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Local Media Unhinged?

For Chicago’s press, painting the police as racists is just part of the job…

Members of the FOP held a demonstration last week that may have infuriated much of the local media in Chicago, including public radio station WBEZ.

FOP members exercised their First Amendment right to assemble and make known their anger over Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx’s wholesale selling out of her prosecutor’s office to push her own political ideology. The FOP demonstration was in part prompted by Foxx’s decision to let Jussie Smollett off with no charges, despite an investigation by the CPD uncovering clear evidence that he falsely reported a hate crime. 

The FOP also cited other examples of Foxx missteps, like the exonerations of once-convicted killers Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes and her willingness to vacate old drug convictions of a Spanish Cobra gang member that will allow him to stay in Chicago and potentially wreak havoc on its citizens. 

But these latter two complaints by the FOP will never find their way into the larger reporting of Chicago journalists beyond any unavoidable, obscure mention, particularly by the ideologically driven media outpost of WBEZ. There is a mountain of evidence that the industry of accusing police of misconduct to get killers and rapists out of prison and win them large settlements is rife with fraud that is largely ignored by members of the media. 

Nevertheless, FOP members gathered legally outside Kim Foxx’s headquarters at 69 W. Washington Street. And needless to say, the powerful anti-police movement in the city kicked into high gear. Using tactics going all the way back to the glory days of the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground, activists Jesse Jackson and Ja’Mal Green immediately set up a counterdemonstration with their entourage to steal the thunder from the police and incessantly bait and harass FOP demonstrators. 

It was another compelling sign that for all the rhetoric about social justice and transparency, the anti-police movement is as reactionary and intolerant as any movement in America, so intolerant that they attempted to undermine the officers’ right to peacefully assemble and speak to elected officials. 

But even with the baiting and harassment from these activists, nothing arose from the peaceful FOP demonstrators to provide journalists any ammunition to maintain their mythology about the evil, racist police. 

Then, enter WBEZ and reporter Shannon Heffernan. 

Heffernan apparently did some “research” and discovered that some of the people at the rally—that is, the rally on the public way where anyone could approach and linger—belonged to a group called Proud Boys, which has been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group. That’s all Heffernan needed. 

Heffernan dashed off a message to the FOP asking for a comment: 

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What a loaded, calculated question. Did the FOP know a hate group attended the demonstration? Does Heffernan truly think that police officers would knowingly allow members of a racist hate group to attend a protest without the FOP members verbally attacking them? Does Heffernan think the FOP wouldn’t immediately denounce such a group? Would members allow hate group advocates to sneak into photos along with other FOP members? Heffernan’s question was a sign of two things: how desperate the leftist media was to gin up some racism angle against the police, and their willingness to use it to poison the claims made against Foxx based on her losing performance as a prosecutor. 

Later in the day, the FOP received an email from a reporter named Zach Stafford from the The Advocate:

Hope all is well. We are hearing rumors that the Proud Boys, a well-known hate group founded by Gavin McInnes, was present with the FOP’s protesters yesterday. 

Can you confirm that they joined you all in your protests against Foxx? And did you all coordinate this at all prior the event?”

Coordinated it? Is the FOP working with hate groups now? 

The FOP responded to Heffernan’s question simply:

“You’ve got a lot of nerve, you know that?”

Within minutes, Heffernan flashed the response across social media, adopting the “Gosh, what kind of angry inappropriate response is that? Gee, we were only trying to get to the truth of the matter” in the chronic fake journalism voice that is so false, unending, and nauseating at WBEZ. 

And so the narrative was set it in motion. “Answer the question,” the rest of the activist media began to chime in. Another reporter from WBEZ, Michael Puente went on the attack:

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But the most egregious response came from Chicago Reader staff writer Maya Dukmasova, a “journalist” who advocates for the abolition of the police. 

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Embrace white supremacists? But it gets worse than that. It always does with the Chicago media. Was there a reaction from the media? Was there a contrary voice confronting Heffernan? Did the media immediately condemn Dukmasova for such a false, offensive, and malicious statement? Did Ben Bradley chime in? And where was Eric Zorn? Did Zorn write a column about it? 

Forget about it. On the contrary, Heffernan’s and Dukmasova’s posts had many likes, with windbag junior media activists like Jonah Newman of the Chicago Reporter chiming in with other false, witless claims about police racism. 

Consider this, too. Over the last few weeks, some conservative journalists have observed some of their own associations among the players in the Jussie Smollett/Kimberly Foxx saga. Only the observations of these journalists are based on concrete things, like historical facts and statements from the key players themselves. 

They observed, for example, that Smollett’s mother was a member of the Black Panthers, a criminal street gang whose members passed themselves off as crusaders for social justice, all the time calling for a Marxist revolution and the killing of “pigs.” And kill police officers they did. 

David Horowitz in the LA Times:

The ’60s Panthers were an organized street gang with political hustle. As Hugh Pearson’s recent book, “The Shadow of the Panther,” documents, the Panthers under Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver and Bobby Seale extorted the ghetto, brutalized their own members and regularly committed rape, arson, robbery and murder. In 1969, Panthers reportedly committed 348 felonies, including all of the above. A 1978 article by New Left reporter Kate Coleman in the magazine New Times documented several of these Panther crimes, most of them committed against inner-city blacks. The legendary figure of 31 Panthers “assassinated” by police—used by ’60s radicals to shield the Panthers from investigation—was shown as early as 1970 to be a fabrication. In fact, almost all had died in the course of criminal activities, in conflicts with other black militants or in shootouts with law enforcement that they themselves provoked.

Smollett is even quoted as saying Angela Davis is a childhood friend of the Smolletts. Another radical, revolutionary communist, Davis was once tried for her alleged role in the murder of a judge in an attempt to free her husband from custody at a trial proceeding. 

By the end of the 1970s, most of the country, including African Americans, had figured out what a fraud the Panthers were and what a threat they posed to the larger republic. But not the NPR crowd. They went on eulogizing the Panthers and Angela Davis, even making a documentary about them that shocked many people familiar with their tactics and crimes.

But if Heffernan and Dukmasova are going to go to such lengths to tie the police to anyone wandering into a street demonstration as a sign of some kind of deeper association, aren’t they obligated to at least mention these radical, anti-police ties to the Smollett family? 

And doesn’t Heffernan, Puente and the rest of the Chicago media cabal have some questions about former Black Panther Bobby Rush’s statements about the police over weekend, calling the FOP the “enemy of black people”? Don’t they have any questions about why Foxx stood there and said nothing about such a comment? 

Heffernan’s questions and the response of the rest of the media are signs of what the police already know: the Chicago media is at war with the police. The media will do anything to vilify the police in the public imagination, even if it means ignoring overwhelming evidence that a police officer is innocent, even if it means advocating for a convicted killer to be released into a minority community within the city (racism anyone?).

In doing so, the media proves unequivocal evidence of where the real corruption in Chicago lies

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