May 01 1994

Hearing What They Want to Hear

Media interpret Jackson as blaming blacks for crime

Rev. Jesse Jackson’s recent comments about how blacks can take action against crime in their communities received an unusually favorable response from mainstream media outlets that are usually cool, if not hostile, toward the civil rights leader. But the selective emphasis of many press accounts distorted the content and context of Jackson’s remarks, revealing more about media priorities than about Jackson’s ideas, Of particular fascination to reporters was the comment Jackson made to an Operation PUSH group in Chicago last November that he has sometimes felt “relieved” to find that the footsteps following him on a dark street are those […]