Nowhere is it more evident than in the current frenzy among the main stream media in Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb faced with the journalistic hordes who ran to town upon word of a police shooting. And, of course, nothing meets their target better than a situation with a white cop shooting an innocent black male or at least so they think.
I have two huge problems with the way the media is dealing with this situation. My first concern is the approach they have taken so similar to the way the Trayvon Martin case was handled. The second concern is much broader, relating the media actions to a disregard of the world around us. Let's look at each of these separately.
As I watch and listen to the constant barrage of the media representatives, always in love with their own voices and thoughts, I realize that finding the truth in what has happened plays no part in their efforts. The media has an agenda, a self-developed view of the way things are in America, and it uses every tragedy such as this to push that agenda even when it is found to be faulty.
Let's admit it, folks, we don't have all the information yet to make a decision, yet the media jumped out of the box at moment one claiming that the young man was an innocent bystander and that the police were out of control. Now the case may very well find that the police stepped over the line, but in just the short period since the event happened more information is coming forward to show that the victim, Michael Brown, was no choir boy. And if Officer Darren Wilson was struggling with Brown in his squad car, we need to know what was happening and why. Let's get the facts first and tell Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson, not to mention Eric Holder who is in a position where he should be very careful, to just hold off and let the investigation run its course. To assume that the police officer is guilty with what we know to date is just as bad as saying that Brown did something wrong because he was an African-American.
Outside pressure with an already determined view of what is the truth will never solve anything. After all, Holder lost the right to claim objectivity when he claimed he is an activist in what is supposed to be a non-biased leadership position. And as for Jackson and Sharpton, look at their history. They usually just add to the chaos, just the opposite of the calm that we need.
My second problem with the media is the amount of attention that it is devoting to this story. Certainly it is newsworthy, but to put other news literally on hold while this event is repeated over and over again is the height of both laziness by reporters and irresponsibility. After all, the world is going up in smoke and yet the mainstream media refuses to report on most of it, whether it be the Ukraine, Israel, Iraq, or even the killing fields of Chicago. They can spend days and days on one incident yet Chicago has been going up in smoke for years now; it is literally a war zone.
So take what you hear with a grain of salt, do your own homework and research from so many other sources that are available, including the radio and the internet. Then put your brain in full gear, weigh and measure all that you find out and you'll have a much better likelihood of making a fair assessment. In the meantime, let's pray for the soul of Michael Brown, for his family in their hour of need and for Officer Wilson and his family. They all need the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit as sent to them from God to weather this crisis. I'm sure none of them ever wanted to find themselves in such a tragic situation. May peace be found by them and may His peace also be given to the good people of Missouri.