White supremacists in the mainstream media?
Earlier this year, I wrote a column titled “Murder in Black and White”, which detailed the torture, gang-rape and murder of a young couple, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Their five attackers – four men and a woman – dumped his battered body by a train track and threw her charred remains in a trash bin.
The point of that grim essay was to highlight the mainstream media's disparate treatment of interracial crimes.
Indeed, there are some 17,000 murders committed in the U.S. each year, but this double murder was clearly far more barbaric, far more monstrous than most. Yet it never made a headline more than 20 miles from the crime scene – not on NPR, not on CNN or the networks, not in The Washington Post, not in The New York Times.
Was the MSM's lack of interest in this case race related, given that the two victims were white and the five defendants are black?
How do I know?
Consider this case in point: Last week, six white West Virginia lowlifes were charged with the kidnapping, torture and sexual assault of a 20-year-old black woman, Megan Williams. This was a brutal crime, to be sure, but Megan Williams is alive today, having been rescued by local sheriff's deputies. Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, as we know, were not nearly so fortunate.
Within 24 hours of the arrests in the West Virginia case, stories were headlined on CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times – even the BBC – and numerous reports have been filed subsequently.
Was the MSM's acute interest in this case race related?
In fact, no sooner had Williams's attackers been arrested than the FBI and federal prosecutors joined the investigation to determine if the victim's civil rights were violated, or if her assault qualified as a “hate crime.”
To this day, however, searches of the massive news archives of CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times for the names “Channon Christian” and “Christopher Newsom” render exactly zero references to their names in any news story – that's nil, naught, zip and zilch.
There is nothing unusual about the racial component of the Christian and Newsom murders. Indeed, while blacks represent just 12 percent of the U.S. population, black perpetrators are convicted by their peers in more than half of all murder and manslaughter cases. In other words, per capita, black-on-white crime is far more prevalent than the inverse.
However, the contrast in how the MSM reported these two cases betrays a prevalent white-supremacist mindset among liberal journalistic scribes.
By discounting the newsworthiness of black-on-white crime such as the murders of Christian and Newsom, and at the same time trumpeting the newsworthiness of white-on-black crime such as the assault on Williams, the MSM is, in effect, insisting that white people should be held to a higher standard than black people. In doing so, the MSM is essentially saying, “It isn't news when blacks prey on whites, because we expect them to behave like vicious animals, but it is headline news when whites prey on blacks, because we expect whites to be more civilized.”
Additional evidence of this underlying media hypocrisy is substantiated through the MSM's coverage of race-baiting opportunists who inject themselves into racially charged criminal cases.
For example, if a racially motivated hate group like the KKK showed up to protest on behalf of white defendants in a white-on-black crime, they would rightfully be skewered by the media. However, when racially motivated haters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson show up to protest on behalf of defendants in a black-on-white crime, they are canonized as civil rights saviors.
In fact, this week Sharpton and Jackson, with more than ten thousand of their ilk in tow, swamped the small town of Jena, Louisiana, to protest charges against six black youths (the so-called “Jena Six”) for brutally beating and stomping a white classmate – charges that were reduced from attempted murder to aggravated battery.
“You cannot have justice meted out based on who you are rather than what you did,” Sharpton argues, implying that because the defendants in Jena are black, and there was racial tension among the youths, the charges are unjust. “This is the most blatant example of disparity in the justice system that we've seen. You can't have two standards of justice.” (Unless, of course, you consider Sharpton's fabrication of the Tawana Brawley rape hoax a “blatant example of disparity in the justice system.”)
According to Jackson, “Across this country, there are two justice systems – one for blacks and one for whites. Black young men are not more likely to commit crimes than whites, but they are more likely to be stopped by police, more likely to be arrested if stopped, more likely to be charged if arrested, more likely to be jailed if convicted, more likely to be charged with felonies and more likely to be tried and imprisoned as adults.”
Actually, black youth are far more likely to commit crimes than white youth, and for that reason they are more likely to be stopped by police (including black police officers), more likely to be arrested and, if charged, convicted (often by black-majority juries).
District Attorney Reed Walters refuted the claims of Sharpton and Jackson, saying, “This case has been portrayed by the news media (emphasis added) as being about race and the fact that it takes place in a small Southern town lends itself to that portrayal, but it is not and never has been about race. It is about finding justice for an innocent victim and holding people accountable for their actions.”
It is worth noting that neither Jackson nor Sharpton offered a word of sympathy for the actual assault victim.
Remarkably, Jackson complains, “This isn't just a Southern problem. A study of five states in the Northwest and Midwest showed that blacks are incarcerated at ten times the rate of whites.”
Indeed, this is not “just a Southern problem,” but, in fact, a cultural problem. Too many black men do not take responsibility for themselves or their families, in part because racists like Jackson and Sharpton have inculcated black folks with the notion that they are “victims” of white folks.
Of course, since Jackson fathered a child out of wedlock with an aide (and then paid her $40,000 from his “nonprofit” Rainbow/PUSH Coalition for “moving expenses”), he is not really in a position to advocate for responsible fatherhood.
Hoping that the Louisiana “injustice” will jumpstart racial strife across the nation, Jackson insists, “In Jena, the protest will begin, but it won't end there. This situation is explosive – not only in Jena but across the country.”
Meanwhile, back in West Virginia, the NAACP has arrived on the scene to “monitor” justice in the Williams case, and no doubt Sharpton and Jackson will follow.
However, still no word on when “journalists” at NPR, CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times will headline the torture, gang-rape and murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.