Media Coverage

Let’s not ascribe to malice what can be explained by greed, eh.

 

On Tuesday morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated next to the local offices of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) headquarters. While no one was harmed and the damage was minimal, the FBI found a gasoline can next to the bomb that failed to ignite and cause more damage.

The attack was disturbing to say the least, but what is more profound is the general lack of coverage it has received by major media outlets. It took CNN half a day to report on the bombing and nightly news networks gave little to no mention of story that night.

 

Ohh….it took a day and a half for the national media to realize that something that damaged only property was a serious terrorist attack on the NAACP — and that is a sign of racism !!

How about we step away from the edge of victim-hood for a minute and look at the facts.

No one was killed or injured in the explosion, and there was “only minimal surface charring to the exterior wall of the building,” which also includes a hair salon. The explosion could have been much worse, however, as the explosive device was placed next to a gasoline can in an apparent attempt to increase the force of the explosion. The gasoline did not ignite.

Yep, there was minimal damage to the building. Of course the speculation (probably correct) that the target is the NAACP could be wrong; maybe someone was just ticked off at a bad hair cut.

The FBI statement adds that a “potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

Hmm, hard to conclusively identify the person as a racist from that brief description, eh. And we know how the media always gets the information right.

Although the apparent bomber’s motives are not yet known, bombings were a common terrorist tactic during the Jim Crow era.

Gee, what? Wait!! The bomber’s  motives aren’t known. Man, I’m in a weird position here, apparently I’m racist also, of defending the media for NOT jumping on a story. All too often the media jumps in with speculation, innuendo and wrong information. The one time they slowly, and in my opinion, correctly wait for more to be known that is a problem for some people. This is why I said we need to step away from the edge of victim-hood; there will be plenty of time to throw the victim card, the race card, the conspiracy card -after the facts are known. Of course that simply flies in the face of modern concepts and beliefs — “Facts, We don’t need no stinkin’ facts”.

 

And in the mean time, let’s consider, just possibly that the story didn’t make headlines immediately because of the media’s focus on stories that are more scandalous, more salacious. Every knows the media maxim “If it bleeds it leads” — and this story simply didn’t fit that.

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