August 11, 1946: The [New York] Times introduced an editorial change announcing they will no longer refer to the race of persons suspected of a crime unless race is relevant to the story. 1
62 years of systematic mandatory2 omission of true information. Thou shalt not tell the whole truth, like “Black man robbed, assaulted, raped”. We believe the NYT to be insincere, we don’t believe the NYT was concerned with hiding the race of white Christian crime suspects. Germans, with more honesty, clarify that it is not permissible to refer to the race of “minority” criminals
REPORTS ON CRIMES When reporting crimes, it is not permissible to refer to the suspect‘s religious, ethnic or other minority membership unless this information can be justified as being relevant to the readers‘ understanding of the incident. In particular, it must be borne in mind that such references could stir up prejudices against minorities. [GUIDELINE 12.1. by the German Press Council 3]
There are several elements to the repression of true speech. We mark with different colors
- recommendation not to refer to suspect’s religious, ethnic, … membership
- mandatory prohibition, more than a recommendation: “not permissible”, “must avoid”, “shall not publish”, “we will not”
- unequal treatment depending on skin color and ethnicity: anti-white racism true speech restrictions selectively to favor “minority” criminals
- not to stir up “prejudice” nor to stereotype as justification.
Prejudice is correct, mostly: Research on Stereotype accuracy shows that prejudice is frequently correct, and that humans evolved to be good intuitive statisticians. Such sacrilege would in itself violate the media code a and stir up prejudice.
Scientific Honesty & integrity is compromised by PC Antiracist dogma,: Truthfulness in science should be an iron law, not a vague aspiration. One’s personal faith must not interfere with the pursuit of truth. From one false dogma and repression of truth our entire world view can become distorted
German PresseKodex 12.1 was meant to protect Black US soldiers from “discrimination” and “prejudice” due to media reports about crime committed by Blacks 5 8 can be said, all bad things must not be said9
It is mandatory to present a distorted picture. Mis-informed media consumers and voters cannot exercise a their voting rights as responsible fully informed citizens.
“We must be especially scrupulous about avoiding irrelevant references in stories about criminal charges or other matters in which identifying a person’s race or national origin may unfairly associate an entire group with criminal or antisocial activity.”
Our reader will be aware that media rarely shy from associating “deplorable” Trump voters, white police with anti-social activity, so the Canadian style book is just not as honest as the German PresseKodex 12.1.
It’s that little word “unfairly” that does it. Many groups are fairly associated with criminal or antisocial activity. And perhaps the public needs to know that.
The people who write the news stories, and the stylebooks, don’t want you to think about the“color of crime,” or the color of “antisocial activity” so they’ve decided to suppress it. They believe stereotypes to be “inaccurate, resistant to change, overgeneralized, exaggerated, and generally destructive,” rather than, as conservatives tend to think, fairly accurate and not so bad. [Quoted from Hate Crimes, Real Crimes, And Relevance]
- Prejudice is correct, mostly:
Research on Stereotype accuracy shows that prejudice is frequently correct, and that humans evolved to be good intuitive statisticians
To be continued
Media Speech Codes #2: Europe, Asia, Africa
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