Our media business has fallen into the trap of taking sides. Many people throw heat at media outlets now for excessive WOKE coverage. As a result, lots of stories that may spotlight minority missteps are reduced in scope or ignored altogether. Media managers fear being labeled racist for prolonged reporting on stories involving crimes allegedly committed by minorities. That's a tricky measurement in today's WOKE culture. So many media outlets find themselves overplaying to the WOKE crowd to avoid blowback from Twitter bullies. The Cancel Culture is always ready to pounce on stories involving race. This week gave us two stark examples. SOHO Karen's first stories appeared 4 days ago. It's only a cell phone dispute but since there is a racial component
The New York Times released a video simulation and multiple reports recapping the shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police Department officers last March. It is compelling on many fronts and illustrates the tragedy of Taylor's death juxtaposed with the challenges for law enforcement safely serving warrants. No cameras captured the final minutes of Breonna Taylor’s life. We used crime scene evidence and testimony to reconstruct what happened and show the mistakes that led to her killing by police. With @singhvianjali @NatalieReneau @DrewJordan_NYT Thread 👇https://t.co/z4pvAWJHLs — Malachy Browne (@malachybrowne) December 28, 2020 This latest N.Y. Times report offers a comprehensive recap but most people made up their minds about Breonna, Black Lives Matter, police, and the justice system months ago. The comments thread
🤣NYPD OFFICER GOES OFF ABOUT HIS NEW TACTICAL TRAINING!!!🤣THIS IS A MUST WATCH...AND PLEASE SHARE!!!🖤💙🖤 pic.twitter.com/4SBMkSkHV8 — 🌻Destiny, RN, BSN🌻 (@Destiny3650) July 11, 2020 Legitimate protests have continued for months in Louisville and around the world. Conscientious people have been calling attention to police killings of citizens, many of whom are African Americans. Good for the protesters for keeping alive the names of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and so many other victims of police misconduct or miscalculation. The Black Lives Matter movement is the most important cultural voice in 2020. 99% of the violence in America has nothing to do with police. 16 people were just shot a funeral home in your city. It isn't the feds that are terrorizing your residents.
Man beats ex-wife and son. Police called. Man answers door announcing "I got a gun" as he raises it above his shoulder. Police officer tells him to "put it down." Man replies "back up" as he points the gun at the police. Man dead. Officer #1 in the video is Lenert Ekzy and Officer #2 is Carlyn Alexander. Ekzy was the first officer on the porch and had to make a split decision once the armed man turned his gun barrel toward the police. Wouldn't life work out much better if people complied with police commands? If the police are in error, all of that can be sorted out in a peaceful way in just a few minutes or at the courthouse later. But
Coming soon: a tribute website to police across America. Their frustrations are more evident than ever because body cams supply both sides of the story. As for the recent suggestion that Ferguson activists have been murdered, intense media scrutiny has not produced any conspiracy. There'll be no such intense media scrutiny of police deaths. That's why the public should be able to see newsroom cams. Shouldn't police tragedies earn equal media concern?
Now that we've had a few days to exhale from the massacre of Dallas police officers by Micah Xavier Johnson (below) who said that he "wanted to kill white people...especially cops," let's bring in a mix of voices. WAPO: White America's worst nightmare - black men who sow disillusionment NY Times: data shows no bias in police shootings but more physical contact with African Americans NOLA: Baton Rouge police have a history of brutality toward blacks DO THE NUMBERS: Fewer black people are shot by police than white or Hispanic people; and the percentage of crimes by various races illustrates how police are more often patrolling African American neighborhoods DATA: The color of crime is another issue that must be part of the
An activist citizen in Washington state informs a police officer that his unmarked car is illegal. The cop remains amazingly calm while being taught the state's law.