Naming these people is not to embarrass or even cast aspersions but to show the extent of fifty years of the lack of news media accountability in the everyday race and police encounters that have left us black Americans without this vital layer of news media accountability in the race and social justice arena, which we’re finally exposing and fixing. “TheBig Cover-Up” videoo , which is our exhibit “A” showing Anderson Cooper choosing not to follow up on his and CNN’s own breaking news scoop of Sgt. Crowley’s lies. Then CNN trots out their two black hosts, T. J. Holmes and Don Lemon, to do their redirecting cover-up interviews.
What we did not show was Rachael Maddow, Brian Williams, Chuck Todd, Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough, Mica Brzezinski, Cassie Hunt. Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, David Gregory, Nora O’Donnell, Maggie Haberman, and all the rest of these well-intentioned many considered liberal, white high-profile news people and their black coworkers, in front and behind the cameras. They saw the same racial injustice we exposed to which President Obama was subjected and they all remained silent consistent with the racist editorial practice we’re exposing. All news media eyes were on this first race and police event involving the first black President in his first year in office. It was a must-see news event, they were all on it and they all did their go along thing. It’s important to note, this is not a conspiracy, it seems to be more about an accepted practice that’s engaged in without much thought.
No doubt many of these news people voted for Obama. Yet, they wittingly or unwittingly support the police in race and police encounters as their SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) and their “unwritten racist rule. This is “the appalling silence of the good people” for all to see that Martin Luther King Jr. described. It also shows the extent of the lack of news media accountability in race and police encounters that far too many believe was solved with integration, a grossly mistaken assumption being totally dispelled here.
This comes at a time when many of these news people are expressing disdain for politicians who are selling out for self-interests over principles. Even those journalist who were extended the rare opportunity to author pre-inauguration Obama books and profit from their relationship with Obama remained mum while seeing him being subjected to that press and police injustice. THE PROMISE by Johnathan Alter, RENEGADE by Richard Wolffe, and Bob Woodward with his first Obama book. One of these authors even acknowledged to us his awareness of the existence of this symbiotic racist press and police relationship in race and police matters. Interestingly, he did not offer to support this remedy in any way. The entire news media profession apparently chose to remain silent after seeing Sgt. Crowley’s nationally televised lies in his police report, allowing the cover-up to succeed right up to today.
A while back, I watched David Ignatius, Washington Post Associate editor and columnist, on “Morning Joe,” paying public tribute to “his friend,” African American Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. It immediately raised the question, what did he do or not do during that infamous Gates, Crowley, Obama affair, when “his friend” Professor Gates was arrested by Sgt. Crowley after “breaking” into his own home. When President Obama, said the police had “acted stupidly,” it was “Show-time and game-on” for the press and police as we, at usathisweek.com and the whole nation watched.
Interestingly, David Ignatius is also a spy novelist, suggesting it being unlikely he didn’t recognize the blatant racist injustice involving the President and his “friend Professor Gates.” When I think of a gruesome analogous situation where the forces in play are so powerful a friend dare not speak up while seeing his pal being unjustly victimized, I thought it must be like being a white person in the crowd and silently watching your black friend being lynched.
As seen in the “Handle The Truth” video (below), Chris Hayes was incredulous to learn that the Chicago mainstream news organizations refused to cover the Homan Square black sites that operated over a ten year period. This is where police
reportedly secretly detained, interrogated and tortured thousands of black Americans at this facility. Despite civil rights attorneys and activists complaining to the news media, they refused to cover the story for years until it was exposed by “The Guardian,” a British news organization.
The simple question is did Chris Hayes follow up with his own investigating reporting on this obvious news media complicity with police he had just discovered? After being shocked learning of the breaking news type racists revelation on the Chicago news media supporting the illegal racists police activity for years, he did not follow up on that news media racists discovery with any in-depth investigating reporting. Nor is it likely his higher ups would have allowed that to happen. It’s called “honor among thieves” or an example of how the way things are done. In the meantime Hayes continues to hold town hall meetings on race. Nevertheless, Chris Hayes deserves all the credit for breaking this racist news media story to the extent that he did and most of all “The Guardian,” the British news organization.