Lies have consequences

…just not always for the ones actually telling the lies:

Jonathan Capehart, Comcast (through MSNBC) and dozens of other news organizations made stacks of money by repeating a lie for months.

They should pay.

Ferguson, Missouri, was an inner suburb of St. Louis in August when the media began repeating the lie that Michael Brown, 18, was “hunted down” (to use the words of Comcast’s Al Sharpton) by a racist white cop.

Today it is a shambles.

The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.

That is a loss of $30,000 per home for the 8,192 households of Ferguson — or one quarter-billion dollars — $250 million.

And that’s on top of all the looting and vandalism–much of it egged on by the same media moguls, who saw the potential for riveting news imagery if the neighborhoods exploded with arson and violence.

Only now the satellite trucks have gone, the news has moved on and we’re left with both Ferguson and the truth in shambles.  Capehart and others can continue trying to rationalize the lionization of Michael Brown (whom even Capehart now admits was an ‘inappropriate symbol’), but this merely shows that they are unwilling to let facts stand in the way of an agenda.

For all the cries of “Black Lives Matter” after the shooting in Ferguson, nobody is asking about how many black lives were impacted by the media-fueled race-baiting that followed.  The First Amendment exists to ensure the free flow of information and the exchange of ideas.  But when the media are coopted to present a false narrative based on a race to judgment and an axe to grind, our society is not well served.  And there should be repercussions for those who allow that to happen.

Demand more from your information sources.  Demand credibility and responsibility.  When they fall into this sort of uncritical groupthink, drop them and go elsewhere.  Otherwise, you’re just encouraging more of the same.

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2 thoughts on “Lies have consequences

  1. If we each wrote regularly to our local newspapers, we could probably have an impact.

    I don’t myself get news from any “mainstream” outlets anymore. As a result, I… often don’t know what’s going on.

  2. I do follow financial news for investing though. Investing is in some ways pleasant: Open pirate ethics, few hidden agendas. Greed isn’t good, but at least everyone has the same agenda: money.

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