Fun Murder

This is an item mostly directed at our overseas readers, including the uncommonly gullible French.

Three older teenagers are in a car together. After the fact, they say that they shot to death a jogger they didn’t know. One of them explains that they did it because because they were bored.

Reverend Jessi Jackson declares that this kind of behavior is disapproved of (Yes, he uses the passive voice; hes does not say, ” I disapprove ….”

Most American media don’t carry the story. Only one television network carries it with any kind of prominence.

Why the silence? Is any information missing in this story?

PS If my information is incorrect and many media organs did in fact carry the story, please, correct me here. Use the Comment option. Of course, I will not censor in any such correction but I may comment on the comment.

About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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13 Responses to Fun Murder

  1. Terry Amburgey says:

    “PS If my information is incorrect and many media organs did in fact carry the story, please, correct me here.”

    Consider yourself corrected. I’d be interested in knowing what major media organ that you believe has not carried the story.

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    @Overseas Readers

    I suspect that the ad nauseum coverage of the ‘thrill killing’ in Oklahoma will soon be joined by ad nauseum coverage of a more recent ‘thrill killing’ of a world war 2 veteran.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/23/us/world-war-vet-beating-death/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

    There is one less killer [2 teens instead of 3] and the victim is old instead of young but recency seems to trump all….the mass media in north america suffers from attention deficit disorder.

  3. Tiged'airain says:

    A short notice of this event has been given on french TV and radio as well but with only a few details. see: http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/amerique/oklahoma-itineraire-de-trois-ados-accuses-de-tuer-pour-s-amuser_1274890.html?xtmc=Oklahoma&xtcr=1
    and
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2013/08/21/97001-20130821FILWWW00198-usa-ils-tuent-pour-tromper-leur-ennui.php

    I remember a teacher I had at Lycee Condorcet saying that within 30 year ( it was in 1957) people shall carry a gun in the street and kill people without any reason…. He was only wrong on the date.

  4. Terry Amburgey says:

    “… this crime was largely ignored by the main US media?”

    This statement is false. Just repeating false statements over and over is reminiscent of a certain German ‘media theorist’ circa world war two.

  5. McHenry says:

    I have to side with terry. I haven’t done a very good job keeping up with the news in the last week, but even so I still read a few articles on this, including in WSJ.

    • Henry: You often puzzle me. IN WSJ? N. S. ! How about in New York Times (don’t check, by now, it was mentioned) How about Boston Globe? How about LA Times, SF Chronicle? How about CNN?

  6. Why not just say, the event , ” was mentioned in…. and in ….”? It’s always a judgment call, of course. I think it has not received and will not receive the coverage of the Zimmerman homicide, for example. At some point, with enough coverage, I become obviously wrong. Then, what I say or don’t say become irrelevant.

    Let’s begin with MSNBC coverage, for example.

    Terry: Is is true that Jesse Jackson said that such behavior was frowned upon?

    Terry: Don’t forget to answer the question.

    Tige d’Arain: I would not be surprised if the event received more coverage in France than in this country.

    Terry:What did Reverend Jackson say?

    • McHenry says:

      I couldnt say i read it “here” or “here” because i did nothing more than browse the breakroom newspapers. I assume that if the story practically found me without hardly looking then the media had coverage.
      With or without coverage, isn’t the real discussion here about Trayvon Martin?
      Summer up by a Daily News reader in the comments section:

      “Is Obama going to make a statement? Holder? Why so quiet? Sharpton, any words of wisdom? No? Jackson, why aren’t your lips stuck on a microphone? crickets”

  7. Mc Henry: Your statement that the story found you is well taken. It works well against my allegation of non-coverage.

    I see two possible scenarios from this point on: One, the story dies quietly with no further coverage and my silent assumption was right. Or, two, someone keeps it alive and, maybe, my assumption was wrong.

    Here is what I don’t see coming: The forces and voices of liberalism keep the story on the front page with a forceful analysis of what could have caused a white teenager and his two black accomplices to kill for kicks.

    Here I go again, leaving myself wide open for contradiction by facts!

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