They so easily fall into the trap they set. And if a politician — a conservative one — did this the liberals’ tender snowflakes division would be all over it. “It’s 2016” as one of the more famous ones would curtly inform the press (which would in turn report about it 800 times in righteous, glowing terms).
This is really a story at least partially about the heroism of cops. So the Washington Post has this headline:
Maybe it’s just implied, but there is no mention of police heroism in the headline or article, which is noteworthy enough because yet again, they missed a chance to balance things out a little. It appears to me they are all beholden to the sick, left-wing anti-cop pop-culture, and are only too happy to pass up another chance. But OK, aside from that and the horror of the underlying story, the editorial tone is factual and innocuous enough.
However the National Post had other headline ideas. In the NP, it’s the exact same article as written by Anthony Faiola of the Washington Post, but they added sexual flavor to the headline, ginning-up the young female aspect of it. Again – no indication of heroism amongst the police, just this:
Make no mistake. Both a young male and a young female officer were seriously hurt and had to have surgery. In the UK they handled the perplexing problem like this:
Fox News Channel went with:
The NP didn’t stop with what liberals would HAVE to call an overtly sexist headline worthy of a curt outburst and copious haughty reporting if, say, Donald Trump or any random conservative had said it: they also included a huge photo of the very photogenic gal to help satisfy their clickbait needs. The screencap above left was just a tease on their web site. In the story itself they blew the photo up to “yuge” proportions (see right).
Now I’m not saying all readers are total idiots who fall for the Rick-roll and click stories just because there’s a pretty girl picture on it — I’m just saying all liberal men do. The conservatives all click it to read about the heroic cop and the facts.
If I were a registered member of Generation Snowflake — I’d be offended (of course I’d be offended by this whole PTBC web site and probably die from all the “hate!” So…). We used to just call what the NP did sexist, but surely this headline and presentation by the NP at least contravenes a snowflake “gender norms” paradigm and warrants a CBC Passionate Eye investigation on hidden agendas or something!
Sadly though, speaking of the state-owned CBC, it reminds me of the feminist left-wing liberal progressive socialist slowflake channel, the state-owned CBC, who not long ago found the need to write-up a report about intestinal bacteria (or some damn thing unique only to Canadians). How did they promote it? As I documented, it was with a totally random photo of a totally non-attractive and not-at-all sexy young female wearing something totally bland drawing your eyes only to the couch she’s lying on. (At least she looks like she’s suffering!)
But let’s flush that CBC “Editor’s Pick’ crap where it belongs, and get back to the NP article about the female cop: The reaction to that headline and photo presentation from the feminist division of the liberals will be as confused as it usually is: if females are just as capable as males, then it’s an insult that the editors think a female officer being injured is worth being featured in the headline, while the also-injured male officer isn’t.
But the liberals’ news editors division will defend their feminist bona fides, and boast that this speaks to their pro-feminist advocacy journalism (which then wouldn’t be journalism at all but rather propaganda, but anyway). They will say that this is simply an article informing the plebeians (they won’t say plebeians, duh) of the hitherto unknown and utterly shocking ability and stunning bravery of females in the workplace. (Those of us on the right already know all about cops — including females — and how brave and heroic they are, so I guess we know who they are still trying to educate).
It’s another example of the liberal-left’s massive race and sex (gender, anyway) problem: it’s their soft bigotry of low expectations. God only knows what photo they’d use to accompany a story about that.
I hate to heap all this “microaggression” on the liberals at the National Post, but another sad thing about their juicing of the WaPo article is that the photo of the female police officer they featured so prominently was cropped from a Hungarian police recruiting campaign poster (see right).
Not that the NP is in the business of helping Hungary promote policing, but I’m sure none of this will do much to attract women or men to the thin blue line here or there. It’s hard to wish away all the cop-killing that goes on, but maybe, occasionally, the liberal media could find space for the tiny words “hero” or “brave” in their headlines, or somewhere in the articles concerning police they could just allude to how cops face this kind of crap every single day, yet carry on regardless. It’s factual, on point, and it’s a story that needs to be told to maintain some semblance of balance in the news coverage.
If the big North American newspapers like the Washington Post and the National Post are where you get your information, all I can say is: Be careful out there.