In watching the news coverage over the past few days, of the horrific mass murder of 50 people and wounding 50 more, while Muslims were attending services in two different Mosques in New Zealand, there has been a bias discovered among American media reporting of mass murder throughout the world. There is no denying and is worth saying immediately that the premeditated mass killing of innocent Muslims and terrorist act is beyond evil and the gunman should receive the full weight of justice.
We have been overwhelmed with messages from our community of law enforcement that news stories of mass murder of Christians worldwide that have largely been ignored and hardly covered at all by the American mainstream media. The integrity of our readership, which decries this act of terrorism in New Zealand, also is outraged by the mass murder of Christians that are not being reported by our mainstream media. Our law enforcement community is right to be outraged by this seemingly glaring bias. After all, it is who they are by nature to stand up against wrong doing and seek justice.
On behalf of all of us at Law Enforcement Today, we stand against any and all murder of innocents. Yet, we also stand behind truthful reporting of crimes committed regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation, and any other identity.
We at Law Enforcement Today do not believe murder has a skin color or religion. Murder does not have a sexual preference. Murder does not care what gender you are or think you are. The great men and women in law enforcement, who work the daily grind investigating the varying crimes of murder, don’t choose whether a murder is worth investigating based on the victims identity. Our friends in law enforcement would never do that because not only do they swear an oath to serve, protect and uphold our laws, but also because they work with integrity and view all life to be equal, just as our Constitution declares.
Therefore we feel it is our duty in honest reporting to ask the questions.
Are only certain identities worthy of news coverage in American media? And, if so, how are these identities selected and why?
For example, I bet that none of you knew that only one week ago, 52 people were killed and around 143 homes were destroyed in attacks on the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma and Ungwan Gora in the Maro district of the Kajuru Local Government Area. Their attackers? Fulani Islamic militants in Nigeria. This comes on the heels of over 120 people having been murdered in February with the victims being primarily Christians and the murders being militant Muslim herdsman. Nor did you hear of another attack on Saturday in the Kaduna village of Nandu-Gbok, which left an additional 10 Christians dead. “We were woken up by heavy gunshots, there was confusion, everybody was running to the bush. They set houses ablaze. Ten people were killed, some people were burnt to death, many others were injured, some people are still missing,” an unnamed witness told the Nigerian media.
With these horrific reports, we did not read sympathetic statements from politicians, celebrities, and Americans with hashtags of #PrayForNigeria, and continuing news coverage.
None of us saw news specials interviewing the Christian victims or children orphaned by the brutal attacks by Muslims who use varying methods of murder ranging from hacking their victims to death with machetes, shooting them with guns, and burning them alive. We were not given the statistics that In Nigeria, Fulani Islamic militants continue devastating attacks against Christians in the north and central Nigeria. In the first six months of 2018 alone, they killed up to 6,000 and drove 50,000 from their homes. We weren’t shown the heartbreaking pictures of children with the scars of machete slashes on their faces, who survived these terrifying attacks.
There was not an in depth interview or special breaking news coverage with local victims like Pastor Kwol to get the story of persecution and hardship out to the world. The local Christians in Nigeria want people to know what is happening to them and the grand plan to spread Islam through Nigeria. Does the American media not think these people and their plight as news-worthy?
“We’ve been living peacefully with [Fulani herdsmen]” Pastor Kwol said. “Since this crisis started in Plateau in recent months, our people have not killed one Fulani man. Instead, they have been killing our people one by one. We just buried them and carried on,” he said. “As a result of the ongoing insecurity, there are places where people can no longer go to farm,” he said, “because when they go, the Fulani will come and take their cows, or attack them. Just two weeks ago, they shot my wife’s young brother. But he survived. He was discharged on Wednesday and had returned home on Thursday, only to get killed in the last attack, on Saturday.”
Are these not hate crimes as well? Why does our American mainstream media not find these stories of mass murder from Nigeria to be newsworthy in comparison to the story of mass murder from New Zealand?
We at LET and the community of Law Enforcement we represent feel both stories are news worthy and that all life is precious.
With CNN headlines such as, “Trump Is Outraged About All But The Obvious, while much of the world is trying to deal the massacre in New Zealand, the President tweeted up a storm about his personal grievances,” and “New Zealand PM Says Gun Measures are Agreed,” it begs to ask, what is the agenda in selective reporting of mass murder?
Or does our American mainstream media have another agenda all together? Does their select reporting reflect their chosen set of political beliefs? Does promoting the New Zealand killings help to push legislation that our media would like to see passed?
Immediately following the mass shooting, killer Britton Tarrant, was labeled as a right wing white nationalist by the media. CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, came out and said the killings were “Inspired by hate mongers in the United States. And in Europe.” Even NY Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, reaction was to criticize the NRA for its use of the words, “thoughts and prayers,” saying “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe? This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities. We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.” AOC then explained her statement further by saying the NRA’s phrase of “thoughts and prayers” is to “deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.” AOC’s comments were quit extreme given that the mass shooting did not even happen in the United States, and every one on the right, left, and in the middle decried the act of terror.
Perhaps it is really policy change that is the goal being sought after by the Democrats through the use of this New Zealand tragedy and being widely and selectively reported by the American mainstream media.
This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities.
We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors.
Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence.
We cannot stand for it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
After all, Tarrant wrote a 70-page manifesto explaining his beliefs and purpose for his act of evil. Yet the American mainstream media seemed to only want to hang onto certain portions of the manifesto, like where he said he was influenced by conservative, Candace Owens. Clinging to the label of Tarrant being a far right white nationalist helps to serve certain goals of promoting left-leaning policies like strict gun control laws, which the Democrats are continuously passing.
However looking into his manifesto, which Law Enforcement Today will not publish or link here in this article, Tarrant subscribes himself to numerous ideologies. His sick ramblings assign his beliefs to a wide range stemming from white nationalist, fascist, hater of Islam, even to describing himself as a socialist, “depending on the definition.” Tarrant also declared his support for “environmentalism,” “worker’s rights,” and “responsible markets.” Tarrant described his thoughts on conservatism as, “conservatism is dead, thank god,” and calling it “corporatism in disguise.” Conservatives, he says, “don’t even believe in the race, they don’t have the gall to say race exists” and “don’t even care if it does. The notion of a racial future or destiny is as foreign to them as social responsibilities.”
Yet the most alarming of all finds within Tarrant’s manifesto is the revealing of what his ultimate goal would be as a result of his murderous rampage, which he states:
“Create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political, and racial divide within the United States.”
“This conflict over the 2nd Amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will eventually result in a civil war that will balkanize the U.S. along political, cultural, and most importantly racial lines.”
Elsewhere in the manifesto, the Tarrant predicts that his attack will lead to “calls for the removal of gun rights from whites in the United States… that is the plan all along.”
Instead of our American mainstream media reporting the truth, which Tarrant stated that his plan all along was to cause gun removal in the United States, they promote an agenda. Our media promotes a politically correct narrative that serves to protect one select community which is Muslims from hate crimes, while refusing to report on mass murders of Christians by Muslims that is equally a hate crime. At the same time the media again promotes a narrative that serves to take away our most precious freedom, our right to bear arms.
Perhaps our American mainstream media aides the intentions of the mass murderer Britton Tarrant, through their heavily left-leaning bias and selective news reports of which mass murder story should be told.
It was once said by Malcolm X, “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
Malcolm X was murdered by a member of the Nation of Islam because Malcolm had changed his views and message to say that it was racism, not the white racism, that was the greatest foe to the African Americans. There is also a theory that the American federal government could have been involved in Malcolm’s murder in partnership with the Nation of Islam. Some see the alignment of Islam, the federal government, and the American mainstream media as a threat to our freedoms and liberties. As controversial as Malcolm X was, he was murdered when he truly went against those powerful forces to speak the truth.
I find it interesting that when one begins to speak the truth, great attacks come to silence them. Yet it is the truth and full acceptance thereof that reveals the answers to all of our woes.
The question remains are we willing to see the truth?
I hope so.
Let the truth be told.