The way people receive news and information has evolved over the ages, and with the rise of the internet, social media, cable news, blogs, among other things have allowed information to spread much quicker, but also with a slant. Obviously, there are accusations of biased and slanted reporting and political agenda promotions by these media outlets like Fox News and MSNBC.
I think this past week, the whole media really showed just how bad and unprofessional they are. Start with the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. I believe that the only reason that this case reached the national stage is due to the agenda of race baiters like Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, and Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. using this to their advantage to incite racial tensions between blacks and whites (even though Zimmerman is part Hispanic). It only became worse when Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the 2nd degree. Sharpton and Jackson have made their careers of race-baiting, blaming America’s white majority for holding down blacks, while making a fortune spouting this garbage.
If you’ve been watching or reading some form of news for the past year and a half regarding the Trayvon Martin case, you almost certainly heard the recurring talking points “If Trayvon were white he would not have been killed”. Now, it’s even worse. People are using these hypotheticals to complain about a seemingly unjust justice system as well as racial profiling even though the Zimmerman/Martin case was about self-defense and not about race. Just search on Twitter for how many people have whined about how anti-black racism apparently influenced the decision. Have you not heard about these violent riots in Oakland and Los Angeles? It’s really pathetic.
Here’s a question, why aren’t people like Sharpton and Jackson and many other prominent figures in the media outraged over the amount of black on black crime in this country, especially in Obama’s hometown of Chicago which has one of the highest crime rates in the US despite having some of the most strict gun laws? Is it because there isn’t much to politicize about that type of crime? Why is DOJ head Eric Holder, who is held in contempt by Congress as a result of the ATF gunwalking scandal on the Arizona-Mexico border, trying to push civil rights charges against George Zimmerman and ignoring all other crime?
Even worse than the Zimmerman media fiasco is the controversy surrounding Rolling Stone magazine’s cover for their August 2013 issue. The cover features a photo of one of the accused perpetrators of the bombings of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The caption of the cover reads: “How a Popular, Promising, Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster”.
Many people believe that the issue is insensitive to the victims and “glamorizes terrorism”. Defenders state that it “upholds the standards of journalism” and “shows that evil isn’t necessarily ugly”. “.
I read the article and it was obvious that the writer was trying to make excuses and be an apologist to this guy. They tried so hard to make the target audience, millennials, to sympathize with the scumbag because he’s young and apparently “misunderstood
Frankly, I’m disgusted by this rag’s decision to publish this story and present the killer like that. Wasn’t being on the cover of Rolling Stone supposed to be one of honor and prime celebrity status? When I first saw it, I thought “Wow, what are they trying to make him look like Doors frontman Jim Morrison?” It’s absolutely disrespectful to the victims of the attack especially considering that an alternate option was to honor the victims of the attack, such as that 8 year old boy Martin Richard or the Chinese woman who was a classmate of my sister’s at Boston University.
Clearly, this magazine, along with the rest of the media, has a fetish for covering perpetrators of terrorist attacks and mass shooting. For how long have you heard the stories of James Holmes, the Aurora, CO movie theater shooter, the Sandy Hook elementary shooter Adam Lanza and the brothers responsible for the attack on Beantown. Why haven’t we heard as much of the poor children taken by these monsters?
It’s obvious. The background stories of these monsters sell. You wonder why this keeps happening? Because these nut jobs see how the media covers them and they want to be like them. We’ve seen it following the Columbine shooting and the massacre at Virginia Tech. These psychos just wanted to be famous. The media has unfortunately complied with them.
The only thing I have to say to all of this is this: STOP. I am sick of this media tries to divide us by race by making the Zimmerman case as white vs. black and the verdict as being oppressive and unjust towards African Americans. I am also sick of the media continuing to cover the stories of these terrorists and mass shooters. They do these things to sell and get big ratings. It’s absolutely disgusting, it is unprofessional, and it is a disgrace to journalism. Stop with the propaganda and simply report the facts. How have we journalists lost our way? I see it as my goal in life to try to restore some sense and dignity in the industry.