Hypocrisy hiding behind a Hurricane

Russ Vaughn
Last week Captain Leonard Egland, an eighteen year Army veteran, shot and killed four people in a brief murder rampage.  CPT Egland was the first military officer involved in the taking of so many lives since the Fort Hood shooting almost two years ago.  That is attributable to the fact that it is an exceptionally unusual occurrence for a commissioned officer of any military service to commit such a violent criminal act.  Perhaps it's the testing and screening, combined with officer training that emphasizes self-control under the most daunting conditions, but for whatever reasons, military officers engaging in mass murder is rare.  

The essential role played by marital propriety in a male or female officer's career, is such that domestic violence in the officer community is equally rare, especially when compared with what it is among the troops they lead.

What is proving to be even more rare is coverage of the Egland murders by the mainstream media.  Here we have a thirty-seven year-old Army officer, a combat veteran of both the Iraq and  Afghanistan wars, who returns from combat and slaughters his soon-to-be-ex-wife, her boyfriend, her boyfriend's seven year-old son and the wife's mother before killing himself. Wouldn't you believe that such an unusual crime, such a horrific crime would attract major media coverage?

Where are the headlines blaming this atrocity on the administration and the military for the unbearable pressures they exert upon our troops with these reckless foreign interventions?   Why isn't the VA mobilizing a task force to confront the post traumatic stress issues facing our returning troops?  Why, even officers are now succumbing.

Oh wait...this isn't a Republican administration is it?  Oh...and there's another inconvenient truth the mainstream media doesn't want to touch with the proverbial ten-foot pole: CPT Egland was black; his wife was fully white and her mother therefore presumably so as well.  The race of Allred and his son is as yet unrevealed.  

Sure the murders occurred last Saturday and were thus covered up by the hurricane hoopla, but consider for a moment what the headlines and coverage would be like were all those racial roles reversed.  Hurricane or no, we'd be hearing in the storm's aftermath about this vicious, racially-motivated hate crime, ad nauseum.  We'd be seeing spokesmen from the Justice Department and the Pentagon promising exhaustive investigations into how such a brutal killer was not spotted by his superiors in time to prevent him from carrying out this atrocity.

Don't misread me here; this was a horrible human tragedy and I personally couldn't care less what the races of the people involved happened to be; race neither mitigates nor intensifies the degree of horror for me.  What does trouble me greatly is the monumental dishonesty of our major media, politically-correct hypocrites, hiding behind a hurricane (coincidentally bearing the name of an old standard regarding marital strife) because the truth is indeed, for them, problematic.

Here's what some searches turned up: The New York Times: zip; ABC: zip; CBS: zip; NBC: zip; NPR: one result; AP: one result; LA Times: one result; WAPO:  four results, probably because it happened in their local coverage area. The local area papers in Richmond and Philadelphia also covered the story as did local television affiliates, but, as you see, not the majors.

Strange isn't it how quiescent our major media can be when confronted with their own inconvenient truths, hmm?

Last week Captain Leonard Egland, an eighteen year Army veteran, shot and killed four people in a brief murder rampage.  CPT Egland was the first military officer involved in the taking of so many lives since the Fort Hood shooting almost two years ago.  That is attributable to the fact that it is an exceptionally unusual occurrence for a commissioned officer of any military service to commit such a violent criminal act.  Perhaps it's the testing and screening, combined with officer training that emphasizes self-control under the most daunting conditions, but for whatever reasons, military officers engaging in mass murder is rare.  

The essential role played by marital propriety in a male or female officer's career, is such that domestic violence in the officer community is equally rare, especially when compared with what it is among the troops they lead.

What is proving to be even more rare is coverage of the Egland murders by the mainstream media.  Here we have a thirty-seven year-old Army officer, a combat veteran of both the Iraq and  Afghanistan wars, who returns from combat and slaughters his soon-to-be-ex-wife, her boyfriend, her boyfriend's seven year-old son and the wife's mother before killing himself. Wouldn't you believe that such an unusual crime, such a horrific crime would attract major media coverage?

Where are the headlines blaming this atrocity on the administration and the military for the unbearable pressures they exert upon our troops with these reckless foreign interventions?   Why isn't the VA mobilizing a task force to confront the post traumatic stress issues facing our returning troops?  Why, even officers are now succumbing.

Oh wait...this isn't a Republican administration is it?  Oh...and there's another inconvenient truth the mainstream media doesn't want to touch with the proverbial ten-foot pole: CPT Egland was black; his wife was fully white and her mother therefore presumably so as well.  The race of Allred and his son is as yet unrevealed.  

Sure the murders occurred last Saturday and were thus covered up by the hurricane hoopla, but consider for a moment what the headlines and coverage would be like were all those racial roles reversed.  Hurricane or no, we'd be hearing in the storm's aftermath about this vicious, racially-motivated hate crime, ad nauseum.  We'd be seeing spokesmen from the Justice Department and the Pentagon promising exhaustive investigations into how such a brutal killer was not spotted by his superiors in time to prevent him from carrying out this atrocity.

Don't misread me here; this was a horrible human tragedy and I personally couldn't care less what the races of the people involved happened to be; race neither mitigates nor intensifies the degree of horror for me.  What does trouble me greatly is the monumental dishonesty of our major media, politically-correct hypocrites, hiding behind a hurricane (coincidentally bearing the name of an old standard regarding marital strife) because the truth is indeed, for them, problematic.

Here's what some searches turned up: The New York Times: zip; ABC: zip; CBS: zip; NBC: zip; NPR: one result; AP: one result; LA Times: one result; WAPO:  four results, probably because it happened in their local coverage area. The local area papers in Richmond and Philadelphia also covered the story as did local television affiliates, but, as you see, not the majors.

Strange isn't it how quiescent our major media can be when confronted with their own inconvenient truths, hmm?