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There was a shooting spree at several massage parlors outside of Atlanta last week. The killer confessed in custody that his motivation was a combination of religious guilt and sex addiction. But the American media used the occasion to push a race-based explanation for the killings — an explanation that no investigators, including the FBI, have been able to prove thus far. By any and all factual indications, this was not a crime based on the victims’ race, but their occupation.
American reporters ignore all that. Instead they sensationalize for a social-media audience of woke identitarians — and now the Chinese Communist party is getting in on the act. The CCP is employing the same talking points via their state media outlets as we see in our ‘free’ ones. The activist bent of our media empowers China to deflect blame on everything from their gross abusive treatment of the Uighurs in Xinjiang to the global pandemic.
As Andrew Sullivan noted on his Substack, since the tragic shooting last week the New York Times has run nine stories centered on race and white supremacy. The Washington Post has run 16. Last week, Vox journalist and overall Worst Account on Twitter Aaron Rupar tweeted out a quote from a police spokesman about the shooting that was taken wildly out of context. Xinhua News Agency, a state-run media outlet in China (aren’t they all) used Rupar’s tweet to jump on the Twitter hashtag #StopAAPIHate and #FightRacism.