a verdict of guilty returned by an Arkansas jury
last week in the case of a 13-year-old boy
kidnapped, raped and murdered by homosexuals, the
murky political mission of much of the national
media becomes a bit more transparent than it was
the horror and shock the Arkansas atrocity offers, virtually
no national news stories about it have appeared—in
contrast to the massive coverage of the "hate
crime" murder of homosexual Matthew Shepard in
Wyoming in 1998.
Arkansas case concerns an admitted homosexual,
Joshua McCabe Brown, who says he had a homosexual
relationship with 13-year old Jesse Dirkhising for
some months before Brown and another male
"lover" repeatedly assaulted the boy
sexually for five hours until he suffocated on Sept.
26, 1999. Last
week, a jury found Brown guilty of first-degree
murder and the judge handed down a life sentence.
there is virtually no coverage—of the crime, the
criminals, the victim, the trial or the trial`s
Republic columnist Andrew Sullivan, himself a
homosexual, conducted a survey
of the news coverage of both the Dirkhising and
He found that in the month after the Shepard
killing, there were 3,007 news stories about it,
compared to a whopping 46 about the Dirkhising
some folks still think the media`s not biased.
course, the media and its apologists have their
Stacy McCain asked various news outlets why they
didn`t cover the Arkansas story but did cover the
one in Wyoming.
"Obviously we can`t cover every story
that happens in this country every day," a CBS
spokeswoman snorted in reply. Some are important and
some aren`t. "It appears to be a local crime story that does not
raise the kind of issues that would warrant our
coverage," another spokesman from ABC said.
"Every day we`re striving for fair,
accurate and objective reporting," pronounced a
but then why do they cover the Wyoming killing, when
two heterosexuals murdered a homosexual?
That too was a "local story," a
"crime story" with no connection to
The spokespeople don`t say exactly, but we
can infer why pretty easily.
Shepard killing was not just a "local crime
did "raise the kind of issues" we want to
talk about. When
heterosexuals murder a homosexual, that proves the
country and its culture are "homophobic,"
you see, that religious and moral sanctions on
homosexuality lead to the murder of those who
practice it. When
homosexuals murder a heterosexual, well, that`s just
an anomaly, not worth bringing up.
Mr. McCain in the Times
and Mr. Sullivan in the New
Republic are convinced there was a double
standard, and there`s no convincing reason to
Mr. Sullivan remarks, the Shepard killing "was
hyped for political reasons: to build support for
inclusion of homosexuals in a federal hate-crimes
Dirkhising case was ignored for political reasons:
squeamishness about reporting a story that could
feed anti-gay prejudice."
same politics," Mr. Sullivan writes, "lies
behind the media`s tendency to extensively cover
against blacks, while ignoring
black `non-hate crimes` against whites.
What we are witnessing, I fear, is a logical
consequence of the culture that hate-crimes rhetoric
deaths—if they affect a politically protected
class—are worth more than others."
tip of the hat to an honest liberal like Mr.
he says and what the discrepancies in coverage by
the national media of the two killings in Wyoming
and Arkansas come close to proving is that inherent
in the very concept of "hate crimes" is a
hidden political agenda. The agenda is to show that some people are victimized because
of what they are—their race or their sexual
orientation—and those who victimize them do so
because of what they are—a persecuting race or
A story becomes newsworthy only if it serves
to expose and thereby discredit the cultural and
racial identities that drive such killings.
Killings that don`t expose and discredit such
identities are not newsworthy; they`re just
"local crime stories that don`t raise the kind
of issues" we want to cover.
double standard in reporting on race — and
sex-related crimes and the political agenda the
double standard reflects — should have been obvious
well before now, but apparently it took the brutal
murder of a boy in Arkansas to force it into the
national consciousness at all.
Now that the national consciousness has been
made to grasp the truth about the major media and
the political purposes they harbor and try to hide,
we should keep that truth in mind the next time they
start preaching their standard sermons about
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