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Monday, June 22, 2015

NY Times coverage of the Charleston shooting

The Times has gone multi-orgasmic over the South Carolina shooting. But, you can't really blame them. In the recent past they've given extensive coverage to "crimes" committed by their preferred villains -- white males -- like the Duke lacrosses case, the University of Virginia rape case, and the Michael Brown shooting, most of which turned out to be not quite as advertised.

Now, they finally have a story which can't possibly backfire.

Dylann Roof is both white and male. He was motivated by racial animus, and even left a manifesto behind as proof. The victims were not only all black, they were mostly sweet old church ladies, along with a few male ministers. It was an incredibly ugly crime.

In fact, Roof not only gave the Times raw red meat to sink their teeth into, he even served them dessert in the form of his penchant for Confederate flags and his use of a handgun. He had everything they could have possibly asked for.

So, the New York Times has, predictably, gone to town.

The shooting occurred on Wednesday night. On both Friday's and Saturday's editions of the Times, there was no room above the fold on the front page for anything other than coverage of the Charleston killings. On Sunday, coverage still dominated. Today, four and a half days after the shootings, the story still merited four of the six columns above the fold.

Omar Thornton, a black employee at a warehouse in Hartford, CT, shot and killed eight white employees because of their perceived "racism" in August of 2010. (Their "racism" took the form of objecting when surveillance videos showed Thornton stealing beer from the warehouse.) The day after the killings the Times didn't even cover the story as a national news item, but only as a regional NY story. And their focus shifted almost immediately to the question of how much racism Thornton mighty have actually experienced.

The contrast in coverage is both stark and predictable.

But, you have to be happy for the Times. It's such a perfect "teachable moment" for them. Dreams really do come true.


Mark Caplan said...

Roof was motivated by racial animus, but also by an overabundance of love for his own racial identity that spun out of his control.

Anonymous said...

This coverage is so skewed. The media is fanning the racial flame, causing a lot of these tragedies to occur. I support and am in favor of white people, knowing that we are not the cause of every problem in the world. This killer does not represent how all white people think regarding other races. For some reason, whites don't seem to deserve the same attention from the press as other (cough, cough) races.

- Susan

7 feet tall said...

well two can play this game. he a good boy, he didn' do nothing. he was turning his life around thinkin bout going back to school. he even started going to church. he a good boy.

Shaun F said...

John - It's a bit odd: the script, setting, costumes, and victims, and associated props fit the dream narrative a tad too perfectly. That is what is most disturbing.

John Craig said...

Shaun --
I don't think it's any sort of setup, if that's what you're suggesting. I'm paranoid, but not that paranoid.

It is amazing how well it fits their narrative though.

Shaun F said...

John - I'd like to err on the side of caution and make no suggestions. However, it is like finding a metaphoric "perfect woman" for oneself. My human doubt and suspicions just automatically cloud my usual clear unbiased thinking - along the lines of "Naw this is too good to be true." Can you imagine the NYT offices when this story hit the fan?

John Craig said...

Shaun --
This was definitely the moment they'd been waiting for. It's just too bad they'd jumped the gun so many times before.

Remnant said...

I doubt this is a "false flag" or Manchurian candiate or anything like that. It's real, unfortunately. One of the reasons why The Narrative is so powerful and so useful to the progressive side is that it can often be successful in defining its opponents, so that those oppoenents put themselves into the very pigeon holes that the progressive side has articulated. Indeed, this is one of the reasons for the failure of the conservative movement in America: progressivism has (successfully) defined the acceptable boundaries of conservatism, and conservatives adhere to that playbook to the letter. Thus, American politics is largely a farce that gives people the (false) sense that there are real issues at stake, whereas what is really going on is a Kabuki theatre with only a token opposition. I am not presenting a "conspiracy theory"; this is simply the hegemony of progressivism that defines all politics. It is another way of describing the Overton Window.

This is backdrop to why I think this shooting was just what it appears to be. Roof in essence allowed himself to be defined by the caricature of a "White racist" and acted it out accordingly. I'm not absolving him of guilt (obviously) but it is true that his thinking was in part influenced by the progressive view of what a racist is. This is why he fit the mold so perfectly: it was the only mold he knew.

Shaun F said...

Remnant - I think that is a sound observation. And I get that somehow we can become the script we chose to believe, or that is given to us, that defines our narrative so it fits into the bigger picture's theatrical production.