by Bernard Goldberg
[quoteCommentators, almost always from the right, have documented liberal media bias for many years now. And the response by the perpetrators of this bias has been both constant and predictable: Circle the wagons and blame the accusers. Accuse us of bias for seeing their bias. See Kurt Schlichter's "Real Conservatives Refuse To Kneel Before Their Liberal Overlords." You see Liberals don't expect Conservatives to fight back. Liberals don't expect Conservatives to point out Liberal failings either.
The bias we've been talking and writing about is usually about partisan politics and hot social issues like abortion. But there's one kind of liberal media bias that hasn't gotten much attention. It's a bias that liberals both in and out of the media often attach to conservatives, but almost never to themselves. It's racial bias. The interesting aspect of the Liberal racial bias is how it extends past overt behavior. Liberals criticize conservatives and accuse them of prejudicial behavior and of being racists. But it is the actions of Liberals regarding their pursuit of gun control, as well as their inactivity regarding African American victims of gun violence that points to diverse and extreme examples of Racist behavior.
My friend Lee Habeeb, a conservative radio executive who appears on cable TV from time to time, has written a piece in Newsweek about how too many journalists have played down -- and often downright ignored -- the murder of young black men in places like Chicago. First question: Why are liberals ignoring the Black Lives Matter movement? If Black lives matter to them, why are they "downplaying - - and often downright ignoring the murder of young black men in places like Chicago?
If these journalists focus on school shootings where the majority of victims are white, then wouldn't it be fair to say that this focus on their part demonstrates that "white victims" are more important than black victims?
"In Chicago, it's Parkland every week," Habeeb writes about a city that had more than 1,400 homicides in 2016 and 2017. And in just the first week of May 2018, 84 people were shot -- nine of them wound up dead.
Journalists, of course, care very much about young black men who are shot -- when the person doing the shooting is a cop. Have you noticed that in these instances the primary focus is on the police officer. If the police officer involved in the shooting is white, every article covering the shooting never fails to point that out. But if the officer involved in the shooting is African American, the fact that the officer is African American, (if it is mentioned at all), is downplayed. This too suggests behavior that is racist. If young black men shooting and killing each other is ignored or not covered in the press, is it because they are young black men?
Or is it even simpler than that? Is it because they are Black? If the reason is because they are black, that might explain why when a African American officer is involved in a shooting it is hardly ever mentioned that the officer is African American.Then, news organizations, even those based a thousand miles away, report the names of the dead -- like Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri -- and (rightly) give as much information as possible about their deaths.
"But Americans know none of the thousands of innocent young black men and women killed by other black men in our nation's third largest city -- and across America," writes Habeeb. "There's a reason. A young black male's life is not worth reporting when it is taken by another black male. That's the real racism that prevails in America's newsrooms. The marginalization of black urban life."
Habeeb believes that liberal journalists don't like the storyline. "Journalists and activists can't blame the deaths on assault style weapons like the AR-15.
If Chicago Criminals favorite gunmakers are Smith & Wesson, and a favorite gun is the revolver, then when Liberals concentrate their efforts to ban AR-a5, but ignore the Revolvers used in places like Chicago, are they not giving consent for the availability for revolvers to people in Chicago and other places? And in Chicago or other places where the majority of murders are not by the AR-15, what does the silence of the journalists about these 5 or 6 shot revolvers say when they concentrate on handguns that can hold up to 10 shots?Or the National Rifle Association."
It's true. Black on black murder doesn't fit the liberal journalists' template -- and not only because assault weapons aren't involved. In Chicago, the weapon Brand of choice is the Smith & Wesson, which builds both revolvers and semi-automatic hand guns. One of the favorite revolvers used in Chicago, besides the Saturday Night Specials, are the .38 caliber Smith & Wessonn. These revolvers have a capacity of 5 or 6 shots. *See Liberals journalists don't feel comfortable when it comes to reporting dysfunction in black neighborhoods in places like Chicago. If white kids in tony suburbs were being gunned down in such horrific numbers, you can be sure that the liberal media would more than simply take note. They'd run stories on Page 1 for days on end.
Does that mean that liberals think white lives matter more than black lives? It's not that simple -- not when you introduce paternalism and white liberal guilt into the mix. Simple or not, the inaction on the part of journalists in covering this aspecto of gun violence betrays their bias regardless of their stated or unstated intention.
When it comes to the slaughter of black young men, liberal journalists fear that playing up this kind of bad news could give ammunition to bigots, who might use the information to bolster their already nasty opinions of African-Americans. Then by contrast, when it comes to the slaughter of white young men, liberal journalists don't fear that playing up this kind of bad news could give ammunition to bigots, who might use the information to bolster their already nasty opinions of White people? They don't fear that their reporting on White victims and White shooters will add to the existing negativity against Whites? : White privilege, Reparations, etc....
And since much of the killing is the work of fatherless young men, that's another important story the national media would rather play down, and for the same reason. More dysfunction amounts to more ammo for the bigots.][/quote]
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