When it came to the media’s coverage of last Friday’s murderous rampage near the UC campus in Santa Barbara, California I was amazed at the media’s fixation on the alleged killer’s automobile….
Pray tell what the car brand Bavarian Motor Works had to do with the slayings? Yet the cables news shows had a field day reminding everyone that Elliott Rodger carried out his acts in a BMW..
USA TODAY put it this way: “The chilling video that Rodger recorded white seated behind the wheel of his BMW….”
Of course no mention was made of camera brand or phone used in the the recording of his manifesto. So we’ll never know whether a Samsung or Motorola unit aided Mr. Rodger.
Or the AP story that ran in the KC STAR which pointed out that “Authorities found three semi-automatic handguns with 400 unspend rounds in his black BMW.”
Again no mention of the GUN brands here.
Had Rodger committed the crimes in a Kia Rio, Ford F-150 or Chevy Malibu one wonders whether the media then would have been all over Rodger’s ride?
Anyone recall the make of car alleged serial killer James Eagan Holmes was using during the midnight movie massacre at the Cinemark theater in Aurora, Colorado? I sure don’t, but you can bet it wasn’t a BMW or we would have heard about it.
Like it or not but the BMW association just makes it a sexier story to report as my friends in the news business like to call it.
The sad state of today’s news….