Memphis Newspaper Apologizes for Accurate Headline After BLM ProtestsChris Menahan
Jul. 14, 2016
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A Memphis newspaper has come out and apologized for an entirely accurate headline after Black Lives Matter supporters protested its use.
The Commercial Appeal ran the headline "Gunman Targeted Whites" on the front page of their paper after the Dallas shooting where the gunman himself declared he "wanted to kill white people" and "especially white officers."
Four out of five cops killed that day were white. Pointing out the shooter targeted whites is a statement of fact.
Nonetheless, The Commercial Appeal's editor Louis Graham felt the need to write a gigantic, groveling apology.
Graham writes under the headline, "CA Editor: We got it wrong.":
Simply put, we got it wrong.Actually, you didn't get it wrong, you got it right, and it doesn't matter what the protesters said.
The people going crazy over the shooting of child raping career criminal Alton Sterling got it wrong.
The people still saying "hands up don't shoot" after Eric Holder's DOJ admitted it never happened got it wrong.
An accurate, short news headline of the Dallas gunman's own stated intent is not wrong.
The checks and balances in place to avoid just this type of disconnect didn't work that night for a variety of reasons. Too few people looked at the front page before it rolled off our presses. We've taken steps to correct that. But the larger challenge is recruiting a diverse enough staff to better reflect the city we cover. We continue to work on that and will be more introspective about how we do our jobs.Again, the headline was entirely accurate, every news organization worth its salt ran with the same angle.
Did this news report from CBS "get it wrong"?
A simple Google search shows ABC News, CBS, BBC, and pretty much every news organization the world over ran similar headlines.
Nonetheless, his apology continues:
During this, our 175th year in business, I have been unflinching in our efforts the tell The Commercial Appeal's incredible story to this community. The whole story. Several months ago we published a wrenching account of our failures during that long history, particularly on the coverage of civil rights.You get the idea, it goes on and on.
These apologies are great and all, but what about apologizing for slavery?
What about apologizing for slavery the world over, including as practiced by Africans enslaving fellow Africans?
Also, where's the apology for the crusades?
Most importantly, where's the apology for your very existence as an evil white male?
If you ask me, Mr. Graham's mere apologizing with words is not enough.
Seeing as how I've been informed "white people" owe African-Americans some $20 trillion in reparations for slavery, why doesn't Mr. Graham demand the newspaper be put up for sale -- as well as own home -- so the proceeds can be given to these brutally oppressed "peaceful protesters"?
Put your money where your mouth is Mr. Graham, we the people will tolerate nothing less!
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