Under ordinary circumstances, the mainstream media would be profuse with their mea culpas over this fiasco; but these are not ordinary times: [emphasis added to quotes]
One of the most frequently quoted and photographed Ferguson protesters was charged Saturday with setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store last week.
St. Louis County police arrested Joshua Williams, 19, of St. Louis, on Friday after several local media outlets and store surveillance captured images of him trying to set a pile of wood on fire outside the QuikTrip on North Hanley Road early Wednesday.
Williams confessed to setting fires at the store in a videotaped interview, according to court documents. …
The [St. Louis} Post-Dispatch, Bloomberg, USA Today and the Associated Press have quoted and photographed Williams. On Oct. 13, he was photographed walking arm-in-arm with author and activist Cornel West toward the St. Louis University campus where protesters staged a sit-in. …
Williams has been arrested at least twice during Ferguson-related protests for unlawful assembly as well as refusal to disperse. …
An MSNBC profile of Williams in September quoted him as saying, “We have to come together as one and show them we can be peaceful, that we can do this. If not, they’re going to just want us to act up so (police) can pull out their toys on us again.”
Later, he continued: “I learned that we have to stand up and that you can’t get nowhere with violence but you can always move people without it.”
Apparently, Williams has learned valuable lessons at the Barack Obama school of biographical narrative writing:
Williams appears to have told journalists and his fellow protestors conflicting stories about his past, and may in fact have been homeless and using those he met through the protests to survive. “I just keep getting different answers,” says J. B. Forbes, a photographer with the Post Dispatch who has captured images of Williams. “It’s almost as if he doesn’t really want you to know exactly where he’s staying.”
Tony Rice, one of Williams’s fellow protestors in Ferguson, told NRO that Williams stayed with him while protesting there. Rice did not know where Williams came from, but he had the distinct impression Williams did not want to return home when Rice met him at the protests last summer. …
He may have been glorified as a peaceful protester, but Williams’s story never added up.
As with Obama’s narrative, the mainstream media appears to have done little, if any, fact checking when it came to promoting black role models.
The narrative is the message; truth be damned.
This media hero has allegedly confessed to the crimes, so there’s no question that the media were wrong in their initial evaluation of his character. It remains to be seen whether the mainstream media apologize to their readers and viewers for misleading them about this local hero.