NYPD: How The Media Narrative Took Them From Hero To Villain In No Time Flat

Written by Wes Walker on June 8, 2020

Are the media reporting the news? Or are they more committed to spinning a narrative?

The New York Times, we will remind our readers, upon seeing the collapse of Russian Collusion narratives with the failures of the Mueller Report to deliver their overhyped results, had details of an editorial meeting released. They planned to push a Trump-Is-Racist narrative for news stories from then until election 2020.

The whiplash change in media attitudes toward NYPD from heros to zeroes sure fits that narrative, doesn’t it? But that’s probably just a coincidence, right?

Remember that Coronovirus Death Clock? We haven’t seen that bad boy in a while, have we? It magically disappeared when States started reopening, and Floyd’s death became the new news story.

When those numbers were splashed across the screen every day, we bent over backward to praise all of our ‘essential workers’. The ‘tip of the spear’ people who did all the heavy lifting while everyone else dutifully stayed put at home were hailed as heroes.

We thanked them for the risks they incurred, for being exposed to the monstrous disease so many others were scared stiff of catching. And they all paid a price for that exposure… including the NYPD.

Here were their COVID numbers as of Mid-April reporting:

A total of 4,080 members of the NYPD — 3,350 uniformed officers and 730 civilian employees — have tested positive for the pandemic COVID-19 since the outbreak hit New York City, police sources said.

That number is nearly 1,300 more than the NYPD reported Tuesday in its daily coronavirus update, where it said 2,232 officers and 568 employees were diagnosed with the virus.

…So far, 25 members of the NYPD have died from coronavirus complications. Five of them were uniformed members and the other 20 were civilian employees. —NYPost

Those numbers surely went higher still in the days and weeks that followed.

We heard stories about their helpful contribution during COVID.

New York City is at the epicenter of the Covid-19 health crisis, and as a New York City-based College that educates students committed to public service, our alumni, students, faculty, and staff are working on the front lines to keep our communities safe. Our “Front-Line Heroes” article series serves as a testament to the valiant efforts of our first responders and essential workers. As a community we thank them for their service, dedication, and personal sacrifice.

Shane Worrell-Louis ’19, a New York City Police Department (NYPD) Officer from Brooklyn, New York, is carefully taking his response to the Covid-19 health crisis day by day. What’s grounding his approach is the education he received at John Jay and the unwavering encouragement he continues to receive from the Accelerate, Complete, Engage (ACE) Program. “John Jay and the support of the ACE program has played a large role in helping me handle the crisis,” says Worrell-Louis, who regularly connects with his ACE cohort members, the ACE faculty members, and ACE Director DeLandra Hunter. “A lot of my classes touched on emergency management, and the education I received has helped me make informed decisions based on prior events in history.” —JJay NY

In fact, when Pelosi was haggling over Trillion-dollar Coronavirus funding bills, she warned the public that if we don’t act now, the ax from budget shortfalls would fall upon the police and teachers.

Then along came a jackass who put his knee on the neck of George Floyd. Suddenly everything changed.

Just as suddenly, those heroic first responders are not merely forgotten, they are the enemy. Some even call them ‘Bastards’ (That ACAB slogan so popular in the Antifa and/or BLM protests means ‘all cops are bastards’.) They stopped being heroes and were once again denounced as being systematically racist’.

And just like NYTimes had promised, it was a short trip from ‘one bad act of one rogue cop’, to ‘the systematic racism of cops’, to ‘OrangeManBad’.

It was no time flat before the media got in on it. They joined the chorus and fanned the flames… right from the beginning.

While we DO know that Floyd died under the knee of a bad cop, we do NOT know whether this was due to cruelty, some personal vendetta and settling of an old score, neglect, abuse of power, or even racism. It might even turn out to have been due to something not on this list.

But, because it fit neatly into the black victim/white cop narrative, they ran with that.

Since then, we’ve had cities put to the torch, innocent civilians killed, and cops beyond counting hospitalized or worse for the ‘sin’ of trying to prevent an angry mob from running riot in the cities.

What are we seeing now that the riots have subsided, and the CAUSE has seized control of the News Cycle?

Now those same heroes we all cheered just a few short weeks ago have their necks on the chopping block.

The call to “defund the police” and invest in other public services has become a top demand among activists in cities across the U.S. as they speak out against police brutality and racial injustice.

De Blasio said during a press conference Sunday that the city would move funding from the New York Police Department to youth initiatives and social services in its next budget. He did not say how much he plans to divert from the police department, which has an annual budget of $6 billion, or more than 6 percent of de Blasio’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget, The New York Times noted. — TheHill