Media Bias: News Reports Cite Boredom and Gun Access, Not Racism
As Bob Walsh of Pacovilla, first referenced in his article on the murder in Oklahoma of an Australian youth named Christopher Lane (Random acts of heartlessness not OK), boredom and guns were blamed in the shooting death, with no mention of ethnicity (i.e., racism) as a factor in the shooting (let alone cowardice or lack of compassion toward another human being). In my mind, the mainstream press has proven, once again, to be jaded in its coverage of another color—Yellow (which it wears well)—for not boldly focusing on facts in this case.
Fact: A White male was targeted, gunned down, and shot in the back by a group of predominantly Black cowards. Where is the outrage in our media? Is there a racial problem with Black teens against Whites? Not in this story, folks. The silence speaks for itself. The press would rather stay focused on firearms, not the fools who misuse them.
Could racial hatred be a factor in this case? Perhaps we'll never know. Don't count on the mainstream American press to tell you. What is the motive of our media outlets for turning a blind-eye and ignoring the proverbial Elephant in the room (namely, cowardice)? Imagine how this story might have been assigned to a news footnote had it not been for the fact that an international aspect had forced the story to the forefront. Australian visitor (and great high school athlete) Christopher Lane had done nothing to agitate or challenge his attackers. Lane's only crime: being an unfamiliar foreigner and perhaps passing through a neighborhood OK regulars might have bypassed under the same circumstances.
Tragedy upon tragedy. Welcome to America.
Here is a link from Fox News on the shooting: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/21/police-say-teen-shot-australian-student-in-oklahoma-for-fun-it/