CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC Primetime Ignore 'Knockout Game'
The major television media are ignoring the “knockout game," a vicious assault perpetrated by young African-American males against Jews and whites across the nation. In the assaults, unsuspecting pedestrians are punched violently in the head so that the black youths can prance around exhilarated about their successful “knockout.” Many concussions and even deaths have been attributed to this “game,” but networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC have studiously ignored the issue, according to TruthRevolt.
The black youths committing the assaults have even filmed videos of the incidents showing the violence and their subsequent celebrations, including some called "Polar Bear Hunting" and "Knock the Jew"; in one video one thug laughed, "White girl bleed a lot!"
Thomas Sowell wrote an article for the New York Post acknowledging that the assaults are "nothing new." He continued that the reason the issue has not gone viral previously is that the media have been describing them as "isolated attacks" and leaving out the race factor because of "political correctness" or fear of "inciting a race war":
Sometimes the attacks are reported, but only as isolated attacks by unspecified 'teens' or 'young people' against unspecified victims, without any reference to the racial makeup of the attackers or the victims — and with no mention of racial epithets by the young hoodlums exulting in their own 'achievement.'
To ascertain how reticent the major media outlets have been to cover the story, TruthRevolt.org surveyed the responses of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC to the attacks on Jews since November 12. They all ignored the story in primetime, except for one two-minute segment on CNN's New Day which never mentioned the subject of race, only calling the perpetrators "kids", "juveniles", and "teens."
Fox News, on the other hand, has been reporting the story; On the Record with Greta Van Susteren reported first Monday, November 18 where Van Susteren denounced the crimes, then showed a video of a “knockout” attack in Pittsburgh on a school teacher leaving him unconscious in Pittsburgh. She continued,
I know this is a very touchy topic, because the game is regrettably popular amongst unsupervised African-American teens. No one wants to get near the topic of race. We also can't run from this one. People are getting hurt and murdered, even those living in these communities. They have a right to be safe, and they don't have to live in fear of having their children hurt or even poisoned by ugly peer pressure, right? This game has to be condemned, and in order for any impact to happen whatsoever, it has to come from important role models to these young teens. I beg of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and even President Obama to step up, right now, and speak out. Your silence will speak volumes, but your voice could make a big difference. Don't wait. Be leaders, they need you. We need you...
In a broadcast the next night, November 19, Susteren later reported on the anti-Semitism of the attacks and quoted Sowell’s article, saying:
More disturbing news. New York City police say thugs are now targeting Jewish people. Police say there have been a recent knockout attacks, singling out people in the Jewish committee. As I pointed out last night, the knockout game is not reported on enough. Today, the "New York Post" also reported the mainstream media usually suppresses news about this knockout game and other orchestrated racial violence. As I said last night, young teens need roll models and I am calling on those role models: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and even President Obama to speak out against the deadly game.
The same night Bill O'Reilly also aired a segment in which conservative commentator Bernie Goldberg offered his perspective as to the media blackout of the assaults. Goldberg stated:
It's savagery. It's difficult watch those tapes. As far as the media is concerned, if I can get to that the reason, most of the people watching us tonight are probably shocked by watching these videos and don't knowing anything about them, because as you rightly said, they are getting little attention. No attention that we could find in the New York Times or the Washington Post or the evening newscasts. I think there is a reason for this, it's not a journalistic reason...Let's imagine that what we are seeing here is white kids attacking black people. That in cities like St. L.ouis and Washington, Milwaukee, and New York. Young white kids got together and said 'let's start this game, we will call it the knockout'. They go around, and some black guy is coming home from work, and out of blue they just hit him in the face as hard as they can, and he goes down, and then, their idiotic white friends giggle about it like a bunch of hyenas and then post it on the internet. That would obviously be a national news story because it's orchestrated racial violence.
In that same segment, O'Reilly asked Fox News contributor Rev. Jacques Degraff, who is black, for his take on the reasons for the assault; the result was this:
Degraff: There are many alienated black youth in America, and then there are many alienated youth in America. In the African-American community there are people who are doing things address it. you just don't hear about it.
O'Reilly: I don't know how effective it's being with the the crime stats the way they are...Do these people, in your experience, know right from wrong?
Degraff: I think they know right from wrong. They are angry. They are alienated, and like other alienated youth, they are acting out...I don't pretend to know what's going on in the mind of a 14-year-old.
Sean Hannity also delved into the story on the same night in a four-minute segment in which he asked retired NYPD Detective Bo Dietl to comment. Diehl responded:
This is being suppressed by the liberal news media. It is gangs of black youths attacking whites. It is called 'polar bear hunting'. It is called Jews being targeted. that is exactly what it is...It is a race-based thing -- black youth against the white individuals. Not even against the men, it is against women, defenseless people. They hit them in the face and try to knock them out. My problem is, they have to take this crime and characterize it the way it is supposed to be characterized...It is black on white crime, that is racism.
On Wednesday, November 20, Greta Van Susteren showed a seven-minute interview with Phoebe Connolly, a victim of the "knockout game."
ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams ignored the “knockout game” story, instead focusing on JFK's assassination and the Gettysburg Address. MSNBC? No one mentioned the assaults; they were too busy standing up for Oprah Winfrey’s recent incendiary comments on the BBC, in which she asserted that Americans oppose Obama because he's black, and slavering over George Zimmerman's recent arrest. Al Sharpton spoke of Zimmerman’s arrest for 13 minutes; "Knock the Jew" never came up.