“Unless you have been totally asleep for the last few years, you could not have failed to notice the saturation media coverage given to the recent spate of mass shootings in the United States.”
So do the MSM rush to the scene of every incident?
Of course they don’t, the ones that have been beamed into your living rooms are not only highly likely to have been entirely staged, or only reported as they appear to have occurred in the ‘right’ area.
In fact, unless there are ‘respectable, hardworking and upstanding (not poor) people’ involved, it goes almost totally unreported.
As the article reproduced here explains, the mainstream media will only be interested if certain criteria are met.
By ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER
NOVEMBER 8th 2013 AT 11:03 AM
On Thursday, a man reportedly dressed in body armor ran into a crowded room and opened fire with a high-powered assault-style rifle, killing three and injuring six.
But television stations didn’t cut away to report on the horrific event. In fact, it’s likely this is the first you’re hearing about it.
What makes this shooting different? Several things. First, it happened in Detroit, a city with a staggeringly high murder rate. Second, the reported gunman had a criminal history, and may have had a longstanding feud with some of the victims. And, third, it happened in a space where many people can’t imagine themselves: a gambling session in the back room of a barber shop.
But the quotes coming out of the shooting at Al’s Place Barber Shop are as heartbreaking as those you’d hear anywhere.
“Police wear body armor. Why would a community member be driving around in body armor?” asked Detroit Police Chief James Craig in a press conference following the shooting. Craig called the violence “urban terrorism.”
“I’m angry that it happened. I’m angry that people are dead,” Arnold Redmond, one of those injured in shooting, told the Detroit Free Press. Redmond also insisted that the shooting had nothing to do with “the barbershop or any of the people associated with it.”
Sadly, the relative media ignorance of the shooting tracks with a common theme:
Gun crimes often occur in low-income neighbourhoods with largely non-white victims, but, from the news, you’d think every shooting put the white and affluent at risk of violence.
There’s an obvious reason from a producer’s perspective: They want traffic, or viewers, and think they can get more if more well-off news.
But it doesn’t reflect the reality of gun violence in the United States, where black people are far more likely to be victims of gun homicides compared to their white counterparts.
The three victims have been identified as Joezell Williams, 61, Bryan Williams, 29, and Kevin Perryman, 40.
Police say each one was shot at least twice.