You won't have to hear about Bijan Ghaisar!

MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2021

You won't have to hear from his parents: Are we able to handle the truth here in the streets of Our Town?

If we were asked to handle the truth, we almost surely could! But at present, there's a significant range of major events we're shielded from hearing about.

Just like in the good old days, when the Klan was running the South!

Consider the news report which appeared in Saturday's Washington Post. It involved one of those fatal shooting events—one of the many fatal events we aren't asked to think about. 

Back in November 2017, Bijan Ghaisar, age 25,  was shot and killed by two U.S. Park Police officers. 

The incident happened a few miles outside Washington. Since that time, the incident has been heavily covered, as a local event, by the Washington Post.

The Post has published many news reports about the incident and about the legal aftermath. The paper has published many editorials. 

The Post has heavily covered this incident. For reasons which are amazing but  are blindingly obvious, this coverage has produced zero interest within the national press.

Well over three years later, this somewhat peculiar fatal incident is still being batted around in the courts. On Saturday, the Post reported the latest court hearing. Along the way, reporter Tom Jackman quoted Ghaisar's parents:

JACKMAN (4/24/21): The family of Bijan Ghaisar, who was shot to death by two U.S. Park Police officers in 2017, watched in amazement as the prosecution of a former police officer, Minneapolis's Derek Chauvin, moved from charging to trial to conviction in 11 months for the murder of George Floyd.

“I hope that would be an example of how these cases should be handled,” Ghaisar’s mother, Kelly Ghaisar, said Friday.

[...]

“Here we are, 3 ½ years later,” Kelly Ghaisar said, “and all we have is a hearing to see if [the Park Police officers] have immunity. The judicial system, everything, has failed Bijan.”

[...]

The Ghaisars sat directly behind the officers. “My chest was so heavy, it was about to burst,” Kelly Ghaisar said. James Ghaisar, Bijan Ghaisar’s father, said, “I believe if the officers were local, with all the support we’ve received from Congress and local officials, we would have had much, much faster results. But because they’re federal officers, it’s been 1,253 days since they killed my son. This is so sad, how unbelievable this bureaucracy is.”

We don't report this to prejudge the conduct of the two officers, or to judge the conduct of the courts. We report this to tell you this:

Chris Cuomo won't be boo-hooing on TV as he listens to Bijan Ghaisar's parents discuss the glacial pace at which this case has moved. He won't be speaking with the Ghaisars at all, for reasons which seem astounding but obvious.

He won't interview the Ghaisars; he won't ever mention this case. The Ghaisars are dead to the horrible Cuomo. For Cuomo, they don't exist.

Under what circumstances was Bijan Ghaisar, a young accountant, shot and killed? Jackman has been reporting this case for years. Here's his latest capsule account of what happened:

JACKMAN (continuing directly): After Ghaisar’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was rear-ended by a Toyota Corolla on the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the evening of Nov. 17, 2017, [Officers] Vinyard and Amaya pursued him with lights and siren on down the parkway in Fairfax County. Twice Ghaisar stopped, then drove off as the officers ran at his Jeep with guns drawn, a video recorded by a Fairfax County police in-car camera shows. A Fairfax lieutenant had joined the pursuit. The Park Police do not have in-car or body-worn cameras.

At a third stop, after Ghaisar had pulled off the parkway and into the Fort Hunt neighborhood of Fairfax, the officers again emerged with guns drawn and Ghaisar again started to slowly drive off. Both officers fired five times, an FBI investigation found, and Ghaisar, 25, was killed. He was unarmed.

We don't know why he was shot and killed. Again, though, that isn't our point. Our point concerns the way the horrendous Cuomo decides who to bring on TV. Consider:

A few weeks ago, a different report in the Washington Post quoted a different set of parents.

Their son, Peyton Ham, age 16, had been shot and killed by a Maryland state trooper. He hadn't been trying to stab anyone, but it sounded like he was having a type of "mental health" event.  

As a result, he was shot and killed. Print edition headline included, Katie Mettler's news report started like this:

METTLER (4/15/21): Family ‘shattered’ after police shooting of teen

A day after their son was shot and killed by a Maryland state trooper, the parents of 16-year-old Peyton Alexander Ham said in a statement that their family is “absolutely heartbroken and shattered over this sudden, unexpected loss of life of a talented young man, filled with promise.”

Ham’s parents said the teen was “smart, gifted” and “sweet” with an “ ‘Alex P. Keaton’ type personality.”

“His love of conservative politics [was] always taking center stage to his lively debates at the family dinner table,” his family said.

A cynic would say that you definitely won't see Cuomo pretending to care about those "heartbroken" parents. As Professor Henning seemed to make clear (see below), you won't even be asked to hear this incident mentioned!

Again, we aren't saying the trooper did something wrong in this case. We're talking about the bizarre behavior of Cuomo, and of CNN in general.

Also, we're talking about something else. We're talking about the amount of truth we're asked to handle here in Our Town.

On average, just under three people per day are shot and killed by police. Mental illness is often involved. So is crazy behavior. 

Sometimes, there may be police misconduct. Other times, there isn't.

The public interest might be served if basic police procedures changed. But absent a wider discussion, wwe aren't discussing police procedures. We're discussing CNN's.

For ourselves, we tend to be slow to judge police officers. It's much easier to judge the conduct of people like Cuomo. Here's how it seems to break down:

Cuomo will speak to some grieving parents. Others need not apply!

As people like Como behave this way, Our Town isn't asked to handle the full sweep of the truth. That includes this obvious truth:

Judged by their apparent behavior, malfunctioning people like Cuomo should be frog-marched away from their current locations. It's hard to believe that anyone would behave the way they currently do, but the facts of the matter seem plain.

Judged by their apparent behavior, people like Cuomo should be kept from appearing on the TV sets of Our Town. They're determined to disappear large chunks of the truth, for reasons they need to explain.

Paul Farhi needs to ask about this. So do Margaret Sullivan and Ben Smith.

We'll believe it when we see it! For now, Cuomo speaks with and about only certain parents. In an astounding manifestation, others need not apply!

This is one of the ways the game is currently being played. For all those many brutal years, this is also the way the truth was parceled down South!

Three children disappeared: Hard to believe, but apparently true! Georgetown Law professor Kristin Henning seems to know the basic rules of this remarkable game.

Which three children got disappeared? You can just click here.


21 comments:

  1. "Our point concerns the way the horrendous Cuomo decides who to bring on TV."

    He doesn't decide, dear Bob. He's merely a dembot, parroting talking points.

    If it really was up to 'the horrendous Cuomo', we're pretty sure he would've been talking about whores, sport cars, and mansions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dr AZIBA, Herbal Remedy Product is 100% guarantee for Penis Enlargement growth and Thickness you can Contact him via Email Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com For Best natural male enhancement Product with 100% guaranteed results. He prepares top Herbal selling male enhancement product with herbal formula and no side-effects And also for other Disease or virus such as ALS, HIV, HERPES, HEPATITIS, DIABETES, CANCER etc.. Contact Him Via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com and WhatsApp +2348100368288






      Dr AZIBA, Herbal Remedy Product is 100% guarantee for Penis Enlargement growth and Thickness you can Contact him via Email Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com For Best natural male enhancement Product with 100% guaranteed results. He prepares top Herbal selling male enhancement product with herbal formula and no side-effects And also for other Disease or virus such as ALS, HIV, HERPES, HEPATITIS, DIABETES, CANCER etc.. Contact Him Via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com and WhatsApp +2348100368288

      Delete
  2. While I don’t necessarily disagree that the Ghaisar case deserved more attention from the TV news networks, what is this supposed to mean:

    “the incident has been heavily covered, as a local event, by the Washington Post.”

    The Post is one of the most important newspapers in the US. It reaches a national audience. The many editorials they published urging justice for Ghaisar reached that national audience. It got the attention of members of Congress.

    ReplyDelete
  3. If Somerby really wanted a dialogue about policing in America, maybe he would point his readers to this organization:

    https://www.themarshallproject.org/about

    Among other things, they collect news reports about cases like Ghaisar’s.

    Unfortunately, they also believe that the intersections of "race" and crime and punishment are not largely imaginary, as Somerby has declared, so that would put them on his shit list.

    And it is not difficult to imagine that, were the Ghaisar case to get TV attention, Somerby would drop his faux-anger at Cuomo’s motives to tell his readers all about how Ghaisar kept refusing to stop his vehicle or kept driving off, how he had marijuana in his system, etc, to convince his readers that “As far as we know, no police misconduct is involved in the bulk of such cases.”

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think you're missing the point. The point is that every time a black person is killed by the police it's covered by multiple national media outlets. When whites, or someone like Ghaisar, is killed, it doesn't get that coverage. The fact that blacks are disproportionately killed doesn't mean they are the only killings that matter, as the press seems to think they are. If the killings were covered proportionately, roughly 1-2 white deaths would be covered nationally for every 5 black deaths. But no white deaths are covered as the black ones are. On the face of it, it seems our press values white deaths less than black ones, when in fact they are all equally tragic. It's not even clear that every black death is due to racism. Police killings are the main issue. It would take nothing away from trying to call attention to racism to acknowledge this.

      Delete
    2. You are missing this point -- the national coverage is because of the racial disparity, not the killing per se. All of these killings are being covered. But there is no reason why a national audience would be interested in a killing without the relevance to the racial policing issue. There is no comparable white issues that would compel national interest.

      Certainly black deaths are not all due to racism, but the black deaths that occur because a criminal shoots at the police are not being given national attention, any more than the white deaths are.

      Police killings are NOT the main issue. The main issue is racially biased police killings. That's why, if you want to address ALL police killings, you need to be talking about whether the police should be armed, about gun control, about mental health funding, about crime prevention, all issues that are NOT being talked about in the context of white killings now.

      Coverage occurs for a reason. There is no national obituary page that white killings are being left out of.

      Delete
  4. "If we were asked to handle the truth, we almost surely could! But at present, there's a significant range of major events we're shielded from hearing about.

    Just like in the good old days, when the Klan was running the South!"

    Here Somerby equates the mainstream press with the KKK! This is the kind of outrageous nonsense that people like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert and Tucker Carlson spout, trying to make the left appear as bigoted as the right. This statement doesn't even make sense, except in the warped recesses of Somerby's psyche.

    These offhand statements create an impact on readers on a subconscious level, making the press seem more unsavory, even as they are dismissed at the conscious level. Somerby should be ashamed to use such tactics, but I really am thinking, more and more, that Somerby has gone off the deep-end, like Q-Anon believers and other Trump supporters.

    There is just no justification for saying something like this!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Somerby is correct that these shootings are tragic. He is incorrect when he suggests that no one cares about the two shootings he mentioned. There are many people who are concerned about the fact that police are permitted to carry guns in their work. There are many people who are concerned about the lack of parity for mental health care in our nation. Somerby ignores their efforts, just as he claims the national media ignores these two cases. Somerby has never talked about gun control here. He has never advocated for better mental health care in any specific way -- only speculated about Trump's sanity and wondered why Bandy Lee isn't on TV more. By Somerby's own measures, he doesn't give a damn about these two individuals either. In fact, Somerby is the last person who should be criticizing Chris Cuomo for using the limited time on his show differently than Somerby might have. Yet Somerby does have a pulpit and he himself has never talked about the national level systemic approaches to dealing with these two deaths.

    We all know why this is true. Somerby doesn't actually care about these shootings (which he did not mention in 2017) except as a means of beating up on Cuomo and the media. He is using their deaths to attack his favorite targets. And he is asserting that white victims of police brutality should receive as much publicity as black ones, even though there is no racial bias against white people in policing, and may even be a bias that helps them in their police encounters. Somerby thinks that if he ignores the existence of racism in policing, he can convince his readers that there is no such thing. I'm not sure what that gains, except to protect the wrongdoing of people like Chauvin and others who abuse their power.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If lots of whites are also getting shot by police, then maybe racial bias little to do with it.

      I grew up white in an a-hole white town in California and trust me, we got pulled over lots too.

      Delete
  6. This is where Somerby gets his idea that racism doesn't exist:

    https://www.theroot.com/if-lindsey-graham-claims-that-systematic-racism-doesn-t-1846762990?utm_source=theroot_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-04-26

    Here goes Somerby repeating conservative memes again.

    ReplyDelete
  7. This is where Somerby gets his idea that racism doesn't exist:

    https://www.theroot.com/if-lindsey-graham-claims-that-systematic-racism-doesn-t-1846762990?utm_source=theroot_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-04-26

    Here goes Somerby repeating conservative memes again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When did he say racism doesn't exist?

      Delete
  8. 'Just like in the good old days, when the Klan was running the South!'

    Not surprising that TDH is nostalgic for the days when the KKK ran the South.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bob seems to think his writing will encourage a more careful and holistic study of current events. But it's much more likely he's just feeding White cynicism about racial issues.

    Bob needs a reality check. Calling Black activists and their (very recent) allies anti-White really just makes people think there shouldn't be any activism.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Bob,
    Those people who care about white people being shot by cops, are the ones who want to de-fund the police.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let's defund the 100,000 Black cops first.

      Delete
    2. "Let's defund the 100,000 Black cops first."

      That'll teach the fools who think you're not racist.

      Delete
  11. Dr AZIBA, Herbal Remedy Product is 100% guarantee for Penis Enlargement growth and Thickness you can Contact him via Email Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com For Best natural male enhancement Product with 100% guaranteed results. He prepares top Herbal selling male enhancement product with herbal formula and no side-effects And also for other Disease or virus such as ALS, HIV, HERPES, HEPATITIS, DIABETES, CANCER etc.. Contact Him Via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com and WhatsApp +2348100368288






    Dr AZIBA, Herbal Remedy Product is 100% guarantee for Penis Enlargement growth and Thickness you can Contact him via Email Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com For Best natural male enhancement Product with 100% guaranteed results. He prepares top Herbal selling male enhancement product with herbal formula and no side-effects And also for other Disease or virus such as ALS, HIV, HERPES, HEPATITIS, DIABETES, CANCER etc.. Contact Him Via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com and WhatsApp +2348100368288

    ReplyDelete
  12. Five weeks ago my boyfriend broke up with me. It all started when i went to summer camp i was trying to contact him but it was not going through. So when I came back from camp I saw him with a young lady kissing in his bed room, I was frustrated and it gave me a sleepless night. I thought he will come back to apologies but he didn't come for almost three week i was really hurt but i thank Dr.Azuka for all he did i met Dr.Azuka during my search at the internet i decided to contact him on his email dr.azukasolutionhome@gmail.com he brought my boyfriend back to me just within 48 hours i am really happy. What’s app contact : +44 7520 636249‬

    ReplyDelete
  13. We all have our different stories in life. they have been ups and down but I was more devastated when my fiance, who we have been dating for 5 years said we should call off our relationship, i have not experienced the kind of pain i felt that day in my life. I asked what i did wrong but he said he is tired, after 3 months of separation i came across a testimony of a lady who talked good things about Dr IYAYA a spell caster who have helped many people restore peace and love in their home, i really love my man and want him back in my life so i reach out to Dr IYAYA and explained myself, after some consulting i was told what the problem is and what to do to restore my relationship, i did all requested from me and after the spell was done my fiance contacted me and we are happily married now. If you need the help of a genuine spell caster you can rely on Dr IYAYA and I believe you will have a reason to smile again. he can also help you email him at doctoriyaya@gmail.com or WhatsApp him at +2349055785722?? visit his website you may found your solution there www.https://dr-iyaya-herbal-remedy.webnode.com visit his page ancer. My miracle was meeting this powerful man Iyaya am so grateful https://www.facebook.com/Dr-iyaya-spell-spiritual-home-104133088109221/

    ReplyDelete