August 9th was the 5th anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson.
The 2014 case was one that further strained racial divisions in America, in no small part thanks to the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative pushed by Democrats, liberal commentators, and left-wing journalists that was later found to be false.
As Bonchie wrote over the weekend, several 2020 Democratic candidates for president posted tweets on Friday noting the anniversary of Brown’s death, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kamala Harris (CA).
In both of their tweets, Harris and Warren stated that Brown, a black teenager, had been “murdered.” In Warren’s tweet, she noted the alleged “murder” had taken place at the hands of a “white officer”:
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
While it’s true Wilson is white, both tweets were egregious and deserving of being challenged by the mainstream media. Especially when you consider that the conclusions President Barack Obama’s Justice Department drew were quite different. But to the surprise of almost no one, neither Senator was questioned by a member of the press regarding their revisionist history at the time.
Former Fox News “Special Report” host and longtime journalist Brit Hume corrected Warren in particular, and in a later tweet pointed out the media’s silence on the matter:
I don’t know which is worse: that she still believes this, or that she knows it’s false and says it anyway. And why is the officer’s race an issue? Not even the Obama Justice Dept. concluded there was a murder. https://t.co/Gtkj1nfvxE https://t.co/lVxHAtvRuj
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 10, 2019
Both Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren said on Twitter Friday that Michael Brown was “murdered” by a “white” policeman in Ferguson, Mo. This is an absolute whopper and obviously does nothing to calm racial tension in this country. Yet it’s gotten almost no coverage.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 11, 2019
I suspect the main reason Harris’s and Warren’s falsehoods about Wilson and Brown have gotten little to no coverage is because many of the very reporters charged with keeping politicians accountable and truthful were active participants in perpetuating the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie to begin with.
In response to the erroneous tweets from 2020 Democratic candidates on this issue, Sharyl Attkisson wrote a detailed analysis of both the case and the media’s coverage of it that is well-worth reading, especially when you consider the contemporary racially-inflammatory lies Democrats and the MSM have pushed regarding President Trump’s “very fine people” Charlottesville comments as well as his remarks on MS-13 gangs.
Attkisson’s spot-on conclusion is one you won’t see many in the mainstream media amplify for obvious reasons:
Ferguson, based on the findings of the Obama Justice Department, isn’t an example of bad policing run amok or racism. It’s a tragic case of media malpractice ruining the life of a police officer who was found to have done nothing other than defend himself.
Indeed. Unfortunately, that malpractice the media and Democrats alike routinely engage in on these issues shows no signs of letting up.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –