KMOX CBS Manufactures Journalism to Create ‘Outrage’ Over Confederate Flag


The Confederate flag has a very long and controversial history, to be sure. But a recent CBS report on a flag dustup in a school in Missouri shows just how slipshod journalism is today.

So, as the story goes, some kids at a Kansas City suburban high school have been playing with the Confederate battle flag lately and despite that there is no real news in the incident, the story made the news. Naturally the agenda journalists at CBS radio, KMOX, St. Louis tried their hardest to make it a story about “RAAAAAAAACISM!” despite that there doesn’t seem to be any proof at all that race is really a part of the story.

The report quotes a girl who noted that “some boy” was wearing a 3X5 sized C.S. flag as a cape and parading around “as if he was Superman or something.”

The assistant principal, as kill-joy officials are wont to do, took the flag away from the kid for whatever reason… not that school officials ever think they need a reason to take things away from kids, of course.

Then, according to the girl interviewed by CBS, the kid yelled an expletive–as teen boys are wont to do–and taunted the buttinski principal by informing him that he had a CS flag on his hat, too, so there.

CBS also notes that the flag had been floating around the school here and there lately, and a photo of the flag (the same flag that was confiscated, not a different one) was taken draped over a school balcony. The photo had been making the rounds, apparently.

And that is the whole story. Some punkish boy thought it would be cool to have a “rebel” flag to show that he is rebelling against the man at school.

Ah, but here is CBS to make it about “RAAAAAAAACISM!”

Here is how CBS ginned up the incident to “outrage.”

The flag-waving students say they are celebrating their family history with these displays.

But many students fear it’s being misused as a symbol promoting racism.

It’s a symbol with more than 150 years of history, much of which is controversial.

So, does CBS have any examples of racial problems at the school? Have there been any gang troubles? Any fights between the races at the school? Any problems with outside groups, like maybe the KKK, gaining influence in the school? Has even one kid been disciplined for racist taunts to other kids?

Well, if there is CBS didn’t bother to try and find any. No, instead CBS gave its audience this…

“The meaning of the flag isn’t about being a rebel anymore it’s more towards racism now,” Paige, a junior, told KSHB.

“They said that it doesn’t represent racism to them but you know the controversy over the flag. It’s okay for you to put it on your truck or whatever, but keep it at home for you to show it and bring it to school is inappropriate,” said another student to KSHB.

So, CBS relies on some kids who self-righteously think that their opinion is both important and correct–you know, despite that whole “freedom” thingie we are supposed to enjoy in the USA.

Instead of having any actual proof that the flag represented some sort of serious racial strife in the school, CBS decided to get two halfwit girls and present their opinions as some sort of factual evidence that there was a problem at the school.

Finally, notice the headline of CBS’ story: “Confederate Flag as School Causes Outrage.”

Did you see OUTRAGEOUSLY OUTRAGEOUS OUTRAGE in this KMOX story? Or did you see two self-righteous girls who think they know better than everyone else expressing a prosaic opinion?

This is called agenda journalism. KMOX wanted this to be about “RAAAAAAAACISM!” so they manufactured a story to further that claim quite despite any actual proof of same.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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