How the media politicize weaponized-car attacks — and spin the Waukesha murders

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As we learn more about the senseless SUV attack on a crowd attending the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., some liberal media outlets are making an energetic effort to distance themselves from suspect Darrell Brooks and his left-wing politics on social media.

strange. With Kyle Rittenhouse, he quickly dug into his social-media activity. The Washington Post warned last summer that “shady local law enforcement, 17-year-olds, are filling their social media feeds with posts declaring ‘Blue Lives Matter’ and photos of themselves posing with guns.” As for Brooks, the paper noted that he wrote under the name Mathboi Fly and that “after several legal battles,” he “began to turn street life into music.”

On Thanksgiving, the front page of USA Today explored the politics of “vehicle collision.” But the paper shifted the scrutiny back to those who oppose the Black Lives Matter protest, particularly the protesters who block roads and threaten drivers and commuters with violence.

Reporter Dennis Wagner wrote: “Weaponizing vehicles is a practice sometimes used by terrorists abroad. But there has been an increase in rampant attacks in the United States as well. Black Lives Matter following the police killing of George Floyd The escalation began after the U.S.’s demonstrations were fueled, which in turn prompted angry or frightened motorists to run over the demonstrators.”

This framing makes it seem like the protesters are “peaceful” and not “angry” and pose no threat. “A Boston Globe survey identified at least 139 incidents in which vehicles ran into crowds of protesters since Floyd’s death in May 2020. Less than half have faced criminal charges,” Wagner said.

On November 21, 2021, six people were killed when a vehicle plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis.
Mike De Sisty – USA Today Network Via Reuters

Really? The original Globe story was shown on Halloween by reporter Jess Bidgood, who sounds more like an opinion writer. She started with the usual sympathetic one: a man who was paralyzed after falling off an Interstate overpass while blocking drivers in Tulsa, Okla. Bidgood was angry that no one had been arrested, despite admitting that the driver of the red pickup involved had been threatened as “protesters”, banged on his hood and threw things as he got inside the vehicle. . ,

Bidgood wrote, “A Globe review of recent events found that there have been many casualties, dozens wounded, at least three fatalities, but precious to the wounded, killed, or outright intimidated by protesters.” Justice, there is little sympathy. Yet Oklahoma and 15 other states have considered bills protecting drivers, not protesters, as these raging incidents spread.

In the minds of the Globe writers, driving in a road-blocked protest makes you guilty until proven innocent. “Given the choice between protecting pedestrians protesting police killings and drivers of vehicles who topple them, prosecutors and lawmakers here reserve their concerns for drivers.” If you try to run away you’re “running them down”.

In fact, Bidgood compared the drivers to Bull Connors and the violent racists who beat John Lewis and other civil-rights protesters. “For those on the shorter end of this cold calculus, it sounds like siding with the firehose of Bull Connor on black children in Birmingham during the civil rights protests of 1960. Or crossing Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. The ones with the police with the clubs on the brave, battered souls.

The article is littered with such careless smears. But it is linked in the pinned tweet of Bidgood. He is very proud of this.

The Globe’s catastrophic-event numbers were partially accumulated with the help of The Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, which seems objective. But ACLED has also pleased the liberal media with the information that “the vast majority of Black Lives Matter – more than 93 percent – have remained peaceful.”

Consumer beware: These studies are ideologically loaded.

Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog


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