It’s now referred to as an urban myth. One journalist called the reaction to the Knockout Game “white panic”.
As it has been reported on Nox and Friends here.
The second is what caught me. I mean imagine someone calling the Trayvon Martin hysteria “black panic”. That would never go down. (and that was one incident) Actually, that label might have been called ‘white institutional denial’ — and ignorance, not to mention a racist response. Maybe Trayvon had a custom play at home-version?
Now we have the New York Times creatively trying to gloss it over as “urban myth”.
Finally an article capturing the disturbing perspective – er coverage.
By John Luciew | PennLive | November 25, 2013
Over the weekend, the New York Times, that liberal lion of print journalism, broke its relative silence on the troubling trend of knockout game attacks on the rise in many cities, including parts of New York. In the attacks, young criminals choose an unsuspecting victim, seemingly at random, then haul off and hit them in the head or face. Often, the target is knocked out cold and goes down in a heap, hitting the sidewalk hard. Some never wake up. So far, at least seven deaths are attributed to what the young perpetrators see as sport. Hence the reprehensible term, knockout game.
While other media outlets, notably Fox News, have been covering the vicious knockout game attacks as an all-too-real outrage, the New York Times took a different tact in its Saturday editions. It raised the issue as more of a question, than fact, with the headline: “Police Unsure if Random Attacks Are Rising Threat or Urban Myth”
“Police officials in several cities where such attacks have been reported said that the “game” amounted to little more than an urban myth, and that the attacks in question might be nothing more than the sort of random assaults that have always occurred. And in New York City, police officials are struggling to determine whether they should advise the public to take precautions against the Knockout Game — or whether in fact it existed.”
Here it is, we’ve seen video after video of the same thing. Even one news outlet originally covered the story interviewing people that happened to be black, who explain the game not deny it. It seems they didn’t get the talking points on the issue yet. But deny it?–Hardly.
But how can you deny it while seeing repeated instances happening in different cities? You can’t. Well, at least not until the NYT comes out to ask: “who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?”
And here is how the Left reports on it:
“The Knockout Game is a dream come true for Racist White Consrvatives”– Daily Kos
It is a new moral panic that combines white anxieties about black criminality, fear of black young people, and stereotypes about “African-American violence” which have been cultivated by white supremacists since Reconstruction.
There is no assumption made by the White Right that the majority of black people disapprove of the criminals among us. Moreover, the White Right is incapable of such an inference because the White Gaze sees black and brown people as an undifferentiated mass and a hive mind, one step removed from savage beasts.
And so it goes. Sharpton finally did, if begrudgingly, address it.
How about an encore?
One more for the road…
Well, when the Left addresses it….they address it! So ee have NYT, Daily Kos, Think Prog, Daily Beast, and Slate… notice a little bit of a pattern? The only game they’re really interested in, deadly or not, is politics.