In an effort to sell news, many media outlets — even some from so-called trusted sources — have been playing fast and loose with statistics of black church burnings in the weeks since the tragedy at Charleston, S.C.’s Emanuel AME Church.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly read some of the blistering headlines describing traditionally black churches damaged by fire — the implication being that they were all set afire by arson.
The majority, however, were not. Many of the church fires were set either accidentally or by lightning.
Conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch confirmed that most — though not all — of the church fires were accidental and added that “there are also white churches burning as well.”
She added that only two media outlets — the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post — have attempted to set the record straight on the 14 black church burnings.
“What has been discovered is that out of all these incidents, there are only two confirmed cases of arson,” Loesch said.
Others are being investigated as lighting strikes [or] accidental,” she said, adding that “it’s hyperbole.”
Kelly added that West Hope Lutheran Church in Florida was set ablaze by arson, adding, “it’s not a black church.”
Kelly listed other non-black churches that have suffered fire damage in recent weeks “that they [media outlets] ignore when coming up with their stats.”
And it isn’t just fires, Loesch said, pointing to black churches in Colorado that have been targeted with hate literature.
“They found the culprit,” she said. “The individual they arrested was a black man.”
Colorado Springs police arrested Vincent Broughton, a 44-year-old black man, for a bias motivated crime, disorderly conduct, harassment and littering, according to KRDO News Channel 13, which reported:
The signs were first posted outside the New Covenant Church of God in Christ near downtown Colorado Springs. Many referenced the KKK. The signs were posted less than two weeks after the deadly mass murder at a historic African-American church in South Carolina.
On Monday morning, three signs were found outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center near downtown Colorado Springs.
Broughton admitted to the station that he’d posted about a hundred of the hate messages at traditionally black churches.
KRDO’s report follows.
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