Winona vs. The Wichita massacre
Here is a story
of two trials and how they were covered in the
news. Or not covered. You tell me what it says
about the media`s twisted values.
The first trial was held
in Beverly Hills. The accused was Hollywood starlet
Winona Ryder, charged with shoplifting at a Saks Fifth
Avenue store. A Nexis search turned up more than 500
stories on the trial published over the past week alone.
Television, news and radio reporters from around the
world breathlessly described Ryder`s daily court
attire—her hairbands, her coatdresses, her shoes, her
bra straps, her lipstick.
We learned the
all-important details of how she appeared "pale" one
day, "chipper" the next. Crack news reporters informed
us that she is "doe-eyed" and "petite." Talking heads
endlessly scrutinized the trial evidence, tapes and
testimony. Psychologists explained the motivations of
kleptomaniacs. Entertainment insiders parsed Ryder`s
film career for clues.
On Wednesday, the cable
shows provided "breaking news" coverage of the guilty
verdicts and wall-to-wall
analysis of What This Means For Winona. The New York
Times and Washington Post followed up with bylined news
This, you see, was news
that mattered. News
fit to print.
unglamorous Wichita, Kan., the eight-week trial of
Jonathan and Reginald Carr came to a close. The
brothers were found guilty of four counts of capital
murder, along with numerous charges of rape, aggravated
robbery, burglary and theft, committed during an
unspeakably brutal killing spree in December 2000.
The perpetrators were
black. The victims—including friends Jason Befort,
Heather Muller, Bradley Heyka and Aaron Sander—were
white. The Carrs were convicted of murdering these four
young people, execution-style, on a frozen soccer field
after a night of terror in Befort, Heyka and Sander`s
townhouse. After breaking into the residence, the Carrs
forced Muller and Jason Befort`s unnamed fiancée to
perform sexual acts on each other; the men were then
forced to participate. Next, the Carrs raped the women,
drove all five victims to an ATM, forced them to
withdraw money from their accounts, and headed to the
The five victims were
forced to kneel in the snow and beg for their lives
before sustaining gunshots to the head. The Carrs then
ran over their victims with their truck. Befort`s
fiancée miraculously survived. She walked more than a
mile, bleeding and naked, in the snow, before finding
When such senseless,
evil savagery takes place against politically correct
victims, the mainstream media is quick to make national
news of such crimes.
"If this had been two white males accused of killing
four black individuals, the media would be on a feeding
frenzy and every satellite news organization would be in
Wichita doing live reports," wrote Trent Hungate
of Wichita in a letter to the Wichita Eagle after the
killings two years ago. Indeed. The horrific James Byrd
dragging case in Texas and the Matthew Shepard murder in
Wyoming, for example, garnered front-page headlines and
If you read The
New York Times or The Washington Post or
watched the evening news this week, the Wichita Massacre
Not to worry, though.
The latest investigative report on where Winona Ryder
got that Hermes handbag is coming up next. Stay tuned.
Michelle Malkin is author of
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