In the wake of last weekend’s trifecta of terror attacks, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest toured the media to declare our war with ISIS — and radical Islam in general — is really just a war of narratives. In the case of radical Islamic terror, the jihadists don’t seem to have gotten the memo that it’s just a narrative war — as they continue to actually kill and maim innocents in this war.
The descriptor “war of narratives” might be more aptly applied to the war once again besieging our nation in the wake of recent officer-involved shootings of black men — mostly recently, in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC. Once again, the broad narratives specific groups are trying to push seem to have superseded the actual facts of these particular cases.
In Charlotte, for example, one has to ask: how does the shooting of a black man by a police officer — who is also black — ignite a race war where blacks are attacking whites?
And, once again, we see individuals flat-out fabricating storylines to drive their particular agenda. Such was the case last night when a black man was shot amidst the “peaceful protests” and a pair of women grabbed the media to propagate the notion that it was police officers who shot the man.
VIDEO: Woman witnesses a man shot and wounded during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina. https://t.co/Jn7iFc1Xfa
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 22, 2016
Only problem was, it wasn’t true.
But that didn’t stop the Associated Press from running with the story — either without checking the veracity of it or just not caring that it wasn’t true.
Police and city immediately reported that the shooting in question had nothing to do with the police.
ALERT: Fatal shot uptown was civilian on civilian. @CMPD did not fire shot.
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016
Watch for yourself:
Violence has erupted on the streets of Charlotte, NC for the second night. Stay with Fox News for the latest updates. pic.twitter.com/TYuIHYuMOa
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 22, 2016
A Daily Beast reporter who was on the scene saw a black man with a gun doing the shooting. Not police. None of the videos show this alleged ‘witness’ nearby.
Around 8:30 p.m., a civilian fired a pistol indiscriminately into a crowd of dozens outside the hotel, turned and ran, leaving a man laying on the ground in a pool of blood on the sidewalk. There was a loud pop, then panic and confusion. Standing about 10 yards away, I looked down the barrel of a pistol. Several people were screaming, saying someone was shot in the head and a crowd quickly formed around the victim, a black male. I thought to myself, “Oh my God, why?” Breathing heavily, I called 911, pacing around in the street. I could be the person on life support. The bullet had whizzed past me. But here I was, still breathing, and reporting this tragic news unfolding in front of me.
The shooter, a black male, was standing at the intersection of East Trade and South College streets with the weapon still aimed. He turned and ran. Emergency personnel arrived about five minutes later.
And yet, the AP is spreading the story from this alleged “witness” who charges the police with injecting violence into a “peaceful protest.”
And in case you’re wondering, yes, the AP still has this story up as of this writing (some 17 hours after video of the incident was aired that contradicts the “witness” story, and some 15 hours after The Daily Beast eyewitness account was posted).
One can’t help but wonder, if indeed the problem of police brutality unjustifiably singling out blacks is as rampant as Black Lives Matter would have us believe, why then must they keep resorting to making things up to support their narrative? Shouldn’t there be plenty of *real* incidents to highlight?
But, then again, with a movement that got its legs under a phony “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative, it all starts to make sense then.
Tragically for our nation, we have a mainstream media who’s complicit in pushing false narratives, regardless of the facts. Turns out it’s as true for the Black Lives Matter movement as it is for our presidential election.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]