Friday, August 21, 2015

The protest paradigm revisited

Did the No. 3 story at the Fair 'n' Balanced Network on Thursday evening look familiar?

A crowd gathered Wednesday evening to protest the shooting of an armed suspect by Missouri cops, but no mention was made of the 9-year-old girl who had been shot dead by an unknown assailant just seven miles away the night before.

Here's a hint. Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear -- December 2014, for example, and the events following the resignation of a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.:



If the message in the day's top story is a little subtle, see if you find some conceptual suggestions in the links:

2014/12/03/where-outrage-st-louis-bosnian-community-sees-hammer-murder-as-hate-crime/

2014/12/02/protests-sparse-after-pack-hammer-wielding-teens-beats-man-to-death-in-shadow/

2014/12/11/bosnian-immigrant-attack-where-are-sharpton-jackson-as-more-black-lives-go-to

Given the ways that news organizations structure their reward systems, you have to wonder: Do you get to park next to Roger Ailes's space for a week if you're the first Fox staffer to find a case that those angry black people ought to be spending their energy on instead?

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