when a mere blogger is the one asking the questions that by all rights you’d expect to be asked by actual reporters and editors in newsrooms in Washington and New York – you can be excused for thinking there’s something badly out-of-whack in the media universe.
Robert Stacy McCain May 29th 2011
DaTechGuy: April 18th 2011
Jeff Johnson Instapundit April 10th
There are a lot of flags flying over “editgate” but for my money the biggest story of the day comes from farther south.
On April 10th J. at 5:54 a.m. J Christian Adams posted this story at PJ Media:
Stokes said he looked back in his rear-view as he pulled away and noticed the biker rolling in the highway. “He either tried to jump in the back of the truck or onto the trailer and somehow slipped.”
Stokes said when he noticed the injured man flailing in the roadway he stopped, worried about leaving the scene of an accident. Stokes said he was getting out of his truck to go check on Clay when a woman in a red Jeep pulled alongside and shouted a warning: “You better get out of here — they’ve got guns.” That’s when Stokes looked back down the highway and some the motorcycle gang — 30 or 40 bikes strong — headed his way. “I jumped back in the truck and took off until I could find a busy intersection and that’s where I stopped.”
Stokes said he and Cooper were immediately surrounded by a gang of black bikers, all with black bandanas covering the bottom half of their faces.
The gang forced him out of the truck and commenced their revenge attack. “After I saw the knife and then felt the stabbings I fell to the ground and played dead — I think that may have saved my life,” he said.
Adams is quoting Scott Boyd’s story from the weekly Macon Beacon. The only paper that decided a gang of 30 to 40 bikers surrounding and stabbing a trucker at an intersection was newsworthy:
Boyd tells me he contacted the crime beat reporter at the Birmingham News and told her about his story. “Not newsworthy,” was her response. Boyd also tells me that law enforcement officials told Boyd they “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama.”
The motorcycle gang is black, the driver who was stabbed was white. Adams continued:
Let’s see if the attack by a black motorcycle gang on an Alabama highway in broad daylight gets any more media or law enforcement attention now that the information is here for the asking. I won’t hold my breath.
Lo and behold guess at 3:02 p.m. the same day guess what story has suddenly become newsworthy to the Birmingham News.
Police probe March stabbing in Jefferson County
Adamsville police are investigating a March 24 road-rage incident in which a Mississippi man was stabbed, authorities said.
The story contains this interesting quote:
The motorcyclists were members of the Outcasts of Alabama Motorcycle Club based in Bessemer. Authorities said they’ve never had any incidents of violence from the social motorcycle club.
Well perhaps that why law enforcement officials “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama” because they are so peaceful.
This morning Adams noted the sudden volte-face by the Birmingham paper and a bit of defense from the editor on their previous inaction:
Now that the new media has shamed Mr. Clark’s newspaper, the Birmingham News is pretending the call from Boyd never happened. It did. They might have “looked into it,” but the look lasted about three seconds and then Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News decided not to cover the stabbing, over a week ago. A weekly paper in Mississippi and the new conservative media at PJ Media covered events in Alabama better and quicker than the Birmingham News.
And this is an excellent illustration of the importance of blogs even on a smaller level.
We think about the the NBC’s and the New York Times as spinning an agenda, we rail about the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts and the false narratives, but in truth to most of the country the NYT is a paper they will never read in their lives and Stewart and Colbert are so insignificant that a 53-year-old move that’s been available on video for decades not only beat them 3-1 in the rating last week but took them in the 18-49 year old demographic.
But for every NYT there are dozens of Birmingham News’ uninterested in violence by Biker Gangs if they are of the wrong color. For every Jon Stewart there are countless Worcester Telegrams who find threats of violence and arson trivial if directed at pro-life centers and for every CNN there is a slew of Torrance Daily Breezes who don’t find the actions or pronouncements of major party congressional candidates worth their time.
During his talk in Lexington Mass. last year Andrew Breitbart urged those in attendance to carry a camera and report and even if it was no more than a Kindergarten teacher pushing an agenda to send him the story and he would make it national. If you are a blogger willing to report on those local stories and promote them up the blog ecosystem you have the power to make a difference. Breitbart understood this and so does every member of the MSM with an agenda who dismisses bloggers and tweeters.
That more than anything else is why they hate you and fear you.
Update 2: Bill Quick points out the scope of the NYT goes beyond it’s print edition, fair enough but stories nationwide get promoted because they appear elsewhere and get traction thus making bloggers even more important and powerful on the local level.
It’s why they want Rush to shut up too, how many stories before the rise of the net did he push that the MSM wanted the world to forget or ignore?