At least 70 local news outlets published similar stories with roughly the same headline renaming the Waukesha Massacre, where Darrell Brooks charged his SUV into a crowd of parade-goers, as a “parade crash.” With each article carrying the nearly identical headlines and similar content, local news outlets appear to be colluding to rephrase the massacre, where a 6-year-old boy died, as a crash.
A Newslookup search revealed more than 70 local news outlet articles published within the last 24 hours ran with the phrase “parade crash” or “Waukesha crash” instead of “Waukesha tragedy” or “Waukesha attack” in the headline.
Ironically, these local outlets’ own reporting of the massacre directly opposes what they appear to have colluded to label it. In local news outlet Fox 5 San Diego, for instance, the article states:
An 8-year-old boy became the sixth person to die Tuesday as a result of a man driving his SUV into a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade, with a criminal complaint alleging that the suspect in the case steered side-to-side with the intent of striking marchers and spectators.
Additionally, another article from Boston.com blatantly states in the first paragraph that Prosecutors charged Darrell Brooks with “intentional homicide.” However, their own headline states differently, naming the massacre with 5 deaths and 62 injuries a “parade crash.”
Perhaps the most glaring revisionist reporting arose from outlets naming the massacre a “deadly Waukesha Crash,” as if to claim it was a run-of-the-mill car accident. New Hampshire local news outlet WTNH, among others, decided this headline was appropriate. Once again, however, the first sentence in WTNH’s article directly opposes the headline choice, where they report prosecutors charged Brooks with intentional homicide.
One cannot surmise the reason many local media outlets around the country have apparently colluded to rename the massacre as a crash. Especially since local outlets rightly described any other time in the last 4 years that someone ran their car into people as plowing into protesters or being “charged with murder.”
But not for Darrell Brooks. In fact, even The Washington Post is revisionist reporting, with a piece alleging driving into people is “increasingly common” in Waukesha. Is it “increasingly common” for someone to drive through barricades while fleeing from police after they try to apprehend them for stabbing people? Is it increasingly common for someone to shoot music videos asserting they will kidnap people in their car? In fact, is it even “increasingly common” to run over people after being let out on bail for running people over? What sort of place does The Washington Post assume Waukesha is?
What is common, however, is the local media colluding to force a narrative. Just recently, Project Veritas blew the lid on a scandal where Tegna told 64 local news outlets they owned to alter their reporting practices and abandon “objective journalism.” Tegna reportedly altered the reporting practices of these outlets to push a political narrative. But it isn’t just Tegna’s outlets colluding, either. Libertarian thinktank The Cato Institute recently published an exposé revealing how the mainstream media regularly colludes to promote certain narratives.
Some commentators on the right are claiming the massacre was a racist act. However, it isn’t likely. The only people suggesting racist intent are pulling from past statements tweeted under a rapper alias that supposedly assert “black nationalist” beliefs. But many rap and hip hop artists talk about how they commonly utter shocking statements solely for marketing purposes and that those statements do not align with their real views.
In other words, it’s not like the Charlottesville killer where he openly stated he was a neo-Nazi. Darrell Brooks wrote no known manifesto. He also has not expressed “black supremacist” beliefs personally. Further, at this point prosecutors haven’t even charged Brooks with a hate crime.
What remains to be seen, however, is if the local outlets reporting on this massacre will ever report Brooks “murdered people with his car” or “plowed through parade-goers,” like they previously reported with other car attacks.
– John Paluska, CNJ Staff