So you’ve clicked on a major news outlet’s website and you’re reading about some horrific crime somewhere. By now, the media has developed a complicated set of rules for making sure that their news coverage of crimes is as sanitized as possible when dealing with minority criminality and as intensified as possible when dealing with White crime. I don’t know if the rules are codified somewhere and shared among reporters and editors, but the US outlets are so similar in approach that I’m beginning to believe the rules go beyond individual newsrooms.
1. If the crime is black-on-black, include a quote about White racism whenever possible–The intraracial narrative that blacks share with one another at all levels is that their criminality is Whitey’s fault. They are poor because of racism, and their poverty makes them kill each other. This is why a murder that happens in one part of town, when reported, will suddenly and mysteriously be commented on within the text of the story by a minister or politician or professor from another part of town willing to give the media outlet that “money shot.”
Also, downplay as much as possible the criminality of the suspect(s) or the danger of the area of town where the crime occurred, if it is a majority-minority area. Be sure to offer sympathetic facts about the suspects if possible.
Avoid photographs of the suspect if possible. If forced to present a photograph, take it off of the suspect’s Facebook page (unless that is a bad idea) and show the suspect in the least threatening light possible; finding a picture of the suspect holding a child is best.
2. If a crime is White-on-black, always insinuate through question or editorialization that the crime was rooted in racial animus–White people must be demonized for racism PLUS whatever other offenses they may have committed, if the victim is not White. Never miss a chance, if possible, to ascribe racism to any White person.
Do not fail to provide photographs of the suspect. Do your best to show a photograph showing the suspect as arrogant or haughty or menacing.
3. If a crime is White-on-White, highlight the sleaziness, criminality and history of violence of the suspect, especially if the suspect is a White male–Interview family, friends, teachers. Ask anyone who may be able to remember the time the victim had a fistfight in third grade. Insinuate mental illness. Insinuate sexual insecurity. Insinuate privilege. Insinuate evil.
Do not fail to provide photographs of the suspect. Do your best to show a photograph showing the suspect as arrogant, haughty or menacing.
4. If a crime is black-on-White, it gets complicated.
a. If possible, avoid reporting it completely.
b. If forced to report it, label it a “random” or “senseless” act by perpetrators who were “opportunistic” or “bored.” “Thrill killing” is good.
c. If possible, underscore any friendship or intimate relationship that existed between suspect and victim. A crime of passion–even if only insinuated–plays better.
d. If possible, avoid referring to the races of the suspects or victims. If you must mention the race of the victim and he or she is white, try your best to avoid mentioning that the suspects are black.
e. If possible, avoid presenting photographs of the suspects. If forced to present a photograph, take it off of the suspect’s Facebook page and show the suspect in the least threatening light possible; finding a picture of the suspect holding a child is best.
f. Avoid reporting any anti-White sentiments attributable to the suspects, unless forced to.
g. If all else fails, make the victim a racist.