You have 90 seconds to tell a story about a dad who fought off, and killed, his daughter’s attacker. Quick: what one point do you most want to get across to the audience? Do you talk about the little girl and her family’s suffering, or would you choose to focus on the fact that dad may not be charged with murder?
A few days ago, a Texas father caught a man in the act of molesting the father’s 4 year old daughter. In defense of his child, the father punched the attacker in the head to the point where the man died. In their report, CNN mocks the residents of Shiner, Texas who would have done the same thing for their children.
The reporter admonishes us not to rush to judgement quite yet. “We don’t know all the details of this case,” she says, as if that has ever stopped the media from wild speculation, or jumping to conclusions before. She wants to know from the Sheriff if dad should be charged. In a veiled warning to viewers the local authorities can’t be trusted, that a small town might be incapable of fairness in this case, her voiceover informs us “Sheriff Harmon [pause for emphasis] has children, too.”
No where in the nearly 90 second package does the reporter inquire or even seem interested in the well-being of the father or his daughter. Not once does she even feign concern that a child has been irreparably damaged. She wishes to prove a point about how “these people” take matters into their own hands.
“The people of Shiner don’t need a jury on this one. We couldn’t find a single person who thinks the father should be locked up.” Please CNN, interview someone from your part of the country that thinks a father protecting his precious daughter, a girl not even old enough to go to school yet, should be incarcerated for ending the life of a man who before his very eyes is violating his little girl. She never hints the father’s devastation not only at what happened to his daughter, but remorse for what he did to the man.
Yet, this reporter from the “most trusted name in news” demonstrates a complete lack of compassion for the family, with her big-city leftist hubris driving the narrative.
The undertone is quite clear: Flyover Country folk are backward hillbillies, and wild west justice prevails.
Small wonder CNN’s ratings, at a 20 year low, are in the tank.
h/t Big Journalism