Opinion: The Media Guide to Photographing Joggers – Ann Coulter

I didn’t think I could hate The New York Times more.

But thanks to Gregory Mantell’s great new book, “Special Victim Status, The Era of Woke Journalism,” I do! Mantell’s carefully researched book provides hundreds of new facts about the press’s fanatical propaganda about race.

Coincidentally, this week marks the four-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, and I think the traditional gift is paper. You know what would make a great anniversary gift? This book.

Nothing shocked me more than Chapter 3 on the Ahmaud Arbery case.

If you follow the news, you know that Arbery was the innocent black jogger who was chased and shot to death by three racist rednecks in Georgia just for “jogging while black.”

Arbery’s killers, Travis and Gregory McMichael, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in about six minutes. Plus 20 years, just to be sure. Eight months later, they received life sentences in separate federal hate crime prosecutions. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., who happened to be there, got 35 years (state) plus life (federal).

Quite a turnaround for a case that three prosecutors refused to take after concluding there was no crime. But our media can work wonders!

Mantell contrasts the media’s treatment of Arbery’s murder with its view of the murder of Christopher Lane, a white jogger who was shot and killed by a black man in Oklahoma.



– ‘the simplest motive: boredom.’ – The Washington Post

– “a story about teenagers from broken homes, lives complicated by drugs and poverty, who seemed inactive.” – The New York Times

The facts about the Lane shooting are quite simple:

Lane, a 22-year-old Australian attending East Central University in Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship, went for an afternoon run in a 2.5% black city on August 16, 2013, and was shot in the back by a black man . teenager, Chancey Luna, drives by in a car with two other boys. Lane died with blood pouring from his mouth before ambulances arrived.

Days earlier, one of the teens accused of Lane’s murder tweeted, “With my n*ggas when it’s time to take my life.”

The facts surrounding Arbery’s shooting are also simple, only made more complicated by the media’s lies.

Mantell writes:

“The McMichaels said they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest to take Arbery into custody (after catching him again entering neighbor Larry English’s home late at night). Bryan, who was driving behind the McMichaels in his own truck, caught part of the incident on his cell phone camera. In the video, Arbery punched Travis, and they fought over the gun; during the struggle, Travis shot and killed Arbery.

But “from the beginning, both the Times and the Post pushed the false narrative from Arbery’s family and attorney (who were not present during the incident) that Arbery was simply jogging around the neighborhood…”

A Times reporter even wrote that “even if Arbery had entered the house, it does not justify his shooting.” (Say, can we get Malachy Browne to write an article about Officer Michael Byrd’s fatal shooting of Ashli ​​Babbitt for trespassing on the Capitol on January 6?)

Mantell notes a few omissions in the Times and Washington Post’s accounts of “jogging while black”:

– “Supermarket employees reported that Arbery was known as ‘the jogger’ because he would stretch outside the store and pretend to warm up, then quickly run in and out to steal items. … The employees said they tried to get police to give the man a criminal trespass warning, but he always ran away before they could.

– “According to Burke County witness reports and Burke County Sheriff bodycam video, on August 21, 2018, a black woman married to a deputy called for help after seeing Arbery in her backyard and looking through her car windows. Sheriff deputies also later said he tried to steal a dog from the same home… When officers arrived to give Arbery a warning about criminal trespassing, Arbery claimed he was jogging and threatened to “kick the officer’s ass to beat.’

– “On October 23, 2018, a Black woman called Burke County sheriff’s deputies when she saw Arbery entering a vacant mobile home across from her home… When the sheriff arrived, Arbery ran from the deputies and falsely claimed he was jogging. ”

– “Arbery was arrested and charged with ‘felony obstruction for fleeing while under lawful orders to stop.’”

Following his pattern, Arbery apparently broke into English’s home before going “jogging” the night he was shot.

But “both the Times and the Post (and other media outlets) continued to falsely claim that nothing had ever been taken from the English home in which Arbery had been caught video trespassing multiple times.”

Mantell says that “the Post and the Times were aware of several 911 calls made in October and November 2019 that directly contradicted these claims… In one (of a number of calls), English told the dispatcher, ‘There some stuff was stolen there’ in the last incident… The first time they stole everything from the boat ‘that wasn’t secured.’ The next night, November 18, 2019, English called 911 again and reported that the same black man who was there about a week or a week and a half ago was back.

The media simply covered Gospel English’s post-hoc, non-oath, terrifying statement that nothing had been stolen. More likely, English noted what happened at the Atlanta Wendy’s, where police shot a Black man in the parking lot in June 2020. (Reuters: “Protesters burn down Wendy’s in Atlanta after police fire.”)

Significantly, English ‘admitted in court that he had been deeply troubled by the death threats he had received’.

Does not matter. The only relevant fact to the media was this:

“(T)he neighbor Bryan accused Travis McMichael of calling Arbery a ‘damn nigger’ after killing him – and when racist messages were found on Travis’ cell phone – both newspapers devoted breathless headlines and stories to the news. This was reported as absolute proof that Arbery’s murder was racially motivated.”

But strangely, the media had no interest whatsoever in the racist tweets from James Edwards, one of the black teens involved in the Lane shooting, such as:

“90% of white people are dirty. #HATE THEM.”

“Ayeee, I’ve taken out 5 forests since Zimmerman’s court! 🙂 lol sh*t I’m still sleeping sh*t!#ayeee.” (“Wood” is a racist term for a white person.)

Another discrepancy noted by Mantell:

“While the Times pointed out that Lane’s killer had white friends, it did not worry about whether the McMichaels or Bryan had black friends, even though Travis McMichael had risked his own life years earlier to save a black man from the drowning (according to a later “48 Hours” report).”

Yes, “later” – after the media’s propaganda campaign had successfully resulted in multiple life sentences.

There’s much, much more in this chapter alone, but I’ll end with another proof of what Mantell means by “special victim status”:

“As of January 15, 2023, Arbery was mentioned in 773 articles in the Post and 955 in the Times. … (O)n May 8, 2020 … the Times published 14 articles and the Post 13 articles about Arbery on that one day. That was more coverage than the Times and Post gave on Lane’s murder in two years — from the killing to the conviction of his killers.”



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