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The mainstream establishment press keep seemingly downplaying the Waukesha rampage by describing it in terms that appear designed to conceal both the seriousness of the deadly event and the possible motive of the suspected black nationalist who committed it.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post posted a tweet linking to a story that the paper said listed “what we know so far on the sequence of events that led to the Waukesha tragedy caused by a SUV.”
But the Waukesha rampage was not caused by an SUV. It was allegedly caused by the longtime criminal and suspected black nationalist, Darrell Brooks, who’d been driving it.
The tweet has since been deleted, though screenshots remain:
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 25, 2021
What also remains is the original wording of the article that the Post’s tweet had linked to.
“The SUV then drove down Main Street, hitting more than 40 people and killing at least five of them,” one part of the piece reads.
To be clear, SUVs don’t drive themselves.
They changed the headline but the story still reads like this: pic.twitter.com/Hx7hHHm7rl
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 25, 2021
Note that suspect Darrell Brooks’ alleged actions led to six people being killed, including a child, and dozens of others, including children, being wounded.
The Post’s blasé coverage of this heinous crime provoked severe backlash, including from congressional Republicans like Rep. Ken Buck.
Did the SUV drive itself?
This headline is a disgrace. https://t.co/28q0B77MFg
— Ken Buck (@BuckForColorado) November 25, 2021
It was not caused by an SUV. This was an intentional attack by a terrible person.
There’s no reason to frame it as an accident at this point nor is there a reason to blame it on anything but the driver. https://t.co/sNoM84Sskw
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 25, 2021
What did they charge the SUV with? https://t.co/IDc2xPnzhZ
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 25, 2021
It wasn’t caused by an SUV; it was caused by the driver of an SUV. https://t.co/PQXmZ8uTRD
— Patt Morrison (@pattmlatimes) November 25, 2021
“caused by a SUV”
Oh, was it autonomous? https://t.co/CIVzlb84K8
— Grant Addison (@jgrantaddison) November 25, 2021
I beg of someone to seriously argue that this isn’t deliberate. https://t.co/P0AAQppkMw
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) November 25, 2021
Note what Noam Blum of Tablet magazine wrote: “I beg of someone to seriously argue that this isn’t deliberate.”
While it may sound conspiratorial to accuse the Post of deliberately downplaying the Waukesha rampage, what the paper did with this story fits into a much larger pattern of establishment media outlets also seemingly downplaying it.
Most notably, numerous outlets have referred to the rampage as a “crash,” a term which gives the appearance that Brooks’ allegedactions were accidental.
Here are a few examples:
BREAKING: Prosecutor: 6th person, a child, has died in deadly Wisconsin parade crash.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 23, 2021
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 23, 2021
“Waukesha parade crash devastates holiday favorites ‘Dancing Grannies,'” a PBS headline reads.
“Waukesha parade crash suspect captured on doorbell camera shortly after crash,” a USA Today headline reads.
“Man charged for Waukesha parade crash made 1st court appearance,” an NPR headline reads.
“A sixth victim has died after the Waukesha Christmas parade crash, prosecutors say,” a CNN headline reads.
The examples go on for days, and according to critics, they seem to point to a concerted effort by the establishment press to draw attention away from the suspect, a black man with a documented history of using social media to reportedly spout black nationalist rhetoric that’s pro-BLM, anti-white, anti-Jew, anti-Trump, anti-capitalist, anti-cop, etc.
Darrell Edward Brooks, the man who was taken into custody by police over the #Waukesha Christmas parade mass casualty incident, expressed hatred of former president Donald Trump in one of his rap tracks. He also expressed black nationalist antisemitic views. #BLM pic.twitter.com/BhT7BrX5mL
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 22, 2021
This suspicion is bolstered by the fact that the establishment press have been attacking those journalists like Andy Ngo who’ve scoured Brooks’ social media accounts in the hope of understanding his mindset.
Daily Beast reporter, @BobSaietta: “How big-time right-wing trolls Andy Ngo and Tim Pool tied the Waukesha killings to Black Lives Matter.” Darrell Edward Brooks’ now-deactivated Facebook page: pic.twitter.com/dJoU0KG3SM
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 24, 2021
The effort at seemingly downplaying the rampage has been so widespread and evident that even Hollywood actress Debra Messing, a devoted establishment leftist, has cried foul.
“Dear Mainstream Media—a man intentionally drove his car through a parade killing 6 and injuring 50+. It was not an ACCIDENT. 🔥Call it by its name🔥#WaukeshaMassacre And it was a domestic terror attack. Don’t minimize. Please,” she tweeted early Wednesday afternoon.
Dear Mainstream Media—a man intentionally drove his car through a parade killing 6 and injuring 50+.
It was not an ACCIDENT.
🔥Call it by its name🔥#WaukeshaMassacre
And it was a domestic terror attack.
Don’t minimize. Please.
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) November 24, 2021
The evidence against Brooks includes, according to the criminal complaint filed against him, that he “sped up as he plowed through groups of people at the Waukesha Christmas parade,” as reported by Madison, Wisconsin station WMTV.
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