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Intent of national media coverage of Ferguson all along was to divide us

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:01 am

For years I thought the national media a cluster of mindless, ultra-biased nitwits incapable of telling the truth about world events.

I now know the truth is much more sinister. The national media is a precise instrument, like a scalpel in the hands of a skilled surgeon, and is used by its owners to produce certain pre-planned outcomes.

The latest example of this is in Ferguson, Mo., where a white police officer shot a black suspect.

The original reporting of the case made the facts clear to the public. A wonderful and kind-hearted young black boy named Michael Brown was accosted by a racist white police officer, and when the unarmed youth put his gentle hands up in surrender, the crazed, racist white cop gunned him down out of racist hatred.

Now the outraged black public, led by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Barack Obama, are out for vengeance.

This is the narrative, and the media will report nothing that doesn’t comport to its story. Since the story broke, the police have since released a video of the 6-4, 300-pound teenager brutalizing and terrorizing a tiny Pakistani store clerk as part of a strong-arm robbery. The legally required release of the tape has been roundly condemned in the media as it runs contrary to the tale they have told.

It also turns out the autopsy shows all six bullets hit the suspect in the front. Most damning of all to the media’s yarn is that Brown had bashed decorated officer Darren Wilson in the face prior to the shooting.

Furthermore, over a dozen neighborhood witnesses have confirmed Wilson’s description that Brown had charged him, prompting the shooting. Wilson had a spotless record, and the media is basing its entire fable on the testimony of Brown’s accomplice, Dorian Johnson, who had previously been arrested for filing a false police report in 2011. So Johnson’s testimony trumps all of the other evidence?

The same week as Brown’s shooting, unarmed white 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was gunned down by a black police officer in Salt Lake City when he failed to respond to orders he couldn’t hear because he was wearing headphones. This case has drawn zero national attention.

Police in Albuquerque gunned down unarmed James Boyd earlier this year. Boyd was turning away from them, and the entire killing was caught on tape. The police stand behind this execution, and so does the national media.

In Santa Ana, Calif., two police officers were acquitted for the brutal beating death of a homeless man as he cried out for his father to save him. The entire gruesome film is available on the Internet, and yet the media gave this horrific murder no coverage at all.

It would be easy to say that the media is only interested in stories with a white cop and a black person getting shot. However, that is only part of the story.

There are many real cases of police mistreatment of blacks, and everyone for that matter. So why did the media pick a story and report it in such a way that guaranteed dividing people along racial lines?

In years past I would have thought the owners of the media fatuous for doing this. Now I understand. The intent, all along, was to divide the people.

Ric Runestad is a resident of Fort Wayne.