Top 10 Media Hate-Crime Hoaxes of 2013
The only thing the elite media hates more than America is Americans. How else to explain why the mainstream media is relentlessly willing to frame us for hate crimes we didn't commit. Time and again and again, and with nary a shred of evidence, for decades the media have dropped all pretense of basic journalistic standards -- you know, like verification -- and, armed with only their own bigoted wishful thinking and preconceptions, never fail to charge full-speed ahead to breathlessly blow up one phony hate crime after another.
This year alone there were ten -- ten! -- bogus hate crimes (and I probably missed some) that received serious local and/or national media traction before being debunked as hoaxes.
Put another way, in the media's zeal to frame Americans as bigots, the media are willing to repeatedly undermine their own credibility in the hopes that just one of these will stick.
And it is the media who are the hoaxers here, not the pathetic nobodies who dreamed up the hoax. Because after a long and sordid history of breathlessly throwing multiple spotlights on hate-crime hoaxers, future hate-crime hoaxers know they will get all kinds sanctimonious media attention before any kind of actual journalism takes place (if it ever does).
Put simply, the media are the megaphone, enabler, inspiration, and Godfather of Hate-Crime Hoaxes.
Keep in mind that this is the very same media that immediately dismissed the "knock-out game" as worthy of serious coverage as hate crimes or anything else.
Also keep in mind that it is almost never the mainstream media that does the hard work of investigating these hoaxes. Instead, the media see their role as stenographers to liars and are then caught offguard when the inevitable debunking occurs through the effort of a skeptical someone actually interested in the truth.
We'll start with my personal favorite hoax….
1. The Framing of George Zimmerman
For nearly two years, the mainstream media did everything in its wicked power to frame the Hispanic George Zimmerman as a white racist who had shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin (Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury) in a racist rage.
Before the media knew Zimmerman was Hispanic, they labeled him white.
After the media knew Zimmerman was Hispanic, they still labeled him white.
NBC News and CNN both fabricated evidence that falsely portrayed Zimmerman as racist.
The media as a whole refused to report Zimmerman's history of colorblindness and the fact that a Justice Department investigation found no evidence that race had anything to do with the tragic shooting.
Using a shooting that had absolutely nothing to do with race or Stand Your Ground laws or anyone white or anything to do with white privilege (whatever that is), the media made a collective and public fool of themselves pretending otherwise for a full year.
The only real racism throughout all of this was committed by a powerful media against a working class Hispanic man. HLN's Nancy Grace might have distinguished herself, but she was just running with the pack.
2. Oprah Winfrey and the $38,000 Purse
It was all just a little too neat.
While out in the media hyping a new feature film, "The Butler," that focused on American race relations over the decades, billionaire media titan Oprah Winfrey just happened to have a nifty little anecdote to share about being a victim of racism herself. While out shopping recently for a purse more expensive than a new car, Winfrey claimed to have been victimized by a racist Swiss sales clerk. According to Winfrey, the clerk looked at the color of Oprah's skin and assumed she couldn’t afford a $38,000 purse.
Although they practice racism, Winfrey refused to name the offending Swiss boutique or the clerk. This of course also made it difficult for the media to check up on her story -- not that they would have.
Our mindless media, instead, were enthralled by Oprah's tale of terror and the story dominated for days. The entire country of Switzerland ended up apologizing.
The whole thing finally collapsed when the anonymous clerk came out and branded Oprah a liar.
In the end, Oprah was forced to put the fire out by backing off her claim with a non-apology apology.
The media were just as eager to drop it.
3. The Oberlin College Racism Hoax
Busted. Stone-cold busted. Just as I suspected, “progressive” pranksters at Oberlin College have been definitively unmasked as the perpetrators of phony campus “hate crimes” that scored international headlines in March. The blabbermouth academic administrators who helped fuel the hysteria are now running for cover.
The Associated Press, USA Today, The New York Times, MSNBC, Yahoo News and the Huffington Post were among the media outlets that trumpeted the story of supposed racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism run amok at my alma mater. Throughout the winter, anti-black and anti-gay graffiti, swastikas, and a shadowy figure in a “KKK hood” surfaced on the tiny campus outside Cleveland, Ohio. Black Entertainment Television News decried the hate outbreaks and “KKK sighting.”
4. The Anti-Lesbian Waitress Tip Hoax
Some nobody waitress in New Jersey claims she was stiffed for a tip because she is a lesbian. “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life," was the explanation written on the dinner bill, per the waitress.
And the story went viral! It was all over the news for days. And like all hate-crime hoaxes, the media became co-conspirators with a story that was just too good to check. And we know this, because after the whole episode was revealed as a hoax, the waitress was revealed to be infamous among her co-workers as a compulsive liar.
But no one in the media apparently bothered to verify the receipt or even talk to the so-called victim's co-workers.
Framing innocent Americans as bigots will always take priority over Journalism 101.
5. The Black Student Receives Racist Text Hoax
Back in May, the world was stunned to learn that a black 16-year-old prep school student received racist texts.
Four of them!
All of that is true, except the student sent the texts to himself.
6. The Racist Red Lobster Receipt Hoax
In September, at a Red Lobster in Tennessee, a black waitress claimed that instead of a tip, she received a note scrawled on the bill that said "none n**ger."
And, according to one handwriting expert, not true.
7. The Student Threatens Herself with Rape Hoax
National Review's Charles C. W. Cooke:
Meg Lanker-Simons, an activist and student at the University of Wyoming who sent fake rape threats to herself, not only enjoyed being the much-comforted victim of the “disgusting, misogynistic” attack that she had contrived but also got to lead the speeches condemning it. At Oberlin, Bleier and his partner in crime, Matt Alden, watched as their deception went national. Actress Lena Dunham made an issue out of the fracas on Twitter; MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry devoted substantial airtime to the scandal, inviting Ta-Nehisi Coates on to discuss racism at large; CNN and the New York Times covered the protests.
8. The Racist Football Graffiti Hoax
In Luxenburg, Massachusetts someone spray painted "Knights don't need n**gers" on the side of Andrea Brazier's home. Brazier is white. Her husband Phillip is black. Her son Isaac is biracial and plays on his high school football team, the Knights.
Isaac also claimed that he had been bullied and harassed at school over the color of his skin.
Candlelight vigils were held. The town rallied behind Isaac and his family. The media wrung its hands.
Guess who spray painted her own house?
9. The Vassar College Hate-Message Hoax
The College Fix:
Former Fix assistant editor Robby Soave has published an investigative report on a series of “hate crimes” at Vassar College. Turns out, it was all an elaborate hoax, carried out by the left-wing leader of the school’s official “Bias Incident Response Team.” …
One of those students responsible for the hoaxes, Soave reports, is a self-proclaimed transgendered student who goes by the name Genesis Hernandez, who has now been forced to leave the school in disgrace.
10. The Neverending Matthew Shepard Hoax
Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming 15 years ago but continues to be the media-created hate-crime hoax that keeps on giving. Since his death, Shepard has been held up as a martyr to the cause of stomping out American homophobia.
The 15-year myth assures us Shepard was murdered and hung from a fence simply because he was gay.
The facts, however, tell a completely different story that will never get the media traction and attention necessary to kill the lie:
But what really happened to Matthew Shepard?
He was beaten, tortured, and killed by one or both of the men now serving life sentences. But it turns out, according to Jiminez, that Shepard was a meth dealer himself and he was friends and sex partners with the man who led in his killing. Indeed, his killer may have killed him because Shepard allegedly came into possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and refused to give it up.
If you are asking yourself, "When will the media learn?" Stop!
The media don't care about what is true, and most especially don't care when it comes to any story that portrays Americans as bigots.
The media will never learn, because they are in on the hoax -- a willing and -- in the case of George Zimmerman -- active co-conspirator.
NOTE: As of this writing, there are still 11 hours left in 2013. I'll update new media hate-crime hoaxes as they develop.
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