What Do We Do About The Media Reporting Fake Hate Crimes?

It’s easy to make national news lately. Just claim that drunk white men with “Make America Great” ballcaps did something petty and awful to you. If you’re a minority, or a Muslim, the media will interview you, fawn all over you, apologize for America selecting Trump as president, and plaster it all over the front page.

Even if you made it all up.

Look at how the NY Daily News reported the latest faker; even when they report it was a fake, they characterize it as real.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, joined a growing list of local and national alleged hate-crime victims when she told cops she was taunted Dec. 1 on the No. 6 train by three men who called her a terrorist and tried to snatch her hijab off her head while straphangers did nothing.

But Seweid finally broke down Wednesday and was arrested after she admitted to detectives that it was all a big lie. [bold mine]

Seweid was neither a victim nor an alleged anything. She is an admitted, actual, real-life liar, who joins the growing list of liars trying to pose as victims of this massive pro-Trump racist mob. A mob that in reality is much smaller and less influential than the crying left would like it to be.

Since the election, there have been at least 7 other fake reports and they’ve all been picked up by the media as if they were real, only to be quietly walked back.

The main stream media is all up in arms about “fake news,” to the point where Facebook is employing fact-checkers (who themselves are biased and liberal) to vet what we post. But we can’t believe what the media reports, because they themselves take liars at their word, and then bury the retractions.

We’ve really got a case of reductio ad absurdum here. Who is going to fact-check the fact-checkers? Who is going to truth-check the editors when a reporter files a fresh, hot story about another college kid who was attacked because she was wearing a hijab?

This has been going on a long time. First with attacks on homosexuals, led by the mother of all anti-gay hoaxes: Matthew Shepard. With hate-crime laws in his name, and a his death considered the LGBT community’s Justin Martyr, we now all know it was simply a drug-related murder. Grisly, yes. A hate crime? No.

Then it was campus rape. There have been at least 8 hoax rape cases reported by the media as true, to the point where men are now presumed guilty at the pointed finger and raised voice of a spurned lover, or a disappointed hook-up partner. The winner of all the hoaxes was the totally fabricated Rolling Stone story faithfully written up without any vetting by Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Moving on, it was police brutality, which was whipped up to frenzy status by a media straining to prove a point about racism and guns. And the degree to which the main stream media uses body english to spin stories about homegrown radical Islamic terror (like Orlando) into something else is beyond the pale.

Now it’s all focused on President-elect Donald Trump.

Americans know when they’re being fed a lie, and this is why so many voted for Trump. There may be some problems with racial inequality, outright bigotry, police brutality, and frat boy rape culture in America, but the problems are not epidemics like the media reports. There aren’t KKK members, renegade cops, and campus rapists hiding behind every bed sheet. There just aren’t.

I wouldn’t want to live in a country where there are, and you know, we’d (Americans who live here) would do more about it if it was all true. The media just likes to ring the fire alarm and see who panics.

What America does have a problem with–a documented epidemic of a problem–is the media reporting fake hate crimes.

What are we going to do about it? How can the fourth estate be stopped from continuing this evil and pernicious practice of tainting the news with titillating tidbits of hate? When New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet admitted “we don’t get religion,” how can we stop them from hanging every report of a hate crime around Christian’s necks? How can we stop them from attributing Islamic terror to everything but Islam?

Maybe we need another kind of fact checker. One who checks the media because they refuse to check themselves. But they’d just call it “fake news.”

Instead, they get President Trump. They deserve him every single day. Every tweet.

They can’t ignore him. They have to suffer him. When you look at it from the point of view of “karma,” it really is delicious to watch.

If the media can’t get its own act together and fix this problem of promoting fake hate, perhaps there will be a whole string of Trumps to help them do it. Just the fear of that should prompt them to change, right? Or maybe they’ll just keep reporting fake Trump hate crimes, because they never learn.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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