Which facts are relevant?

By Tom Quiner


An angry white, Christian conservative shoots down two black reporters on live television.

Newsworthy? Is the Pope Catholic?

This really happened, except the killer was an angry black, liberal gay guy named Vester Flanagan who shot and killed two white reporters on live tv six weeks ago.

Media coverage failed to report that the killer was gay, black, and an Obama supporter.

Should this have been part of the story? Reread the first sentence. Would those facts have been part of the story if that was how events unfolded?


  1. Sally's Special Services on October 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Sally's Political Page.

  2. shields3 on October 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I do not mean to be rude or dictate to you guys, however the debate should be on this persons mental health issues, his family, his criminal background if any, who he knew and the gun laws. This mix of race, colour, sexual orientation, political and religious persuasions or the news coverage are not subjective. If this man was radicalised in religion or politics and that was his motivator to kill people he obviously became a mentally sick man just like the radical Islamic criminals.

    • quinersdiner on October 21, 2015 at 6:01 am

      That’s the entire point, Steve. The media skews the narrative based on pinning blame on a conservative stereotype. If the killer fits the wrong stereotype, they either ignore or downplay the same thing they would have trumpeted if it were the other way around.

  3. shields3 on October 24, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I understand what you are saying quiner, we also have media who take political sides. Many years ago journalists would pride themselves on being neutral in their reporting because it was an essential attribute, however today it is not just some of the reporters but the media bosses who are politically biased and dictate what is published. I guess the old story is that never believe everything on the news. I do not read papers but find our state broadcaster the ABC TV channel accurate and you cannot go to wrong if you can access something like the BBC News channel.

    • quinersdiner on October 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

      I trust the Wall Street Journal the most. I’m less enamored by ABC than you. I love it when BBC says they are going to “read” the news. It sets a more serious tone. Thanks for your insights.

  4. shields3 on October 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Sorry I did mean to call you Tom, just old age on my part.

    • quinersdiner on October 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

      I’ve been called worse, trust me. 😉