Believe it or not, the power of the mainstream media doesn’t just reside in their ability to lie. While they’re known to publish falsehoods on a regular basis, that’s not really their strong suit. Their propaganda reaches its highest potency when they tell the truth. All they have to do obsess over a real news story, over and over again, until they’ve convinced you that this event represents a dangerous new trend.
That seems to be the case with the supposed ‘war on police’ that is all the rage in the media these days, especially on Fox News. Every time a police officer is killed, they will talk about the incident for days on end. In fact, they’ve had more stories on police deaths this year than the previous 4 years combined. Other news stations like ABC and CBS have similar numbers. Meanwhile, the number of police officers who are actually killed on a yearly basis is plummeting.
Actual incidences of fatal violence against police officers perpetrated by civilians, however, have not been on the rise. Data on police officer deaths compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund shows that the year since Michael Brown’s death has not been especially dangerous for police officers, at least when it comes to the danger of being maliciously attacked by another person. According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund’s data, in the year following Brown’s death, 43 police officers were shot and killed, which is significantly less than the average of 54 police officer shooting per year over the last 10 years. Looking back even further, policing is much safer now than any time in the last 45 years.
The impression that civilians are targeting officers, then, is a reflection of media coverage, not reality. This is a phenomenon called agenda setting, a process by which the media put an item on the public agenda.
What’s particularly troubling here is not necessarily that the media has put police killings by civilians on the agenda, but that they have failed to do so when it was. Many more officers were being killed in the line of duty in 2011, the most lethal year for police officers over the last 10 years, and yet the news media gave scant attention to their deaths.
And 2015 is shaping up to be another uneventful year. If current trends hold, this year will likely have one of the lowest police murder rates in decades. And these statistics aren’t just being caused by better medical technology or the proliferation of bulletproof vests. Assaults against police officers are also falling. And all of this is happening despite the fact that in many of our major cities, overall violence is exploding.
And while this media fear mongering has convinced 58% of Americans that there is a war on police, they conveniently ignore the fact that police on citizen violence is off the charts. By September 1st of this year, only 25 cops had been killed by violence, while 776 people had been killed by the police, 161 of who were unarmed. More police officers are killed in traffic accidents than at the hands of malicious citizens.
So forget about this ‘war on police’ nonsense. At best, it is a media charade designed to drum up more ratings. At worst, the propaganda arm of our government is desperately trying to spark a civil war in this country to justify our police state. So don’t believe the lies, even when they’re being cloaked by a few real stories.
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