MINNEAPOLIS, Friday, August 13, 2014 — When a black teenager named Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer, the inevitable racial tensions boiled over in St. Louis, Missouri. As expected, liberal blacks reflexively blamed the police officer. As expected, conservative whites were inclined to believe the police officer, whose name has been withheld to protect him and his family from retribution.
Just as in the Trayvon Martin case, far too many people were not willing to just be quiet and let the facts sort themselves out. Those on both sides of that conflict still do not accept the truth. Both Martin and his killer George Zimmerman shared blame for escalating the fight that left Martin dead and Zimmerman scarred. Neither one was innocent.
In this case, the facts are unknown. Those without a racial agenda can freely admit they have no idea what happened.
Unfortunately, the liberal media is not known to ask questions before shooting. In 1992, their repeated playing of a fraction of the Rodney King videotape played on emotions and led to the Los Angeles riots that burned the city. Now the liberal media is doing whatever it can to ensure that the heartland of Missouri burns. If it bleeds, it leads.
Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan Reilly of Huffington Post Politics are prime examples of what happens when individuals more interested in being the story than covering the story get into power. Combine a desperate need to offer a predetermined narrative with the rapid fire of social media, and the result is a toxic cocktail that inflames a city and exacerbates racial hostility.
What is not in dispute is that Lowery and Reilly were in a McDonalds restaurant adjacent to where police were attempting to restrain the crowd of mostly black protesters. While some of the protesters were peacefully assembling, there were incidents of looting. Past liberal media reports of looting were usually whitewashed to avoid conflicting with the narrative of excessive use of force by the police.
What is also not in dispute is that Lowery and Reilly had a confrontation with police officers inside the McDonalds. They were both arrested and sent to jail. They have since been released.
What is in dispute is whether this was an act of police brutality. The behavior of Lowery and Reilly would indicate otherwise.
Lowery and Reilly want to have Americans believe that they are First Amendment freedom fighters in pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way.
On Lowery’s own Twitter page, his biography states, “I’m not a writer, I just Tweet a lot.” Reilly gives himself the fictional title of “Justice Reporter,” although at least he does not wear tights and a mask. Like many political agitators with keyboards and internet access, these two men appear to have a history of confusing self-righteousness with actually being right.
Like most employees at the Washington Post and Huffington Post, these men are not neutral reporters pursuing hard news stories. They are men of strong and very public opinions that reflect the leftist bent of their employers. For those who have never read a leftist opinion column about politics, summing it up does not require a journalism degree.
The police are the bad guys. Nothing has changed since 1863. Selma, Alabama is the only moment in American history worth discussing. White police officers are oppressive and black youths looting and burning stores are misunderstood kids justified by their poverty and history of oppression.
With their predetermined columns all but officially written, Reilly and Lowery were in the McDonalds when police took actions that played right into Reilly and Lowery’s hands.
Lowery inadvertently admits the real truth in attempting to offer his slanted versions of events.
“Initially, both Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and I were asked for identification. I was wearing my lanyard, but Ryan asked why he had to show his ID.”
Does that sound like the behavior of a professional reporter or a person with an attitude problem looking for trouble? It would have taken less than five seconds for Reilly to show his identification. The issue is not one of law, but common sense. When police are dealing with a tense situation around them, they do not have time for nonsense from people starting out uncooperative.
“They didn’t press the point, but one added that if we called 911, no one would answer.”
This translates into officers saying that the same smart alecks who give police a hard time are the ones complaining when they do not show up fast enough.
“Then they walked away. Moments later, the police reemerged, telling us that we had to leave. I pulled my phone out and began recording video.”
So these men directly defied police orders because they were more interested in making a point than in following simple instructions from law enforcement personnel trying to do their jobs. Did either man order any food? The reporters admitted that they were just there to use the internet access, which is known as loitering (they were arrested for trespassing).
Reilly and Flowery went out of their way to escalate the situation.
“As I exited, I saw Ryan to my left, having a similar argument with two officers. I recorded him, too, and that angered the officer.”
Instead of recording the officers, Lowery could have told Reilly to calm down and just come with him. A real friend or colleague tells his other friend not to fight a needless battle.
“I said, ‘Officers, let me just gather my bag.’ As I did, one of them said, ‘Okay, let’s take him.’”
Reaching for a bag is not a smart move in a situation like this. For all the officers knew, Lowery could have had a gun. Officers need to make split-second decisions. Sometimes they make mistakes. Letting them get killed is not a viable option.
This entire situation was avoidable, but it does not seem like either Lowery or Reilly wanted to avoid the conflict. From Occupy Wall Street vandals to Wisconsin union protesters to overprivileged white college students to inner city black youths, leftist groups have a tendency to force violent confrontations. This does not happen with peaceful conservative movements such as the Tea Party. Lowery and Reilly are leftist crusaders. They wanted a conflict, and they got one.
Their few brief moments in jail will benefit them. They will become folk heroes who “stood up to the man.” Book deals are an inevitability, and MSNBC has been known to offer six-figure television jobs to liberal activists who confront police and exacerbate violence. Al Sharpton, who shockingly enough got to Missouri faster than a moth flies to a flame, perfectly represents this new breed of liberal “newsperson.”
Like many liberal activists, Reilly and Lowery will probably file multi-million dollar lawsuits. They are most likely in a competition to see which one of them will get more Facebook and Twitter followers from their brief moment of “oppression.”
These men made themselves the story. Even by liberal journalism standards, this is the ultimate act of narcissism. These men were not interested in pursuit the truth. They were interested in taking “selfies.”
“I could see Ryan still talking to an officer. I said: ‘Ryan, tweet that they’re arresting me, tweet that they’re arresting me.’”
This is behavior that Perez Hilton engaged in when he was getting beaten up. Hilton is a leftist, and neither him or these two reporters should be given an ounce of slack. Their first thought upon being arrested was not to call a lawyer and arrange bail, but to seek publicity from their sycophantic followers.
“This story’s going to get out there. It’s going to be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow.”
That sounds like President Obama’s Harvard professor friend Louis Gates screeching at a police officer, “Don’t you know who I am?”
One can forgive police officers for not bowing down before the delusions of grandeur of liberal media bloggers and pseudo-journalists or wealthy ivory tower academics.
The facts of what happened between Brown and the unidentified police officer will be revealed at some point. The truth will come out.
What happened to Lowery and Reilly was nothing more than a pair of third tier, fourth state elitists with an entitlement mentality behaving badly due to their ideology. Conservative Republican media personalities would never have let the situation get to the point of physical violence. They would have treated the police with respect and quietly gone about their business.
Leftist activism led Lowery and Reilly into a confrontation they provoked. The violence escalated, which is exactly what they and their editors wanted.
Meanwhile, St. Louis is burning while these liberal reporters insist on making everything about themselves.