Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

How the Media is Handling Jeff Sessions Proves They Learned Nothing On Election Day

The very same media organizations, like the New York Times, that blasted conservatives for using Barack Obama’s middle name, Hussein, are making sure everyone knows that Senator Jeff Sessions’ middle name is Beauregard. They also want you to know he hated the NAACP and did not mind the KKK. This is a reckless distortion of the truth and it shows the media really has learned nothing from last week’s election.

The truth is that Jeff Sessions oversaw desegregation of schools in Alabama, which you would think a racist would not do.

Jeff Sessions also sought and obtained the death penalty against the head of the KKK in Alabama.

As a U.S. Attorney he filed several cases to desegregate schools in Alabama. And he also prosecuted the head of the state Klan, Henry Francis Hays, for abducting and killing Michael Donald, a black teenager selected at random. Sessions insisted on the death penalty for Hays. When he was later elected the state Attorney General, Sessions followed through and made sure Hays was executed. The successful prosecution of Hays also led to a $7 million civil judgment against the Klan, effectively breaking the back of the KKK in Alabama.

It is rarely what the media does not tell you that shows bias. It is how the media tells stories and the facts the media leaves out of otherwise reported stories that show the bias. Playing up Sessions’ middle name and hearsay allegations against him while ignoring the very real fights against racism in Alabama that he waged really is bias.

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