Ace runs them down, incidents ginned up courtesy of your cool, dispassionate, neutral, objective, fairer-than-fair MSM:
1. The Baltimore beating on St. Patrick’s day, in which the man who was the alleged cameraman tweeted, “me an [sic] my boys helped get justice fore [sic] trayvon.”
2. A Chicago mugging, which local news reported with the headline, “Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case.”
3. Just this past Saturday, a Mobile Alabama attack: “Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition:”
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.”
I repeat: No national coverage of this racial hate crime pattern in the media.
Apparently some victims are unworthy, and some hatred and violence is justified.
Is Obama going to say anything? Call at least one of the victims? Attempt to bring calm? Attempt a “Sister Souljah” moment (which could actually benefit him politically) and call out violent black racists?
Apparently not, and the media has decided that’s their preferred political strategy, too.
Meanwhile, Matthew Sheffield of Newsbusters has an update on NBC, which has yet to apologize on air for their deceptively edited audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call (see PJTV video on how NBC altered the timeline, though as Sheffield notes, there were actually two separately altered clips of Zimmerman that the network aired on various occasions):
Incredibly, it was a New York Times columnist, David Carr, who decided to confront the network on how that just isn’t enough. NBC News president Steve Capus admitted his efforts have been insufficient but tried to spin away why his network hasn’t bothered to tell viewers about its propagation of fraudulent journalism.
Carr hit the nail on the head about how television news, in this case, NBC almost never corrects previous on-air mistakes during air time:
What is it with television news and corrections? When the rest of the journalism world gets something wrong, they generally correct themselves. But network news acts as if an on-air admission of error might cause a meteor to land on the noggin of one of its precious talking heads. NBC used all of the powers at its disposal to amend the mistake, except the high-visibility airtime where the bad clip ran in the first place. […]
Clearly, broadcast news time is precious and it would be impractical to correct every small error. But this was no misdemeanor. This was a deeply misleading compression in editing about an event that has taken on national significance.
Somewhere in the four expansive hours of “Today” — perhaps between the segment about a loud peacock that was bothering neighbors and the preview of Eva Longoria’s show about “hunky bachelors” — somebody could have looked into the camera and set the story straight.
With that correct attitude in mind, Carr approached Capus to ask why nothing had been done on the air. Capus acknowledged that he was “probably right” but didn’t seem too enthused about sparing a few seconds to help correct the record, especially for those viewers who aren’t following the media industry or political blogs, i.e. the vast majority of “Today” watchers.
“The reality is that we didn’t try to hide from it,” the oleaginous NBC president is quoted as saying. “We did an awful lot of work after it happened. We did an exhaustive investigation, I did interviews with a lot of publications to get the message out, but we probably should have done it on our own air.”
As Sheffield notes, “NBC didn’t air fake audio of George Zimmerman just once on the air. It did so on five separate occasions,” using two different edits to truncate Zimmerman’s 911 call, causing viewers to hear (falsely) Zimmerman’s voice saying either “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband, and he’s a black male,” or the more infamous NBC distortion of Zimmerman’s call shown in the PJTV video linked above, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good… He looks black.” More Sheffield:
Given that there are two separate clips of Zimmerman’s voice that were created and run on two separate shows, how can we be assured that NBC has taken sufficient steps to punish anyone involved in perpetuating the false racist narrative? Because there hasn’t been much of a focus on the “NBC Nightly News,” how do we know that it wasn’t an additional producer who made the phoney edit on that show?
Of course, NBC isn’t the only network to blame, Bryan Preston notes at the Tatler:
NBC’s deceptive edit of George Zimmerman’s phone call…CNN’s sound expert swearing that he heard Zimmerman on that tape utter a racial slur…the New York Times characterizing Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic”…ABC News releasing a lossy version of the surveillance video that purported to show an unwounded Zimmerman…the New Black Panthers offering a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, unchallenged by the state or federal governments…
“Justice” for Trayvon has figured into at least two separate racial attacks in recent weeks. There will be more. Racial strife is the currency of community organizers. For the media, it all makes a good story. What’s the old saying? Right — If it bleeds, it leads.
As Prof. Stephen Clark writes in an email to Instapundit, “The Martin case and its fallout are part of a narrative of racial tension, class division, social exclusion, and all the other catch phrases associated with social activism, that many representatives in the media hold dear as a portrait of an America seething with discontent just below the surface. Don’t be surprised if, as Obama’s fortunes wane, incidents like those of Mobile are insinuated to be a future consequence of his electoral defeat: any weapon to hand, even fear. It will be a long, annoying, summer and fall. November can’t come soon enough.”