Back in 2009 Michael Medved asked, rhetorically, “Are black victims of police brutality the only ones that count?” Medved contrasted the media treatment of white victim Christopher Harris, who suffered a brain injury at the hands of police, with black non-victim Louis Gates, who suffered a minor inconvenience. Harris got virtually no media attention, while the Gates incident was front-page news for weeks – with Obama even inviting the interested parties to the White House for a “beer summit.”
A more recent, and better, comparison would be between Jason Cox, a white victim of police brutality, and Adam Tatum, a black victim. Both were badly beaten. Cox, who was beaten by police in 2011, won $562,000 from the city of Portland. Tatum, who was beaten in 2012, is suing for 50 million dollars. Both incidents were recorded by video, which appeared to support the victims’ accounts.
A Google search for “Jason Cox +brutality” yields only 5 results, 4 of which are from local news outlets. In contrast, a search for “Adam Tatum +brutality” yields over six million results.
In answer to Medved’s question: Yes. In the eyes of the corporate-owned media, black victims are the only ones that count.