Shooting Cops: Is the Media Part of the Problem?

By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

In part one of this series, we talked about the role the Federal Government has played in the demise of law & order, and more specifically, the lack of respect or concern for Police Officers. In part two, we examined the conduct of state and local governments in this sad state of affairs.

In part three, there is one other culprit that fans the flames of civil unrest, and that is the media. There is nothing more hypocritical than the media blaming the media. Each TV station acts as if the other is to blame for everything, and that they themselves are angelic. What do we consider the media anyway? Is it just TV or radio? The Internet? Perhaps writers like myself?

The media is the great communicator. If it was not for them, we would not see the riots or the unrest, and that's exactly what we tune in to see it. Are we to blame as well perhaps? Without demand, there is no supply, so we have a bit of guilt by association, albeit in a convoluted way.

It’s getting to the point where you can almost schedule a riot or unrest. We have come to the place where any court ruling that does not feed into the agenda of those who consider themselves oppressed is grounds for civil disobedience. It seems they all start out that way, and typically you can see on the first night an impromptu state of unrest.

Then the next night, the professional agitators show up and hijack any semblance of peaceful protest.

The media ramps up the coverage, entices the protestors to come out in large numbers, and then shakes their heads in disbelief at the result, all the while distancing themselves from the unrest they helped create. 

The conduct by the media when they are covering the event is “Jerry Springer” journalism. They play to the crowd and agitate the situation, but then again, there we are in our living rooms watching those poor, oppressed people burn their communities down.

The media's actions have a direct impact on Police Officers. it’s a one-sided event and the Police can’t play the media game like the protestors do. If they do, it won't end well for them. Our law enforcement is supposed to be above such tactics, and they act with restraint and even protect the media when they get in over their head and are threatened by the protestors.

Then you have pundits like FOX’s Sean Hannity, who likes to start a fight with a protestor from the security of his studio, putting his reporter on the spot and endangering their safety. That in turn, only makes the situation worse, and angers the mob mentality.

I get it, they broadcast and we watch. The issue is not just about that, it’s about the media’s responsibility. The anti-police movement is a national story, and an important one, in the fact that it is a cancer on society.

It’s been a tough year for the media. A once respected watchdog has become a pompous and self-absorbing industry, and it has felt the wrath of the public it tries to control. The 2016 election was a swift and harsh rebuke of the media, and they don’t know how to respond.

The direction the media takes with the incoming Trump Administration will be interesting to watch. The riots and protests in the manner they act out now will not be tolerated by Trump and his Justice Department, and the media is in for a wakeup call.

The media must redefine itself and its mission, and they would be wise to do so before Trump polices the.

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