A group of Canadians gathered in cities across the country to protest a U.S. grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer who had shot a teenager to death.
Never mind the minor fact of major proportions that it’s not much of these Canadians’ business, and that they would be frightfully livid if someone (anyone) started poking their bloody dirty noses into Canada’s internal matters.
The case is simple and straightforward: a Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed a black teenager.
According to the late Michael Brown’s parents the guy was an angel, someone who would never hurt anybody, and to blame him for his misfortune is an assault upon his blessed memory.
Of course, anyone who would expect parents to describe their offspring any differently would have to undergo sobriety tests.
The usual suspects, racists all of them, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, have picked up Michael Brown’s case, helping to stir up race-based tensions across the U.S. beyond belief.
It is most unfortunate that most mainstream media have chosen to keep their mouths shut about the facts of the matter. In fact, the newscasts (especially those in the U.S.) relating the story of the grand jury refusing to indict the police officer were leading with sentences rich on such words as protest, anger, bitter disappointment, and the like. They left the reason for all that uproar in the second sentence, if mentioning it at all. Whether this kind of omission was due to time and/or space limitations would be difficult to ascertain, but the fact remains: real facts of the story haven’t made it.
As a public service, here are the facts the grand jury had before it, considering them with all seriousness before deciding indictment would be a travesty.
Michael Brown, then 18 years old, steals cigarillos from a convenience store. A clerk tries to stop him. Brown, filled with marijuana to the gills (an autopsy report would reveal later), pushes him aside.
Meanwhile, police officer Wilson, on his way to a medical emergency call, sees Brown (and a friend) walking down the middle of the road. He tells the two to make sidewalks their preferred route. His suggestion is met with an expletive.
The officer notices Brown is carrying cigarillos and realizes he just heard a police radio report about the theft from the convenience store. He decides to ask Brown about the origin of all this smoking material. As he tries to open his car door, Brown slams it back shut. To show he means business, Brown proceeds to punch the police officer in the face.
It’s still a peaceful confrontation, right? A young gentle teenager and a brute of a police officer, right?
This is the moment officer Wilson draws his gun, and Brown makes an immediate attempt to grab it. The officer pulls the trigger and injures Brown’s hand. Brown tries to flee, officer Wilson gives chase, and Brown stops. He turns around, his head down, hand under the waistband of his pants, and charges at Wilson. The officer fires and kills him.
Have you detected in this description any raised arms as in “I give up” on Brown’s part?
Neither have several eyewitnesses heard by the grand jury.
Autopsy establishes Brown’s hand must have been really close to the barrel of the gun. That finding is based upon matter found on Brown’s hand. A forensic pathologist concludes that the gunpowder “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has particulate matter in the wound.”
Wilson testified that Brown was physically uncontrollable and “for lack of a better word, crazy.”
All kinds of testimony support this statement. The grand jury ignored the pressure coming from all angles (including the president of the U.S. who should know that it’s unconstitutional for his country’s chief executive to be interfering with the judicial process). The grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson.
Ferguson, in return, gets a series of violent protests whose organization and timing reveal professional hands.
And, to make doubly sure it’s the protests that become the matter of public record, not the actual events, mainstream mass media bend over backwards to accommodate these individuals, professional vandals, mostly.
Stupidity? In the final reckoning, yes. Bu the initial assessment is much simpler: illiteracy. Not only that: illiteracy with ideological blindness on top of it.
A personal aside: some time ago I got to interview candidates for a reporting position. Asked what one of the candidates thought was the main objective of journalism, this was the reply: to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. Asked further who would be deciding who is the afflicted and who is the comfortable, the candidate could not answer. Told that journalism has but one objective, and that is to inform, and inform as fully and as truthfully as possible, and that this job was difficult enough, the candidate left.
The Ferguson case, just as the many similar cases before it, and, alas, one suspects, many similar cases that would follow, is a typical example of mainstream mass media gone berserk.
They know not how to inform. So, instead, they become propagandists. And not only that: they become propagandists for causes that endanger the basics of democracy.
They become propagandists for criminals.