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Selective nuance on WDBJ shooting

Nick Wing over at the Huffington Post thinks he’s got a zinger of a headline and a profound, enlightened point to make: Fox News Gets Schooled On Why WDBJ Shooting Isn’t Necessarily An Anti-White Hate Crime. Wing tries to make Fox News in particular, and conservatives in general, appear as simple minded and un-nuanced in responding to the question “He shot three white people today. Why is that not a hate crime?” Wing is sure to mention the “security expert” Paul Viollis’s opinion that there is not enough information to determine Vester Lee Flanagan’s crime was racially motivated.

The over arching context here is that such nuance is NEVER employed when black people are harmed at the hands of white people. There has never been such open mindedness and calm sensibility and resistance to half-cocked speculation when cops have been criticized for use of force against black people. The fraudulent Duke rape case is a perfect example of prejudice and political correctness running amok, with no concern about due process or the law. These, and other examples, show us a very clear standard:

white people are to be treated as inherently oppressive and racist, therefore any accusation of evil should be taken at face value, no need to look at the pesky facts.

That is the standard shown in countless news stories about a black man dying at the hands of police. White police, dead black man, that’s all you need to know. That’s obviously the attitude of the Black Lives Matter crowd.

So when Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson asks why isn’t the WDBJ shooting automatically treated as an anti-white hate crime, she’s not only asking a question; she’s also making the same point I’m making. There is a double standard at work here. When a black man kills some white people we need to avoid jumping to conclusions and get all the facts. When a white guy kills several black people racism is the first thing on people’s minds, and that’s good enough for a news story, before any other facts are known.

Flanagan’s manifesto offers several facts which help bring light to his evil intentions, but the majority of the left leaning news media can’t seem to add zero and one. Flanagan shows in his screed the was angry, called himself a “human powder keg”, and admits he was engaging in a race war. Investigations show he was not only discontent with his employment situation, he apparently saw racism or anti-gay hate everywhere.

Apparently he’s from Oakland, CA and earned his degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. One may wonder if Flanagan was surrounded by so much left wing propaganda that he was educated into delusion and victimization.

But we don’t have to go there to find outrage. No, even reporting merely on the facts of the matter garner outrage from many in the news and in politics. Why? Because reporting on the facts makes people think Flanagan was an anti-white racist. And why would that be? Because that’s how we’ve all been programmed to think. That’s the standard put in place by main stream news coverage of incidents that even could be construed as racially motivated.

So Gretchen Colson’s question is perfectly legitimate. A corrupt media complex taught us we didn’t need to know any facts about white cops killing black thugs or white college boys raping a black woman. So why do we need to know the facts about Flanagan?

Obviously, we do need to wait to get all the facts. But that reasonable caution is so seldom employed when the extreme left find an opportunity to exploit why bother with it now?

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