Robin Roberts, anchor over at ABC’s Good Morning America, was interviewing President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. this past Friday, when she broached the subject of the Charlotte, North Carolina riots.
In asking the president his thoughts about what was taking place there, she did it in this way:
“What we have seen recently in Charlotte, North Carolina, young people rising up and showing their frustration in a different way. When you and the rest of the world sees that, what goes through your mind?”
What was that again? “Young people rising up and showing their frustration?”
Even President Obama, who has himself been somewhat of an apologist for violent behavior under the guise of “social protest,” seemed to chafe a bit at Roberts’ attempt to gloss over the absolute mayhem that had been ongoing for days in Charlotte; responding to her question, he said, in part, “Every once in a while you see folks doing it the wrong way, looting, breaking glass, those things are not going to advance the cause. In Charlotte, my hope is that in the days to come, that people in the community pull together and say, how do we do this the right way.”
Roberts’ obviously-slanted assessment of the events taking place in Charlotte underscores the utter uselessness of the information generated these days by the so-called mainstream media. It’s bad enough when high-profile news outlets get things wrong when they’re at least trying to get them right. However, when they are not only NOT making an earnest effort to be as accurate as possible, but are, in fact, purposely misrepresenting the events of the day in order to achieve a political end, then we are right to tune them out, and look elsewhere for our information.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large