Accuracy in Media

On Wednesday night, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly devoted his Talking Points Memo to the issue of how the Black Lives Matter movement has led to a spike in shootings around the country:

“First, the stats—and they are stunning. Since the Ferguson chaos, murders in the USA’s 50 largest cities are up close to 17%, and much higher in cities with large black populations. In Chicago for example, this year alone shootings are up around 80%. Why? Because the Chicago police have stopped stopping suspicious people. So-called pedestrian stops are down 90% in the Windy City. When you fail to police pro-actively, people commit more crimes.”

O’Reilly then blames the media for not talking about who is committing most of the violent crime in America, thus providing cover for the BLM movement:

“The media will not spotlight that much of the violent crime in America is being committed right now by young black men. In fact, black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at a rate 10-times higher than white and Hispanic male teenagers combined. And blacks of all ages commit homicide at a rate of 8-times higher than whites and Hispanics combined. Conclusion—there is a violent sub-culture in the African-American community that should be exposed and confronted. Enter the Black Lives Matter crew, which roams around the country promoting a false narrative that American police officers are actively hunting down and killing blacks.

Here’s the truth. Police shot whites at a rate of 50% in 2015. Police shot blacks at a rate of 26%.”

Racial profiling indeed.

O’Reilly concluded by calling out the media and others for backing the Black Lives Matter movement, to the detriment of the country:

“Summing up, thousands more Americans are being murdered because police are more passive since the Ferguson situation and the Black Lives Matter protests. Talking Points believes every American should know the truth. Sympathetic media and many race hustlers are backing Black Lives Matter. The final indignity? Members of the group have even been invited to the White House.”

If there is any doubt about the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, it is explained on their website:

“Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”

Watch out if that happens.

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