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The Media is Spreading Racial Hatred … Again.

The Media is Spreading Racial Hatred … Again.

I can understand that the news media may be on the horns of a dilemma in reporting on acts of violence – such as we have again seen in the killing of eight women at three Asian massage spas in Georgia.

Certainly, the press has an obligation to cover the story.  But at the same time, giving these nutcase killers publicity serves to stimulate more of the same kind of activity.  Responsible media has agonized over this conundrum in the past.

Many of these lone-wolf shooters crave the public notoriety – even if it is their last act on earth.  That realization has led a number of news outlets to describe the events without naming the perpetrators.  It is a small gesture, but it does show that those media folks well understand the negative consequences of their publicity.

The Georgia shooter killed eight women – six of whom were Asian.  That is a fact. 

Why he killed them and whether the ethnicity was a motivating factor is still under investigation.  The officials have not yet called it a hate crime. Early reports have stated that a sex addiction is what motivated him. He apparently saw those women and those places – rightly or wrongly – as provoking his weakness.

What has not been reported as of this writing is whether the targets of his madness were places of prostitution – and whether he was a patron against his own willpower. 

What makes the media reports more problematic is that they ignore the negative aspect of legitimate reporting.  Lots of questions to be answered.  But that has not stopped the left-wing media from beginning to spin and speculate to drive the story into one of their preconceived narratives.

In this case, it is another example of white supremacy and terrorism.  But not limited to the shooter or even a fringe element of bad actors.  In the reports of the propaganda press, this horrific act is somehow the result of pandemic racism on the part of white Republican conservatives.

Though the experts are yet to determine if this is a hate crime, there is no hesitation by the press.  “Of course, this is a hate crime” even if it does not officially fit the legal statutes.  “Why shouldn’t this be called a hate crime?” an Asian reporter rhetorically asks.

That then leads to the full court press about the rise in violence against Asians – promoted, in their spin, by former President Trump referring to Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus.” 

The problem with any rise in violence against Asians, we cannot be sure how much of it is organic and how much of it spreads because of the publicity – and the spin – given by the east coast media.  We have seen this phenomenon in the past.

Years ago, a disgruntled post office employee shot up the workplace and killed fellow workers.  It got lots of publicity.  In the wake of the coverage another post office employee shot up his workplace.  The more the media reported these shootings, they became iconic.  In fact, the term “going postal” was coined to cover all sorts of workplace shootings.

The period between 1963 and 1983 was an era of assassinations and attempted assassinations against political leaders — the assassinations of President Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, among others.  It resulted in the wounding and crippling of presidential candidate George Wallace, two attempts on the life of President Ford and the wounding of President Reagan.  For the next 38 years, not a single attempt on a public official.

We went through an era of bombings – one copycat after another.

More recently we entered a period in which school shootings became the next national tragedy.  Something that almost never happened for generations was suddenly an all-too-common event.

Many psychologists, psychiatrists and sociologists have opined that the reason for these copycat trends is the influence and motivation of publicity – the press reports.

That is a problem even if the media attempts to be responsible and careful.  But it is dangerously irresponsible when the media spins the reports to create stereotypical situations between one class of Americans against another for partisan political purposes.

The motivation of the left-wing press is obvious.  They see the Georgia shooting as another way to align more Asians with the Democratic Party.

As a person who has a great admiration and affection for Asian people – as I do for Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and all in between – it pains me to see the left shattering our national unity with strident identity politics.  We all can agree that what happened in Georgia is awful. But we must not let it result in an epidemic of racial hostilities that the media is so willfully promoting.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

11 Comments

  1. art

    Even the Chinese hate liberals (baizuo)

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  2. T. C.

    Great commentary, its a shame most people reading it will not understand what your saying. Left wing will bring down this country yet. Democrats, I’ve really started to hate them for their stupidity, they should be ashamed of themselves especially the top Democrats in office (president, senate and congress).

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  3. Doug Litchfield

    Democrats will soon dissect the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Nerds are Us, and Nanci Boys in Basements to create as much division as possible. They seem to be losing their stranglehold on the black voting bloc, so let’s create a new downtrodden class with the Asian community. Many in this community have lived through what dems are trying to peddle and will have no part of it.

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  4. Anonymous

    You are a right wing Nazi trump page so go awash because your dictator trump is never going to be in power again

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  5. Dale Brown

    Correct you are Larry,! That’s the whole idea. The alignment part. Disscusting as usual. If they weren’t slandering or fabricating some trash, they wouldn’t have anything to air!

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  6. Michael O'Connor

    You know the asians are no different than any other group. They know the quickest way to get what they want is through the media calling attention to their problems as racist. So soon we forget Pearl Harbor when those little slant eyed bastards bombed the shit out of us killing thousands. Well we forgave them and welcomed them to our country and this is what we get for it. Wake up people.

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  7. John Mulligan

    There is no question the Lefty Dem-Flack Media (LDM or LDFM) to advance their preferred narrative, i.e. propaganda. Indeed, this would seem to be a text book case! The LDM seize on these awful crimes as “hate crimes” even though no such determination has been made by law enforcement. Yet they often ignore many actual anti-Asian hate crimes if the perpetrator is not White.

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  8. Ben

    Yes, that’s it, it’s the media’s fault. He probably played video games, and listened to rap or heavy metal, or smoked weed.
    One thing I haven’t seen blamed is the conservative religious brand of shaming the natural human instinct and basic needs of sexuality.

    I see that the gun man in today’s Colorado shooting was taken alive after killing 6, including a LEO… pretty safe to say he is white. I wonder who you are going to blame for his actions?

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    • Larry Horist

      Ben … you are too obsessed with left-leaning political religion. I am very clear who I blame for the Colorado shooting. First and foremost … the shooter. What ever his motive or mental condition, the shooter is always responsible. Buts as a good liberal, you like to find others to blame. Maybe we should blame his parents for birthing him. Or the store for having inadequate security. Blame the gun. Oh yeah … you want to blame millions of white conservative Christians. We know people kill for money. They kill over jealousy. The kill because the boss fired them. But when does a person randomly kill a whole bunch of innocent people. No doubt it is the result of some sort of mental illness — and that is what we should be looking at. Not ethnicity. Not politics. Motives may be the excuse to kill a bunch of people … but we need to put more emphasis on what really motivates them. Why they see mass killing as a objective. We know that in many cases, public recognition via the press is at least part of the reason. Even the press has recognized this. And as far as your intimating that it is caused by Christian “shaming the natural human instinct and basic need of sexuality” … where did you get that bit of bizarre nonsense? Bringing that into the conversation seems to suggest that you may have your own sexual hang-up. And why pick on Christians? The shooter in Georgia had sexual issues, but I have no idea what religions he practiced — if any. And the only other shooter with possible sexual issues was the shooter of The Pulse in Florida — and he was a Muslim. Life is much more complex than your preconceived stereotypes and narratives.

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      • Ben

        Umm Larry, you wrote an entire blog blaming the media for the Georgia killer, but failed to read anything on his background? Come on man, I keep giving you the benefit of doubt, and you keep failing to live up to it.
        I certainly don’t have any sexual hang ups. I’ve been with my life partner since the first week of high school. We have an amazing family and an active sex life.
        However, it is telling that you took enough offense to my post to reply in defense. If having shame about sexuality doesn’t apply to you, why would you feel the need to defend those that have such problems?
        Kinda like objecting to the good Sister’s comment about not being pro life if all you want to do is have the child born. Those are two weird things to take offense of.

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        • Larry P Horist

          Ben … I am afraid I will have to disengage in our banter. You apparently are having comprehension problems. I never said that the media was responsible for the Georgia killing, but that they cast it in racist terms when there is no evidence of racism. Perhaps there will be enough pressure on prosecutors to declare it a hate crime, but it does not meet the test. And there was nothing in my commentary defending the Georgia shooter. Also, I pushed back on the good Sister for lying about pro-life people. Also, I do not want to put you in a position that you feel the need to defend or brag about your sexuality — or to intimate knowledge of my sexuality. Have fun responding to my commentaries.. .

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