Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.
Put this in your "Everything that is wrong with America" files.
The term "media bias" gets thrown around so often that we tend to ignore it. I know I do. We all know media bias exists, but people use it as an excuse for just about everything. Ho hum, right?
But media bias is real and it has real consequences.
We have all been witness in these last months and in particular these last days to the non-stop coverage of "protests" in Ferguson, Missouri. I put "protests" in scare quotes because what is happening there is not a "protest" in any recognizable way in the same way that a post-Superbowl riot is not a celebration in any recognizable way. Mainly it is miscreants using a convenient excuse to do bad things. Those few genuinely concerned with justice are probably not burning stores, stealing TVs, or shooting at cops.
Of course the vile actions of these miscreants do nothing to diminish the tragedy of Michael Brown's death. But regardless of your opinion on the findings of the grand jury, a single life was lost followed by a few hundred or maybe a thousand protesters. This not only garnered non-stop media attention, but merited intervention from the Attorney General and several comments from the President of the United States.
All this for one life. Amazing. One might infer from this that America places great value on human life. But any reasonable person must be dissuaded from such notion if they examine another protest.
Each year, many tens of thousands of people come from all over the country to peacefully and civilly protest the creation of a court-manufactured right to murder, and the millions of innocent children who perish every year because of it. And this doesn't happen in some suburb nobody ever heard of before, but in the heart of the nation’s Capitol, just yards from the Office of the Attorney General and the residence of the President.
But there are no presidential comments and there is no coverage. A hundred thousand people every year, enduring the harshness of January, peacefully protests the murder of the innocent, an inordinate amount of whom are black children, and yet it doesn't even garner a mention on most media outlets. And through some miracle of the laws of physics, the hundred thousand people out his front door are invisible to the President.
So what is the answer? Should the March for Life start burning and looting to make their points? Of course not. But if they did, would their righteous indignation then be recognized and respected like in Ferguson? No, the exact opposite would happen. Then the coverage would be non-stop about how vile and extreme are the protesters and how future protests must be banned.
So don't let the Ferguson protests make you believe that we have a government, a media, or a population that cares about human life or racial injustice. For if it did, those thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters standing in the snow of January would be this biggest story of the year, every year.