Living Stingy: Hush Crimes –

Why are some crimes widely publicized and others never get a mention in the press?

Today a young Bosnian immigrant was brutally beaten to death by four hammer-wielding black youths in St. Louis, Missouri. On most websites and news shows reporting the news, the race of the assailants – two of whom are still at large – is not mentioned. Some people are a little shocked by this, as it appears that this is a possible hate crime. The four black youths assaulted a white man by beating on his car with hammers. When he got out of the car, they beat him to death.

For some reason, though, the police and the media are walking on eggs about the story – lest it stir up racial unrest. This, after hyping the Grand Jury decision in nearby Ferguson, for well over a week.

Contrast this with the obsession the media has over things like the “Tot Mom” trial, or some missing wealthy girl in Aruba, or some murder trial in Italy involving healthy looking 20-somethings.

The racists have it right and wrong. Yes, “Hush Crimes” exist. No, they are not limited to black-on-white violence.

For some reason the media obsesses about certain crimes and gives criminals a free pass on others.

But it goes beyond that. It helps to be young and attractive, of course. It seems that young, middle-to-upper-class white folks get a lot more press when they are murdered. And if the crime isn’t too gruesome that maybe it gets better press as a plain old murder mystery. I think one reason the Newsome/Christian murders didn’t play well with the press is that they were so gruesome that people would change channels or put down their papers.

The press is in the business of selling eyeballs, so a nice simple shooting is easier to sell. It is easier to sell a nice “clean” shooting instead of a torture-murder that turns peoples stomachs. Advertisers will pay top dollar to advertise at the “Tot Mom” trial. No one wants their advertisement to accompany a story about a torture/rape/murder of a young couple by four black thugs. The story is so repugnant that the advertiser’s message would be lost – if not hurt. It’s not a racial thing – it’s a money thing.

And it goes without saying that if poor people murder each other, no one really gives a shit. And if it is poor black people then even less so. And yet a majority of crime in black neighborhoods is black-on-black violence, and this doesn’t get reported or receive the attention it deserves.

More clear-cut cases are of less interest. And again, perhaps the fact the media is selling eyeballs is to blame. With “controversial” trials – like the O.J. trial – people like to watch and argue about whether the defendant is innocent or not. It is like watching your favorite soap opera. They just want to keep you watching.

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Living Stingy: Hush Crimes –

January 24, 2015   Posted in: Hush Crimes |

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