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October 17, 2005

About The Media Spin of Toledo Riots

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

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{How many "white supremacists do you count in this picture?]

The AP headline reads "White Supremacists Riot in Toledo, Ohio," which was picked up and promoted by the major networks. Although, as California Conservative writes, "that (pardon the pun) colors the story inaccurately." However, inaccurate is a rather kindly way of describing the AP and media coverage, because the major media's coverage is an outright purposeful and absolute distortion of the facts - a complete fabrication!

Michelle Malkin helps to set the record straight, as does Cox & Forkum(below).

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From an excerpt of the Toledo Blade (via Michelle Malkin):

(...) At its ugliest, looters struck at least four businesses, including Jim and Lou's bar at 3032 Mulberry St., which they set on fire. There were assaults on bystanders and vandalism with damages in the tens of thousands of dollars, including attacks on emergency and media vehicles. Police said overtime costs could easily exceed $100,000.

(...) Police arrested at least 60 people -- 43 adults and 17 juveniles -- primarily for aggravated rioting, assault, and vandalism. Some were gang members, police and Mayor Jack Ford said. [Ed. note: None were "white supremacists."]

From Fox News (via Cox and Forkum)
(...) Mayor Jack Ford said when he and a local minister tried to calm the rioters Saturday, they were cursed and a masked gang member threatened to shoot him. ...

(...) They were mostly "gang members who had real or imagined grievances and took it as an opportunity to speak in their own way," Ford said.

(...) "I was chagrined that there were obvious mothers and children in the crowd with them," he said.

(...) Thomas Frisch, 76, said a large group of men destroyed the exterior of a gas station next to his home of 30 years.

(...)"A whole big gang started to come in here. Next thing you know, they're jumping on the car. Then they overturned it. Then they started on the building, breaking windows, ripping the bars off," he said.

And where were the "White Supremacists" that, according to the media, were rioting? They weren't there.

And who did all of the rioting? Michele writes, "Don't believe ABC News and AP," and she's right, because all of the rioters, looters, and gangsters - were black!

At least CNN managed to get the question right:

(...) how could a mere 14 neo-Nazis have provoked perhaps a thousand mostly African-American counter-protesters into a five-hour melee that engulfed the North Toledo neighborhood of LaGrange, overturning cars, looting a gas station, burning down a tavern, attacking police, fire and emergency medical vehicles?
But in typical MSM politically correct fashion, they essentially blamed it all on whitey!
(...) This summer, an argument over gang activity erupted when LaGrange resident Thomas Szych, who is white, complained that local African-American children were dealing drugs and made hundreds of calls of complaints to local police. In interviews with Toledo media, Szych described two African-American police officers as "gorillas with guns." But the police found little evidence of gangs in the neighborhood.

(...) Many in LaGrange, including members of the police, now believe Szych may have had something to do with the Roanoke Nazis deciding to visit Toledo. Szych denies any involvement. But soon after the police cordon began pushing back against the Saturday crowds, sending mobs of people through the neighborhood, one of the first buildings attacked was Szych's house, about three blocks away.

"No evidence of gang activity" following a police investigation? Did the entire world not witness plenty of evidence of gang activity?

Is it too much to ask what "Szych" or any other one human being in or out of Toledo had to do with the irresponsible, animal-like, mindless behavior, looting and destruction of private property that we all witnessed on television while the police sat back and chewed their cuds? Could it have anything to do with an entire culture having learned absolutely nothing about respect for others property, decency, responsibility, and God forbid - a most basic sense of what is right and wrong, self respect and how to behave?

What's wrong with pining the tail on the right donkey, and placing the blame on the community that deserves to be identified for what they've done and for their irresponsible and inexcusable behavior? And isn't time that the media pony up to the bar of responsibility themselves, and stop "coloring" a problem to suit their own political agenda?

Posted by Richard at October 17, 2005 6:06 PM

I heard some prattle on NPR or some other liberal station, radio about how the riot was "insighted". They noticed nothing unusual about why these "people" weren't mature enough, or even human enough NOT to be insighted to perform subhuman behavior.

Posted by: Tim at October 26, 2005 5:01 PM



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