Nicky Larkin went to Israel to film a documentary. He had a preconceived notion, fueled by all those around him of the conflict between the Jews and Arabs he left with his preconceived notions in tatters

His blog is here and it seems the feedback and attacks over his film have been almost as informative to him as the time he spent in the holy land:

The facebook page of the film btw is here

It’s amazing what doesn’t pass for news anymore:

Two weeks have passed since reporters Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami – friends to me and many others at the newspaper – were attacked on a Saturday night as they drove home from a show at the Attucks Theatre. They had stopped at a red light, in a crowd of at least 100 young people walking on the sidewalk. Rostami locked her car door. Someone threw a rock at her window. Forster got out to confront the rock-thrower, and that’s when the beating began.

Neither suffered grave injuries, but both were out of work for a week. Forster’s torso ached from blows to his ribs, and he retained a thumb-sized bump on his head. Rostami fears to be alone in her home. Forster wishes he’d stayed in the car.

Hey two reporters beaten to the point where they were out of work for a week, that must have been some story.

Forster and Rostami’s story has not, until today, appeared in this paper. The responding officer coded the incident as a simple assault, despite their assertions that at least 30 people had participated in the attack. A reporter making routine checks of police reports would see “simple assault” and, if the names were unfamiliar, would be unlikely to write about it. In this case, editors hesitated to assign a story about their own employees. Would it seem like the paper treated its employees differently from other crime victims?

Now I might be naive but I’d say 30 people beating two folks is news, no matter who they work for. Could there be some other reason why this wasn’t considered newsworthy?

The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack.

One post chilled him.

“I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light,” wrote one person.

“I don’t,” wrote another, indicating laughter. “(do it for trayvon martin)”

Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, died after being shot by a community watch captain with white and Hispanic parents, George Zimmerman, in Florida.

Forster and Rostami, both white, suffered a beating at the hands of a crowd of black teenagers.

So the beating of their own reporters by 30 Black youths in their community isn’t newsworthy according to this paper. How would they react if the races were reversed? There is an easy way to check. I did a search of the Paper’s archives for the word “Trayvon”

Well of course they covered the case, it was national news, it’s not like they went long on it:

10 pages? I clicked on the last page listed and here is what came up


Oh so they only did 8 pages of stories on the Martin case, I guess it’s OK then.

So lets bottom line this: the The Virginian-Pilot found the Trayvon Martin out of Florida story worth 8 pages of entries but didn’t find the beating of their own people in their own area newsworthy and if it wasn’t for the Op-ed above it would still be unknown.

This is not only media bias, but racism at its worst. It protects the wrong for the sake of preserving a narrative for social or political reasons.

And if you don’t think its all that important what is reported in the Virginian Pilot just remember places like this are the Single and double AA teams that feed our national media. We ignore it at our own risk.

Update: One other thing to consider, thugs aren’t only thugs when a person of a different race drives by. If an assault on their own journalists went unreported for two weeks how much less likely is the paper to cover non fatal beatings, robberies or intimidation within the community done by the same people? The paper and the police do the black community no favor by ignoring this stuff.

Update 2: Tom McGuire of Just one Minute sends this link in comments.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved the appointment of Maurice Jones, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Senate approval – six months after President Barack Obama nominated Jones for the post – came in the form of a unanimous consent agreement between Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate.

Apparently these small operations are a farm team for more than just the MSM

Update 3: Tom links (thanks) and speculates on his own blog:

Obviously this crime was a local, not federal matter. Still, the national media does not seem in a hurry to cover the black-on-white “Justice for Trayvon” violence that has a possible connection to the kid that would have looked like Obama’s son. And it may be that the news judgment of the Pilot was shaded by a desire to spare their old boss from having to explain to his new bosses just what a symbol that hypothetical son had become.

Yesterday while the press was focused on Obama in Afghanistan and the online community found the one job loss that mattered in America more details about the Cleveland Bomb plot have come out that really illustrates the mindset of the Occupiers who have been so embraced and supported by the MSM and the left.

As the alleged plotters batted around assorted attack ideas–like bombing a “Nazi/Klan headquarters” or blowing up a Federal Reserve bank–Wright joked that he would wear a suicide vest and blow himself up, “but advised he would have to be very drunk.”

Look at the thought process, to the occupod there is no difference between a “Nazi/Klan HQ” and a Federal reserve bank.

* A local Justice Center was considered a good target, but a bombing there was rejected since the accused plotters believed “they would risk hurting inmates.

The guards, the nurses, the staff, no big deal if they are killed or hurt.

But rest assured the same media that ignored the Occupy Rap sheet through December will do their best to keep the actions of the occupy out of the news:

can you imagine that if instead of the story being about Occupy Wall Street doing Obama’s bidding, if this was the Tea Party threatening to close bridges and cripple the American economy on behalf of Romney? Do you think under those circumstances the corrupt media might be screaming from the rooftops about a promised threat?

Actually John we don’t have to imagine it, we saw it with the Gabby Giffords shooting where the MSM immediately tried to blame Sarah Palin, but rest assured other than a brief mention as the various court dates go on, this story will be quietly ignored and consigned to the back page or passed over by the MSM.

So we can’t expect the media to remind us of this plot when discussion of the Occupods come up. After all it’s not like one of the plotters was an Occupy Spokesman or something.

Update: Smitty noticed Cleveland:

If President Barack Obama deserves any credit for the takeout of bin Laden, then he certainly deserves to eat the dog that is #Occupy. This movement represents the culmination of the societal decay that BHO was supposed to fix. Somehow. And yet, as always, he achieves the opposite of his stated objectives.

And Jim Treacher continues to roll.

Update 2: At least Michael Moore thought it was a good day.

Update 3: Why does this story out of Quebec seem relevant:

The truth is, the education they’re getting is overpriced at any cost. The protesters do not include accounting, science and engineering students, who have better things to do than hurl projectiles at police. They’re the sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts, and victim-studies students, whose degrees are increasingly worthless in a world that increasingly demands hard skills. The world will not be kind to them. They’re the baristas of tomorrow and they don’t even know it, because the adults in their lives have sheltered them and encouraged their mass flight from reality.

Update 4: Nothing to see in Seattle either

Update 5: Cameraman assaulted, no big deal, apparently assaults against the press aren’t newsworthy if the wrong people do it.

Update 6: Newsbusters details the cone of media silence

Baxter, Hayne and Wright all appear to have connections to Occupy Cleveland and the overall Occupy movement –a movement marked by extensive violence and criminality, yet embraced by Democrats and liberal leaders such as Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama. That may explain why the liberal media is downplaying or ignoring the Occupy connection – it might embarrass Obama.

USA Today? No mention at all.

Bloomberg? No mention at all.

CBS News? No mention at all.

Voice of America? No mention at all.

The New York Times? No mention at all.

This should surprise absolutely nobody paying attention.