America has reached a crisis as young people are being shot and killed in alarming numbers at the hand of Police officers, who face a disastrous climate of political rage, unfair circumstances, dangerous activism against them, and at times overly aggressive officers who need better training, It is generally accepted that some may even need to face criminal charges. But why does the media cover shooting deaths differently?
“Peyton Ham’s encounter with the trooper who shot him Tuesday afternoon outside a home near the State Police barracks in Leonardtown. Investigators determined that Ham had an airsoft gun and a knife and pointed the replica toy gun at the trooper, who was responding to a pair of 911 calls, according to State Police Superintendent Woodrow Jones III.
The Washington Post reported on the death:
Peyton Alexander Ham, who attended Leonardtown High School, was remembered as a “talented” honors student with promise Wednesday in the wake of the shooting.
His family said he was “an incredibly smart, gifted sweet young man” with an “Alex P. Keaton” type personality, referring to the overachieving TV character played by Michael J. Fox on “Family Ties.”
“Our family is absolutely heartbroken and shattered over this sudden, unexpected loss of life of a talented young man, filled with promise,” his family said in a statement. “Words cannot express the gratitude our family is feeling with the overwhelming love and support being extended by our friends and family in our amazing community.”
Ham’s mother, Kristee Boyle, described the teen as “an awesome young man.”
It is notable there is little Mainstream or cable media for Ham’s circumstances and death. Even while at the same time the media is exploiting the tragic shooting deaths of two Black Americans, they are ignoring the tragic deaths of a White American.
While our system of justice calls for due process rights to be respected and for investigations and trials to determine if the police officer’s actions were justified or not, it is worthy of our time to note that the media is not covering issues fairly or with an eye real justice.
It appears as if the Media is perpetuating a set of talking points that favor far-left progressive agenda for the country’s police forces.
The unfortunate shooting death of Ham is not being discussed on the cable talk shows, one can guess because he is not Black.
Look at the wall-to-wall media coverage of the tragic deaths of Daunte Wright or Adam Toledo. No matter what these young men did, death by shooting is a tragic way to end a life. Police officers should be investigated for every shooting that results in the death of an American. Even most police would agree that oversight is very important to the health of the police force. Accountability is important, but that is not what the US media is doing by exploiting the details and deaths of Black men who were shot and killed.
CREATING A NEEDED NARRATIVE
According to Penn Medicine, from an Oct 2020 study of theirs. the media is misguiding people.
“A new study, led by the doctors who regularly treat gunshot victims, examined the way the media covers shootings and found that news reports place a disproportionate emphasis on fatal and multiple shootings, while also focusing on uncommon victims. The researchers fear that the gap between what is covered – and what goes uncovered – in the news could be painting an unrealistic picture of gun violence, which might affect the way the public perceives it. The study was published today in the journal Preventive Medicine.
Of these victims covered, roughly 83 percent were Black.
Disparities in news coverage continued when the deadliness of the shootings was examined. Although 16 percent of the victims from the analyzed shootings died, these fatal shootings accounted for 83 percent of the cases covered by the news.
“A vast majority of the victims of gun violence survive, but I don’t think the public knows much about people whose lives have been disrupted in so many ways by their injuries, and who need all our support to recover,” Kaufman said. “I like to think that more public awareness of the impact of gun violence on survivors would lead to broader support for the services and programs that they need.”
Statistics have shown that one in four Americans perceive mass shootings to be the greatest gun violence threat facing their communities, but the study showed that shootings with multiple victims occurred just 22 percent of the time. However, mass shootings were almost six times as likely to make the news.
“This skews our focus toward things like active shooter drills in schools, and away from the kind of community investment that we need to prevent the forms of gun violence that are so much more common,” Kaufman said.
So the only question left is, does the left know how the media impacts their narrative? Does the Media know that they are directing the narrative? Do they do it on purpose?
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776