An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 8, 2007

Media Double Standard

Filed under: Crime — olbroad @ 4:40

Scant Coverage of Brutal Crime Called ”Journalistic Malpractice”

The national news media demonstrates a double standard in covering “hate crimes,” as evidenced by the lack of attention given to the murder of a white couple in Tennessee last January, a conservative columnist charged on Monday.

However, a media analyst responded that a crime is not necessarily a hate crime simply because the victims are white and those accused of perpetrating it are black.

It’s only a ‘hate crime’ if the victims are black (or any other non-white), and the perpetrators are white?

Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, were out on a dinner date in Knoxville, Tenn. on Jan. 6, when they were carjacked, kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered.

According to published news reports, the two were tortured at length in each other’s presence, strangled and shot. Newsom’s mutilated and burned remains were found along a railroad track the following day. Two days later, Christian’s battered and burned body was found in a trash bin.

This sort of disgusting crime is hatred, pure and simple, no matter the race of either victim or criminal.

Five men and a woman, all African-American, have been arrested and face up to 46 charges, including carjacking, kidnapping, rape, premeditated murder, theft and robbery.

Where is the outrage from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton?

AP wire reports of the killings were carried by Knoxville news outlets, CBS News and Fox News, but other major media outlets including CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post apparently have yet to mention the story. This so angered Mark Alexander, executive editor and publisher of the online Patriot Post, that in a column entitled “Murder in Black and White,” he said the attack was “more than a case study in sociopathic evil. It is also a case study in journalistic malpractice.

If the races had been reversed, I have no doubt we’d still be hearing about this horrible crime.

“Could it be because the two victims were white and the five defendants are black?” Alexander asked.

He pointed to the case in 1998 when “three white men in Jasper, Texas, beat James Byrd — a black man — then chained him to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him three miles to his death. Not surprisingly, Byrd’s murder received national media attention — as it should have.”

When Democratic politicians seized on Byrd’s murder to call for hate crimes laws, “then-Governor of Texas George Bush said there was little need for such legislation — after all, two of the defendants were sentenced to death and the third received a life sentence,” Alexander stated.

I have a real problem with this sort of ‘hate crime’ legislation. I don’t think most people could possibly commit such an evil crime against someone they liked. The color of a person’s skin is irrelevant when it comes to evil.

The Knoxville double homicide “sounds like a horrible, heinous crime, but horrible, heinous crimes are not the standard for what become national stories,” she said.

Horse hockey! We have been inundated with stories about a tall, chubby, former Playboy centerfold, a young girl’s disappearance in Aruba, a bogus rape story of and numerous other of such “news”.

In the Knoxville case, the fact that the alleged perpetrators are black and the victims are white would be an argument in favor of the crime getting press, McBride said. “The national media tend to play into black-predator-white-victim-type stories much more than they’re comfortable with.”

More manure! The national media latch onto any crime of the white on black variety, like a pit bull with the milkman’s leg.

When the suspects in the Christian-Newsom case next appear in court on May 17, he said, “it’s safe to say that they will do so without a satellite news-link truck anywhere in sight.”

I doubt very seriously if any news media, other than the local, will be in attendance.

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