Since Mike Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the media has behaved more like a circus rather than something to be respected when it comes to covering what’s happened. Now I’m not saying all coverage has been ridiculous, but a lot of it has been absolutely absurd and I’m sick of it.
All we know (as I’m writing this before the grand jury has released a decision) is that some kind of skirmish happened between officer Darren Wilson and Mike Brown that tragically ended in the young man’s death.
Sure, there’s been a ton of speculation about what happened based on all sorts of information (even leaked autopsy reports, though still nothing “official”) where some has been factual and some hasn’t. We’ve had ridiculous pro-Darren Wilson supporters holding bizarrely comical rallies while “protesters” in Ferguson rioted and looted local businesses that had nothing to do with the shooting.
And in the middle of it all has been much of the media doing its best to push division, anger, hostilities and irrational behavior for the sake of ratings, views or website traffic.
Take for instance this article I ran across today on Blue Nation Review (a website I actually like a lot) titled FERGUSON UPDATE: Darren Wilson Video Emerges; KKK Locals Exposed. The video had nothing to do with the shooting and was nothing but a 16 second clip showing Wilson calmly dealing with a man who was recording him without any knowledge about why Wilson was there dealing with this person in the first place. Even in the article itself the writer says:
Wilson’s behavior in the brief clip doesn’t provide evidence about how the Michael Brown shooting went down. It’s not even unusual behavior for a police officer.
And even worse is that this video, or Wilson’s behavior in it, had absolutely nothing to do with the KKK. They threw the reference into the headline for the sole purpose of attracting hits for an article that had nothing to do with what happened between Wilson and Brown or some of the recent comments made by the KKK. All this article did was further the divide, build more tension and add to the endless amounts of pointless speculation that much of media has been exploiting for revenue for weeks.
Which brings me to this little nugget I ran across on Sean Hannity’s Twitter account:
Tell me, what value could possibly come from that question? So that a bunch of uninformed people who haven’t been privy to the official autopsy reports or evidence presented to the grand jury can take random guesses at what will or won’t happen? Apparently what we need are more setups for clashes between those on “Darren Wilson’s side” and those on “Mike Brown’s side.”
Here’s a thought: Maybe this story isn’t what the media has been desperately trying to hype it up as.
It’s entirely possible that this had nothing to do with race. Just because Darren Wilson is white and Mike Brown was black doesn’t automatically mean that the shooting was racially motivated. Why can’t it just be a situation of terribly bad timing between two individuals who both reacted in the worst possible way? Why does it have to be the complete fault of one or the other? Why does it have to be “the racist killer cop Daren Wilson vs the Gentle Giant Mike Brown” or “the upstanding officer Darren Wilson vs. the criminal thug Mike Brown”? Why can’t it just be a situation that got completely out of hand and sadly ended tragically?
One of the biggest problems is that this story has gone from finding out the truth about what actually happened, to opposing sides hoping to “win” this issue.
As I’ve said from the beginning, I’m waiting for all of the facts to come out before making any kind of judgement either way, which is quite frankly what everyone else should be doing. If Wilson is guilty, then I hope he faces the full brunt of the law. If he’s not, then he shouldn’t. This shouldn’t be about one side or the other “winning,” because there’s nothing to win. This should be about making sure facts dictate justice, no matter what that justice might be.