Media Coverage of the Waco Biker Gang Fight: Hypocrisy At Its Best
When I was watching the media coverage of the biker gang fight in Texas, I couldn’t help but to notice that this story was not covered in the same way that the recent unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore. It was glaringly obvious that the media apparently has quite a bias when it reports a major news story, as if we didn’t already know that.
In both Ferguson in Baltimore, young African-Americans who were demonstrating against the killings of two innocent young men were labeled as “thugs” even though a small number were actually committing crimes and rioting. The media, for the most part, forgot to mention that most most people at these demonstrations were peaceful and really committed no crimes, unless exercising your First Amendment rights has become a crime. The way things are going, it may happen.
Why didn’t reporters label these outlaw bikers, who basically rioted with the end result being that nine bikers were killed. As far as I’m concerned, these out-of-control bikers deserve the label of thug more than the demonstrators in both Ferguson and Baltimore. After all, these bikers were having a meeting to settle disputes over “turf”. They were not protesting the injustice of two police forces killing two innocent individuals as the demonstrators in Ferguson and Baltimore were doing, they were making plans for who would be allowed to commit crimes in what place. In other words, they were basically plotting criminal endeavors; something that the media made only a small mention of. Why the double standard?
On top of that today, while I was watching the morning news, they reported one of the bikers wives was protesting the fact that she claims that most of the bikers who are under arrest and still being held in jail are innocent. I suppose no innocent people were wrongfully arrested and held in jail in Ferguson and Baltimore, where police were making mass arrests of mostly peaceful demonstrators because, as the media failed to point out, only a small number of people were actually committing any crimes.
This idea that the media seems to have that African-American youths wearing hoodies are “thugs” and outlaw bikers dressed in leather vests (a.k.a. cuts) aren’t thugs is ridiculous and obviously shows a very unfair bias that needs to stop. Media needs to be unbiased and neutral when they report these stories.