The story of the six young black men in Jena, Louisiana has finally reached CNN, the most trusted name in news. I was watching the Cable News Network for the latest in government propaganda, corporate news releases, and the latest on entertainers living like gangsters when Tony Harris gave a little heads up and background information on what was being featured later in the evening. I cannot stress the word “little” enough. If this is the most trusted name in news then we are in some serious trouble.
Tony Harris turned to his anchor associate and started to explain the amazing and breaking story behind the racism in Jena, Louisiana that started nearly a year ago. The black anchorman started the synopsis on the up and up. Some black kids at the local school went to sit under a tree previously reserved for white kids. The next day three nooses were hanging from the tree. The officials in Jena dismiss the event as little more than a childish prank. Boys will be boys after all. A month later the school suffers a fire that people in the area believe to be related to the build up of racial tensions in the small town. Black kids attacked a lone white kid seriously injuring the boy. And now the six young men are facing serious charges of attempted murder.
Mr. Harris was probably intentionally trying to leave out important facts related to the story to give the CNN watching public the impression that the black community is being overly sensitive to this latest (if you can call something that happened a year ago the latest) slight (according to some black people who stand ready to minimize the insensitivity of their dominating handlers) from the white community. Lord knows, based on crime statistics pulled out of the ass of totally impartial pundits and social conservatives, black people look for any opportunity to justify cracking somebody’s head wide open. So it only stands to reason that by eliminating just a few key details the media conglomerate can pique people’s interest to see what triggered black people’s collective, neurotic temper now.
But a lie of omission is still a lie. In fact, a lie of omission by an agency claiming to be an accurate and impartial reporter of happenings is far worse than just a standard mistruth. People are quick to accept what the representatives of CNN “report” without thinking twice about its validity. By giving only half the story in order to sell the idea that there may be a murky uncertainty as to what actually happened the news network has actually initiated another front in the perpetuation of racial propaganda in order to sell their upcoming story to the trusting public.
Mr. Harris may have been somewhat embarrassed about his participation in this racial propaganda. Normally Mr. Harris is confident in his news delivery looking straight into the camera and spewing facts without stuttering as if he was the commander in chief trying to downplay the fact that nearly four thousand American troops have lost their lives in the war on terror. But Mr. Harris turned his entire body to his co-anchor and kept his eyes downward on the floor. Mr. Harris stuttered as he searched for the right words to say as if struggling just to get through the moment. Mr. Harris’ strong and pleasant generic personality was replaced by a personality that was trying to hide. For a minute at least it looked like Mr. Harris regretted his line of work, but only for a minute.
CNN was careful to leave out details such as the prosecutor for Jena, Louisiana threatened the children in the black community that their lives would disappear with the stroke of his pen if they didn’t behave. The fact that a black young man was hit over the head with a glass bottle and spent time in hospital for attending a party in a white neighborhood long before the young white man was attacked. The young white man that was so viciously attacked by the six young black men and sustained such serious and obviously life threatening injuries was released after spending just two hours in hospital for a black eye and was attending a school function that same night. Chances are the first ninety minutes of his hospital visit was spent in the emergency waiting room. Black students were threatened with a shot gun from a white student and when they managed to wrestle the gun from the white student. The black students were charged with the theft of a firearm while the white student was not charged with anything.
Had CNN bothered to keep everything on the level without eliminating any of the pertinent facts I’m sure there would have been no difference in the number viewers tuning in to get CNN’s factual take on what was going on. But the reporting of actual facts, even after nearly a year after the whole situation started takes second place to ratings and the continuation of racial propaganda based on black community stereotypes. For a far more accurate report of the Jena Six, please click here.