A tragic murder spree in Georgia that ended with eight lives lost has been tied to Donald Trump, racism, bigotry, and white supremacy – by prominent Democrats and their media allies – but not by the investigation so far.
That fact, however, has not stopped the narrative from marching on.
Law enforcement authorities in Atlanta have said suspect Robert Long admitted to the string of murders at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead, including six Asian-American women, but he told authorities his twisted motive was revenge for a sex addiction, not racism.
Despite that alleged confession from the suspect, the American public has witnessed the national media tie the killings to a reported spike in hate crimes perpetrated against Asian-Americans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which came to the U.S. from Wuhan, China approximately 14 months ago.
According to a Politifact fact-check, published after the Atlanta’s killings, two organizations that track Asian-related hate crimes were reporting a spike in incidents before the murder spree. Those statistics were cited in numerous news reported and helped tie the Atlanta killings to claims of a race-based attack despite the alleged killer’s claims.
The same fact-checking story acknowledged the FBI recorded 158 anti-Asian hate crimes during 2019 of 7,314 crimes that it catalogued during year. Similar FBI statistics for 2020 have not been released.
“There is a real fear among Asian people about going outside their homes right now,” CNN reporter Lisa Ling claimed on-air last week.
In the CNN interview, Ling cited the statistics from the two groups and questioned why authorities believe the murder suspect’s denial of race-based attacks. He does not deserve to be believed, she said, because he traveled to three businesses to carry out his attacks.
A second CNN reporter, Stephen Collinson, suggested in an online commentary that it is “immaterial” if the accused murderer admits to a racist motivation because Asian-Americans are already living in fear.
The string of murders, he wrote, also “laid bare” the “agony” of a minority group that must question its “place in America” at a time of “cresting White nationalism and domestic extremism.”
Far down in the op-ed, in the 30th paragraph, Collinson suggests the motive behind the killing spree “remains unclear.”
Dem rep: Trump said 'China virus'
Even though two months have passed since Joe Biden took office, Democrats and the media predictably tied Donald Trump to the Atlanta shootings. The former president’s is guilty, his critics claim, because he used phrases such as “China virus” to tie the China-born virus to China.
"Since the start of the pandemic, [Trump’s] been calling this the China virus," Rep. Judy Chu, a California Democrat, complained to CNN last week.
“Donald Trump didn’t pull the trigger in Atlanta,” MSNBC analyst Mike Barnicle allowed, “but Donald Trump certainly was responsible for the anger and the fear and the suspicion that exists in great degree in this country.”
Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families tells One News Now it is “puzzling and disturbing” to witness the media take a horrific incident and use it to attempt to further divide the country.
“And also, once again, attempts to make that racial narrative a narrative that condemns everybody in America that is not a minority,” he adds.
What is going unreported in the national media, Bauer says, is the anti-Asian attacks are happening in liberal-run “bastions” around the country and most of those attacks are perpetrated by other minorities.
That fact was pointed out in recent days by writer-blogger Andrew Sullivan. He wrote that anti-Asian crime statistics in New York City show 11 blacks and two Black-Hispanics accounted for 20 arrests that were made in 2020.
After the Atlanta killings, Sullivan writes, The New York Times had published nine stories tying the incident to anti-Asian hate crimes and white supremacy, and The Washington Post outdid the Times with 16 stories.
Sullivan's news story is headlined, "When the Narrative Replaces the News."