On Wednesday afternoon, as MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin covered the story of Mollie Tibbetts and reports that she was allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, far-left MSNBC contributor Zerlina Maxwell misleadingly hinted that whites are more likely to commit violent crimes than illegal immigrants as she lamented that President Donald Trump has spoken about the case.
Not even 24 hours after news broke that missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was murdered by an illegal immigrant, the media are already trying to sweep the story under the rug and whine that Republicans want to distract attention away from the “more important” Michael Cohen plea deal.
As previously documented by NewsBusters, ABC, CNN and CBS spent time over the weekend fretting over an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was arrested at a California gas station while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital. After it was revealed that he was suspected of committing a murder in Mexico, ABC and CBS both highlighted skepticism about whether the arrested man, Joel Arrona-Lara, really did have a warrant out for his arrest, noting that a Mexican agency reported that they had no record of a warrant for him.
On Saturday, both ABC and CNN devoted time to sympathetically hyping the case of an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles who was arrested by ICE agents at a gas station while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth, and highlighted her claims that her husband had no criminal record. But it turns out that the suspect, Joel Arrona-Lara, is wanted because he is suspected of committing a homicide in Mexico.
Appearing as a panel member on MSNBC's Deadline: White House, MSNBC contributor John Heilemann displayed the latest example of the liberal media's tendency to gloss over the Reverend Al Sharpton's history of stoking racism as he actually praised Sharpton's involvement in the Central Park Five rape case from 1989. Not mentioned was that -- as recounted by former New York Post columnist and current MSNBC contributor John Podhoretz -- Sharpton helped incite a mob which harassed the rape victim during the trial and chanted that she was a "whore."
During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had been murdered. Adding to this tragedy is the fact that Chicago's clearance rate is less than 15 percent.
On Sunday, Washington, D.C. was all but shut down as roughly 25 white supremacists emerged from whatever crevasses they hide in, and marched to Lafayette Park on the anniversary of last year’s deadly rally in Charlottesville. They were dwarfed by hundreds of counter-protesters, violent agitators, and members of the press. CNN hosts Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon had much to say on the matter.
For much of the day on Friday and into the weekend, various hosts on both CNN and MSNBC were hard at work smearing Fox News host Laura Ingraham as someone who uses her show to promote "racist" and "white supremacist" views as they reacted to a commentary she gave on The Ingraham Angle show in which she advocated for merit-based immigration and lamented dramatic "massive demographic" changes.
Between Thursday and Friday, CNN's New Day show has twice covered the story of a white police officer in Nashville who shot and killed a black suspect who, although armed, appears to have been running from him in surveillance video. But the same show lately has paid little attention to recent cases in which police officers have been attacked or killed, appearing to be more interested in stories that make the police look bad, especially those that involve racial issues.
On Tuesday night, FNC gave an update on the case of an Iraqi refugee with a criminal history who managed to escape deportation and recently went on to shoot a police officer in Colorado Springs. FNC have covered the story a number of times since Friday, but the other networks have completely ignored the tragic event. Ironically, on the same day that the attempted cop killing story broke, several networks did make time to undermine the Trump administration's push to deport illegal immigrants, this time by focusing on the wife of a pro-Trump veteran who was given a deportation order and left for Mexico.
“Frontier justice” costs too many citizens of all races, creeds, and backgrounds their freedom and their lives. In the old days of the Wild West, vigilantes worked outside the judicial system to punish rivals regardless of their guilt or innocence. Today, outlaws operate inside the bureaucracy to secure criminal convictions at all costs.
The news media loves to talk about guns, just not when they're used to save lives. Take for instance the fear mongering over 3D printed guns that took over network and cable news coverage last week, or the coverage of the tragic fatal shooting that took place over a parking spot dispute in Florida a few weeks back. But this past weekend, a major mass shooting that could have ended in numerous casualties and injuries was prevented by a good guy with a gun, and the liberal networks had nothing to say about it.