The social media has become a powerful force and has been detonated by the mainstream media’s biased reporting on racism.
Contrary to the claims by the strange birds who host far-right-wing radio shows, the corporate-owned media is not liberal. Indeed, the mass media has a huge double standard.
Mainstream media’s hypocrisy about racism is a far deeper chasm than most of us know.
During the standoff in Harney County, Ore, the media coverage has been clearly biased. Ammon Bundy, 40, son of the well-known, anti-government Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, joined 150 white, heavily armed homegrown terrorists who seized a federal building.
Their message is clear. The “protesters” will use violence, if necessary.
Yet, if these were non-white protestors, the media would cover it as a threat to national security and pour on the fear mongering.
In Ferguson, the media completely ignored “hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters” this summer and focused on few violent incidents, replaying them over and over, hour after hour.
That gave viewers the mistaken belief that Ferguson was a boiling cauldron of black hatred.
The state deployed the National Guard in both Ferguson and Baltimore where black protesters appeared. The local police came out in militarized equipment like police in some futuristic movie.
So what is that all about? The news media said that the federal government gave towns across the nation left-over military equipment, and that is why the local police came out armed to the teeth.
The super-sized, international company General Electic owns NBC.com. According to NBC.com, President Obama said that the White House had convened a community task force on policing, and it suggested the federal government should restrict the military-style equipment provided to local law enforcement.
The task force also recommended “enhanced officer training, improving the use of body cameras, and other technologies.”
NBC continues with the president saying:
We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupying force — as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them.
The president added that such equipment,
…can alienate and intimidate residents and make them feel scared.
In his visit to Camden, N.J., one of the most dangerous cities in the country, NBC.com reported that President Obama said:
We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people the feeling like there’s an occupying force — as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them. [Such gear] can alienate and intimidate residents and make them feel scared
Compared to the nearly overwhelming Ferguson and Baltimore media coverage, whatever scant media coverage there has been in Oregon, it has misrepresented the standoff.
“The New York Times” gave it a whole, whopping paragraph beneath the fold and near the bottom of page 1.
“Fox News” featured images of flags and “praised the domestic terrorists as ‘patriots.’” Then it attacked the president’s intention of “expanding background checks on gun purchases.”
“The Associated Press” described the homegrown terrorists as “peaceful” protesters.
CNN called them “militiamen” and displayed the caption “it is the people’s land,” which is actually wrong, but that statement legitimizes the homegrown terrorists and their demands.
The network’s intent was to conjure up visions of “poor noble ranchers” who go up against a tyrannical government.
There is no mention of the homegrown terrorists having a temper-tantrum, because the government does not let them light fires or graze their cattle for free on government lands.
The Twittersphere erupted over the media’s racial double standard:
"It's only terrorism when brown or black people do it."
"Don't worry #OregonUnderAttack militia men, we the media will make that clear!"
— The Teddy Bear (@tonycaldwell) January 3, 2016
So I guess a "militia" with guns is no big deal. While a 12 y.o. with a toy gun is dangerous & cops to kill him. #OregonUnderAttack
— The Teddy Bear (@tonycaldwell) January 3, 2016
— CDKing (@thedaleking) January 3, 2016
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) January 3, 2016
— Mohd. Imran (乇мմ™) (@TheSoulfulEMU) January 3, 2016
I was in the room during the 2004 presidential Iowa caucuses, when Howard Dean made the infamous, albeit inaccurately named “scream.”
The mainstream media didn’t mention that Dean had a cold, and his voice was hoarse from campaigning. Nor did NBC mention that Dean’s microphone blocked out the noise from the 3000+ people in the room, so that the crowd noise would not drown out the candidate.
Had Dean not raised his voice, we could not have heard him. His enthusiasm was so contagious, that when he shouted, “Yay!” we responded in kind.
NBC called Dean’s hoarse, enthusiastic shout a “scream,” which made him look crazed. Then they replayed the “scream” over and over the next 36 hours, during the Iowa caucuses, and in-effect killed Dean’s chances of becoming president.
That taught me a vital lesson about the editing and coverage power of mainstream media to completely destroy people.