Dorner and the Media Game

Written by Pauline Wolak on February 9, 2013

544604_541113109242361_1345707453_nWhich is more dangerous? A certifiable nut hell bent on seeking revenge or the public that appears to support him?

“Go black Rambo.”

“They want him dead because of what he knows.”

“He lost his job, his wife and his family because of this attorney that sold him out, read all the back story , this guy stood up and spoke out about 2 dirty cops and LAPD crucified him … karma baby karma.”

“If I saw Dorner I WOULD NOT turn him in, I’d wish him good luck!”

Article after article have been written about Christopher Dorner and the massive manhunt unfolding in California. Countless media outlets have posted bits of his manifesto. It’s these apparent bits that the public is taking as fact. He’s been called a whistleblower, railroaded, just a fair and honest guy that reached his limit.

To briefly sum up, Christopher Dorner says that while he was a probationary officer for the LAPD he witnessed another police officer kick a suspect in the course of an arrest. He claims he was retaliated against for reporting it to superiors. It ultimately led to the loss of his job. Why anyone is taking him at face value is beyond me.

Upon reading the appeals court decision (Dorner vs LAPD), the Second Appellate Court lays out the case in its ruling AGAINST Dorner. It specifically states it relied on “physical evidence and eyewitness testimony.” All of this information is readily available on the internet. So, why isn’t the media reporting it?

The manifesto lays the groundwork for sympathy. He’s the every man. Just a regular joe. A guy that wanted to be an honest cop. Perhaps that was true once. I can’t begin to understand what’s going on in Dorner’s head right now. What I can tell you is after reading the entire manifesto, the appellate decision, and countless articles, I am only certain of one thing. He’s a murderer, not a martyr.

I’d guess people are being swayed by gems like this:

Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family. That has become cliché and meaningless. Its time for action. Let this be your legacy that you bestow to America. Do not be swayed by obstacles, antagonists, and naysayers. Remember the innocent children at Austin, Kent, Stockton, Fullerton, San Diego, Iowa City, Jonesboro, Columbine, Nickel Mines, Blacksburg, Springfield, Red Lake, Chardon, Aurora, and Newtown.

I’d like to remind the people supporting this lunatic; he’s accused of gunning down the daughter of the man that handled his appeal. With malice and in cold blood, he shot allegedly Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence. Remember, this is the daughter of the man that was representing him. He was on HIS side. He’s taking out innocent victims, just like Stockton and Fullerton and Aurora and Newton.

Pot, meet kettle.

And yet, we still see comments like “Go black Rambo.” We still see comments that vilify the police and support Dorner. It’s easier to believe the entire LAPD, the entire court system, and everyone in Dorner’s life got together to ruin his life than to believe he did it to himself? It’s easier to buy into the mental ramblings of a man that mentions wrongdoings from the 1st grade???

He says bullying was “not in my DNA.” Apparently murder is. And hate. Massive amounts of hate. He refers to various types of police officers as “high value targets” for their failure to live up to his standards. He asks of citizens, “do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants.” That’s mere paragraphs after he says,

“Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant race of a species and they inadvertently take kindness for weakness from another individual. You chose wrong.”

So much for kindness.

His ramblings continue for several more pages. He states his love for Barack Obama (“I think you’ve done a hell of a job with what you have been dealt and how you have managed it.”); Hillary Clinton (“You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016.”); Governor Christie (“You’re America’s no sh*t taking uncle”); and Bill Cosby (“you are a reasonable and talented man who has spoken the truth of the cultural anomalies within the black communities that need to change now.”).

With equal passion (insanity, unrestrained babbling), he states his hatred for the head of the NRA.

Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of sh*t. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook. You deflected any type of blame/responsibility and directed it toward the influence of movies and the media. You are a failure of a human being. May all of your immediate and distant family die horrific deaths in front of you.

Someone explain to me how statements like that would garner any respect, admiration, or support. Then explain to me why the mainstream media isn’t supplying these quotes from the manifesto.

Why make this man out to be a whistleblower when he’s nothing more than a murderer?

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Pauline is a proud wife and mother of three. When she isn't being the world's greatest Girl Friday, she is volunteers her time as a school librarian and athletic director. Pauline enjoys football, politics, good beer, and arguing with anyone. She's a devout pro-life Catholic. Pauline believes in the 1st Amendment and uses it on a daily basis, most notably to ambush unsuspecting family members in political debate! You can find her work here at Clash and at Follow her on twitter at @MiStateFan.