his is what Kansas Citians used to love (or hate) about Jason Whitlock…
Aside from pimping local sports fans in the pages of the Kansas City Star, Whitlock regularly delivered the pro white guy goods to the newspaper’s mostly non-black readership. Now he’s poking holes and obliterating political correctness online, like his column about the mainstream media’s current favorite topic, the George Floyd mythology.
It didn’t really take that much, but Whitlock’s perspective on racial politics carried more cred given that a black dude was doing the honors. And despite the ups-and-downs of his career in the decade since he left KC, it’s made “big sexy” a popular Fox News guest for Bill O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson and the like.
Because almost without fail, Jason loves to debunk phony racism claims.
Usually skillfully, I might add.
Case in point, London Daily Mail’s recent release of the dramatic body-camera footage of George Floyd’s arrest.
Unfortunately, the way mainstream news organizations like USA Today and CNN covered the story, they misled readers by casting police in a bad light so as not to contradict the media narrative that Floyd was a innocent victim of police racism.
Yet anyone who bothered to watch the video – like Whitlock did – can see that the cops were polite and unlike USA Today’s report, the officer did not approach Floyd’s car with his gun drawn. Only after repeated requests for Floyd to raise his hands did the officer briefly take his gun out, holstering it when Floyd finally complied.
The online headline for Whitlock’s column pretty much says it all:
“Leaked Video Exposes George Floyd’s Death as a Tragedy & Race Hoax Used to Divide Us”
“Will anyone locked inside the NBA’s groupthink bubble react to the leaked bodycam footage of George Floyd’s arrest and tragic death?” Whitlock begins.
“The videos show police verbally and physically struggling to get Floyd to comply. Floyd appears panicked, disoriented, desperate and totally non-compliant. He complains that he can’t breathe while standing on two feet. He claims his mother just died and that he can’t sit in the back of the police car because he’s claustrophobic. He repeatedly begs the officers not to shoot him. He worms the upper part of his body out of the police car and asks to lay on the ground.”
As for the cops being racist:
“The behavior of the police officers seems appropriate and restrained given Floyd’s level of resistance and bizarre conduct,” Whitlock writes. “The footage reasonably explains how and why Floyd wound up on the ground with multiple officers restraining him.
“The video does not justify officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. But it does offer context why Chauvin would be reluctant to believe Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ cries. Nearly every word out of Floyd’s mouth was a desperate lie.”
And remember, long before Floyd was pinned to the ground, he said four times that he couldn’t breath.
Whitlock’s overall take on an event that sparked widespread rioting:
.Floyd’s behavior escalated a routine arrest into a possible abuse of force.
.The George Floyd case is not a race crime. No rational person can watch that footage and conclude the police were motivated by Floyd’s black race.
.It’s going to be virtually impossible to convict former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao of any crime.
.It will be equally difficult to convict Chauvin of murder.
Whitlock’s bottom line:
“Years from now when the mainstream media finally objectively evaluates this era of sports… (and realizes they’ve) been played and used by anarchists and communists who are using opportunists to promote an American race war… their fear-driven leadership (will have) turned America’s great unifier – sports – into a racial divider.”
The sad reality if American society continues to devolve:
“LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and all the other entitled millionaires will be locked in their gated bubbles watching poor people’s lives destroyed on CNN (and) No one will ever question them about the roles they played in stirring the racial outrage” Whitlock concludes.
The $64 million question:
How in the world would the Star editorial board have reacted to Jason’s pro police, law and order takes if he was still choking them out here in the Cowtown?
My take is he’d have the journalistic life expectancy of a gnat…a high paid gnat.
(For more Hearne, go to kcconfidential.com)