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Why You’re Not Hearing More about that Mass Shooting in Fresno

A mass shooting in Fresno, CA seemed tailor-made for Breaking News announcements on every cable and broadcast network in the land – until it wasn’t. Images of four dead and another six wounded should have been scrolling on the screen as pundits on CNN and MSNBC decried the rampant occurrence of mass shootings and the need to pass new gun control measures.

The awful news out of Fresno broke on Sunday initially and caused quite a stir in the mainstream media. The shooting took place in a family’s backyard as a group gathered to enjoy watching a football game. Multiple gunmen entered through a side gate of the yard and fired into the crowd without saying a word. Left dead were Xy Lee, a Hmong singer and musician whose videos on YouTube have been viewed millions of times, Phia Vang, 31; Kou Xiong, 38; and Kalaxang Thao, 40, all residents of Fresno.

But Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com noted that the newsworthiness of the story had changed drastically by the next morning. He wrote, “By Monday morning, there was almost no additional coverage. I think I saw it mentioned briefly twice on CNN, and then it was back to the impeachment hearings pretty much non stop … In other words, this mass shooting is uninteresting…”

So, what changed? Reynolds said once all the facts were in the story lacked appeal because it “failed all the normal tests” because it “didn’t fit in with the narrative.” He added, “Had the men at least been using ‘assault rifles’ they might have merited a bit more coverage. But those events are vanishingly rare.”

With ten people shot and four killed, where was the coverage? Where were the calls for more gun control? How did a hot breaking story grow stone cold in less than 24 hours?

First, the shooting victims were adult males from the Hmong community. The Hmong were recruited by the CIA in Laos during the Vietnam War to fight off communist forces as they guided U.S. bombing missions and rescued downed American pilots. There are now 300,000 Hmong in the U.S. with 34,000 in Fresno alone.

Fresno city councilman said, “They’re a very humble and respectful community, and it’s a tragic situation to experience. They literally ran away from a war-torn country and sought refuge here, and for them to experience the same tragedy they ran from is heartbreaking.”

Also, Fresno police reported the assailants used semiautomatic handguns. There was no evidence of the media frenzy causing AR-15s or extended magazines. The victims were all adults and of the same race.

Like a similar shooting in New Orleans a few years ago the hard truth is black on black or Hmong on Hmong shootings simply aren’t interesting to the media powers that be. In the New Orleans incident, few people who didn’t live in the city or subscribe to the Times-Picayune ever heard about the Bunny Friend Park shooting that ranked as the second-largest mass shooting of 2015 in the United States.

As Jazz Shaw of Hot Air wrote, “The Fresno shooting has effectively already gone down the memory hole, while the last school shooting (that claimed fewer victims) is still popping up in the news a week later.”

This media coverage (or lack thereof) should tell you everything you need to know about members of the media and their priorities and what they really care about.


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16 Responses

  1. I think it’s time to investigate these reporters and their stations to see how much dirty money their getting paid to not report these things like the two lap tops on Biden that shows proof how dirty he is and they refused to report it to the American people

  2. In my opinion, Walter Cronkite, “the patron saint” of our elitist, liberal press – was the first “journalist” to try and make news instead of “just” reporting news.
    Now almost all of them do without any concern about telling the truth, or even approaching the truth. There new news motto should be – The ends justify the means, and WE MUST FORCE OUR LIBERAL MINDSET ON THE PEOPLE.
    May God. bless our country and guide us through the stormy, upcoming Tempest.

  3. Don’t forget all the killing in ChiKILLgo. That has been going on for YEARS ! It just shows you how useless the media is. Everything is twisted.

  4. WE have know for DECADES the VIEWS(news) media are a bunch of useless lefties and the propaganda arm of the
    DEMONCRAT CULT. Don’t pay attention to those jokers.

  5. The last 15 + years the collages have poisiond the minds of most of the students under the age of 40 & they belive any thing the left tells them. Krusheff was right WE will distr0y You from within. Thank soros………

  6. “There is no gray zone when it comes to control. Indeed, there is no control unless there is complete control.” — C.D Rachel

  7. Simple put…the media are propagandist’s, and nothing more!

  8. The enemy communist media traitors must be rounded up for re-education,, with extreme prejudice.

  9. The left always talks about black, and brown skinned deaths because of gun violence and we must take guns away! Only, the blacks, and browns dying in the streets of Chicago and wherever else are not getting their guns legally, filling out an FFL that leads the ATF right to my door! They want to take guns away from us gun owners that they know bought guns legally, we aren’t on the streets killing black and brown people! We aren’t killing any people, so go get the fu__ing guns from the blacks and browns! Leave us law abiding citizens alone!

  10. The DNC is a criminal organization, they prove it weekly, and our problems with media, communists and Chicago Anarchists and Domestic Terrorists, began when Obama was fraudulently Inaugurated!

  11. Our ancestors were white American men who lost their lives fighting to end slavery! Hundreds of thousands of them died for black people they never knew! But, the left wing Oprah Winfrey’s wand to talk about our ancestors who owned slaves! My ancestors were Scottish, and Cherokee, and English! The Scottish were treated like dogs by the English, and the Cherokees were treated much worse than blacks!

  12. There weren’t that many slave owners in America! The lie that every white person had slave owning ancestors is ridiculous bs!
    Africans sold their own people as slaves to the Dutch, who controlled the shipping lanes, they brought them to America! I have never seen a slave, and I’m 58 years old! As far as slavery, it’s still going on in African diamond mines! Yes, by other Africans!

  13. Susan Rice is a hate filled, racist black bitch! She is married to a white man with a lot of money! What does that say about her? She is a damn hypocrite!

  14. My ancestors were Muscogee ,Cherokee , Scottish,
    Irish and I dont know according to Grandad. So I am definately a mutt, I want to be a good Constitutional supporting American but its getting harder
    Im beginning to miss Columbia where the battle lines were a little more defined.

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