have. In a manner of speaking, and very guardedly. Don’t blame the
Democrats for perpetuating black poverty. Don’t blame Obama, either. Heavens,
if an individual or official did that, a brick outhouse would drop and crush
the fellow. It’s happened before. It’ll happen again as long as Obama is still
is still in office.” There’s a significant
difference in the terms. Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, Valerie Jarrett,
and that whole motley, malevolent crew regard their offices as seats of
unrestrained power, unchecked by the Constitution and by Congress. And the news
media seem to want Obama to go the limit, to reach the goal posts and do his
pitiful victory dance again, nine-iron in hand.
Matters article of August 18th, “Media
Blame Police for Race Riots,” it occurred to me that there ought to be
an article titled, “Police Blame Media for Race Riots.” So, here it
to Write About Israel” column of August 18th. It is a veritable instruction and policy manual
for liberal and clueless “journalists” on how to misrepresent Israel
and the facts behind any conflict between it and its attackers. It’s a
playbook, an absolutely mandatory script to follow, lest one be relieved of
employment or be reassigned to cover pet parades in Oshkosh or a sighting of
the Loch Ness Monster in the Dead Sea.
News video of the chaos, the riot-geared police can be seen backing off, passing
a shoulder-to-shoulder mass of photographers with their cameras, rows thick,
perhaps several score of them, some possibly standing on bleachers in the rear
to give them better shots of the police firing into the menacing crowd of
“protesters” attacking the newsies? Because the protesters are on TV
now, on camera. They’re hamming it up for the news media, putting on their best
“America’s Got Chanting Angry Mob Talent” performances. Were it just
a news scribbler and his flash camera photographer from the Daily Ferguson
Flier, the rioters and their provocateurs wouldn’t be out in such numbers, if any
were out at all, and certainly wouldn’t be egging the police on to fire into
the crowd and crack heads with their batons. (Oh, horrors! The police are so
brutal, not the rock-throwing punks! They’re black, and can do no wrong, you
racist!) But the news media has pumped up the riots for national and
Michael Brown, in the back or anywhere else on his ample anatomy. No video of
Brown trying to grab Wilson’s gun and slamming the cop’s door on him. No sound
bytes of the cop’s gun going off in the car after Brown tried to wrest it from the
cop, nor of the cop telling Brown to freeze as he walked away from assaulting a
policeman. There is just the video
of Brown manhandling
the store clerk and walking away with stolen merchandise minutes before Brown
had his altercation with the cop. That was incriminating enough.
witnesses who substantiate the officer’s
rendition of what transpired from the time the police car idled by to tell
Brown and his friend to not walk in the street to the time Brown lay dead, a
“victim” of his own arrogant folly.
Ferguson to make sure Brown remains a “martyr” who died waging his
own brand of “jihad,” and was not just another dime-a-dozen thug who miscalculated
and got what he deserved.
reporter who tweeted that she had spoken to witnesses who corroborate Officer
Darren Wilson’s rendition of what happened, has been relieved of duty. Daniel
Greenfield, in his FrontPage column of August 19th, “St.
Louis Post-Dispatch Purges Reporter Who Spoke to Witnesses Corroborating
Ferguson Police Story,” asked:
Plenty of New York Times reporters tweet their views and opinions and parts of
developing stories. Plenty of reporters have been behaving in a wildly
unprofessional manner over Ferguson, on and off Twitter. They’ve been acting
like a lynch mob.
neutral and professional terms, but at the same time the conclusion could have
been drawn that she was sympathetic to the law and order side of the angle, not
the rioters and looters that her colleagues preferred.
violence. That may have been a no-no. Pulling her silences the police and lets
Obama, Sharpton and Co. play their games.
shop-worn. We saw it over and over again in the MSM’s coverage of the Gaza War,
from the Frostbite Falls Bugle to the New York Times to the Washington Post to
the Sacramento Bee.
paraphrasing some of Greenfield’s paragraphs from his edifying article, “How
to Write About Israel.” The lessons to be gleaned from that marvelous
commentary are equally applicable – and are being applied even as I write this –
to the Ferguson, Missouri “war zone.” I hope he forgives me.
has become a booming field. No news agency, be it ever so humble, can avoid
embedding a few correspondents and a dog’s tail of stringers into the town and its
environs, to sit outside of undestroyed, un-looted shops, clicking away on
their laptops, meeting up with other leftists and the oppressed protester or
grieving mother of the week.
(well, it is August) with the
suggestion of violence brimming under the surface, except when it’s no longer a
suggestion but a volcanic eruption. Ferguson should be described as a
“troubled town.” Throw in occasional ironic references to civil
rights and Martin Luther King, Jr., and end every article or broadcast by
emphasizing that peace is still far away.
one way. Depersonalize the cops and shopkeepers, personalize blacks. One is a
statistic, the other a precious snowflake. A blacks-only looting and torching a
Korean-owned store is always in retaliation for something, but a shopkeeper’s
defending his property with a gun is rarely a retaliation for anything. When shopkeepers
repel a mob by simply waving their guns from a rooftop, suggest that this
latest action only feeds the “Cycle of Violence” and quote some
official who urges the shopkeepers to talk and negotiate with those who would
harm them – whether or not there actually is anything to talk about. Well,
maybe free Swisher cigars for the overweight among the mob, with unlimited EBT
card use at the counter.
Center everything around reconciliation and “reaching out.” If the shopkeepers
have any credible complaints (probably racist) about the rudeness and character
of their customers, do your best to avoid learning about them. Assume that all shopkeepers
– Korean, white, black, Hispanic, whatever – think the same way. Every concession
of theirs, made in a state of terror, is a referendum on the “peace
disturbing about the tenacity with which the store owners and shopkeepers cling
to their businesses, while making it clear that they will have to be economically
cleansed from the town for there to be peace. Many are already ruined and won’t
be back, but don’t mention that. Do not use the word “economic
cleansing,” use “expropriation in the name of social justice,”
it sounds cleaner. Mention something about the Indians and slaves. Talk to the black
youth and contrast their fresh faces with their unwillingness to make peace
with their Korean, black, Hispanic and white neighbors who have harmed and
insulted them in uncountable ways, such as expecting them to pay for what they
want without walking out of a store in a huff.
politicians and black activists and other racial activists, such as Al
Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Democratic Governor Nixon’s envoy, and other
out-of-towners, and maybe with a committee representing besieged Ferguson shopkeepers.
If the latter make jokes (which is unlikely), describe it as a transparent and
offensive effort to curry favor with you and influence the freedom of the press.
worse. Press them about their rules of engagement with suspects, their profiling
policies, their constant harassment of blacks who absent-mindedly pilfer stores
or have a record of shoplifting and threatening store clerks, and so on. Get them
to admit that they’re all secret members of the KKK or some other racist outfit.
If the police give you the bum’s rush and ask you to leave, write about it
being an embedded hostility to the press and a denial of law enforcement transparency.
even worse. Press them about the all the misery and deprivation they’ve caused
in town. Then get your Washington and Springfield contacts to introduce you to
friendly left-wing pols who will commiserate with you about the state of the
peace process and the leap of faith that needs to be taken to make peace. Get a
quote from them about the next generation of potential protesters, and describe
them as saddened by their government’s unwillingness to allow thugs and looters
to roam free in town and in their stores. Express exasperation about the
police’s violation of the freedom of association during a riot or other social
crisis that calls for “military” gear and other scary symbols of
the shopkeepers’ committee suddenly and collectively holding up their hands with
nervous smiles and saying as one, “Don’t Shoot. Don’t Loot.” They’re
simply patronizing you and mocking those with legitimate grievances. You’re a
journalist and deserve better treatment than that.
the guns make you uncomfortable, but that you’re not uncomfortable with rocks
and Molotov cocktails and crowbars and guys running around wearing masks and
babushkas over their faces pretending be ISIS “martyrs.” Close with
an old man who expresses hope, however inarticulately (you can clean up his English
later, if you know how to) that one day peace will come to this troubled town.
Then go home to your usual stomping grounds and your Starbucks lattes and
comfortable apartments or homes and clean working environments where the most
dangerous thing to sail past your head is a rubber band shot by a pranksterish
colleague from another cubicle.