No sympathy for NPR correspondent whining about bulletproof vest she ‘needs’ to do journalism in America

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Sarah McCammon, a national correspondent for NPR, drew backlash Tuesday when she posted a tweet suggesting that journalists need bulletproof vests to survive in America.

In the since-deleted tweet posted shortly before noon, McCammon announced that the bulletproof vest she’d ordered had arrived but was a tad too big for her — not that she minded.

“My bulletproof vest that I may need to be a journalist in America arrived and they sent me a Small and I had to adjust it to make it a little smaller and for a moment I was happy that I was too small for my bulletproof vest that I need to do journalism in America,” she wrote.

Her tweet rubbed many the wrong way for several reasons, one of them being that she would make such a claim at a time when cops — not journalists — are being gunned down left and right.

Making matters worse is the fact that she and her ilk have echoed the false claim that American police officers are killing innocent people in an “onslaught.” This false claim has done nothing to tamp down the anti-cop climate currently permeating America.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 119 officers had died in the line of duty as of May 6th. Conversely, only 11 journalists were killed in the United States … between 1992 and 2021, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The latest two murders occurred in 2015 when a deranged former journalist, Vester Lee Flanagan II, a black man who’d been fired for disruptive conduct, sought revenge by killing two of his former white colleagues.

Based on letters he’d written and interviews with people who knew him, The New York Times concluded that he “was a black man who saw racism in every workplace.” In that regard, he wasn’t too different from contemporary “journalists,” including those at NPR.

Back in 2017, a host on the publicly funded “news” outlet’s radio program accused “King Kong” of being “loaded some ugly, racial subtext, ridiculous caricatures of natives, white men protecting a white woman from the savages and a giant, dangerous, black creature from the jungle.”

The host’s guest, Robin Means Coleman, a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Michigan who specializes in studying King Kong, concurred.

“This is, again, a big, black man – right? – a big, black ape who is absolutely obsessed with whiteness and particularly white women. That has to be cut down,” he said.

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Another issue with McCammon’s tweet, according to critics, is that it ignores the reality of performing journalism virtually anywhere else in the world.

(*Language warning):

The latter Twitter user may have hit the nail on the head.

According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, a man who’s faced genuine persecution by the authoritarian government of Brazil, American “journalists” have come to believe the “woke” lie that criticism is abuse and violence.

Only if it’s directed at them, that is. When it comes to them doxxing, smearing and criticizing others, that’s perfectly acceptable.

Vivek Saxena

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