It's not always easy to get the facts, no less get them straight. Few of us are engaged in original research, so most of us rely upon other sources for our information, particularly for current news. If you're like me, you don't have to look far before you encounter conflicting reports on a single event, and it's easier sometimes to just throw up my hands and be cynical.
Case in point: the much-mentioned "war on cops" and the frequent conclusion that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is advocating such a war. This time, I didn't throw up my hands; I dug around for some different views, delivered up by various news sources. I've read/watched/listened to numerous articles on this topic, as I'm sure you have.
I wanted to know:
As I surfed the Internet asking these questions and reading from the results, two things now seem (more) clear to me:
Getting at the real truth for those of us lay people at the mercy of endless soundbites and streaming headlines is so exhausting. And reporting has become so convoluted -- so called "journalists" in a rush to put together the story to fit their agenda or theme of the day. 24/7 mass media isn't interested in (not profitable) investigative reporting. There's no time or money for the hunting and gathering of facts, and opinion passed off as fact is cheap. Social media fan the flames. Until we find our way back to ethical and responsible journalism, and to compassionate social comments, I don't know what can be done. But rational sites like this is a good place to start.
When I view Black Lives Matter on Twitter.com, there are several in which members are chanting "Pigs in a blanket--fry 'em like bacon." One video shows members chanting "Burn everything down." I also viewed a video taken at the Minnesota State Fair in which members were chanting the "Pig..." chant.
How does this fit in with ethical and responsible journalism, if at all?
Very thought-provoking, Jeannette—always a good and welcome thing. Thank you.
I’ve seen the video you’re referring to, and the chant and the sentiment are despicable. I question whether (1) this is widespread enough to constitute “a war on police” and (2) these protestors were representing the Black Lives Matter movement—despite the fact they carried that banner.
I looked into the “fry ‘em” chant on twitter.com and, through Google searches, on the BLM website, the Daily Beast, Newsbusters, and MSNBC. They all show the same video, credited to FOX News. I find only this one video. Are there others? Enough to reveal BLM as hate-filled vigilantes? I’m still skeptical about the assertion that BLM advocates police attacks.
At this point in my exploration, I’m inclined to believe that this chant was not authorized or endorsed by the BLM. As quoted in my post, "Black Lives Matter is a movement, but it is also a mantra. . . ."
I encourage readers to visit the BLM website. Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors—founders of the movement—are eloquent in their statements of purpose as well as their historical perspective.
I’m very open to learning more about this.
Hi Ann, and thanks for your comment. Who do you turn to for "ethical and responsible" journalism. I could always use another good source.