YouTube censors crime reporting
YouTube censors crime reporting
Channel suspended after video posted on violence by African-Americans
Reporting on criminal acts, trends and scourges is a good thing, right?
Apparently not on YouTube.
The site, which recently suspended WND’s YouTube channel for featuring Mike Huckabee’s comments on transsexuals, now has suspended the channel of an investigative reporter for showing videos that featured black on white crime.
Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It,” told WND his channel was suspended for two weeks after he posted a video featuring violence by African-Americans against white children. Flaherty also posted a video of what the author called “black mob violence against a white child.”
“Soon after, YouTube yanked it down: It said it had received complaints that I had violated the YouTube policy against posting ‘shocking, sensational or disrespectful’ videos, especially involving ‘minors participating in a harmful or dangerous activity,’” he told WND. “So YouTube kicked me off for two weeks, though my channel remains open and subscriptions have jumped dramatically.”
Flaherty has since posted a response video at another site. But he believes the political implications go far behind his temporary suspension.
“White children and adults around the country are victims of black mob violence and black on white crime that is wildly out of proportion. And reporters and public officials ignore, deny, condone, excuse, encourage and even lie about it. That’s what I call ‘shocking.’
“And seeing hundreds of videos of this kind of carnage, and seeing no one get arrested, and seeing local black activists and their white enablers blame it white racism? That is about as disrespectful as it gets.”
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a civil rights activist, president and founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), and author of “Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America,” says conservatives and liberals have different reasons for shying away from discussion of black crime.
Peterson said: “The conservative white politicians and media are afraid to discuss black crime due to the fear of being attacked as racist. The white and black liberals won’t discuss it because they want the races to remain divided so they can continue with their agenda of redistributing wealth and taking from whites to give to minorities.”
Talk show host, lawyer, and author of “Dear Father, Dear Son” Larry Elder says people of all races don’t want to talk about black crime because “the truth is uncomfortable.” However, Elder believes “liberals’ own policies, pushed in good faith, create much of the problem.”
Elder charged: “This is a direct result of the implosion of the family in America, specifically the black family. During slavery, a black child was more likely than today to be raised under a roof with both biological mother and father. In 1965, one quarter of black kids were born outside of wedlock. Fifty years and $22 trillion spent in anti-poverty programs later, the number is over 70 percent. Even President Obama said a kid growing up without a father is five times more likely to be poor, nine times more likely to drop out of school, and twenty times more likely to end up in jail.
“This is why the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Riley’s new book is titled ‘Please Stop Helping Us’ and implores liberals to do just that,” he said.
Peterson believes there is never a good reason not to report black crime, even if such reports are exploited by white racists. He told WND, “Not talking about black crime is allowing the problem to get worse because blacks don’t believe they’re wrong about anything.”
Yet there are increasing efforts by both major media companies and the federal government to manage and possibly even censor the national conversation.
The Justice Department is spending almost $600,000 to study the use of social networking by what it calls “far right” sources. And the liberal commentary site Vox is warning people against watching local news because coverage of crime could make people racist.
Peterson suggests the government may indeed try to weaken the First Amendment and control public debate.
“We have a dishonest president and government right now and they’re trying to stop anyone who is exposing what they’re doing. This administration uses the IRS and other federal agencies to intimidate and bully American citizens. And what will happen is it will drive the conversation underground and shut down other points of views from getting out to the general public,” he said.
Elder mocked the government’s efforts to track the “far right” and asked: “Why? What is the purpose of spending taxpayer dollars on this? Where’s the balance? No tracking of ‘far-Left websites?’”
Like Peterson, Elder believes the Obama administration is actively “targeting conservatives” and believes any information gathered “will be used for the Democrats’ political advantage.”
More importantly, Elder says, social norms surrounding the protection of free speech are changing.
He cites CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who was formerly ABC’s chief law and justice correspondent but nonetheless recently argued so called “hate speech” was not protected by the United States Constitution.
Elder also observes, “Perhaps the territory most inhospitable to free speech are college campuses, supposedly bastions of liberalism and free speech.”
Reflecting on the state of free speech in the United States, Flaherty says it is important to objectively present the truth, no matter who it offends.
He told WND: “I guess I could blame YouTube and its monitors in Ireland – where these decisions are made – for confusing someone who exposes violence with someone who sensationalizes it. But the videos kind of speak for themselves. Last month, they did just that 1.5 million times.”
Asked if his critics have a point and if his videos are disrespectful, Flaherty counters: “Disrespectful? I give the miscreants involved all the respect they deserve. None. No hushed tones. No euphemisms. No apologies for noticing. Just videos.”
And Flaherty says he will continue to post videos and report on crime “for as long as this racial violence and resentment continues.”