Is there such a thing as a victimless crime? “Crime” implies that someone was wronged in some way. Something was stolen. Someone was hurt. Sometimes that someone is the person who committed the crime. Sometimes it is another person. Hate crimes are real and should be taken seriously.
False reports of hate crimes that ultimately get reported as fake news can also do significant damage.
In the last few months, we have seen significant media attention paid to fake news stories. Most notably, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blamed fake news in part for her election loss. There have also been numerous reports of fake hate crimes against Muslims throughout the country.
Those stories should be covered by the media and the truth brought to light. But as we have come to expect from the mainstream media, additional spin tends to cloud the truth. This month alone, two instances of hate crimes against Muslims were reported and investigated by police only to be found to be hoaxes.
Rather than focus on those who were wrongly accused of a vicious hate crime, ABC News chose to focus on Muslims who were not involved and paint them as the victims of these hoaxes.
“After two reports of anti-Muslim hate crimes were determined to be fake by authorities this month, the Muslim community is concerned that these ‘few false reports’ are going to ‘unfairly discredit and delegitimize the dozens of real anti-Muslim hate crimes and instances Islamophobia out there.’”
A spokeswoman from the Muslim Public Affairs Council told ABC News that the fake reports are reported in the media in a biased manner, implying that the entire Muslim community is responsible for it.
Breitbart News reported that ABC News clearly focused “predominantly on the impact of hoax hate crimes on Muslims, rather than Trump supporters who are primarily blamed for the fake attacks.” To support their assertion, ABC interviewed Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Hooper noted the “tremendous levels of fear” the Muslim-American community is experiencing since Trump’s November victory. He also stressed that those who are engaging in such hoaxes are under “psychological stress” caused by Trump’s victory and approaching presidency and are developing “mental health issues.”
The truth is that these crimes are taxing our police systems throughout the country, they are vilifying innocent people as perpetrators of non-existent hate crimes and the people hoaxing are being portrayed as victims.
Source: ABC News