Conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh – and news outlets like Fox News and the Daily Caller – are sounding the alarm on what they assert is a racial double standard in media reporting.
They’ve seized on the murder of Christopher Lane, who shot and killed by three Oklahoma teenagers because they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do.”
Two of the perpetrators are black and one is white, but that hasn’t stopped these pundits from misreporting their races, and asserting that the murder was race-related.
Rush Limbaugh used his radio show Wednesday to insist that Lane’s killing was “Trayvon Martin in reverse.” Limbaugh insisted that the “mainstream media’s” failure to cover the racial dimensions of the crime was clear evidence of complicity in “the destruction of American culture and society.” He said one of the accused shooters “worships rappers” and celebrates “thug culture.”
A similar message was put forward by Fox News, with more embarrassing results. On Wednesday morning, “Fox & Friends” falsely reported that all three of the suspects were black, during a segment in which host Steve Doocy, like Limbaugh, brought up Trayvon Martin.
The Daily Caller made the same factual error, and compounded it by showing what it claimed to be photos of each of the suspects. The person identified by the website as Michael Jones, who is white, was a black man entirely uninvolved to the shooting.
The conservative website later issued a retraction that was something short of contrite, sarcastically noting that “this, of course, changes everything.“ (Emphasis the Daily Caller’s.)
What do you make of the idea that there’s a racial double standard in the media?
Why are these conservative pundits claiming that race was a factor in the Christopher Lane murder when one of the suspects is white?
Is this case anything at all like the Trayvon Martin shooting?
Sound off below!