A Newsman`s Thoughts On The Buffalo Beheading And Other Atrocities
May 25, 2009
I am a newspaper editor somewhere
in America. For reasons that will become obvious, I am
not able to reveal my real name.
This ghastly murder in Buffalo,
N.Y. evoked two reactions.
The first, from
those who may be
"prejudiced" but understand that a person`s cultural
background means something and might affect their
behavior, thought Mrs. Hassan was likely the victim of
honor killing, that estimable Muslim practice of
killing women who dishonor parents, husbands or family
refusing arranged marriages, adopting
Western attitudes, dating unapproved men or filing
second, from the
Mainstream Media, was that the murder must be
anything but an honor killing.
The Buffalo News, the beheading was a chance to
domestic violence. [A
history of abuse preceded Orchard Park beheading,
February 22, 2006]
New York Times—the “paper of
record”, as they say—also
suggested it was a case of routine
domestic violence and quoted a Muslim imam.
"This was not an
honor killing, no way," said he.
"It has nothing
to do with his faith."[Upstate
Man Charged With Beheading His Estranged Wife,
By Liz Robbins, February 17, 2009] Muslims were
the idea, the NYT
averred. The paper offered no counterpoint to the
Imam, who supported his asseveration by saying that Mrs.
Hassan was "more
of a practicing Muslim" than her husband.
other details about Mrs. Hassan`s suffering, reported at
Fox News.com. She was subjected to
confrontations off and on` for their entire eight-year
marriage that had recently escalated to death threats.
The grounds for divorce were `cruel and inhuman
treatment,` [the lawyer]
said, referring to multiple prior incidents of abuse."
in New York Appears to Be Honor Killing, Experts Say,
February 17, 2009, By Joshua Rhett Miller]
News found an expert to explain why Mrs. Hassan could
very well have been the victim of an honor killing.
NYT published just one story about the event in the week that
followed Hassan`s arrest. Its coverage of this very real
crime was eclipsed by, say, the paper`s coverage of the
fictitious rape story of a black stripper.
Where are the stories about Muslim
violence against women? The follow-ups on other honor
killings in this country? The religious expert
the Koran`s injunctions on castigating wives? How
could the Buffalo News publish a story about this without once mentioning the
possibility that Mrs. Hassan was victim not a
"domestic violence" but a
As William McGowan
in Coloring The News:
How Crusading For Diversity Has Corrupted American
Journalism, that`s just the
grey lady and her lesser cohorts doing business as
usual. Readers of VDARE.COM need no recitation of the
MSM`s systematic repression of any connection between
immigrants and crime, race and crime or any other
unpleasant pathologies traceable to
alien cultures and
religions. The Hassan case was just more of the
Most observers will blame this on
in the news media. And it is certainly true that most
reporters and editors in this country are liberals. They
likely voted for
Barack Hussein Obama by a margin of 90 percent or
Yet the word
explain how reporters and editors can so routinely and
reliably exclude facts inhospitable to their world view,
and it wrongly implies that they consciously distort the
day`s news to do so.
Anyone who has worked in a daily
newsroom knows writers and editors don`t really have the
time, on deadline, to spin stories. Editors take what
the reporters give them. They correct obvious errors,
ask questions about content and push the button to
publish the story. Indeed, every once in a while, some
publish stories that comport with what
everyone knows—for instance, about
illegal immigrants and drunk driving. In those
cases, somehow the offending news got through the
Yet many biased stories are published.
they are often biased in concept. No marching
orders to exclude information need be given.
Notwithstanding the content analysis done by the
Media Research Center and
Accuracy In Media, a more sophisticated
"bias," coupled with
actual knowledge of what occurs in a newsroom, shows
that reporters and editors needn`t orchestrate the news
consciously, story by story, to exclude unwelcome facts.
worldview precludes contradictory ideas. It isn`t
that they take their side versus another or give short
shrift to conservatives. For them, no other side exists.
They don`t need to spin the actual story. The concept
took shape before the story was written.
Point is, the average newsroom leftist
is impervious to truth. He
cannot conceive, for instance, that blacks and
more prone to crime than whites because they are
more violent. Or that Hispanics think
drunk driving is a sign of machismo, which accounts
for their high rate of DUI fatalities. Or that domestic
violence is a problem in Hispanic homes because of
Hispanic culture, which prosecutors and women`s shelter
workers know very well. Or that
sex with underage girls is also permissible, again,
because of Hispanic culture. Or, with the beheading,
that Islam sanctions the castigation of disobedient
view of human nature not only prevents most writers
and editors from acknowledging the truth about racial
and cultural issues but also accounts for their
reflexive mendacity about those with whom they disagree.
Leftist media people are obsessed with
other pathologies. They automatically attribute them to
whites even as they ignore them in blacks and Hispanics.
New York Times
attack on VDARE.com writer
Marcus Epstein and those with whom he produced
and the 2008 Republican Defeat" [PDF],
American Cause report debunking the myth that
immigration cost the GOP the 2008 election. Of course,
this cannot be an honest disagreement with the
NYT and its
editorial positions. Rather, Epstein and VDARE.COM must
in NYT`s view, guilty of "racialist
"white-supremacist views." [The
Nativists Are Restless, January 31, 2009]A
blog item in the
around words like
"racial warfare" and
hinting, darkly, that Epstein and VDARE.COM Editor Peter
Brimelow are covertly plotting a race war against, well,
"dark people`s" war against the rest of us seems to
have escaped their notice.
editorial and blog post relied heavily on the Southern
Poverty Law Center, the thoroughly discredited
racket. And just as unsurprisingly,
editorial writer had worked for SPLC.
Despite the SPLC`s
well-documented fraud, most journalists
cannot conceive that the SPLC is anything but what it
says it is. It fights hate and must be on the side of
the angels. The SPLC labels VDARE.com as a
and that`s that.
sophisticates, however, most leftist journalists are not
leftists because they have thought about things and
arrived at an intelligent conclusion. Most don`t
understand their ideology, as talking to them for a few
minutes quickly reveals. They have just been subjected
to 12 years of
indoctrination in public schools. Many of them spend
four years in "journalism"
schools at the knee of leftist
malcontents. They can`t help it.
As an editor, I know that young
reporters are shockingly and sadly ignorant.
They can readily unbosom jeremiads
in journalism and society`s ills, real and imagined. But
few of them can tell you a thing about
George Washington or
John Randolph, even if they know who Randolph was.
They know who
Martin Luther King and
Nelson Mandela are, but don`t know when the English
colonists arrived at
Jamestown. They know the Spanish Conquistadors were
evil because they defeated the Mesoamerican Indians, but
they likely haven`t heard about the Indians` ritual
orgies of human sacrifice. They know
slavery caused the
but not that Yankees
dominated the slave trade and that
Northerners owned slaves. They can wax
poetic about the
"Civil Rights Movement," but cannot identify
Murphy as two great American war heroes.
certain the United States was wrong to imprison
Japanese Americans during World War II, but they don`t
know anything about the era in general or that some
alleged innocents were
spies for Tojo.
And, important in the context of the
Buffalo beheading and
of Islam, they will aver that
Crusades were bad and that Muslims were
living peacefully in the Holy Land
until evil Christians marched into to do murder and
mayhem on the orders of an evil pope.
But, of course, they can`t tell you
when the First Crusade was or why Pope Urban II called
it. They only know the Christians were oppressors
and the Muslims were oppressed.
Paradoxically, the best thing I can
say about my profession is that it no longer matters
much in the Internet Age. Web sites like VDARE.COM now
rings around the legacy media and its leftist
That is why the truth will come out
about Muslims` beheading their wives, illegal aliens`
driving drunk—and of course, editorialists who plant
lies, hate speech and propaganda for the
Robert de Brus
him] is a newspaper editor somewhere in America.