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No Facts, No Peace In Ferguson: “You Don’t Want To End Up Looking Like Rich Lowry…”

Ann CoulterIt's important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, the initial facts are often wrong. You don't want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor, whose March 23, 2012, column on the Trayvon Martin shooting was titled, “Al Sharpton is Right.”

Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story. Stirring up racial hatred is how journalists make up for sending their own kids to lily-white private schools.

As detailed in my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, the old media's standard for any police shooting of a black person is: "Racist until proved innocent." We got three-alarm racism stories for the shootings of Jose (Kiko) Garcia, Eleanor Bumpurs, Michael Stewart and Edmund Perry.

And then it turned out Garcia was a drugged-up coke dealer who pulled a gun on the cop, Bumpurs was a psychotic who came at the cops with a machete, Stewart fought the cops so violently he gave himself a heart attack, and Perry mugged an undercover cop.

Witness statements aren't always 100 percent accurate. In Garcia's case, innumerable neighbors gave the media florid accounts of Officer Michael O'Keefe beating and kicking Garcia, before repeatedly shooting the unarmed man in the back as he lay facedown on the floor. The Garcia family lawyer assured The New York Times that "this kid never was arrested; he wasn't a drug dealer."

It later turned out that Garcia was a convicted felon.

He had a gun the night of the shooting.

The autopsy proved he was not shot in the back, nor was he beaten.

The only eyewitnesses against Officer O'Keefe were drug dealers—for whom Garcia worked—who could not possibly have seen anything from their vantage point, as confirmed with a laser pointer used by the Garcia family lawyer.

The first headlines in the Edmund Perry case were:

The New York Post: "COP KILLS HARLEM HONOR STUDENT"

The New York Times: "HONOR STUDENT, 17, IS KILLED BY POLICEMAN ON WEST SIDE."

The Los Angeles Times: "SAYS VICTIM ATTACKED HIM, MOTHER CHARGES RACISM: OFFICER KILLS TOP STUDENT, SETS OFF FUROR."

Two dozen witnesses—many of them black—established that Perry had mugged the cop and was stomping on him when the officer shot him. Those witnesses were the heroes, not elite news anchors, who leave their doorman buildings to rail against "racism" from well-guarded studios or brief reporting forays to black neighborhoods.

Follow-up stories admitting that some some sensational racist crime turned out to be false are never a high priority with the press.

After all the media's hysteria about the Kiko Garcia shooting (New York Newsday: "COP SHOOTING VICTIM: HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK") the story just faded away.

That incident provoked riots that resulted in one person dead, 90 injured, 53 policemen hospitalized, 121 vehicles torched, 11 police cars damaged, and dozens of businesses burned or looted. But when the early accounts turned out to be lies, the media whispered the ending and tiptoed out of the room, as if reading a bedtime story to a child.

The old media just love...

Ferguson: We Need To Stop Talking About “Media Bias”—And Start Talking About Media Evil.

See also History Repeats in Ferguson as MSM Covers for Rioters by Boss Aktuba

Reports today that Michael (“Gentle Giant”) Brown inflicted an eye socket fracture on Ferguson police office Darren Wilson could further threaten the Main Stream Media’s white-guilt morality play—but they’ll figure something out. (Note that Christine Byers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who tweeted yesterday that a dozen witnesses supported Wilson, seems to have been placed on leave).

The plain fact is that, probably via what seems from the outside to be some sort of a Journolist II-type co-ordination, the MSM has made huge contributions to the Ferguson fiasco—and above all to the paralysis of the police and to the near invisibility of the GOP, once again ducking its role as GAP, the Generic American Party.

If the MSM did have any honesty, they would have asked questions along the following lines:

  • What injuries did Mike Brown inflict on Officer Wilson?
  • Why did Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, not apologize to the South Asian convenience store manager whom her son had robbed, assaulted and battered, or to the white policeman, whom her son had attacked and had probably sought to murder?
  • Why would a mother who was supposedly racked with grief immediately run out and engage the nation’s most racist, unethical lawyer, Benjamin Crump, whose specialty is race hoaxes and shaking down white taxpayers?
  • Does Lesley McSpadden intend to share any of her misbegotten windfall with the store owners whose lives her son and his supporters have destroyed?
  • What sort of people respond to their friend robbing a store by looting and burning down a store—and then, a few days later, realizing that they’d hit the wrong store, looting and burning down a second store?
  • What kind of people burn down their own town?
  • Why are “respectable” blacks supporting the rioters and looters?
  • Why do the “eyewitness” stories contradict each other so, and why are they so lacking in credibility?
  • “Why didn’t they shoot those looters?”—in the words of a black Ferguson resident. (In fact, police-inflicted injuries seem vanishingly rare).
  • Why are President Obama and the highest lawman in the land, Attorney General Eric Holder, conspiring to obstruct justice, and violate the civil rights of white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson?

The MSM have followed the same script they followed in promoting the Trayvon Martin Hoax. They are trying to score millions for the family of the “victim” (and his lawyers); diminish, excuse, and glorify black felons; handcuff and demonize white policemen; and get the man who killed their darling murdered.

St. Louis Riverfront Times reporter Jessica Lussenhoppublished the Trayvon-style picture of a much younger, smaller, and cuter Mike Brown (allegedly 16, but looking more like 12), and quoted family members on his hopes of becoming a rapper. [Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life, August 10, 2014]

Apparently, he already was an accomplished racist, gutter-mouth rapper (warning: listening to this may be physically painful), who bragged of sex and killing, but the family didn’t want the public hearing his “art.” [Listen to Mike Brown’s VERY Explicit Rap Songs Featuring Drugs, Drinking and Murder, SooperMexican.com, August 15, 2014]The MSM deal in the Politically Correct euphemisms.

As still with Trayvon Martin...

The Ferguson Media Feeding Frenzy

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The most poisonous "-ism" now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It's viral narcissism.

Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas.

Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. For the J.V., the story is all about "me, me, me!" Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery were among the first and most prominent Beltway journos to parachute into the Ferguson protests.

Admiring media colleagues hang on the J.V.'s every tweet and selfie. When Reilly and Lowery were "arrested" (that is, detained briefly and released) amid the chaos, they morphed into civil rights heroes. Both complained indignantly about not being read their "Miranda rights." Never mind that they were neither arrested nor interrogated, the two basic preconditions for Miranda warnings.

The J.V.'s have been hailed for their "courage" on the "front lines"—like veritable 21st-century versions of Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle! Of course, Audie Murphy and Ernie Pyle would know real bullets when they saw them. But Reilly revealed his abject cluelessness this week when he hysterically tweeted a photo of what he thought were "rubber bullets." They turned out to be high-capacity... ear plugs.

Not to be outdone, J.V. Chris Hayes of MSNBC squealed about being threatened with mace and simpered about being confined in a press area—created by police for the safety of meandering interlopers gawking at rioters and looters. Later, he breathlessly...

The Ferguson Riots: Par For The Course In The “Black Community”

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The National Guard arrives to restore order

It’s just another day in one of America’s black neighborhoods.

Democratic governor Jay Nixon of Missouri finally sent in the National Guard, without consulting with the Obama Administration [Report: Nixon Did Not Give White House ‘Heads Up’ He Was Calling In National Guard, CBS St. Louis, August 18, 2014]. But, in a characteristic liberal vacillation, he has dropped the curfew. [n Ferguson, more protests -- but calmer, By Larry Copeland and Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, August 18, 2014 ]

The Ferguson riots have now lasted longer than the 1965 Watts riot, but the Main Stream Media is still doing its best to defend rioters and blame nonexistent “police brutality”— leading to hilarious situations like a Huffington Post reporter mistaking foam earplugs for rubber bullets. But none of this is particularly unusual—the simmering violence, rampant lawlessness, and collapse of civic order is just par for the course in black neighborhoods all around the country. Take it from me, I’ve lived in them.

And, like anyone who has actually lived in a black neighborhood, I can testify that the expectation of physical safety, respect for public and private property, or basic standards of social decorum are simply absent from vast swathes of what used to be our country.

In a real sense, these areas have simply dropped off the map of Western Civilization.

The events leading up to the shooting of Michael Brown show why these riots are not unusual, but a simple flare-up of a constant low-level intifada.

Liberal students kvetch about “microaggressions,” or petty verbal violations of Political Correctness, but life in a black neighborhood is a never-ending series of real aggressions, as residents constantly push to see what they can get away with. When those violated respond with force, blacks adopt a posture of helpless victims and are eagerly assisted by a media willing to push an anti-white Narrative.

Life in the ghetto is Fourth Generation Warfare in miniature.

The fatal confrontation between Brown and the police was reportedly sparked by an officer telling Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson to get out of the road and stop blocking traffic. [Police: Michael Brown stopped because he blocked traffic, by Trymaine Lee and Michele Richinick, MSNBC, August 15, 2014] This may seem petty, but it is a constant in black neighborhoods. Hence “sidewalks” were identified by satirist Paul Kersey as one of those things “black people don’t like.”

Driving in a black neighborhood means having to avoid young African-Americans walking in the middle of the road, who curse or kick...

Is Ferguson Our Future?

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Washington DC, during the Martin Luther King Riots of 1968: not a "militarized" police officer, but an actual soldier.

"America is on trial," said Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St Mark's Family Church in Ferguson, Missouri.

At issue, the shooting death of Michael Brown, Saturday a week ago, on the main street of that city of 22,000, a neighbor community to Jennings, where this writer lived in the mid-1960s.

Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot multiple times by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white police officer with an unblemished record in six years on the force in Jennings and Ferguson.

From his patrol car, Wilson ordered Brown out of the street where he was walking and blocking traffic. A fight followed. Wilson appears to have been punched in the face. One police report says that there was a struggle for the officer's gun.

According to Brown's companion, however, after he was first shot, he threw up his hands and yelled, "Don't shoot. I surrender." Then Wilson gunned him down.

According to one of three autopsies, Brown was shot six times, once in the top of the head, which may suggest he was charging the officer when gunned down. A second St. Louis County autopsy found marijuana in Brown's body.

What we are witnessing in Ferguson today, and nationally...

Rand Paul’s Pandering On Ferguson Foolish—And Unlibertarian

With his comments condemning “racial disparities” fueling riots in Ferguson, Senator Rand Paul isn’t the equivalent of Obama—he’s something worse.

Paul has been trying to position himself as a Main Stream Media-friendly defender of racial orthodoxy for some time now. When he came out in favor of the Amnesty/Immigration Surge in 2013, Paul spoke before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and praised Bolivian math teacher Jaime Escalante as a model of Hispanic immigrant values in education. It turned out that Paul’s speechwriters plagiarized the Wikipedia page of the movie Stand and Deliver. [Rand Paul has given speeches plagiarized from Wikipedia before, by Andrew Kaczynski, Buzzfeed, October 29, 2013] Of course, had they taken the time to read the “historical accuracy” section of the film’s Wikipedia page, they would have learned that his students most likely cheated on their calculus exam.

Similarly, Rand Paul’s latest genuflection to the Left—an article in Time Magazine on the police shooting of Michael Brown and resulting black riots—comes close to plagiarizing Barack Obama’s comments on Trayvon Martin.

While Paul didn’t excuse rioting and looting (after all, neither did Al Sharpton), he claimed the Ferguson riots were partially justified. As he put it:

Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.

[Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police, August 14, 2014]

Similarly, Obama said of the Trayvon Martin case:

I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away....The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.[Links added]

[Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin, July 19, 2013]

Note that Paul was actually less nuanced than the President—Obama at least acknowledged that blacks are “disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.”

Commenting on Michael Brown, Paul said...

The Answer To Race Riots Is Ruthless Coercion. What Is America Waiting For?

The Democratic governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, announced late Saturday a state of emergency and a curfew in Ferguson. This obviously is an attempt to repair his disastrous earlier decision to order local and county police to stand down and to put the area under the symbolic overall control of a black highway patrol captain, Ron Johnson, (shown below marching with masked demonstrators), which inevitably emboldened more violence and looting Friday night. MO+FERG+Captain+Ronald+S.+Johnson+UNCENSORED+2014+8-14[1]

Some of the people Johnson is marching with are masked, and wearing the colors of the Bloods.

But at the same chaotic press conference, Captain Johnson made clear that Nixon’s mistake is not really being reversed:
Johnson…said law enforcement would not be heavy-handed in enforcing the curfew. "We won't enforce it with trucks, we won't enforce it with tear gas," he said. The fragile peace shattered in Ferguson earlier in the day when looters again targeted neighborhood businesses while law enforcement in riot gear largely looked on without intervening. [Missouri governor imposes curfew in Ferguson, declares emergency, by Ralph Ellis, Jason, Hanna and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN.com, August 16, 2014. Emphasis added].
There has to be a limit to how much there is to steal in a poor community like Ferguson and to how many nights its young men want to spend roaming the streets (especially when it rains, as it began to do on in Ferguson Saturday morning). So it’s possible Nixon and Johnson may get lucky and things will just calm down. But they will flare up again—quite possibly if and when the local authorities dare not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer involved—particularly because the Left is obviously gearing up to use this type of discontent as an excuse to launch more social engineering drives to seek out and destroy America’s remaining whitopias. (See Ferguson Is a Microcosm of Our Racially—and Politically—Polarized Country| In the St. Louis suburb, the white ruling class has created de facto apartheid, by Brian Beutler, New Republic, August 16, 2014 [note comment thread!]; Around St. Louis, a Circle of Rage, by Tanzina Vega and John Eligon, New York Times, Aug. 16, 2014) So here are some pointers to consider when this racial melodrama is replayed—either in Ferguson in the next few days or a similar town disturbingly near you in the future:
  • It’s a scam.
Violence is absolutely endemic in minority America, most of it directed against minorities. Even riots aren’t uncommon—here’s a completely forgotten example in Cincinnati in 2001. Violence only becomes news, as Steve Sailer has documented, (see here and here and here) when it serves the purposes of the increasingly Cultural Marxist Democratic Party and its Main Stream Media auxiliary. Of course, black on white violence, although quantitatively far greater than white on black violence, does not serve that purpose, so it suppressed with amazing chutzpah.
  • The Answer To Rioting Is: RUTHLESS COERCION!
Get that? Contrary to Jonah Goldberg in his August 16 Ferguson Agonistesin National Review (which seems to be having a particularly bad time with its peasants on this issue), I don’t think “rioting is almost never justified” (my emphasis). I think it’s never justified. In other words, what Governor Nixon and Captain Johnson are doing, to the usual MSM applause, is the exact opposite of

Ferguson, Missouri: Another “Al Sharpton Is Right” Moment for National Review?

Ferguson, Missouri: Another “Al Sharpton Is Right” Moment for National Review?

"Gentle Giant" And "Unarmed Teen" Michael Brown, Photographed During An Unarmed Robbery

Those who have read back issues of National Review realize that it once really was an anti-Establishment magazine that “stood athwart history.” In 1977, for example, William F. Buckley actually urged in its pages that the surging wave of (black) crime—specifically the looting that took place during the 1977 New York Blackout—be met with (1) more prisons; (2) trying fatherless “teens” as adults; (3) impeaching liberal judges—which (except, alas, for the last) was done.[Thoughts About Crime , August 14, 1977] But National Review long ago decided it wanted to be a “once conservative, now respected” publication. Much like Sen. Rand Paul, NR seeks to carve out a few niche conservative issues (tax cuts, defense spending, pro-life, support for Israel) while conceding the Left’s narrative on racial and social issues—even if that means always blaming the historic American nation first and aligning with Al Sharpton rather than Pat Buchanan.

A perfect specimen of the new National Review—and indeed, the new Conservatism Inc. apparatchik—is Editor Rich Lowry. In the wake of early reporting of the Trayvon Martin case, Lowry wrote a column with the telling title of “Al Sharpton is Right.” [March 23, 2012] The piece is simply a restatement of the media lies and half-truths that painted Martin as the victim of a “racist” neighborhood watchman.

Lowry was not removed from his position for this ridiculous article. In fact, he would fire John Derbyshire a few months later for challenging America’s usual racial narrative (whites always the racists/blacks always the victims in any racial conflict).

It is not just Lowry who supports this Leftist narrative on race. NR has a whole cohort of writers such as Jason Lee Steorts and Michael Potemra who completely accept the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson view of American race relations.(See Steorts on Derbyshire, Django Unchained, and “profiling”, Potemra on Fred Reed— who he refused to link to. )

A decade ago, Paul Gottfried quipped that we might one day view Jonah Goldberg as the most authentic voice of conservatism at National Review. It appears his joke has become the truth.

In the wake of the Ferguson riots, National Review has again shown it is no threat to racial orthodoxy. In a piece titled The Right’s Wrong Reaction to the Missouri Shooting, Charles C.W. Cooke lectures anyone who thinks the cops might have been justified in shooting an “unarmed teen,” 18-year-old Michael Brown. After a few boilerplate remarks...

History Repeats in Ferguson as MSM Covers for Rioters

What exactly is worth stealing in one of those stores?

Ferguson, Missouri in is in flames after the police shooting of a young black man, and the Mainstream Media has already decided that white violence against peaceful protesters will be the explanation—regardless of the facts on the ground. Whether this is to whip up black turnout for the midterm elections or because of an eternal Narrative of white guilt is unclear. However, what’s all too evident is that Leftist reporters seem blithely unaware of their past distortions during the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman controversy. Indeed, they feel emboldened to repeat them over and over again in a never-ending smear campaign against the historic American nation.

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an entire nation witnessed how reporters deliberately distorted the facts in order to create anti-white propaganda. Hispanic George Zimmerman was magically transformed into a white man. The shooting of Trayvon Martin was discussed as a “hate crime” and George Zimmerman’s right to use self-defense was condemned, even by some “conservatives.” Despite Martin’s attack on Zimmerman, it was Martin who was portrayed as the “victim.”

This went beyond mere bias. Early childhood photos of Martin were affixed to news stories. Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call was liberally edited to make him sound preoccupied with Martin’s race.

Of course, after Zimmerman’s acquittal, journalists famously recanted, apologizing for biased reporting that stoked nationwide racial anger and hostility. Next time, they said, they would wait until all relevant information was available before stating conclusions, present conflicting accounts in an evenhanded way, and avoid the subtle use of language crafted to suggest things untrue or unproven.

Just kidding. The journalists won prizes.

For example, the Tampa Bay Times ran a series on Stand Your Ground laws in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. It used Buzzfeed-style headlines that connected these laws to the incident—even though no such connection existed. Nonetheless, the Tampa Bay Times intoned:

Today, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a renewed look at Florida's controversial law.

[Florida 'stand your ground' law yields some shocking outcomes depending on how law is applied by Kris Hundley, Susan Taylor Martin, and Connie Humburg, June 1, 2012]

Naturally, it was the Times itself that “prompted” the look at Stand Your Ground laws, which are “controversial” even though more than half of the states have some version of them.

The investigation earned the Tampa Bay Times a prize in “Online Journalism.”

A glance at the coverage following the shooting of Michael Brown shows these bad habits are continuing and are being exploited...

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