Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Murder in black and white-- A case study of media bias

This couple is Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom of Knoxville, Tennessee. Channon and Chris were described by family and friends as a “clean-cut and faithful couple—good kids.” Channon was a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she met Christopher. Earlier this year, she and Chris went out on a Saturday dinner date, after which Channon called her mom and told her that they were on the way to visit friends. But Channon and Christopher never arrived at their friends’ house—or returned home.

The next day, the mutilated and burned remains of Chris Newsom were found along a railroad track. Two days later, Channon’s battered and burned body was recovered from a trash bin. Channon and Chris had been kidnapped after a carjacking, then brutally gang-raped and murdered. According to reports, they were subjected to lengthy torture in each other’s presence, injected with chemical disinfectants to destroy DNA evidence, then strangled and shot.

The details of their lengthy torture are horrifying. Chris had his own penis cut off while he was still alive, set on fire and then was fatally shot mulitple times. Channon was repeatedly gang-raped, beaten, and had bleach poured down her throat over a period of two days. These monsters also cut off one of Channon's breasts, all while she was still alive, before they finally murdered her too.

These appalling attacks and homicides are more than a case study in sociopathic evil. It is also a case study in journalistic malpractice. Unless you tune in to the local Knoxville news, you are most likely hearing about this heinous crime for the first time—even though it took place last January. True, there are some 17,000 murders committed in the U.S. each year, but this double murder was clearly far more barbaric, far more monstrous than most.

So, why has the national media been almost completely silent on this particular example of savagery? Why isn't the New York Times or the Washington Post demanding an investigation of this 'hate crime'? Where are Reverends Sharpton and Jackson and why aren't they providing counseling to the victims families? Why isn't the NAACP or the ACLU holding press conferences to call for justice in this case? Why have CNN, ABC, NBC, and even Fox News devoted no airtime for Channon and Chris?

Could it be because the two victims were white, and the five defendants are black?

HT: Potpourri


Anonymous said...

Surely this is a good reason why gun-ownership should never be outlawed.
Wouldn't it be better to be armed and try to defend oneself, rather than become a defenseless victim?
Isn't this one crime where the death penalty would be too good for the guilty?
Perhaps let the crocodiles feed on them.
I have rarely heard of a more disgusting crime, except perhaps on the daily news from Iraq.

The_Editrix said...

There are certain groups who have no lobby in the mainstream media and among the politically correct brigade. Notable groups are men, Christians (specifically Catholics), children and ... Whites. And if one is trying to speak up for them one is a Nazi, a racist, a reactionary, and/or something wearing a cloven foot and horns.

If one is speaking up for men, the reaction is so shrill that I haven't found out yet what exactly one is called.

If one is speaking up for children, nobody cares one way or the other.

But back on topic. Crimes like that are unknown here (yet). However, we will be getting there one day. Here, criminals of the wrong hue and denomination are dubbed "people with a migration background" and their names are notably absent in reports. I hope those beasts will meet justice. I am shocked, and I am not easily shockable anymore.

Student of Objectivism said...

ALERT: Muslim Student Union at UCI's "Holocaust Memorial Week": Anti-War Rally w/ Ward Churchill & more


European Kafir said...

what disgusting crime... and the reaction of media is only just adding...

i am shocked! not only about the crime itself, but also about the media reaction to it. it`s just as if we were digging our own graves....

Izzie said...

What a sickening crime, those poor, poor people. What kind of savages can actually inflict that kind of torture on other human beings?

Things are much the same here in the UK. One case in point: Richard Whelan, a white man brutall stabbed to death by a black man on a London bus. At areound the same time, a black man, Anthony Walker was brutally killed by two white men.

Which one do you think got all the press attention? Which one had a memorial service in a large cathedral? Which one had police crawling all over the area to find the perpetrators?

Both these murders are vile, both deserve the same shock and horror and both deserve the same sympathy and press coverage.