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.
This is why I thank God for the Internet.
I know you're Probably Right about that, but I Pray they get Justice in this life, and in the Life to come. (I was so upset I actually Pleaded in Prayer for the Lord to Smite them!)
The Wichita Massacre was so horrific - another example that there are among us those who look like human beings but they are not. Instead , they are subhuman monsters. Incredible that the death sentence of the Carr brothers was overturned.
Get real. Ive never seen a stadium full of Lacrosse fans nor have I seen a collection of Lacrosse trading cards. Celebrity athletics had nothing to do with Duke. The media ran with the Duke case for the same reason they ran with the Tawana Brawley case; it fit their template of Whites are racist Blacks are victims. It is this same template that occludes the Knoxville murders, the Long Beach beatings, the Wichita murders, the Seattle riot/murder, the Cincinnati riots, the Yahweh Ben Yahweh cult murders
Get real. Ive never seen a stadium full of Lacrosse fans nor have I seen a collection of Lacrosse trading cards.”
Like hockey, lacrosse doesn’t translate well to TV. It is, however, the fastest growing team sport in the U.S. I’ve been to lax ganes with as many as 20,000 fans.
“Glossing over islamic terrorist acts in America, (by largely ignoring references to the perpetrator’s religious beliefs), simply indicates political correctness and cowardice. (The most recent such terror act was the slaughter at Virginia Tech, where the killer found it necessary to display “Ismail ax” on his arm and elsewhere).”
There’s no evidence at this point that Cho’s rampage had the first thing to do with Islam.
“The greatest lacrosse player who ever lived is.....is....is...., I don’t know, or care.”
I’ll tell you anyway. One top candidate would be Jim Brown .. yes, THE football Jim Brown. He was so unstoppable they changed the rules. In fact, at Wikipedia there’s a picture of him holding a lacrosse stick.
The liberal newsrooms look at this as a “dog bites man” story. “Plane lands safely”. Etc.
They shrug it off.
It’s A real shame.
Take heart. Unless I'm mistaken, the court decision that invalidated the death penalty (including that of the Carr brothers) was ultimately overturned by the United States Supreme Court. That means the death penalty still exists in Kansas, and the Carrs face it. I certainly hope so. I don't believe they are human, nor do they belong on the Earth with other human beings.
Thanks for the info.
After 10-years of being a high school football referee, believe me, not knowing the rules doesn't stop parents from yelling.
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