HORRIBLE COVERAGE OF A HORRIBLE MURDER

By Reed Irvine and Cliff Kincaid
April 6, 2001


      On September 26, 1999, thirteen-year-old Jesse Dirkhising died after having been placed face-down on a mattress on the floor. His legs had been bound with belts and tape. Pillows had been placed under his abdomen, and his arms had been taped to the corners of the mattress. His briefs had been stuffed in his mouth, secured by duct tape. His undershirt had been put over his head. He died of asphyxiation after having been tortured, raped and sodomized.

      Two homosexual men, Joshua Brown and Davis Carpenter were charged with capital murder and six counts of rape. The prosecutor said that what he saw in their apartment was "perhaps the most horrific thing he had witnessed," but the media outside of Arkansas gave it very little coverage. Prodded by the Washington Times, the AP put the story on its national wire a month after the murder. The Washington Post, which had run over 80 stories about the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming, ran sixty words from the AP story about Jesse Dirkhising. That disparity was typical of most of the media.

      On March 22, Joshua Brown was convicted of first degree murder for his role in the brutal killing of thirteen year old Jesse Dirkhising. His partner, Davis Carpenter, will be tried next month. Once again we see the media double standard in full view when it comes to crimes involving homosexuals as victims and perpetrators. The Washington Times and WorldNetDaily reported Brown's conviction and details of the horrible crime. But now these conservative news sources were joined by Andrew Sullivan, a homosexual, whose column in The New Republic focused on the double standard. He wrote, "This discrepancy isn't just real. It's staggering." He said a Nexis search found over three thousand stories about the Shepard murder in the first month following his death and only forty-six stories about Dirkhising in the month following his murder.

      The Washington Times reported that the only network to report on the Dirkhising trial was the Fox News Channel. The Shepard case made front page news and the cover of Time. Politicians and Hollywood types joined forces to demand new hate crime laws to cover homosexuals.

      The media deny there is a double standard. A spokesman for ABC News called it "a local crime story that does not raise the kind of issues that would warrant our coverage." Time's Jonathan Gregg has said: "The reason the Dirkhising story received so little play is because it offered no lessons. Shepard's murder touches on...intolerance and the pressure to conform, the use of violence as a means of confronting one's demons. Jesse Dirkhising's death gives us nothing except the depravity of two sick men."

      Wrong! The Dirkhising case shows that sadism and child abuse is an important part of the gay lifestyle. That is the dirty secret homosexuals refuse to publicize. They have enormous influence within the media. A homosexual New York Times reporter has said that three-quarters of the people who decide what's on the front page of the New York Times are barely-closeted homosexuals.


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