Weenie Breitbart Columnist: Media Not Reporting on Kelly Thomas Murder Because He's White

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Shapiro: Weenie
I remember weenie Breitbart.com columnist Ben Shapiro when he was a precocious snotnose back at UCLA taking the Hugh Hewitt road to fame: whining he was a conservative in liberal-land, and thus getting a column in the local paper despite exhibiting little talent but a hell of a lot of weenie-ness. He's continued on that path, becoming a columnist and author appealing to the stupidest side of the conservative spectrum.

Want proof? Shapiro just post a column to Breitbart's Big Government with the headline "Police Beat White Homeless Man To Death, Media Ignores."

He then tries to mitigate his weenie-ness by writing, "The media attention surrounding Thomas' death has largely been local in nature; few national stories have focused on the beating. That's no doubt due to the fact that Thomas is white; were he black, the media certainly would have jumped on the racial angle."

Um, yeah...

In just the quickest, most cursory of Google searches, I found stories on the Thomas murder done today by CNN, all the network news channels, the Huffington Post, and the Associated Press; there has been previous coverage of the case in the New York Times and other national and international papers. As for the conservative press? FOX News ran a wire story; Breitbart hasn't published shit other than Shapiro's weenie screed. Rush Limbaugh? Nope. Michelle Malkin? No. RedState? National Review? Drudge Report? HA! Shit, even the hoity-toity New Yorker provided a link to the Los Angeles Times' coverage of the Thomas murder, and they think the world ends at 52nd Street.

But why bother Shapiro with facts, when his whites-are-victims-against-the-liberal-media drivel is so precious? Hey, Ben: the only people who agree with your ludicrous Thomas assertion on are neo-Nazi lunatics who, if they find out you're Jewish, just might renounce their views just so they don't agree with a Jew. Hey...maybe you are good for something! Weenie.

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indefenseofbadmovies
indefenseofbadmovies

Wow - I've retweeted a couple of posts from this site because I agree with the point the story was making. But, I have to say, all the stories I've read are written like an obnoxious high school newspaper. If this site is what passes for professional journalism today, well, turn off the lights mom and dad - the party's over.

NorthOC WatchDog
NorthOC WatchDog

Man, that's a good picture of that Weenie... for your Article!!! LOL.  What a chump, hope his career crash and burns.

Btw, he had a terribly misinformed headline too. Media Ignores?!?!?!? Although maybe it should have gotten more coverage in the beginning, as it is getting now. It was by no means ignored....but you're right. Lazy media nowadays. Newspapers and Local TV Broadcasts doesn't have the budget anymore for "real" journalists.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Apppreciate the tone.

I get your point, but citing specific examples is not adequate. Actually I believe I remember the case, but not strongly enough to say yes to your question, which is close enough.

On a different issue I've made this same point, that the human mind is expert at drawing generalizations on slim evidence. This capability is our real genius but it can steer us wrong. Your impression is that the evidence supports your view, I doubt it, but I could well be wrong because I have only seen anecdotal evidence (as I believe yours to be). I would be only slightly surprised that there is a bias in the direction you suggest.

At risk of repetition but to be perfectly clear, I'm not at all strongly sure that I'm right and you're wrong on this issue. Discussing it is good, and I appreciate your taking the trouble to state your view. I don't have patience with people who won't argue with me, how else am I to try to figure out where I'm wrong? I don't make the mistake that people who say I'm wrong NECESSARILY don't like me. They may well not, but then they may actually like me but think I'm an idiot on a point.  Or two. I'll survive it.

Hopefully if we ever met in person that would argue like hell but part on reasonable personal terms.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

I've seen the media starting to now; however. Finally.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

The Kelly Thomas video was on about once an hour on CNN today. Guess that doesn't count as national media.

1000Steps
1000Steps

Racism sells. Oppression doesn't.

Tecpaocelotl
Tecpaocelotl

Weenie is a pendejo. That is all that needs to be said.

909Jeff
909Jeff

It definitely hasn't received the same level of coverage as the trayvon martin case... And thats just sad... Especially the more we learn about the trayvon case and the fact that Just maybe George Zimmerman was defending himself.. we'll see. 

But yesterday the Kelly Thomas tape made it on all the news channels, CNN, and, Yahoo.  I hope it keeps grabbing headlines! 

AND...  YES! Good job to the Weekly for being at the forefront! 

Guest
Guest

So why so surprised Gustavo? Raised in OC I was surrounded by people like this...um, yah. I've lived ALL OVER THE PLACE this past year and could not escape this story...I feel sorry for him, I really do, getting into UCLA and Harvard and still having no research ability. Maybe he was force fed the OC Register with his Cheerios for breakfast. Maybe we can't blame him.

Solitary Fracture
Solitary Fracture

it is sad homeless people white or whatever are worthless in the eyes of the media.

nraisor
nraisor

I agree that the Kelly Thomas story hasn't gotten as much coverage as I would have thought it would but I'm not sure that it has much to do with race honestly. I think it has more to do with a nation that is largely not that interested. Even the Martin case didn't get as big as what I thought it would. I watched Fox News tonight. They spent about 1 minute and 30 seconds on it. They then profiled the top 5 read stories of the day. 3 of the 5 had to do with celebrities. #5 being that Justin Beiber (I might have misspelled that) turns 18 today. The news reports on the stuff the public wants to see largely and MOST of the public isn't interested in this (they should be...but they're not). So perhaps the problem that Kelly Thomas was white or that mainstream media is "trying to keep the man down" or whatever other b.s. Perhaps its that Americans need a good glass of cold water to the face and a "wake up dipshit, there's stuff you need to pay attention to before the world goes to hell in a handbasket".....just saying....

Robertludlow
Robertludlow

hey, dummy:  breitbart is RIGHT.  compared to the rodney king story, the kelly thomas story is getting extremely minimal coverage nationally.  that doesn't mean no one nationally has mentioned it or provided a link to it; but people around the country largely have no idea who kelly thomas is.  the story is staying under the radar.  it in fact has NOT received as much attention as the trayvon martin story.  the kelly thomas story should be the most incensing story of all of them:  the police--the very people we are forced to pay to protect us--performed group MURDER on an innocent man.  they MURDERED him, for sport.  PERIOD.you are dumb.

Vertov
Vertov

This case gets national coverage for similar reasons the Trayvon Martin case did - yes, there's the grisly crime itself, but its really about the seriously messed up action/inaction on the part of the police. 

Guys like Shapiro want to play the race card so bad while ignoring the real issues right in front of their nose. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

That style has gotten results since 1995--you can look it up!

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

It's not professional journalism indefenseofbadmovies in the classic sense by a long shot. But then the mainstream media (MSM) consists of politically correct corporate conglomerates owned by wealthy elitists who attempt to program THE PEOPLE so they can exploit them. MSM has very little to do with news and a whole lot to do with spin.

OC WEEKLY certainly has their spin, and it is one dysfunctional highly screwed up mess, but it's a long way from MSM thank goodness. And, they present an enormous amount of information (even if a lot of it is wrong) that you can't get anywhere else.

AND, and this is really important, they respect your right to have an opinion. They actually uphold free speech here. Try to get Reuters to honor your freedom of speech... rofl... that's not going to happen. The MSM will censure and ban you very fast for disagreeing with them.

And that's basically why most of us keep reading it though admittedly, some do read it just to find places to feed their marijuana addiction though. Myself, I just say no to drugs.

mitch young
mitch young

That's a nice reply, Bill.

It would of course take a lot of rigorous study to 'prove' a result one way or another -- it that were at all possible (after all, how would we know about a crime unless the media reported it).

Bill T.
Bill T.

Hmph, I thought I slected "Reply" to Mitch's reponse to my comment, above.

Matt
Matt

But not until this article was posted... hahaha the power of the OCW!!! 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

...and Trayvon didn't receive media coverage for weeks after the fact. Has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with a lazy media.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I think you've pretty well nailed the actual problem.

Major outlets are not interested in presenting actual news. L. A. outlets (the source I'm most familiar with but probably fairly typical) will spend more time talking about upcoming stories than they will spend on the stories. I've learned ny lesson, but a couple times they sucked me in by mentioning an up coming story of interest then when they actualy get to it they spend about twenty words on it. Sell-out whores.

Fluff and nonsense.

Guest
Guest

"I agree that the Kelly Thomas story hasn't gotten as much coverage as I would have thought it would but I'm not sure that it has much to do with race honestly."

Exactly the point. This story doesn't have a racial component, so therefore relatively few people have heard of it. If this were a black man, people would be falling over themselves to deny him the humanity of having any other relevant characteristics which could have been a factor other than his race. This is just one way that well-meaning "progressives" perpetuate a racist system.

"Even the Martin case didn't get as big as what I thought it would. I watched Fox News tonight."

This is funny.

nraisor
nraisor

Sorry, I meant perhaps the problem isn't....I need to proofread before posting.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Did you read the story? Coverage in all the national media isn't enough, but hardly constitutes a media blackout. And take it from Kelly's dad: this is NOT a racial issue, and anyone who tries to make it is a dipshit (that's my word, not his).

Guest
Guest

Lazy analysis. Trayvon not black = only local coverage (which it got, and did not take weeks). Thomas not white = international protests and his name enters mass consciousness. Laziness in the media is better demonstrated by the Trayvon case than the Thomas case.  

Prawda
Prawda

The liberal media was too busy tooting Obama's horn and praising him for all the good work he is doing for the economy and nation (sarcasm) . Had Kelly been black Jesse and his crew would have taken up camp in fullerton demanding justice AND donations for a new thousand dollar suit. (truth).

Bill T.
Bill T.

Oh come on, Gustavo, next you're going to be telling us that cherry-picking doesn't count as actual analysis. Or maybe that's part of your back story .....    hmmm.

mitch young
mitch young

C'mon Gustavo. Can't you even entertain the thought that the Thomas story might have gotten a significantly greater amount of coverage of he had been black beaten, initially, by a 'white hispanic' like Ramos. 

As I understand the media timeline, the story go no play at all -- the LAT, not OCR-- beyond stenographing the police story. Only when the Daily Mail UK (!) picked it up and published the picture on its blog did the story take off.

Manny
Manny

woah woah Trayvon Martin had nothing to do with race? The media CONTINUALLY pumped the race angle and kept calling Zimmerman white until it came out 'oh yeah he's 50% Peruvian Indian' ugh...then the story dies. (well in addition to the new facts of the case showing that it wasn't what the media made it seem. It's closer to Duke Lacrosse at this point)The interest in the Martin case isn't the race of the victim however, the race is what makes the media more or less interested. There is nothing 'sexy' to the mainstream media about a white schizo getting beaten to death by corrupt cops. However, were he black the media would without a doubt run the hell out of this story. As an earlier poster pointed out the Rodney King case proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Please see my failed "reply" selection, below.

mitch young
mitch young

Bill,

Ever heard of Jan Pawel and Quiana Pietrzak? Probably not. Camp Pendleton Marine and his wife, brutally treated then murdered, by his own men. That in itself is pretty sensational. Then consider that the couple was interracial and the murders scrawled 'nigger lover' inside their house (it was a 'home-invasion' crime). 

You'd think that would be big news then. Possible 'hate crime'. But it got about three perfunctory mentions in the LA Times. Non in this publication, which *does* cover Pendleton events. You see, the perps were black, and it was a white husband and black wife. So it didn't fit 'the Narrative' of evil white bigots attacking innocent 'people of color'.

I can give you dozens more examples.

mitch young
mitch young

The earliest story in your 'Kelly Thomas archive' is dated 30 July 2011, the Daily Mail has a 29 July 2011 story on Thomas.

However, there are OC Weekly stories from a couple weeks earlier than that which I had to search for with a little Google-fu. Somehow they didn't get put into said archive (what a surprise!), but yeah, you covered it before the Mail did. If you want to consider yourself major media, who am I to argue?

Myoung2
Myoung2

"How many death-by-cops of blacks and Mexis have the mainstream media ignored?"

Impossible to know. Certainly cop shootings don't get the same play as beatings. But look at Rodney King, or Abner Luima in Brooklyn. White cops beating 'people of color' seems to get a lot of play. 

And with all due respect to FF, I was talking about major media -- and I think you guys were actually after the Daily Mail, but I could be wrong.As for writing for Breitbart, they are bunch of neocons who are even worse than you all.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 You know, you should be a regular columnist for Breitbart, given your ignorance of reality and facts! How many death-by-cops of blacks and Mexis have the mainstream media ignored? Also? Your chronology is wrong—Fullerton's Future blogged Kelly's picture first, then us, then everyone else. But why bother with facts with you?

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