If nothing else, 2014 proved to be the year the media took off its mask of “unbiased” presentation. Instead, we saw just how twisted a news narrative can be when the left decides they have a story on their hands. We also saw how easily they can dismiss those stories that don’t fit the narrative. They use the same technique for both. By deciding which “bad guys” are lone wolves and which are “examples of a system gone mad,” the left taught America what to think this year.
The Individual or the System?
When it came to the case of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, a spree killer who released a laborious manifesto against women and the persecution of the white man, the media decided it was time to talk about the larger picture. Rodger was a symptom of entitled white privilege. One writer over at Salon said, “we seem wholly uninterested in talking about pathological white masculinity, which continues to assert itself in the most dangerous and deadly of ways.”
But when it came to the case of Alton Alexander Nolen, a radicalized Muslim who beheaded a woman at his workplace in Oklahoma, no such dialogue was needed. We didn’t need to (once again) talk about the dangerous rise of Islamic extremism. This was simply a sick individual criminal whose story should be handled only by the justice system.
Racism or Criminal Behavior?
When it came to the story of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Officer Darren Wilson was a symptom of police brutality against black men in the United States. This one case stood for everything. President Obama himself jumped into the fray, claiming that it was time for widespread police reform. The protests – driven by this narrative – continue to this day.
But when it came to the story of Ferguson’s destruction in the wake of the grand jury verdict, we were told that it was only a matter of a few agitators in the crowd. Even while the news showed us hundreds of people looting stores, rioting, and burning the city’s businesses, the media held firm: the protests were largely peaceful. These were just a few bad apples who made the trip from other parts of the country. We were also told to believe the same when it came to the tragic story of Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who shot two NYPD cops after making numerous social media postings explaining his motives. He wasn’t part of our movement, said the media. He’s just a criminal, nothing more. Nothing to see here.
For the liberals in our country, there is no such thing as a dangerous movement as long as minorities are involved. If a few fraternities have to shut down because a fake rape story made the news, that’s just fine. If a few white cops have to go to jail because of a fake “hands up, don’t shoot” story, so much the better. If we have to sacrifice a few innocent people to make sure we don’t offend Muslims, well, that’s just what we’ll have to do.
And if polls show that the majority of the American people aren’t buying into these stories? That’s just proof that the problem is even worse than we thought.