Left-leaning AP says police killings of blacks is year’s top story; I vote for Meriam Ibrahim

The end of the year brings all kinds of lists – as a matter of fact, we have our own sarcastic list for your selection, “Absurdity of the Year”and we look forward to your input.

However, there are some “serious” lists, which beg the question — what do we honor? The Associated Press chose as its story of the year the police killing of blacks. Now, what I find interesting is that there were more blacks killing blacks this year – so why wasn’t that the AP top story? As well, there were far more unborn black babies killed this year — why wasn’t that the AP top story?

You see, for some reason those stories don’t fit the narrative of the Associated Press. But why? And even more curious, who is it at AP who decides what the top story of 2014 would be? Heck, we are witnessing one of the most violent Islamic terrorist movements in recent history, but this year that wasn’t worthy as a top story?

Perhaps the AP forgot to consider that Michael Brown committed several felony crimes, one of which was that he chose to assault a police officer — resulting in his being death. Or that according to the CDC, over 300 whites and Hispanics were shot by police, compared to 123 blacks.

But who are these people who selectively choose what is the “top story? As their story states, “The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere – and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired – was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.”

“Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among 15 different stories. The Ferguson entry received 22 first-place votes, Ebola 11 and the Islamic State story 12.”

So, let me get this right, AP conducts a poll of just 85 editors and news directors who decide the top story of 2014 — and what pray tell are the political leanings of these astute individuals?

I hope some of the 85 individuals read this post and answer my question. How many blacks were killed this year in inner city black communities across America? How many of them were unarmed, perhaps just simple kids who refused to join gangs? Do their lives matter in your insidious little game of media manipulation and propaganda?

Time Magazine decided their “Person of the Year” should be the folks who stood on the front lines against Ebola — perhaps they colluded with the AP folks and decided that since it came in as number for them, it would be their number one.

It appears the liberal progressive media has a masterful plan to tell us working stiffs what’s important. We now live in some Orwellian world where our thoughts, insights, and perspectives matter little — especially if they diverge from what is labeled as “mainstream.” I suppose those same 85 media elitists are the new Soviet style “politburo” that makes all the determinations for us in our everyday lives and existence?

I applaud the folks highlighted on the cover of Time Magazine, but they did choose to go to West Africa and they had the backing of the best healthcare system in the world. So I must ask, what is it that we honor?

Here is my choice for the story we should honor — Meriam Ibrahim. We wrote of her often here this year and her story is one of faith, courage, commitment, and devotion.

If you don’t recall this woman and her story, let me just offer a recap courtesy of Terence Jeffrey at CNS News,

“In a year when some of the most exalted public figures in the United States distinguished themselves by advancing unjust causes or cowardly refusing to seriously resist them, a pregnant mother imprisoned in Sudan with her 18-month-old American son set a standard for saintly courage.”

“When a Sudanese court told Meriam she must renounce her Catholic faith and convert to Islam or be hung by the neck until dead, she gave a non-negotiable answer: No.”

“Meriam was born in Sudan to a Christian mother and a Muslim father–who abandoned the family when Meriam was six. Her mother raised her a Christian. In December 2011, in a Catholic church in Khartoum, Meriam married U.S. citizen Daniel Wani. A Catholic priest witnessed their marriage; the Archdiocese of Khartoum certified it. Daniel had emigrated from Sudan to New Hampshire in 1998 and was naturalized in 2005.”

“In November 2012, eleven months after she and Daniel were married, Meriam gave birth to their first child, Martin. By law, because he was the son of a U.S. citizen, Martin was a U.S. citizen. In February, Sudan threw Meriam and Martin in the Omdurman Women’s Prison. Meriam was then five months pregnant with her and Daniel’s second child.”

So, what do I honor? A woman who refused to surrender her faith, her God. A woman who cared for her American son while chained and gave birth to another child while imprisoned. A woman who knows first hand the blessing of liberty and freedom and was willing to “give the last full measure of devotion” for what she held most dear.

To the 85 polled by the Associated Press I tell you this simple truth — you do not speak for me, and chances are there are many who feel the same.

ISIS was the top story of 2014, but with men and women who have the faith of Meriam Ibrahim, they shall be defeated.

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Jack Ellis
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Merry Christmas Mr. West. Thank you for your service to our Stiill Great Nation. And your continuous push to keep the Truth out there.

Be Good, Man. I’m doing my best.

Xerocky
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The sudden rise of ISIS is the story of the year. Sorry AP. Nice try though.

Andy Martin
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AP sukx thug pipe.

uconnchaz
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Liberals are the downfall of America

mzungu
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Of all the stories out there the top story is always going to be the one that makes the news service win brownie points with a Liberal mouthpiece.

Twila Jeanenne Ramsey
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Twila Jeanenne Ramsey

AP probably favored the story of mob violence as it’s one they helped create. While ignoring thousands being murdered, tortured, beheaded, crucified, hung, raped and starved due to the terrorist-led upheaval in the Mid-East , the press created a mob scene from isolated incidents here. They need to realize that Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS are coming to a neighborhood near us This should be their focus, not facilitating recruitment.

Tiffany
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Excellent point! I agree wholeheartedly.

darylj46
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This paragraph: “However, there are some “serious” lists, which beg the question — what do we honor? The Associated Press chose
as its story of the year the police killing of blacks. Now, what I find
interesting is that there were more blacks killing blacks this year –
so why wasn’t that the AP top story? As well, there were far more unborn
black babies killed this year — why wasn’t that the AP top story?” Says it all in the sense that they have no clue on reality

CarolineJenkins
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There are so many large stories in 2014 but the top spot should go to the sudden rise of ISIS from a JV Team (as our dear leader thought) to a formidable force to be reckoned with worldwide. Every one of their beheadings was a top story in my mind. The Lord only knows what they have in store for the new year.

tso2me
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This goes without saying, the AP has lost it’s vision and time lost theirs long ago. I agree withyou Allen on this. The story of the year should be the Meriam Ibrahim story. I followed this story and sent my prayers along with countless others in hopes that she would triumph. BTW, Obama takes full credit for her release and return to her family. NOT! I’m on the verge of becoming very politically incorrect but in deference to you and your readers, I’ll hold my pen and tongue. To me, the most important story of the year should be one… Read more »
Tiffany
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Obama takes the credit for anything he can where he thinks it might up his standings in the “likability” poll. Even where he had no credit to take. Just shows you the jack wad he is. I wish we could get his rear end impeached.

Rafael X
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On this website alone there was a total of 12 posts mentioning Michael Brown. While only three where about Meriam Ibrahim. The people at the AP might be left leaning but I think they based their votes on basic arithmetic.

http://www.allenbwest.com/tag/meriam-ibrahim/
http://www.allenbwest.com/tag/michael-brown/

Uncle Ruckus
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Who is the guy in the photo cause it’s NOT MICHAEL BROWN

webbie7
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I agree with you. That woman was amazing. She had to have her baby in jail on the floor, and she still wouldn’t change to Islam. The Best!

Uncle Ruckus
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I have to wonder why Mr West decided to use a pic of a black man holding a gun that is NOT Michael Brown? What is the purpose of that Mr West??

JCRocks
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Uncle Ruckus – it’s a depiction of the vast number of black on black murders that happen in this country every day…not named Michael Brown…that everyone seems to forget or ignore or both.

Rafael X
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Why is it that every time someone anyone says racism. You people scramble like Johnny Football to change the subject. When did you ever care about black on black crime? Why haven’t you ever gone to the ghetto to teach some kid how to play the violin? You spin in so many directions it’s a wonder you can still stand straight. No wonder all you people allow yourselves to become dumb deaf and blind.

JCRocks
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“You People”? You lost my respect right there when you start off with a generalization like that. I care about all homicides in my city and, unfortunately, the number of black on black crimes and murders is much too high (anything above zero is too high!). As for teaching inner city kids to play the violin…LOL. That’s not my job. I pay taxes…taxes for schools; taxes to the state and federal government for their inner-city programs. I also contribute to my church and charities that support outreach to the poor and impoverished. But first and foremost, it is the job… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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NOPE…the article is blacks being killed by cops..the pic was incorrectly use by the RIGHT to depict michael brown as a gun toatin THUG! For Allen West to continue to use this pic is sickening! But…he knows exactly what he is doing!

Tiffany
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Well, let’s see…he did just rob a convenience store for something minor and assault a store clerk. Just before he was killed for wrestling a cop for his gun. The point is the story of the year should not have been about blacks being killed by [white] cops because if you consider how many blacks are killed by BLACKS, there isn’t even a comparison to be made. If you consider how many whites are killed by white cops, this story shouldn’t have been an issue. Why don’t we consider how many whites were killed by blacks or how many whites… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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What does that have to do with allen west using the WRONG PICTURE of Michael Brown….he used a picture of someone that wasn’t killed by the police….WHY???

Brendan
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Meriam Ibrahim’s integrity and devotion is a truly inspiring story. but, in fairness, while her story is amazing, it is not as significant as other stories that have influenced our culture and politics in the last year. Oh and one more thing Mr West… If you want to know why police officers killing unarmed blacks is a bigger story than black criminals killing unarmed blacks it is because we hold our police officers to a higher standard than we do criminals. either you can’t understand that simple fact or you are just deliberately deflecting to push a narrative. Asking why… Read more »
Gem
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Our culture doesn’t recognize integrity and devotion because we don’t have it to begin with how can there be an influence?

GabbyGibby
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I believe you were right in your assessment Mr. West. I believe you speak the truth I’ve listened to many many times and I do believe that the mainstream media is certainly biased

Brendan
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The AP based its decision on most popular news stories of the year by counting the number of stories written and measuring which had the most coverage.

but kooks like Allen West see counting and measuring as bias.

What is left wing bias to right wing nuts?
Anything that does not have a right wing bias and repeat their narrative is seen as left wing bias.

charles
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whatever happened to the middle ground, black on black crime can be traced directly to poverty, poor education, and no job opportunities. Some say it goes all the way back to slavery. There is a bigger picture, one that compassion could resolve. There are liberals that are warlike pharisees and there are conservative that are the same. They could be at war for centuries, or we can use the compassion of Jesus to resolve the problems of the world. If we can get this great country right then we would stand a better chance at being able to influence the… Read more »
Rogdj Castleberg
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Charels, i agree in part with some of your remarks, it is engrained into me that i’m never to harm another person except in self defense no matter what my personal circumstances may be. It is also engrained into me that i would never rob someone no matter what my personal circumstances may be. There’s something missing from your list of causes. It’s called a moral compass. whether black, white or inbetween, people who do these kind of things are missing that. Maybe we should be getting at why that is. There are peopl living in poverty all over the… Read more »
charles
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When one looks at the history of African-American community one would see a long line of violence and hate. But it has not always been black on black, it originate as white on black, until many black folk believed that they were sub-human. Even with a moral code, hope is needed. The lost of hope can do something in people that changes everything. Things can be done to a people so long until they start doing it to themselves. When they come to believe, what is the larger story about themselves what will they come to believe? The thought that… Read more »
Rogdj Castleberg
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Charles, i agree in part with you. But it is ingrained into me that i’m never to harm another person, except in self defense no matter what my personal circumstances may be. It’s ingrained into me that i would never rob someone no matter what my personal circumstances. There’s something missing from your list of causes. It’s called a moral compass. Whether black white or in between, people that do these kind of things are missing that. Maybe we should be getting at why that is. There are people in poverty all over the world but many never resort to… Read more »