The ultimate justification to establish our own national news media operation.
The video you won’t see anywhere else showing the mainstream news media in their tradition and practice of knowingly covering up police misconduct in race matters not even exempting the black President of The United States.
Knowingly covering up police misconduct when race is involved does not happen in every instance but often enough to show it’s as real a tradition and practice in the news media as the code of silence is in law enforcement.
Besides the obvious logic and common sense reason that the most visible, vilified and victimized race in America is without our own national news media operation, if more justification is needed to establish our own national news media operation, this incident involving President Obama is exhibit “A.”
This exposé is not the result of some exhaustive investigative reporting complete with leaks and whistleblowers. This is a simple compilation of what appeared on national television during the case involving Professor Gates, Sgt. Crowley and President Obama that deceived the whole nation. We simply compiled the televised news reports showing the police and press complicity that left the black president unjustifiably vilified and Sgt. Crowley, who had lied and filed a false police report, inexcusably declared an aggrieved American hero.
“The Big Cover-Up” video is the much-needed evidence to expose and destroy the widely embraced myth misleading the nation for years that integration ended police and press racist practices. The video is a catalog of press and police practices, some being racist, all showing how the news media has contributed to the long-standing unsolved race and social justice problem. It shows how the integrated news media manipulated information to knowingly support the nationally televised false police report of Sgt. Crowley in this Gates-Crowley-Obama race-related case.
News media complicity kicked in after the televised Perry Mason moment aired nationally on FOX News and CNN’s Anderson Coopers’ hour. It showed Sgt. Crowley had brazenly lied on his police report proven by the contradicting 911 call in his own voice. The video shows black cops adhering to the “code of silence” and black reporters for CNN, Don Lemon and T.J. Holmes, conducting subsequent interviews, redirecting the news media narrative away from Sgt. Crowley’s already revealed false police report. Their new angle focused on police resentment of an “unjustified” criticism of police by the black President.
The video shows the integration myth being embraced by black Americans, with Colin Powell and Juan Williams declaring in separate nationally televised interviews that the presence of black officers means there was no racial misconduct. This shows a whole nation having bought into this misguided myth believing integration had ended racist practices in these two professions of law enforcement and the news media since the success of the civil rights movement.
Most revealing were the news people presumably supportive of President Obama who remained mute as this travesty unfolded. Rachel Maddow, Chris Mathews, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough were all sitting in their anchor chairs certainly seeing what we saw but never uttering an opposing word. Or maybe the racist practice is so ingrained the obvious injustice didn’t seem noteworthy. Displaying even fewer profiles in courage were the liberal journalist to whom Obama extended exclusive interviews so they could author books on his Presidency: Jonathan Alter, Richard Wolf and Bob Woodard. Then there’s Chuck Todd and David Gregory of MSNBC who were Whitehouse correspondents at the time. The list is endless, of journalist and reporters who zoned in on the high profile controversy because of the involvement of the first black President, but who went along with the racist police and press complicity that unfolded.
Our video shows how easily the news can be manipulated when there is no countering news media operation to expose the police and press complicity and keep them honest. It’s called “the lack of accountability,” which is the missing ingredient that will be in place with having our own all-inclusive national news media operation.
Not to be overlooked is the discerning awareness and insight demonstrated in our capturing this racist travesty as it unfolded from beginning to end. We also show how to cover a story without a self-serving manipulation of the news, letting the facts speak for themselves. This shows exactly the requirements needed for a news media organization designed to set new tell-it-like-it-is standards.
Extending this existing “lack of accountability” to its deadly conclusion takes us to the periodic killing of unarmed black males. This is the natural and inevitable fatal outcome of this little known unchallenged racist police and press complicitous culture. The impunity is made complete by widely embraced uncontested racial myths and misperceptions that blacks in law enforcement and the news media insures against racist practices in these professions.
This culture has left a whole nation misguided with blacks equally susceptible to these erroneous beliefs and also participating wittingly or unwittingly in various levels of the problem. Thus besides the video revealing this press and police complicity, it makes clear without our own national news media apparatus in place with the special insights and awareness we bring able to expose this stuff, these offenses will continue unchecked.
The question is who can watch this body of irrefutable evidence exposing this structural systemic racial news media inequality, its undeniable consequences and choose not to support our timely solution?
We’re sharing this information with three groups. The first list is made up of those in the news media who were around during the Obama years. They were wittingly or unwittingly involved in that travesty and this is an opportunity to support the ultimate remedy.