black man named James Byrd who was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas by three sick white racists. I’m not arguing that was not a legitimate story: it was. But if it is legitimate for the media is to burn the name of James Byrd into the national consciousness, then why not the name of Channon Christian? Is it because we are not certain that her murderers used racial slurs during the commission of their crime?

Calculated or not, the fact is that the news media’s obsessive focus on stories that fall into the “America bad” category — to the exclusion of stories that may conflict with their narrative serves only to misrepresent the broader realities of our society.

Like it or not, the demonization of mainstream, establishment America is perceived in newsrooms as legitimate. It is also — coincidentally — the goal of the liberal left. On the planet “News,” the perpetrators of this hideous crime in Knoxville can’t be vilified because they have been pre-designated as “victims.” The Dukies on the other hand are ideally suited for vilification because they represent “the establishment” and he “power structure” and are therefore pre-designated as “victimizers.”

The narrative is there to convince us that, “this is who we really are.” It is not.

While the national news media was advancing the agenda by destroying Don Imus for uttering five insulting syllables (“nappy-headed hoes”), they were ignoring this terrifying Knoxville story because it doesn’t contribute to the narrative.

While they were hanging on Duke prosecutor Mike Nifong’s every self-serving and duplicitous devious word, they were ignoring this terrible crime.

Once you view the media product through this prism, it all makes sense again. It doesn’t make it right, but it makes sense. And we can continue to expect blitzkrieg coverage of stories that advance their talking points.

Now back to the latest on Paris Hilton. But that’s a discussion for another day. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20794


16 posted on 06/12/2007 11:10:19 AM PDT by hardback
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To: Chi-townChief
Interesting that she never makes a single argument to suppotr the notion that the media doesn't hide such stories.

She also goes on to talk about how horrible black-on-black crimes go unreported... so apparently, as long as the perp is black, the crime will go unreported. Good to know that the race of the victim is irrelevant. It's only the perpetrator that matters. Thanks. Gotcha.

17 posted on 06/12/2007 11:13:38 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Chi-townChief

Mary Mitchell cannot see past the end of her nose. This type of crime has happened before:

http://www.cnsnews.com/Nation/Archive/200210/NAT20021014b.html


18 posted on 06/12/2007 11:31:00 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Chi-townChief
The Truth of Interracial Rape in the United States
By Lawrence Auster

FrontPageMagazine.com | May 3, 2007 Like Ahab's search for the Great White Whale, liberals' search for the Great White Defendant is relentless and never-ending. When, in 1988, Tawana Brawley's and Al Sharpton's then year-old spectacular charge that several white men including prosecutor Steven Pagones (whose name Brawley had picked out of a newspaper article) had abducted and raped the 15 year old was shown to be completely false, the Nation said it didn't matter, since the charges expressed the essential nature of white men's treatment of black women in this country. When the Duke University lacrosse players were accused of raping a black stripper last year, liberals everywhere treated the accusation as fact, because, just as with the Nation and Tawana Brawley, the rape charge seemed to the minds of liberals to reflect the true nature of oppressive racial and sexual relations in America.

To see the real truth of the matter, let us take a look at the Department of Justice document Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2005. (Go to the linked document, and under "Victims and Offenders" download the pdf file for 2005.)

In Table 42, entitled "Personal crimes of violence, 2005, percent distribution of single-offender victimizations, based on race of victims, by type of crime and perceived race of offender," we learn that there were 111,590 white victims and 36,620 black victims of rape or sexual assault in 2005. (The number of rapes is not distinguished from those of sexual assaults; it is maddening that sexual assault, an ill-defined category that covers various types of criminal acts ranging from penetration to inappropriate touching, is conflated with the more specific crime of rape.) In the 111,590 cases in which the victim of rape or sexual assault was white, 44.5 percent of the offenders were white, and 33.6 percent of the offenders were black. In the 36,620 cases in which the victim of rape or sexual assault was black, 100 percent of the offenders were black, and 0.0 percent of the offenders were white. The table explains that 0.0 percent means that there were under 10 incidents nationally.

The table does not gives statistics for Hispanic victims and offenders. But the bottom line on interracial white/black and black/white rape is clear:

In the United States in 2005, 37,460 white females were sexually assaulted or raped by a black man, while between zero and ten black females were sexually assaulted or raped by a white man.

What this means is that every day in the United States, over one hundred white women are raped or sexually assaulted by a black man.

The Department of Justice statistics refer, of course, to verified reports. According to the Wikipedia article on rape, as many as half of all rape charges nationally are determined by police and prosecutors to be false:

Linda Fairstein, former head of the New York County District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit, noted, "There are about 4,000 reports of rape each year in Manhattan. Of these, about half simply did not happen.... It's my job to bring justice to the man who has been falsely accused by a woman who has a grudge against him, just as it's my job to prosecute the real thing."

No wonder there was such absolute belief in the guilt of the Duke students among the leading sectors of liberal America. A drug-addled, half-deranged, promiscuous black stripper accused three young white men of raping her. There are virtually zero rapes of black women by white men in the United States, and half of all rape charges against specific individuals turn out to be false. But in the gnostic, inverted world of liberal demonology, the white students had to be guilty.

Meanwhile, in the real America, week after week, the newspapers report the rapes of white women by black men—though, of course, without ever once using the words, "a white woman was raped by black man." Just last week in the New York Post there was a story about a serial black rapist who invaded women's apartments on Manhattan's Upper West Side; you knew the rapist was black from a police drawing accompanying the story, and you knew the victims were most likely white from the neighborhoods where the attacks occurred. But even when news media's reports of black on white rape make the race of the perpetrator evident (which the media only does in a minority of instances), no explicit reference is ever made to the racial aspect of the case. Each story of black on white rape is reported in isolation, not presented as part of a larger pattern. There is never the slightest mention of the fact that white women in this country are being targeted by black rapists. In the inverted world of liberalism, the phenomenon does not exist.

Lawrence Auster is the author of Erasing America: The Politics of the Borderless Nation . He offers a traditionalist conservative perspective at View from the Right.

19 posted on 06/12/2007 11:34:44 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Duncan Hunter for President)
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To: Chi-townChief
the couple's brutal murder has been fodder for people who are convinced that the "mainstream" media conspired to keep this sickening black-on-white violence out of the news.

Of course they didn't conspire Mary, it just comes natural to them to include their liberal biases wherever they can.

20 posted on 06/12/2007 11:37:04 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Chi-townChief

She is correct in a sense...there is no such thing as a “hate crime”.

There is a crime. The reason for it’s commission is a factor at sentencing after conviction.

After that...it just political gamesmanship


21 posted on 06/12/2007 12:02:15 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather.)
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To: MPJackal

The fact is this crime was ignored not because of the race of the victims, but because of the race of the perpetrators. This crime was heinous and extremely uncommon. Much like the Wichita Horror, which we also heard very little about. This reporter is being disingenuous because of her own racist outlook.


22 posted on 06/12/2007 12:09:02 PM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: Chi-townChief
In 1999, law enforcement agencies nationwide reported a total of 7,876 hate crimes to the FBI, of which 4,295 (or 55 percent) were motivated by racial bias. Because some of those victimizations involved more than one offense (e.g., assault and robbery), the 4,295 incidents actually encompassed 5,240 separate offenses. If we exclude all racially motivated offenses whose perpetrators are categorized as being of "unknown race," and focus specifically on those offenses definitely involving both blacks and whites, we find that blacks were victims of 2,030 racially motivated offenses committed by whites, while whites were victims of 524 racially motivated offenses committed by blacks. Thus whites were responsible for 79.5 percent of these interracial hate crimes, and blacks 20.5 percent.

While this may appear to support the popular assertion that whites are likelier than blacks to commit hate crimes, we must remember that the total population of nonHispanic whites is about 6 times larger than the total population of nonHispanic blacks. When we factor this population disparity into the equation, we find that the "average" black is actually about 50 percent likelier than his or her white counterpart to commit what is classified as a racially motivated hate crime. Because this fact so radically contradicts most Americans’ prevailing worldview, one would think it might be big news deemed worthy of discussion by activists and academics alike. But in fact these are among the most underpublicized numbers in all of criminal justice.

FRONTPAGEMAG.COM

23 posted on 06/12/2007 12:31:19 PM PDT by infidel29 (Amnesia International: Forget about the atrocities of the left, they meant well.)
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To: Chi-townChief

This writer is just a ghetto bitch that wants two Americas, one that blacks can do no wrong and one where whites can do no right.


24 posted on 06/12/2007 12:46:08 PM PDT by tobyhill (only wimps believe in retreat in defeat)
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To: Carry_Okie

Beat me to it. I was getting ready to post a similar article referencing the 2005 DOJ stats on race and rape. Keep shining the light on these pesky facts!


25 posted on 06/12/2007 12:55:34 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Chi-townChief
Like all senseless murders, even if it's not classified as a hate crime, it is still a matter of hate.

That's why we need to get rid of all the asinine hate crime legislation and get back to making criminals accountable for their actions.

26 posted on 06/12/2007 1:42:31 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society)
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To: Chi-townChief

She’ll have to point out why Matthew Shepherd’s death was a hate crime and this was merely a robbery gone wrong. So wrong that the vehicle was ditched while they focused on raping, abusing, torturing, and murdering the victims.


27 posted on 06/12/2007 1:47:00 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Chi-townChief
For example, a Web site dedicated to debunking urban legends posted an e-mail that is reflective of the e-mails I've gotten about this crime:

"The animals pictured below car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, then set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. . . . Channon Christian was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. Then they cut off her breast and put chemicals in her mouth. . . . then murdered her."

Snopes is outed as a Leftist propaganda site. They defend their biases by saying that the "truth" or "false" status depends on the framing synopsis.

So if exagerations are introduced to the internet accounts of the attack, they are highlighted and propagated by Snopes in part to discredit those propagating the story.

Meanwhile it took Snoped YEARS AND YEARS to call Hillary a fibber for saying she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary. They gave her the benefit of the doubt until last year when her office relented that it was an innocent fabrication. Snopes afforded that it could have been a lie Hillary's mother told the young girl.

28 posted on 06/12/2007 1:51:59 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: F-117A

She neglects to mention that it was truth that both victims were raped or that the woman was forced to drink BLEACH!

And she was only raped for one day, not four. So humanitarian of her abductors.

While a vile columnist to soft sell the case which broke while the lies of the Duke Rape Case were coming to light.


29 posted on 06/12/2007 1:55:05 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Chi-townChief
It probably took so long for this story to get legs because of the incendiary claims about what happened to Christian and Newsom before they were killed that have been spread on the Internet.

This sentence is so astonishingly stupid I can't think of anything to say about it.  I mean......seriously.  WTF?

30 posted on 06/12/2007 1:55:40 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (When's MY turn? What crimes may I commit and recieve amnesty for?)
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To: Chi-townChief

Hate crimes are BS.

Just as the dogs that murdered James Byrd(the dragging victim) should have been executed so should these thugs if convicted.

For justice to be equal so should the punishment.

Comply COLOUR BLIND


31 posted on 06/12/2007 4:47:03 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: Carry_Okie

I see your point but I think it is cold confort to any woman if the rapist was a black man or not.

I think the media is all about stirring the pot to get people agitated and creating controversy. Sells newspapers.


32 posted on 06/12/2007 4:55:20 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: RedMonqey

correction

Comply COLOUR BLIND=Completely COLOUR BLIND


33 posted on 06/12/2007 4:59:29 PM PDT by RedMonqey ( The truth is never PC)
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To: RedMonqey

> I think the media is all about stirring the pot to get people agitated and creating controversy. Sells newspapers.

They’re certainly agitating the public but not to their commercial advantage.

It is the most peculiar thing to see media dolts hang themselves for exploitation across the folds of the new media.


34 posted on 06/12/2007 5:03:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: RedMonqey
I think the media is all about stirring the pot to get people agitated and creating controversy. Sells newspapers.

The data demonstrates that media distortion is about feeding grievances that engender a destabilized nation at the expense of equal treatment under law. Angry mobs feel justified in retaliating against such ephemeral creations, justifying a police state to maintain order. Thus, it's not only about just selling newspapers.

35 posted on 06/12/2007 5:17:21 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Duncan Hunter for President)
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To: Chi-townChief

Not all hate crimes equal in the media
John Kass

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...”

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-kass13jun13,1,1057941.column?coll=chi-news-col


36 posted on 06/13/2007 12:55:48 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Chi-townChief

Yahoo! News

Police: Boy forced into sex with mom

By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press WriterFri Jul 6, 7:14 PM ET

Two teenagers were accused of gang raping a woman and forcing her 12-year-old son to join in the attack, then beating him and pouring cleaning solution into his eyes.

Authorities allege Avion Lawson, 14, and Nathan Walker, 16, were among a group of about 10 masked suspects who forced their way into the woman’s apartment in a crime-ridden housing project the night of June 18.

The two were being held without bail Friday on suspicion of armed sexual battery by multiple perpetrators, sexual performance by a child, armed home invasion and aggravated battery. Both were arrested this week, but formal charges had not been filed.

“Any rape case is horrible but this takes it to another level, something you can’t think of even in your worst dreams,” police spokesman Ted White said.

According to the police report, a man knocked on the woman’s door at about 9 p.m. and told her he had a flat tire. The mother and son, whom police have not identified, went outside and were ambushed by a group of gun-wielding suspects.

The victims told police they were forced back into their home and beaten and sexually assaulted. According to authorities, the men raped, sodomized and beat the woman, then forced her son to participate in the assault at gunpoint, making him have sex with his mother in front of them.

The boy was then beaten and had numerous household cleaning liquids poured into his eyes, according to the police report.

The suspects also stole a few hundred dollars worth of cash and jewelry, White said.

White said more arrests were expected, but he would not say whether authorities had identified additional suspects. The teens in custody were not cooperating, but Lawson confessed to taking part in the attack, White said. Walker has denied involvement, White said.

DNA evidence in a condom found in the victims’ home linked Lawson to the crime, police said. Investigators also say they found a palm print belonging to Walker at the scene.

The victims did not suffer life-threatening injuries and have been released from the hospital, White said.

“They’re going through the county victim services for counseling,” he said.

Lawson lived in Dunbar Village, the hardscrabble project where the attack occurred. Walker was apparently visiting a friend there, White said.

Authorities believe the suspects all knew each other from the neighborhood, but they don’t think they knew the victims directly.

Prosecutors have 21 days from the time a suspect is arrested to formally file charges. Lawson was arrested Tuesday. Walker was arrested Thursday.

Walker made a first court appearance on Friday, after which his father, also named Nathan Walker, spoke briefly.

“My son has a good heart,” the elder Walker said outside court. “I can’t believe my son would do something like this. I don’t teach my son violence so I don’t understand.”

Walker’s attorney, Robert Gershman, said Friday he intended to enter a not guilty plea on behalf of his client once charges are formally filed. He would not comment further.

A telephone message left at the office of Lawson’s public defender was not immediately returned.

(This version CORRECTS that police spokesman said more arrests were ‘expected,’ instead of ‘pending.’ )


37 posted on 07/07/2007 5:22:04 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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