Almost immediately following Friday’s so-called ‘Planned Parenthood’ shooting in Colorado, liberals and their media were freely speculating about the profile of the shooter and his motive. And in the days since, the left’s assured pontification about who and what’s to blame for the tragedy has only continued — despite the police declaring yesterday they would not release information about the shooter’s motive. While guns have been blamed (of course), so have right-wing “anti-abortion” rhetoric through talk radio and blogs, as well as even Christian “extremists.”
Today, FBI and police seem to have averted a potential bloodbath on the campus of the University of Chicago campus — after heeding specific online threats for an incident to occur at 10am local time and shutting down the campus as a result. CNN and much of the media broadly called the threats “threats of gun violence.”
Thankfully, the morning passed without incident and now authorities are announcing an arrest in the threats, along with information that could point to the suspect’s motivation. Yet, as usual, it’s very curious to see how different outlets are reporting the news.
Breitbart reports this update:
A University of Illinois at Chicago student has been arrested and will face charges for an online threat to kill at least 16 “white devils” in revenge for the death of Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times by police.
“This is my only warning. At 10AM Monday morning, I’m going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with an M-4 carbine and two desert eagles, all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time McDonald was killed,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The message continued, “I will then die killing any number of white policeman in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part and rid the world of white devils. I expect you do the same.”
The threat was left on a website called worldstarhiphop.com over the weekend. A reader alerted the FBI to the threat on Sunday morning. After day long discussions between the FBI and local authorities, University President Robert Zimmer decided to cancel classes Monday.
“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer wrote.
Seventeen year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by police in October 2014. Video of the shooting was released last week. The police officer who shot McDonald has been charged with first degree murder.
The identity of the student who made the threat has not been released but the student is reportedly in federal custody awaiting charges.
CNN’s coverage characterized the update this way — still under the headline of the “gun violence threat”:
Jabari Dean, 21, was arrested Monday, accused of threatening to kill students and staff at the University of Chicago, authorities said.
Citing court documents, they said that he had stated in a post on social media that he planned to execute approximately 16 students or staff, as well as “any number of white policemen.”
However, note there’s no mention of “ridding the world of white devils,” calling on others to “do the same,” or the reference to revenge for Laquan McDonald’s death.
[Update as of 6:24pm ET: CNN has now updated its coverage to include the above details.]
BTW, here’s a snippet of the court documents CNN is presumably referencing.
Interesting how the media latched on to four words the so-called Planned Parenthood suspect reportedly made following the shooting– “no more baby parts” — but largely ignored the other comments he reportedly made (including about President Obama), and the suspect’s criminal record. And the fact that police announced they would not be releasing info about a motive.
But will they report the full account of Jabari Dean’s comments — made as a very specific threat and laid out in court documents? So far, it doesn’t seem so.
And, given the suspect in today’s arrest very specific threats to “rid the world of white devils” and specific linkage to revenge for Laquan McDonald’s death, what are the chances the same leaders and media who rushed to assume motive for the Colorado Springs shooting will rush to condemn the amplified anti-white, anti-police rhetoric that’s become routine in this country? Will anyone dare jump to labeling the suspect as a “black supremacist” or “anti-white” or anti-police”? Think President Obama will condemn the hateful speech that would inspire such a vicious threat?
I didn’t think so either.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]