Skip to comments.A Tale of Two Shootings
Posted on 08/16/2012 5:34:01 AM PDT by tselatysr
By Mr. Curmudgeon:
When television reporter Brian Ross erroneously reported that the Colorado "Batman" shooter was a Tea Party member, Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News, said, "Our mission is to tell people everything we can that is relevant about a person who has just committed a terrible crime. If, in the course of our sweeping everything we can about the person, part of it turns out that he was a member of a particular club, a member of a particular organization, he has a particular hobby, if we judge that it is journalistically relevant to a profile, a rich profile of this guy that will help our viewers understand who is this, why did he do this, then we would report the facts," the New York Times reported.
Sherman did apologize for getting the story wrong but said apologizing for defaming the Tea Party, not to mention endangering the life of the man falsely accused, was "irrelevant to the examination of the event ... he [Sherman] would not address that issue because the question was hypothetical."
With that in mind, let me pose a hypothetical.
Suppose a controversy was raging across the nation over the question of same-sex marriage. Assume that the mayor of Chicago says the chief executive of a Christian-owned fast-food chain's belief that marriage is the sacred union between a man and a woman precludes that company from doing business in his fair city - until it adopts "Chicago values." Suppose further that a sitting president, who is on record as having opposed same-sex marriage, now faces an uphill re-election battle and does an abrupt about-face on the issue to garner contributions from Hollywood's well-heeled gay lobby. Now imagine that his party's platform is about to pledge the might of its muscular political machine in the crusade to redefine marriage. Finally, suppose a mad gunman shoots and wounds a guard protecting the offices of a Christian think-tank dedicated to "faith, family and freedom in public policy."
Who do you think will be blamed for inspiring Wednesday's violence at the Family Research Council?
The Associated Press will no doubt receive heavy criticism for reporting that alleged shooter Floyd Corkins "had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people." Who knows, the AP may even receive a slightly agitated visitor at their New York headquarters.
They shouldn't worry, though. As David Mariner, executive director for the DC Center for the LGBT Community told the AP, the suspected D.C. shooter is "kind, gentle and unassuming." Theirs might be too ... hypothetically.
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the LGBT Community told the AP, the suspected D.C. shooter is “kind, gentle and unassuming.”
But of course.
The so-called Main Stream Media now judges and reports everything according to WHO did WHAT to Who.
“White” Zimmerman shoots “Black” Martin, in self defense and a MEDIA storm erupts across the nation. The “media” creates, with malice aforethought a climate of racial hatred and demands for further violence.
A weekly slaughter of blacks occurs, with black victims of all ages, shot and killed by blacks, and the MEDIA remains strangely silent. So, tragically is the black community and “civil rights” leaders. Does ANYONE care at all?
A similar, but smaller in volume, slaughter occurs each week of whites.
The ‘databases’ that are in existance now & are being created for future use by ANYONE who wants to pay the fees are becoming terrible intrusive into our privacy.
There is waaaaay too much information available on such ‘databases’ now & I refuse to give out any more information for any ‘surveys’ or ‘data gathering’ —no matter the reason or the group doing the info gathering.
Being able to target a single mother, who has 2 kids, who makes $55,000 per year & who bought a particular brand of a particular product within the past 48 hours using a coupon is WAAAAAY out of line, IMO.
Companies are bragging right now that they can do exactly that for a company which wants to target (literally) this woman.
I am using more & more cash & less & less credit cards for my purchases. I don’t fill out any ‘surveys’. I hang up on those who call me. I am on the DO NOT CALL lists & they violate that regularly.
The next person who insists on getting such a ‘survey’ filled out at a store or some such will get some really interesting lies from me.
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