Media Mashup: January 4, 2015

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 5.12.19 AMTerror In The Northwest?

Many reporters and leftist commentators are equating the takeover of a remote federal building in Oregon with an act of terrorism. Jazz Shaw of provides some important background about the group and its actions:

–Oregon is an open-carry state. Therefore, those with guns are allowed to show them.

–The remote office was closed.

–The protesters have some legitimate gripes, particularly against the Bureau of Land Management.

Although I do not agree with the methods of the protesters, I think the media is trying to stir up an anti-gun, anti-conservative meme. For more, see

Black Lives Matter

The Washington Post published a study of the police shootings that took place in 2015 that calls into question some basic memes about such actions. As of Dec. 24, a total 965 people were killed by police. The report questions the notion that trigger-happy cops are out hunting for civilian victims, especially African-Americans. Among its key findings:

  • White cops shooting unarmed black men accounted for less than 4% of fatal police shootings.
  • In three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians. In other words, doing their jobs.
  • The majority of those killed were brandishing weapons, suicidal or mentally troubled or bolted when ordered to surrender.
  • Nearly a third of police shootings resulted from car chases that began with a minor traffic stop.

Black Lives Matter II

Councilman Kenneth Stokes told people in Jackson, Mississippi to attack police officers chasing suspects wanted for misdemeanor crimes by throwing rocks, bricks and bottles

“That will send a message we don’t want you here,” he added.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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