On Thursday’s “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld gave a scathing critique of the media for the absence of coverage of last week’s shooting of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane, allegedly killed by three Oklahoma teens who told police they were “bored.”
Gutfeld, author of “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage,” said that absence was a product of the tragedy not fitting a particular media narrative.
“So by now you have heard of the murder of this young man from Australia, Christopher Lane,” Gutfeld said. “The media has a motive: boredom. Yeah, when you’re bored, you kill people. But by blaming boredom, you can ignore recent tweets by one suspect who boasted hating white people. The suspected shooter reveled in gang signs and gang colors and bragged about knocking out five white people since the Zimmerman verdict.”
“If you aren’t familiar with this knocking out trend, it is where a gang cold-cocks strangers, sometimes killing them,” he said. “The media is staying away from this even though it’s a hate crime. It’s not their kind of hate crime. Given the tweets and this gang stuff, will the Justice Department see this as a hate crime? I don’t think so. It fits no storyline on HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ or ‘Law & Order’ — yeah, ‘Law & Order,’ the favorite show among shut-ins and their double-stuffed Oreos. They’re planning a Trayvon Martin episode, calling it an American tragedy.”
He took a parting shot at the media for the way it treats these tragedies in the black community, which is to turn a blind eye to them.
“But the other American tragedy are those producers and networks and hacks who accept violence through unconscious bigotry,” Gutfeld said. “They just don’t think it is fair to demand a community what it demands from their own. Even if the crime isn’t about race, and maybe it isn’t, it is an evil act rooted in destructive lifestyles and broken communities. In the media’s eyes, a black teen is invisible until he’s a body. And a dead Australian is just the price you pay to be politically correct.”