The New York Times is facing backlash for allegedly downplaying the role of the arsonist involved in the burning of Fox News’ Christmas tree.
As previously reported, a mentally disturbed minority man set fire to the Christmas tree outside Fox News’ headquarters early Wednesday morning in what Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott later described as a “malicious arson attack.”
“A suspect was arrested early Wednesday morning in connection to the fire that destroyed FOX News Media’s All-American Christmas tree in FOX Square outside Fox News’ New York City headquarters just days after a televised tree-lighting ceremony,” according to Fox News.
“Fox News security spotted the accused arsonist, later identified as Craig Tamanaha, climbing the 50-foot-tall tree at the center of Fox Square just after midnight.”
But when the Times reported the story, it initially used a headline that critics felt was designed to deflect blame away from the suspected arsonist.
“Fox News Christmas Tree Catches Fire in Manhattan,” the headline read.
New York Times Headline: “Tree Catches Fire.” Well, it didn’t spontaneously combust. A dangerous individual SET THE TREE ON FIRE. Sadly predictable. pic.twitter.com/D0Y6XRO5Gd
— Dagen McDowell (@dagenmcdowell) December 8, 2021
Notice the criticism that Fox News’ Dagen McDowell leveled in the tweet above, which was that the Times’ headline was “sadly predictable.”
This criticism was driven by a demonstrable pattern of left-wing establishment media outlets pretending that malicious acts are committed by objects versus people, especially when those malicious acts involve minority suspects.
For instance, following the Waukesha rampage in which a minority suspect drove an SUV through a Christmas parade, killing six people, some media outlets acted as if the SUV had committed the rampage.
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, Darrell Brooks, who’d been driving it.
The tweet has since been deleted, but the original wording of the article that the Post’s tweet had linked to remains the same.
“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.
Washington Post pummeled for saying Waukesha massacre was ’caused by an SUV’ https://t.co/g28Otas64l
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) November 26, 2021
Other media outlets meanwhile downplayed the rampage as a “crash.”
“Waukesha parade crash devastates holiday favorites ‘Dancing Grannies,’” a PBS headline read.
“Waukesha parade crash suspect captured on doorbell camera shortly after crash,” a USA Today headline read.
“Man charged for Waukesha parade crash made 1st court appearance,” an NPR headline read.
“A sixth victim has died after the Waukesha Christmas parade crash, prosecutors say,” a CNN headline read.
The examples go on and on and on.
According to corporate media, Christmas trees self-immolate and SUVs crash into people. https://t.co/DC4PgOGAFz
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) December 8, 2021
The suspect, it turned out, is an extremist with a history of sharing black nationalist, anti-white and anti-semitic views on social media.
However, you would never know this about Brooks if you only listened to the establishment press, as there’s a been a total media blackout on his past.
Conversely, following the mass school shooting in Michigan last week that left three people dead, the press had no qualms placing blame on white suspect Ethan Crumbley, 15, and digging deep into his family’s social media accounts, which showed that they’re pro-Trump gun lovers.
Crumbley wound up being charged with terrorism. Despite the hateful content that he’d published to social media, Brooks has been spared such a charge.
This disparate treatment is no coincidence, according to critics.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) December 7, 2021
According to the news, because the Oxford shooter is a person and the Waukesha killer is an SUV.
— Darin Calhoun (@DarinCalhoun) December 7, 2021
That’s what I’m saying! Not only that, they identify the Oxford shooter as a white supremacists trump supporter. But the Waukesha as an SUV.
— BrandenJasso (@Branden_Jasso) December 7, 2021
Critics say it’s all part of an established pattern of the media changing how they report on crimes based on the identity of the suspect.
If the suspect looks a certain way — i.e., if he or she is a minority — then blame is deflected. But if they’re white, then the blame is always made clear.
Why was the Oxford HS killer charged with terrorism, but the Waukesha Parade killer was not.
The Waukesha killer is black. Is the Oxford killer white?
Asking for a friend. 😇
— Lewis Wallace (@Lew2Nai1) December 3, 2021
Why is the media willing to widely report, name, and show photos of the Oxford, MI killer (white – age 15) but has remained silent on the Waukesha, WI killer (black – age 39.) When will EVERYONE disavow the biased and divisive mainstream media? If you want fiction, watch a movie. https://t.co/zJdRNoGWy8
— Brandon Anderson (@Brandingo17) December 5, 2021
As for Fox News’ Christmas tree, the network is “in the process of rebuilding and installing a new tree,” according to a statement from Scott.
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