A conservative pundit is making the case that American journalists are no longer interested in truth and objectivity in their reporting, but more about "moral clarity" and "narrative-shaping."
Along with its other questionable traits, mainstream media has gone "woke" – and there's no better example than its reporting of the Atlanta massage parlor massacre, writes New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan. He points out no official motive has been released as to why Robert Aaron Long slaughtered eight people. According to early reports, the shooter said he attacked the parlors and its inhabitants to rid himself of the temptation to a sex addiction. Police are also following that lead.
No one, however, has said a word about the killings being racially motivated – except the media. According to Dan Gainor of Media Research Center, such reporting is feeding into the current narrative that all whites are racist and America is a terrible country.
"What the press is trying to do right now is very much lay claim to the Asian-American voter and supporter and draw them into their universe, saying, 'Oh, there's a bunch of scary white guys who are going to do you harm,'" Gainor tells One News Now.
Sullivan writes the following:
"We have yet to find any credible evidence of anti-Asian hatred or bigotry in this man's history. Maybe we will. We can't rule it out. But we do know that his roommates say they once asked him if he picked the spas for sex because the women were Asian. And they say he denied it, saying he thought those spas were just the safest way to have quick sex. That needs to be checked out more. But the only piece of evidence about possible anti-Asian bias points away, not toward it."
Yet some commentators are saying that anyone who reports the sex addiction motive is "whiteness justifying its death-dealing." One black activist said he was locking arms with the Asian community. Gainor suggests that activist might want to look inward first.
"Were the news media covering this story honestly, in places like San Francisco the issue is African-American crime against Asian Americans – and Caucasian Americans have nothing to do with either side," he points out.
In his column, Sullivan confirms that with some data: more than a quarter of recent attacks against Asian have come from black assailants.
Gainor adds there's another entity that is responsible for racism against Asians: "If you want to stop Asian hate, shut down Yale – shut down the Ivies. Because they were blatantly discriminating against Asian-Americans more than any other institution in America."
Earlier One News Now story:
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