Read it here. The headline: ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ did not happen in Ferguson
Hard to be more plain than that. The whole “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” thing was all just a lie from the get-go. Of course, we called it too, but we called it when it all was going down, and the whole railroading of Officer Darren Wilson, before anyone knew anything, began to stink to high heaven.
Not that anyone should be surprised by the Post’s very much belated admission that there was no there there in the whole HUDS thing. I mean why let the truth or facts get in the way of a good faked racial incident? The media love nothing more than a good faked racial incident.
Needless to say, the Washington Post, still a prestigious member of the dinosaur, reactionary, dying old media comes out with their “Four Pinocchio” rating for the whole HUDS meme months after it could have done some good.
Even more to the point, the Post could have reported as actual news the leaping to judgment of the other dinosaur, reactionary, dying old media outlets who fell all over themselves in their rush to try, convict and sentence Darren Wilson. That would have been real journalistic courage. That would have been genuine journalistic integrity. That would have been real reporting.
You should never expect, however, to see courage, integrity or … actual reporting coming from the dinosaur media.
I get a chuckle out of the Post’s finger-wagging admonition in the final paragraph:
But we also care about setting the record straight. Investigators have overwhelmingly rejected witness accounts that Brown had his hands up in a surrender before being shot execution-style. The DOJ has concluded Wilson did not know whether Brown was armed, acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown. The majority of witnesses told federal investigators that the initial claims that Brown’s hands were up were not accurate. “Hands up, don’t shoot” did not happen in Brown’s killing, and it is a characterization that deserves Four Pinocchios. Politicians should step carefully if they try to highlight this expression in the future.
Because, you see, the media themselves have already fallen all over themselves to gin up a fake racial incident and to ruin the lives and livelihoods of Darren Wilson as well as of hundreds of people in Ferguson, Missouri.
How do people think, after all, that the fraud took flight anyway?!?
I’d love to see Darren Wilson sue the living pants off the the media that ruined his life. After all, he was innocent of any wrongdoing in the Michael Brown incident, but still he lost his livelihood and, probably, his ability to gain employment in his chosen field. How much is that worth from, say, ABC-CBS-NBC-MSNBC? Oh, I don’t know… say a million for loss of livelihood, and maybe a cool billion in punitive damages after that.
That might serve as a deterrent in the future to the frauds in the dinosaur media.