Skip to comments.National Media's Refusal to Cover White Couple's Murder Suggests PC at Work
Posted on 05/15/2007 7:58:04 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
The sudden force that the liberal press brought to bear on the falsely accused Duke lacrosse team has been curiously absent on a much more grisly crime committed against a white couple by a group of black youths.
Personally, I don't think that local crime issues should ever be covered in the national press but if the media are going to cover them, they need to be consistent. My friend La Shawn Barber has a must-read post on the matter:
Early this year, a white couple was carjacked, tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black thugs. Christopher Newsom (23) was gang-raped, shot and set on fire. There are unconfirmed reports that the killers cut off his penis while he was still alive. The going-to-straight-to-hell murderers made Channon Christian (21) watch, and then they gang-raped her over four days and left her to die. There are unconfirmed reports that her breasts were cut off while she was still alive. (Also see this story and the Wikipedia entry)
Ive been getting e-mail about this case since it happened, but Ive been hesitant to blog about it. Flopping Aces
published a big post about the case last night, which probably accounts for why I received a few more Christian-Newsom e-mails this morning. Here goes!
Ive noticed that mainstream media are reluctant to report this story, especially when it first happened. In light of the blanket coverage the Duke rape case received, the paucity of coverage in this case seems a bit unbalanced. I mean, isnt the brutal, black-on-white gang-rape, mutilation, and murder of two people more than or at least as newsworthy as a white-on-black gang-rape (which obviously was phony)? Even if the strippers allegations had been true, why was the Duke case burning up the airwaves while the Christian-Newsom case barely emits a spark?
Whats up with the lack of blanket media coverage? Im not talking about a story here or there with case updates. The media should be swarming around this story. What happened to Christian and Newsom should be all over the airwaves and printing presses.
Read the rest.
Update 10:10. La Shawn's theory is interesting and seems true to me to a certain extent. However the media's coverage of race is tough to characterize because the same national press that is refusing to cover this story is also the same media that obssesses over missing white women to the exclusion of women of any other race. It also seems true that the press is more likely to show pictures of criminals if they are black than if they're white.
What to make of all this? My preliminary theory is that the media at both the local and national levels is more interested in the white audience than the black one. That makes sense from an economics point of view considering there are more whites than blacks in America. Accordingly, the media are more likely to tailor news coverage to white viewers. This explains why you continue to see "news" stories about cold cases such as Natalee Holloway or JonBenet Ramsey and are more likely to see pictorial coverage of black criminals than white ones.
Things change at the national level, however, because there is an added component--political correctness. The national press is more liberal than most local media outlets. In the guilty liberal worldview, it's wrong to promote stories about minority criminality. This explains why the Duke "rape" case was so extensively covered and the lacrosse team not afforded any presumption of innocence and why stories of black hate crimes are underreported. The same thing happens often in coverage of crimes committed by Islamic young people being blamed on "youths" that Charles Johnson is so adept at pointing out.
I must disagree; who the heck even knows what lacrosse is, much less follows it? The greatest lacrosse player who ever lived is.....is....is...., I don't know, or care.
The fact is that the alleged perps were successful white males, and that's why the media needed wallow in the non-story. There's nothing like successful white males abusing a 'person of color' to help perpetuate the so-called 'racial divide' and rip the fabric of our society apart. That's the media's primary job in this age, to tear apart traditional, peaceful America and raise up a repulsive caricature in its stead.
I agree. The press has a pretty specific narrative: American sucks, especially in the way it treats blacks, gays and women. Anything that fits the narrative gets publicized. Anything that doesn't fit the narrative gets buried.
Another story that never really saw the light of day was about a 13 year-old boy that was raped to death by two homosexuals. Jesse Dirkhising was his name, I believe.
PC rules the press, to be sure, and they’re not doing the general public a service by spiking these stories. If anything, they will help other innocents get killed.
It is appalling to see such blatant hatred for persons based upon race as one Soloman Burnette has exhibited in his piece posted at: http://www.nccu.edu/campus/echo/o-burnette.html and even more disgusting any form of academic institution would poise itself as a medium to pedestal such intolerance and indigence of learning.
For example, Burnette displays his profound lack of intelligence and his deep-seated caustic prejudice by the statement:
“White people still murder us with impunity.”
Yet data from FBI’s own reporting website says for 2005:
Data from single victim/single offender incidents showed that 92.6 percent of black victims were murdered by black offenders, and 84.8 percent of white victims were murdered by white offenders. (Based on Expanded Homicide Data Table 5.)
According to the FBI figures, it is persons of other races contributing to a greater percentage of murders to the White population while Blacks murder more of their own. Burnette is nothing short of an ignorant, racist bigot whose factually-devoid writings have no place near any taxpayer supported institution of academia.
NCCU ought to be ashamed and persons outraged it allows its name associated with such hateful, misled characters - disclaimer or not.
I’ve so duly noted Burkette has been, in fact, a frequent personal contributor to FBI violent crime statistics. How odd he should consider himself a qualified spokesperson against crime committed by any other racial group.
Councilwomans son, 18, accused of hitting mom
Burnette allegedly punched his mother in her face, head
Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)
February 24, 1998
Author: PAUL BONNER The Herald-Sun
City Councilwoman Brenda Burnettes son was arrested Friday for allegedly punching his mother in the face.
Solomon Burnette, 18, already faces armed-robbery charges filed in December by Duke University police. He was returned early Saturday to Durham County Jail, where he spent five days before Christmas on the earlier charges before a family friend posted bond.
His $400 bond on the new charge, a misdemeanor count of assault on a woman, is a fraction of the earlier $10,000 bond. Yet Burnette spent the weekend in jail and made a first court appearance on the charge Monday, after which he was returned to jail.
Brenda Burnette declined to discuss the incident, and few details were available elsewhere. According to a citation filed by Durham police, Solomon Burnette hit his mother on the face and head.
Hughes also represents Solomon Burnette on charges he robbed two Duke students at gunpoint near Markham Avenue and Berkeley Street on Nov. 30. The students identified Burnette from a photograph as one of two robbers mistakenly, Brenda Burnette has maintained. She has stood by her sons innocence on those charges, while saying that ``something needed to happen to get his attention about other questionable conduct.
Before his troubles began and before his mother was elected in November to the council Solomon Burnettes media exposure was as a gifted student whose science-fair project was highlighted in a conference in Washington, D.C.
Councilwomans son violates probation terms
Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)
March 14, 2000
Author: JOHN STEVENSON The Herald-Sun
City Councilwoman Brenda Burnettes son admitted in court Monday that he had violated probation by testing positive for marijuana, disregarding curfews and failing to pay fines.
Solomon Burnette, 20, was sentenced to between 12 and 15 months in prison after he admitted the violations to Superior Court Judge Ron Stephens.
Burnette had been on probation for robbery and marijuana convictions.
NCCU’s continued association with and failure to take action against this individual will and should, by many, be considered nothing less than an endorsement of his attitude and a condonement of racial violence and intolerance.
They were just lacrosse players, but they played for Duke, who has a well known basketball team and is one of the top universities in the country. If this had happened at Podunk State, you wouldn't have heard about it beyond local news.
In those cases, I think beauty was the factor more than race. A story is always more "interesting" to the public if the victim is beautiful.
Dog bites man = not news
Man bites dog = news
So the question is this: Is this crime an unusual occurance?
If yes, it should be covered. If no, it won’t be.
This may or may not be true. But I stand by what I said originally, that these guys were successful white males who allegedly abused a 'downtrodden black', and that was the reason for the media saturation. The fact that they attended Duke gave the media the proof they needed that the guys were indeed successful young men from successful white families. There is nothing the leftist media enjoys more than helping to perpetuate female 'empowerment', racial tension and economic divisions, and this story had all three of their favorite divisive elements. The only thing missing from the story being a media Grand Slam was that the alleged 'victim' wasn't a lesbian.
So, a drug addicted, mentally disturbed professional STRIPPER who gets sexually abused is "man-bites-dog" news?
What about blacks murdering blacks? Where’s the “rev” when that happens?
Excuses, excuses. No wonder the media is in a freefall - they deserve their eventual demise.
Since in our current climate, freedom of speech doesn’t cover all issues, I felt the need to comment in code.
I realise not all people will understand.
Lots of people. Lacrosse at the high school level has been the fastest growing sport over the last 3 years. My son played for his high school and now plays for his university. Sports Illustrated did a story on it last year about how it's growing by leaps and bounds nationally. The kids like it because it combines running, hand-eye coordination and contact. Additionally, a variety of body types can play it; even the kid who can't run very fast can play goalie if he's got good reactions and eye-hand coordination.
The kids also like it, according to SI, because their parents don't know the rules and thus can't sit on the sidelines and yell at the refs and the coaches. Seriously.
The State of Illinois only had a handful of teams a few years ago. Now they've got over 60 boys teams and over 20 girls teams and the IHSA is going to start up an official state championship.
Plus, it was invented in the U.S. by Native Americans - it's an all-American game. The French name (la crosse, "the stick") comes from the Indians teaching it to the French fur trappers and traders who first penetrated into the wilderness of Canada and America.
Wow. So this makes college lacrosse players national icons? The Duke lacrosse players were singled out by the media because they were WHITE, AFFLUENT and SUCCESSFUL, not because they were lacrosse players.
Compare the coverage of this then to James Byrd or Matthew Shepherd. The Duke case was covered the way it was cause the accused were white. It was treated like a morality tale on America.
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