The Media Game
The best explanation we've read about the failure of the media lately:
- These stories about the killings of African-American men by police officers (or by a “neighborhood watch captain,” in Trayvon Martin’s case) are all what my long-time radio and podcast partner Brian Ward calls “stories of choice.” They are plucked from a nearly endless supply of sad events that occur daily in a nation of 315 million, and are promoted because they further a political narrative. An unholy alliance of activists and newspaper reporters and editors tries to distort our perception of reality by giving undue emphasis to them. Then, of course, reality begins to catch up with perception, and we have riots, murders of police officers, and so on. But understand that the decision to promote these stories, in preference to others that are equally or more newsworthy, is a choice that is consciously made by people with a political agenda.
A very astute observation by the gentlemen over at the Powerline blog. And a very good take-down of the liberal narrative that decides that all police are bad, a white officer (or any officer for that matter) can never kill a black offender for any reason other than racism and that somehow, any factual defense of police actions must be denied, ridiculed and belittled because it doesn't "fit the narrative."
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