By Elizabeth C.
THE SCREAMS HEARD ON THE RECORDED POLICE RADIO BROADCASTS ARE UNAMBIVALENT: Burn that f*cking house down!
Yet this afternoon, with a straight face, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced to the world: “We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out.” This is called dissimulation.
Countering its deliberate evasiveness about the fire‘s cause just 24 hours earlier, the old news media scurry to report the denial in headlines:
CNN’s Michael Martinez writes an article describing members of the public outraged and suspicious of police reaction during the Dorner manhunt as a “social media fringe of fans.”
With its typical sneer, the new news media countered. BuzzFeed publishes a story headlined “The Christopher Dorner Fan Club Is More Mainstream Than You’d Think,” managing to impugn critics of police tactics on both the left and right.
“Online support for Dorner in the days since his rampage has crept out of the internet’s more extreme corners — where such perverse boosterism is commonplace — and into more mainstream venues,” the piece contends. “Dorner is now hailed as a kind of folk hero by some on the Chomsky-esque left and the Ron Paul right, who view the killer’s manifesto as an articulate indictment of the “police state” they have always opposed.”
It’s not Dorner’s violence about which these disparate groups agree; it’s their distrust of police. Sadly the media proves just as untrustworthy by refusing to challenge Sheriff McMahon’s absurd denials.
If you care about the militarization of police, call your local Congress representatives now.