It was 15 years ago when I was a television news producer that I first noticed the bias in the way we were being forced to report things.

It was subtle at first. If police released a description of a bank robber, for example, and the male was African American… we weren’t allowed to state that part of the description.  Why?  Because it would apparently stereotype all black men.

We were, however, allowed to describe a suspect as white.  Hmmm.

Take a look at how political bias has impacted media coverage over the past 72 hours.

One man allegedly “tried to kill” people with bombs (that didn’t actually work).  Read through the articles by the mainstream media.  You’ll find that the vast majority of them pointed out that the suspect was far-right, and many even blame Trump for the actions of the man.

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Facebook became a polarized war zone between the left and right. (Source: Facebook Screenshot)

What DID explode… was social media.  Immediately this became a left vs. right topic.  Instead of waiting for law enforcement to complete their investigation, keyboard warriors on both sides had already closed the case.

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The synagogue shooting prompted political outrage online. (Source: Twitter Screenshot)

Investigative journalists are one thing.  Viewing yourself as a true investigator and building your “case” around political bias is something else entirely.

Then we had the horrific mass shooting at the synagogue over the weekend.  And before the shooting is even over… the media has already played judge and jury over the gun industry.

There’s a reason jurors aren’t supposed to watch the news during a trial.  It’s to prevent them from becoming biased.  But that bias isn’t just on TV now – and it’s not just during trials.  It’s in the palm of our hand.  It’s in media fueled social media debates… and it’s making cases even more difficult to prosecute, in many cases.

I believe that many journalists believe that what they’re doing is in the best interest of society. But why is it that they don’t hold that same standard of “investigative reporting” when it comes to our law enforcement?

Why is it that when they get a full dashcam video involving a police shooting, they only take a seven-second out of context clip that fits a certain anti-police narrative?  Why don’t they investigate the full circumstances surrounding the police shooting?

Is it because it doesn’t fit a certain narrative?  Sure seems that way.

Then they flip out when departments don’t respond to media accusations.  And why aren’t departments responding?  Because they are ACTUALLY investigating to get to the root of what really happened.

If the media wants to think of themselves as being investigators protecting citizens… then they have a duty to conduct PROPER investigations… investigations that don’t protect REAL investigations from getting to the bottom of things.

Stay awake, America.

Kyle S. Reyes is the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, founder of The Whiskey Patriots and Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.