Deceptive Headlines, Anecdotal Evidence


Raw Story:

West Virginia paper’s anti-LGBT column wants death for ‘n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops’

A newspaper in West Virginia is defending its decision to publish a reader’s racist and homophobic comments, which called for “queers” to be put to death along with “n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops.”

WCHS-TV reported on Wednesday that the Lincoln Journal had come under fire for printing a transcript of a reader’s voice mail comments in the “Gripe and Gratitudes” section of the paper.

The reader referenced a recent report about how the Lincoln County Board of Education had terminated lesbian teacher Kelli Burns from her job at Guyan Valley Middle School teacher after she accused board officials of forcing students to write complaints that she had tried to “turn them gay.”

“We were really glad to hear that School Board is getting rid of them queers,” the voice mail said. “The next thing is we need to get rid of all the n****rs, the spics, the kikes and the wops.”

“You know even them Catholics, they are wrong as baby eaters,” the reader continued. “We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations.”

“We’ll keep Lincoln County white and right. Thank you.”

Some West Virginians told WCHS-TV that the column was offensive.

“That’s not nice,” Hamlin resident Melissa Rogers insisted. “I support the gays, and I’m not racist at all.”

But other readers agreed with the bigoted opinion.

“I don’t have to read it all, I already agree with that,” Hamlin resident Leroy Ramey opined. “Get rid of them.”

Lincoln Journal managing editor Sean O’Donoghue, who is a Roman Catholic, agreed that the comments were offensive, but said that he had no regrets about publishing them.

If you only read the headline you would get the impression that a West Virginia newspaper was in favor of putting gays and minorities to death. All they did was publish a reader’s racist and homophobic comments.

The comments are despicable, but I believe in free speech. I don’t see anything wrong with a newspaper publishing offensive comments and ideas, if for no other reason than to make people aware of what some of their neighbors are thinking. It would be appropriate for the paper to publish a disclaimer disavowing any support for the ideas, but that would be up to them.

What is missing in the article by Raw Story is context. What we are given is anecdotal evidence of two bigots expressing their opinions. Paired with a one-sided version of a teacher’s termination the article leaves the impression that West Virginia is filled with bigots.

I have never been to West Virginia so I can’t tell you what people there are like. But I strongly suspect they are real people and not caricatures. I don’t doubt that some of them are bigots. But I am equally sure that some of them are more intelligent and enlightened than that. Context would give us some idea of the prevailing local opinions.

But that might not fit the media’s preferred narrative about West Virginia.

I don’t know what really happened in this case. But I get the feeling there is more to the story than we are being told. That always makes me wonder why we aren’t being told everything.

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55 Responses to Deceptive Headlines, Anecdotal Evidence

  1. $50 says that was Igor Volsky calling in to leave that message, just to see if they would print it and he could run with another “ZOMG! America is so effing RAYCIST!” article.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Raw Story’s been on my banned list for years. It’s still a lefty darling though. Yes, big difference between a “column” and a rant from a reader.

    Our local medias are starting to publish and read tweets and FB comments from their followers. It’s driving the way news is reported, the more controversial stuff gets the most attention. Tabloid journalism is taking over !

  3. DandyTiger says:

    Another, “the rest of the story” needed. Nothing like today’s “journalism” to give you, well, really, none of the story.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I have no sympathy for bigots. But they have a right to their odious opinions just like everyone else. If you meet one like the guy in the article you’ll soon discover they usually are mentally ill. So are religious nutjobs.

  4. yttik says:

    LOL, poor West Virginia, it seems like the entire country is bound and determined to portray them all as racists! Going back to 2008, there are hundreds of media stories about “racist West Virginia,” including several front page articles about a racist rant from…a pizza delivery guy. And of course, West Virginia is not fond of Obama, or so says the media.

    • myiq2xu says:

      A racist in SF or NYC isn’t news unless they work for the government or do something to somebody famous.

      Of course they have to be white to be racist. Racist rants by people of color don’t count.

      • Absolutely right!
        But there’s another issue. Why in billy blue blazes would a paper publish in writing verbal comments from a phone site? Does anyone else see a disconnect with reality here? As a former editor of a (prize winning) weekly paper I dealt with that issue and made a decision the paper would only publish verifiable (in writing) written comments from verifiable commenters. Anything else is journalistic malpractice, IMO, but there’s so much of that going around I suppose it’s no longer a big deal.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I’ve had letters to the editor published in the local paper a few times. They require you include contact information (address and ph#) that they do not publish then they called me to verify that I was the person who wrote the letters.

        • 49erDweet (D) says:

          That’s being responsible. The WV paper? Not so much.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Yahoo News:

    Public mass shootings like the slaughter of schoolchildren and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary have left 547 people dead and 476 more injured in the U.S. since 1983, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

    The CRS study—which was made public by the Federation of American Scientists—does not weigh in on whether restricting access to guns or ammunition would prevent future incidents, a cause President Barack Obama has championed since the December tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

    The CRS study—which counts only the deaths of people other than the shooter or shooters—shows that mass shootings represent a relatively small portion of overall deaths by firearms in the United States. FBI figures show that guns were used to kill 8,583 people in 2011 alone.

    “While tragic and shocking, public mass shootings account for few of the murders or non-negligent homicides related to firearms that occur annually in the United States,” the CRS study said.

    • DandyTiger says:

      That’s clearly a racist story. /s

    • yttik says:

      It’s kind of fun to rattle your perspective with statistics. Mass shootings are horrific, no doubt about it, but statistically speaking, 6000 people are killed every year just from texting and driving. About 450 people are killed every year from falling out of bed. In Africa, about 3000 die from being attacked by hippos. More than 38,000 people die each yr in the US from suicide. Of course, the real story is that for the first time in history, in the US anyway, the majority of us die of heart disease, meaning most of us survived long enough, fat and happy, to die of natural causes.

      Vending machines kill about 13 people a year. That means your odds of having a vending machine fall on you is just slightly less than being shot in a mass shooting. You sure wouldn’t know it from all the media hype.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Far more people die in car accidents than plane crashes, but plane crashes are always big news when they happen. It’s actually the safest ways to travel in terms of deaths per mile.

        Train wrecks are news too, but they are almost always caused by someone besides the train operators (cars, vandalism, etc).

    • leslie says:

      That’s one year in chicago.

  6. SHV says:

    The literary “style” is indicative of an Obot doing a poor job of imagining how a raacist would write a rant. Just like Obama doing his Southern Black preacher gig, doesn’t ring true.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Some of those terms are a little dated, aren’t they?

      • Somebody says:

        I have no way of knowing if the racist is real or not, but I was thinking the same thing about some of the language used. I’ll say this, if the racist is real then he/she is pretty old.

    • It totally came off as fake to me. I’ve met plenty of actual racists in my day, and not one of them ever talked like that. Now, ironic hipsters? Absolutely. They think it’s funny.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Via Hot Air:

    In his remarks today he pictured an Arab world, and a Palestinian political system, yearning for peace with Israel through negotiated compromises. This ignores the vast ocean of anti-Semitism in the Arab world, and the inculcation of hatred of Jews and Israel in generation after generation of Arabs—including Palestinians. And it ignores the rising tide of Islamism in the region, which threatens to engulf all those political figures who would really like a compromise peace. The Arab world Obama described is a place far more desirous of, and far closer to, peace with Israel than the one Israelis actually see around them.

    Obama urged Israelis to push their own government toward peace: “Speaking as a politician, I can promise you this: political leaders will not take risks if the people do not demand that they do. You must create the change that you want to see.” This may be taken as a swipe at the new Israeli government or at Netanyahu, but even if it is not he is again addressing it to the wrong audience. Israelis cannot “create the change they want to see” in the hearts of Palestinians, Egyptians, and other Arabs. “Now is the time for the Arab World to take steps toward normalized relations with Israel,” Obama said. And he is right, but does anyone want to take bets on how likely that is?

    During the 1950’s there were people advocating we compromise with China and the USSR – “Better red than dead”

  8. HELENK says:

    movie coming out tomorrow in Regal theaters.
    Murph the Protector
    documentry on the life of a Navy Seal who earned the Medal of Honor in 2007

  9. HELENK says:

    way way off topic

    since Easter is coming, I thought some of you might like this idea.
    years ago I made gift baskets for the men in my family.
    I got snacks to use when watching a sports event. peanuts, popcorn, assorted nuts, potato chips and added a video tape( now it would be a DVD) of sports bloopers. The only thing I did not put in the basket was the beer. The guys were on their own for that.

    They all loved it. Nobody every thinks of guys for gift baskets

    • yttik says:

      That’s a good idea! It’s hard to give men gifts on Easter. Everything is so frilly.

      • lildoggy4u says:

        Hey, guys like chocolate easter eggs and bunny heads too not to mention jelly beans. Just leave out those icky peeps. But Helen, that sounds terrific.

  10. wmcb says:

    I grew up in the south. I’ve even spent some time in rural West Va, as my best friend was from there. I’m talking RURAL WV, true hillbillies.

    I have known some genuine southern racist holy-rolling bigoted hicks in my life. I know what they sound like. I know the words chosen and the speech patterns.

    My opinion? Whoever left that message was trying very hard to sound like one, but they aren’t.

  11. myiq2xu says:
  12. myiq2xu says:

    Sweet Jeebus!

    Kermit Gosnell Allegedly Killed Babies At Abortion Clinic; Worker Describes ‘Snipping’ Spines

    A lawyer for a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing seven babies allegedly born alive tried Wednesday to show that at least the first baby had died in the womb and that the mother was not as far along in the pregnancy as the prosecution claims.

    A young woman who was 17 when she aborted “Baby A” spent several hours testifying in Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial.

    The prosecution says she was nearly 30 weeks in her pregnancy. And one of Gosnell’s medical assistants, who had testified that late-term babies were routinely cut with scissors after delivery, said she was disturbed by the baby’s size and pinkish color.

    But defense lawyer Jack McMahon suggested that no babies survive after the drug digoxen is administered into the womb. The drug was used on the teen mother, according to her medical records, which also show her aunt paid $2,750 in cash for the abortion.

    McMahon tried to show that the teenager also could have been earlier in her pregnancy.

    Prosecutors believe she was well beyond the 24-week limit in Pennsylvania. Gosnell started a three-day outpatient procedure on the teen in 2008 in Delaware, where the limit is 20 weeks. The baby was delivered at his clinic in West Philadelphia.

    The medical assistant, Andrienne Moton, has said she was so concerned by the baby’s appearance that she took a cellphone picture of it. Moton said this week that late-term babies were routinely cut with scissors after delivery, and she acknowledged that she performed the technique at least 10 times.

  13. HELENK says:

    new video

  14. votermom says:

    Sex week
    ‘Perversity does not make diversity just because it’s at the university’

    The University of Tennessee hasn’t pulled the plug on Sex Week, but it has cut some of the purse strings.

    UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today that state taxes and tuition will not be used to fund the controversial event.

    The university said $6,700 in student programming dollars will still be used for Sex Week but not $11,145 from academic programs and departments.

    Events scheduled for April 7-12 include “Getting Laid,” “Sex Positivity; Queer as a Verb,” “Loud and Queer,” a campus-wide condom scavenger hunt, a workshop on oral sex called “How Many Licks Does it Take,” and a lecture titled “Messing Around with Gender,” to be delivered by a lesbian bondage expert.

    WND reported Sex Week has become a tradition at many universities, including the Ivy League’s Yale, Harvard and Brown.

    But it caused an uproar at this Southern school. Many UT alumni, lawmakers and taxpayers are angry.

    A university spokesman told Fox News that student fees and university money are covering the nearly $20,000 cost of Sex Week.

    “We should be teaching these children what is important to learn so they can get jobs,” said Campfield. “I don’t know what jobs they plan on getting if they’re having seminars on oral sex and bondage. I don’t see how that will help someone in their professional career – unless they plan on becoming a porn star.

    “They’ve been trying to say it’s about safety and birth control,” he said. “These kids are supposed to be some of the smartest kids out there – and they don’t know where to buy condoms?”

    He continued, “If they can’t figure out where to buy condoms, I question whether they need to be in college in the first place – if they’re that stupid.”

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