Ferguson, Missouri, is again demonstrating a commitment to lawlessness. A year after Michael Brown was killed while attacking a police officer, the black community of Ferguson has rallied once again to demand justice for the slain convenience store robber.
Still, a full year after the shooting of Brown and nearly a year after the continued rioting and looting that afflicted the St. Louis suburb, the mainstream media continues to dutifully report lawlessness in the most sanitized of terms.
Reuters, the international news agency, reported that though a “demonstration” in Ferguson erupted in gunfire on Sunday night, the demonstrations were “otherwise peaceful.”
Similarly, D-Day was a nice, relaxing stroll on French beaches… you know, except for the whole Nazis with machineguns thing…
Reuters reported: (emphasis added)
Two people were struck by gunfire during a stand off between riot police and protesters on Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri, after a day of otherwise peaceful rallies commemorating the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer one year ago.
Several volleys of gunshots rang out as police tried to disperse demonstrators blocking traffic and smashing storefront windows along a street that was a flashpoint of last year’s unrest in the St. Louis suburb following the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
The origin of the gunfire and condition of the two people shot was not immediately known, police said. One of the victims, a black male who looked to be a teenager or young adult, appeared in a Reuters photo to have been badly wounded.
The scene changed dramatically after dark with dozens of protesters blocking traffic and smashing store windows along West Florissant Avenue, which bore the brunt of last summer’s rioting, chanting “Shut it down” in the midst of a severe thunderstorm.
While there is a place for commentary and a place for “just the facts,” how a news agency characterizes the “facts” of a news story can indicate bias. Words like “undocumented immigrant” betray a bias that does not recognize an inherent illegality in illegal immigration. Likewise, calling those who are smashing windows and shooting “demonstrators” or “protesters” indicates a willingness to further the preposterous narratives that have surrounded the widening racial divisions in America.
It is no breach of journalistic ethics to call looters “looters” and thugs “thugs.”