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Media Bias and Two RNC Racist Incidents

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 30, 2012 @ 5:14 pm In The Point | 4 Comments

Two racial incidents occurred within the context of the Republican National Convention.

In one incident the Wikipedia page for Mia Love was defaced with slurs such as  “House N***er” and “dirty, worthless wh**e.”Wikipedia is the first search result on Google and with an explosion of searches for her name after her convention speech, millions of people may have seen the slurs.

The only major media outlet to report on this racist incident is FOX News. A few local Utah outlets also mentioned the story. Dave Weigel at Slate sneered that the racist vandalism was a ploy to raise money for Love.

The media instead chose to give widespread coverage to a report of two individuals at the convention who threw peanuts at an unnamed African-American CNN camerawoman and was quickly thrown out. The incident isn’t completely surprising given the large number of Ron Paul supporters who had come to the convention and their disruptive behavior there.

The peanuts incident has been covered by the mainstream media in great detail. There are thousands of news items on the incident, including multiple items at the Washington Post, several calling for an investigation of the event.

From a reasonable point of view, a racist attack on an RNC speaker should be more newsworthy than a racist attack on a nameless camerawoman. The complete lack of media coverage of the first event combined with extensive coverage of the second event reminds us once again that the media is not opposed to racism, it selectively exploits racism to promote its political agenda.


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