On Sunday, TFPP reported that a shooting took place at Burnett Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. The shooter was apprehended, but his attack killed one woman and injuring six other people.
Normally, mass shootings are like catnip to the mainstream media. The coverage starts flying before the bodies are cool and remains wall-to-wall for weeks.
But not this time. The NFL controversy remains the top story, with North Korea a close second. What’s going on?
Well, conservative commentator Matt Walsh notes a few details about the shooting and walks away with an inarguable conclusion as to why the New York Times, for instance, buried the story on page 14: the Burnett Chapel attack doesn’t sever any media-approved narratives.
First, the shooter was Sudanese immigrant Emanuel Kidega Samson and his victim Melanie Smith was white, which means that not only is the story useless to perpetuating the narrative of white supremacist violence on the rise, but that if people see the story too often they might start thinking about how lax our current immigration system is…and being good little liberals, the press can’t have that.
Second, the ending of the attack turns the story into a net loss for the cause of gun control:
The hero, 22-year-old Caleb Engle, was pistol-whipped in the face during the confrontation. He struggled with Samson until the terrorist, by the grace of God, accidentally shot himself. Engle then went out to his car to grab his own firearm, and stood guard over the wounded shooter until police arrived.
If the races were switched and you removed the pesky pro-Second Amendment element of the story, perhaps it may have fighting chance to compete with choreographed protests in professional sports for airtime. But the details being what they are, the outcome was predetermined. This was destined to be buried. The NFL distraction just made it that much easier.
But those of us who do take a second to reflect on Sunday’s truly newsworthy event will come away with, among other things, a riveting picture of what real courage looks like. If you were to compare the minutes the media has spent slobbering over the heroism of kneeling athletes compared to how many minutes they’ve spent even acknowledging the heroism of the guy who tackled and neutralized a crazed gunman in a Tennessee church on Sunday, I’m guessing it would be about 9,000,000 to zero. But I’m of the radical opinion that the ratio should be exactly reversed.
It requires no bravery whatsoever to participate in a trendy form of protest, especially when the protest is guaranteed to win you admiration. Granted, it will also earn you contempt from some corners, but they are corners populated by exactly the sort of people that a liberal-minded millionaire enjoys antagonizing.
Now, Walsh is mistaken to suggest that the shooting might still be less than front-page even if its details served the Left’s propaganda protests; the media is hyping the NFL because they (foolishly) think the story hurts Donald Trump, but of course they love shaming Americans into disarming their law-abiding neighbors every bit as much as they love hating Trump; in fact, had the shooter been white and had there been no armed hero to stop them, plenty of reporters might have welcomed a change to a subject where they imagined they could claim more moral high ground.
(And frankly, a major cultural institution like the NFL throwing in with the causes of America-bashing and cop-hating is a bigger story than the fact that crimes, even heinous ones like this, still happen in a free country of 320 million people.)
However, he’s absolutely right about the story deserving more coverage than it’s gotten so far, and absolutely right about why it’s not getting it. By burying it, the mainstream media has unwittingly proven that its hysterical coverage of every other mass shooting is about gun control, not compassion for the dead — and that the their desire for gun control isn’t because they’re interested in stopping future shootings.