One sometimes wonders whether certain elements of society would opt to plunge mankind into the Apocalypse rather than have it experience peace and goodwill, as long as the former enabled them to bolster their bottom line by another handful of shekels.
Case in point: media coverage of several church fires in the South over the past few days seems determined to either outright assert or strongly infer white racists are targeting black houses of worship following the dreadful killings on June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
A few recent headlines:
“Feds Investigate String of Fires at Black Churches in South” – Time magazine.
“Seventh Black Church Goes Up in Flames Following Charleston Massacre” – People magazine.
“After Charleston, Black Churches Targeted By Arsonists Across The South” – Think Progress.
This, when the story often can’t even back up the rhetoric.
In the first example above, CBS News pointed out in its lead paragraph that the most recent church fire was not arson, despite a headline that might lead some to believe malicious intent was involved.
“A federal law enforcement source says a fire that destroyed a black church in South Carolina was not the work of an arsonist,” the CBS report begins, referring to a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, SC, about an hour north of Charleston.
While the story adds that the fire is still under investigation, it states that the fire was not intentionally set and was not arson.