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Cable News Blasted for Conjuring Controversy in Columbus Police Shooting

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The sad truth of the matter, when it comes to the mainstream media, is that they are more successful when we are more emotional.

It’s a dirty trick of human biology:  The chemicals in our brain that allow us to feel joy, sorrow, humor, and fury are just similar enough to one another that we become addicted to them, one and all.  Feeling something stimulates our self-awareness, and we learn to crave it.

So, when you tune into CNN and what they are saying angers you, they’re planting small hooks in your noggin, reeling you in to watch the commercials that pay all of their salaries.

If you watch Fox, however, and you find yourself enthusiastically cheering after a host or guest has a mic drop moment, your brain again finds what it’s looking for, and here you are seeing your 14th Progressive commercial of the day.

All of the big networks know this and actively participate in this salacious shamanism, and sometimes they cross the line.

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Liberal outlets HuffPost and AJ+ omitted key details or pushed false narratives in their videos about the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday.

HuffPost failed to note the woman who was shot, Ma’Khia Bryant, pushed another female to the ground and lunged at another with a knife when police arrived at the scene.

The misleading HuffPo video was accompanied by the following text, which appeared to paint the police as the villain.

“Black girl killed by police,” the text read. “Police in Columbus, OH shot & killed a Black teen around the same time the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial. Body-camera footage showed an officer firing several times at Ma’Khia Bryant before she collapsed to the ground. The video also showed a knife falling next to the teen. Ma’Khia was taken to the hospital in critical condition before being pronounced dead. Cops at the scene reportedly told horrified onlookers that ‘blue lives matter.’”

And then…

“A Black 16-year-old girl was killed by police, just hours after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder,” its clip began. Some called the video “deliberately misleading.”

Unlike HuffPost, the AJ+ video does acknowledge that the police “say the girl lunged at people with a knife.” It goes on to identify the race of the officer.

“The officer, who appeared to be white, is being taken off the streets during an investigation,” the video continued.

The Columbus story is still developing as of this writing, and there is no doubt that CNN, FOX, and others are on scene, sniffing around for something that can garner them some ratings.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.