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Media elites guard right to define ‘tragedy’

July 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

How is one tragedy deemed to be more tragic than other recent or past tragedies?

While this might seem an inane exercise, the mainstream media would have the masses believe it is a legitimate question that only its elite club of observers of human behavior can adequately answer.

Within hours of the shooting spree in a suburban Denver movie theater last week, the media went into DEFCON 1 tragedy mode and remains there, indefinitely. What happened just after midnight in Aurora, Colo., obviously is devastating, numbing, and indescribably sad.

But that is not enough for today’s mainstreamers and their 24/7, agenda-driven news cycle.

The rule of thumb is that tragic events are — to adopt the vernacular of the Obama administration — man-made, typically carried out by young, mostly white men using guns or homemade bombs. (The networks were slow to go wall-to-wall on the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting that led to 32 deaths. The shooter, who took his own life, was Asian.)

If the white man can somehow be linked to the Tea Party, all the better. ABC News thought it had such a link to the demented Aurora shooter. It hastily floated the possibility before facts got in the way and revealed another James Holmes, mid-50s, was a tea partier, not the 24-year-old alleged theater shooter.

ABC tried to “place the horror at the feet of American conservatives,” the Chicago Tribune’s John Kass observed.

In addition to shooting sprees, acts of God such as weather events also can be classified as extremely tragic depending on the socioeconomic status and race of those impacted.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was a media-designated tragedy because it displaced poor, minority residents of New Orleans, some of whom were seen on rooftops, where floodwaters could not reach them. It escalated to this point after the state of Louisiana and city of New Orleans utterly failed to prepare for or respond to the massive hurricane, which meant it was now President George W. Bush’s fault.

Ultimately, more than 1,100 people in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish lost their lives when Katrina hit, but the national media was fixated primarily on the federal government’s response, with much less attention on decades of denial and bone-headed neglect of inadequate levees by state and city leaders. Yet it was the latter that caused the massive loss of life.

The Bush rule was specific only to the previous decade. If it advanced the blame-Bush narrative, any event, natural or man-made, potentially was a tragedy. Even Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of a hunting companion vied for tragedy status because, and only because, he was Bush’s pro-military vice president. (The elderly gentleman who was wounded said it was nobody’s fault).

Then there was epic flooding in and around Nashville in 2010 - described by locals as resembling an “inland tsunami”. This one did not rate as a tragedy. The media already had a major tragedy on its hands in the form of the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. That explosion was labeled a tragedy because it advanced the narrative of greedy Big Oil destroying the environment. And it gave Barack Obama a soapbox upon which to stand and deride the notion that America can or should pursue energy independence.

Largely ignored were the deaths of 11 BP employees. They were killed when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April 2010. The explosion was not the tragedy, of course. The national media was not interested in dead oil workers. The tragedy was oil gushing to the gulf and threatening wildlife and beaches.

“They call it the fire that started the oil spill,” a spouse of one of the victim’s said. “To us, it’s the fire that killed our husbands.”

Nashville also failed to rate as a tragedy because many of its victims — 21 died in Tennessee — were white, religious, country folk who hadn’t compliantly voted for Obama in 2008. John McCain won Tennessee by 15 points.

More recently, wildfires near Colorado Springs prompted Obama to fly to the state (as he did Sunday for a memorial for the Aurora shooting victims) to meet with people who lost their homes to the unrelenting blazes. The national media did not camp out to tell their stories, though around 350 homes were destroyed or damaged. Is it not a tragedy when people lose everything they own in the blink of an eye?

Not necessarily. Mainstream media brass would never admit it. The answer to the question is not dependent on the number of homes or the nature of the destructive event. Demographics and political fallout play the dominant role. People who can afford to live on wooded lots in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies don’t really show up on the East Coast media’s radar. They’re “rich”. Probably Republicans, or independents.

Any President is expected to travel to the site of devastating events, so it was not surprising, indeed it was appropriate, that Obama went to suburban Denver on Sunday.

He also has made a couple of recent trips to his adopted hometown of Chicago, where his friend and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is mayor. On these occasions, Obama blew in and out of town to attend private fundraisers in the homes of wealthy (even mega-wealthy) supporters. Millions of dollars changed hands.

These were not missions of mercy but Chicago is in desperate need of some. The 2012 Memorial Day weekend extended a string of gun violence in the city’s roughest neighborhoods that began during an unseasonably warm and early spring.

Media reports indicated 40 people were shot in Chicago during the holiday weekend, with 10 fatalities.
“Very clearly, we have a gang problem in the city of Chicago,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a press conference on May 29.

Through July 19, 289 Chicagoans have died as a result of urban street violence involving both targeted and random shooting. That total represents a 31% increase compared to 2011, according to a recent analysis by former Los Angeles police chief William Bratton for The Wall Street Journal.

But the mainstream media largely has determined there is nothing to see in Chicago. Move along everybody. NBC anchor Brian Williams has not raced to Chicago to report live from the deadly scenes as he did Friday night from Aurora.

Obviously, we know why. Twelve shooting deaths in a movie theater is a tragedy because it is an exploitable event for left-wing politicians who decry the Second Amendment and demand “gun control laws”.
But 289-and-counting dead Chicagoans in President Obama’s hometown in an election year?
Not tragic. And certainly not convenient.

Author’s note: After this was posted, 14 people jammed into a pickup truck traveling in rural south Texas were killed when the vehicle left a highway and crashed into trees. The Associated Press reports the dead (and nine other survivors) are illegal immigrants from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. We won’t hold our breath waiting for the onslaught of media anchors and reporters to descend on Goliad County, Texas.

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