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July 17, 2016


DAILYKENN.com -- The media frequently lie by omission. 

A Memphis newspaper was one exception. After five white police officers were executed by a black racist in Dallas, the paper's headline read, "Gunman Targeted Whites."

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It was simple, straight-forward honesty.

An editorial appeared shortly thereafter, apologizing for the headline. 

It read:


Those three big words in headline type stretched across Saturday's front page — Gunman Targeted Whites — were true according to police accounts in Dallas at the time but they badly oversimplified a very complex, rapidly evolving story, and angered many of our readers and many more in the broader community.
In my view the headline was so lacking in context as to be tone deaf, particularly in a city with a 65 percent African American population. That front page minimized the broader refrain of what's happening in our country with anguish over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police. It has been viewed as suggesting that this newspaper values the lives of white police officers more than young black men who have died in incident after incident.

Oddly, there were no media outlets I saw that apologized for oversimplifying a very complex, rapidly evolving story after Michael Brown was killed while attacking a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. The 'hands up, don't shoot' proved to be false. Still, no apologies. 

Likewise the death of Trayvon Martin was simplified: He was killed because he was black. The media largely ignored the fact that Martin was pounding George Zimmerman's head in the concrete when his victim used deadly force to save his own life. There's been no apology. 

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