I feel like a first time Momma, but isn’t she beautiful?
(Christopher Lane, in an undated photo) / AP Photo/Essendon Baseball Club
I’m sick to death of this selective type reporting. When did Media evolve to the point of deciding which lives were important enough to talk about and which weren’t? And better yet, WHY ARE WE TOLERATING IT??
Check out this article from Glenn Beck’s website
(Little disclaimer – I don’t support everything this man says or does, but you’ve got to admit he brings up some very good points below)
“Where’s the outrage?” Glenn reacts to media coverage of Chris Lane murder
Over the weekend there was a disturbing report of a college student who was randomly shot dead by a gang of teens “just for the fun of it.” We now know this young man to be 23-year-old, Australian student Chris Lane.
Lane was visiting the United States on a baseball scholarship. He was killed while jogging in a small Oklahoma town Friday night after visiting his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, of four years. Witnesses saw Lane stumble across the road and collapse, and one woman attempted CPR, but the Australian student never made it to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The teens responsible for mercilessly gunning down Chris Harper are James Edwards – 15, Chancey Luna – 16, and Michael Jones – 17, one of which reportedly told police that they committed the ruthless act “for the fun of it.”
Despite the reports that Lane was clearly targeted for an act of senseless violence, the media seems to lack any outrage. (Well…most of the media. Piers Morgan did go on one of his typical anti-gun rants, despite the fact that all of the shooters were too young to legally purchase a firearm.)
Glenn highlighted the lack of outrage from the media this morning on radio, noting the hypocrisy between this and the Trayvon Martin coverage. He explained that when the story broke, he was discussing the media coverage with one of TheBlaze editors and noted that the media hasn’t been talking about the killers who were so bold and shameless to say they killed Lane out of “boredom” or “for the fun of it.”
Not that Glenn is really buying into the “boredom” comments. The social media activity of one of the suspected killers around the time of the murder describes how angry he was.
“It seems like such a senseless kill,” Glenn said this morning. ”What happened? What happened? And the story was, is that three teenagers were out and they just decided to kill him for sport. They just decided to kill him because they were bored. That was the story. And didn’t have any names, didn’t have any pictures, didn’t have anything. And so I sent it back and I said, “Something’s missing here. Tell me anything about these kids other than they were just crazy teenagers. Tell me anything about them. Can you?” Well, I could find it. I found the story. Not in news, not in American news. I found the story in Australia, and I sent it back to the editors and said, “Tell me about this one. Does Australia have the story right? And if so, why is no one reporting this story?” Knowing the answer: It doesn’t fit the American news agenda.”
“Authorities now have formally charged three teenagers yesterday afternoon for gunning down Australia student Chris Lane just for the fun of it. James Edwards, 15; Chancey Luna 16, charged with first‑degree murder and face life in prison,” Glenn continued. “They are being held without bond. Michael Jones, 17, reportedly charged with using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon, an accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree. He reportedly said in court, “I pulled the trigger,” but the judge told him to remain silent. The boy cried and his bond was set at $1 million. Three teens will be tried as adults. A social networking page appeared ‑‑ appearing to belong to Edwards revealed a video of Edwards brandishing a gun, as well as multiple photos showing piles of cash that he says belongs to him.”
“Has the president made a statement on this?” Pat asked after Glenn finished explaining the story. “Did he come out and say that if I had an illegitimate child with a white woman, he might have looked like Chris Lane? ”
The unfortunate answer to that question is ‘no’. But not only has the President not issued a statement, despite Lane being an international student and Australia showing outrage over the evil crime, the Obama White House apparently has no idea who Chris Lane is.
“Where is Al Sharpton? Where is anybody else? Where is anyone? Where is the outrage on this?”
My questions to you fellow bloggers…who is going to be the voice for the Chris Lanes out there?? When are we going to stop allowing selective media coverage? And when are we going to find value in all lives instead of only the ones with the greatest chance of causing riots?
Please….help a lost and confused blogger out!!
Saw this article at http://www.dailykos.com and it made me curious of a couple of things…why aren’t we addressing the real issues? Why are we, as a Nation, allowing the media drama queens/kings to decide which cases to sensationalize into riots? And why, in this particular situation, is no one addressing the race of these two people involved? (side note: after searching all over the Internet, I did find one mention that Mr. Jacobs was African American, but it cannot be confirmed).
Here’s the article:
We just got another example of how fundamentally twisted Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is. Earlier today, prosecutors in Ocala announced that they won’t pursue murder charges against a teenager who shot and killed a man coming at him with a stick. Never mind that he was too young to have the gun in the first place, and his friends did the right thing by running away.
No homicide charges will be filed against the teenager who shot and killed 40-year-old Julius Jerome Jacobs in Ocala on the night of July 5.
In a memo released Tuesday, the State Attorney’s Office found that the killing was legal under the provisions of Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
Tyrone Pierson, 17, shot Jacobs once in the head, according to the memo. Citing witness accounts, prosecutors said Jacobs had gotten out of his sport utility vehicle on Southwest Third Street and come after Pierson and two other teens with a large stick.
Prosecutors quoted statutes saying that killing someone is justifiable if the killer “reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself … or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”
In this case, Jacobs’ threats and his attempt to hit the teen “would cause a reasonable person to fear imminent death or great bodily harm,” the memo stated.
In what amounts to the legal equivalent of throwing up one’s hands, prosecutors stated that prior to the enactment of “Stand Your Ground,” Pierson would have been required to run away if he could do so safely. His two friends were able to flee to safety, proving that Pierson could have fled as well. That law, however, eliminated any duty to retreat–meaning that in prosecutors’ minds, Pierson can’t be charged with murder.
Now here’s where things really get twisted. Ordinarily, Pierson wouldn’t be able to make a Stand Your Ground claim because the law explicitly forbids those engaging in unlawful activity from claiming it as a defense. Pierson was not only carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, but was too young to be carrying a gun in public in any event. However, according to ThinkProgress, a Florida appeals court recently held that other provisions of the law allow the use of deadly force even by those who are engaging in unlawful activity.
Pierson is still being charged with possession of a gun by a minor and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. But this whole situation is a textbook case of why Stand Your Ground is a harebrained idea. While this looks like a textbook case of “two wrongs don’t make a right,” the fact that Stand Your Ground apparently doesn’t even allow this to be examined in court is disturbing to say the least.
Wow, I heard about this story yesterday and had to go out and see what I could find on it. I believe this is the first time I’ve heard of a case like this, where the guilty party was relieved of the potential legal charges so early in the process. This is justice at work, in my opinion. They checked the 911 tapes, they examined the daughter, and they talked with other people to gauge the Dad’s character. Of course he was enraged when he found a man raping his 5 year old daughter…of course he completely lost it and attacked the man to save his daughter…
What do you think? Swift justice or hasty decision?
This is the story, written by Nina Rai on 20 June 2012 in San Antonio, TX.
An enraged Texas dad, who found his five-year-old daughter being raped from behind a barn, rushed there and pummeled the attacker to death with his bare fists. According to prosecutors, the Texan will not be charged for the slaying.
The 23-year-old distraught father, whose name has been withheld to protect the child’s identity, told the police that he was told his daughter was being molested on Saturday, June 09 by a guy named Jesus Mora Flores in a rural segment of south Texas,
Meanwhile, after due deliberations, a grand jury decided not to indict the man. The jury opined that he was authorized in this specific instance to use lethal force to protect his infant daughter.
At a news conference held on Tuesday, the Lavaca County district attorney Heather McMinn and Sheriff Mica Harmon announced the decision that the Texas dad would not face charges. Describing the incident, the district attorney informed that a witness, who saw Flores kidnapping the girl to a remote location, raised a hue and cry.
According to the investigators, the child’s dad on hearing his daughter’s screams rushed to the scene of the crime and found her being attacked. Thereupon, he “inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area”, added investigators.
Also at the news conference, a recording of the father’s call to 911 was played in which after ensuring his daughter was safe, he begs a dispatcher to locate his ranch quickly and take the dying Flores in an ambulance.
Even as police officials struggled to locate his ranch, the father was heard profanely screaming to the dispatcher: “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do!” Meanwhile, emergency crews who responded to the Texas dad’s 911 call found Flores’ pants and underwear pulled down on his limp battered body.
Later, a medical examination of the child at a nearby hospital confirmed the father’s account that she had been sexually assaulted. The father was not arrested, but was being investigated for homicide. Meanwhile, the Associated Press quoting V’Anne Huser, the father’s attorney said: “He’s a peaceable soul …. He had no intention to kill anybody that day.”