Alleged child-porn consumer charged - BOR giddy
Reported by Chrish - February 24, 2007 -
Bill O'Reilly thinks he's hit the Trifecta with this story, aired 2/23/07 on the Factor. An Arlington Virginai coach has been charged with posession of child pornography, and O'Reilly is exercised about the man's former ties to the ACLU. Furthermore, this local story has yet to be picked up by the national press, fueling O'Reilly's delusions about the liberal media.
O'Reilly was dramatically serious in introducing this "very disturbing story" with this graphic behind him:
Charles Rust-Tierney, 51, an Arlington youth sports coach and former president of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU (eyebrows raised, "I told you so" look) and a federal public defender (former - ch) have (sic) been charged with possessing child pornograpy. It is being investigated by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); the images include pre-pubescent girls being violently raped.
Catherine Herridge "reported" that he is a youth coach of maybe 2-3 years, maybe soccer, maybe baseball... and "the big question they have is whether he made this sorta leap or transition from
purchasing child-porn on the Internet then to perhaps molesting kids." What they know is he's 51 years old, his wife Diann is well-known for her work with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
What "struck" Herridge is taht everyone seems to be tip-toeing around this case - it's extemely sensitive. (Uh-oh, not anymore. O'Reilly will make a circus out of it.)
See, here he goes: he'll be interested to see how the liberal media covers this. Then he blurts that this is a world-wide operation involving Interpol and other intelligence agencies trying to crack this pedophilia-pornography ring that distributes videos. (He warns that people may want to change the channel, especially if there are kids in the room, but he has to describe these horrific images...and does.) there's nothing more horrifying, said O'Reilly, unless the guy is making them himself. Herridge said she said to one of her contacts, "what's kinda worse than this, is the next step here really snuff films, with these kids?" He agreed that's the only thing that could be worse - these videos were very difficult to take.
O'Reilly pronounced Rust-Tierney innocent until proven guilty (thank you, thank you, Mr. O'Reilly) - it even said so right on the ICE press release. But he's gotta tell his viewers, "that this story is at that level, that's how important this story is. And I'm gonna watch and see, Catherine, and I want you to do the same thing: how the Washington Post covers it, how the network news covers it, how the New York Times covers it, how the wire services cover it. See if they try to cover up for the former president of the ACLU in Virginia, or see if they lay it on the line like we are."
So he'll check back with her Monday.
The Anna Nicole Smith story is just pissing people off and FOX needs a new diversion - this is perfect! They can be outraged at the pornography while describing it, insinuate that the ACLU and its members are somehow tainted by this one man's actions, and blow a gasket if the mainstream media doesn't obsess over it with them. Win, win, win.
I am reminded again of something Naomi Klein said a couple of years ago at the NCMR in St Louis. I summarized
"The larger issue is AMPLIFICATION. If a message is delivered once, "covered", but then not amplified and carried throughout the media and society, it is impossible to generate the deserving outrage. The media decides for Americans when to scream and when to shrug. If Bill O'Reilly or Scarborough, emoting on cue, stir their viewers to outrage, the amplification feeds the outrage and the viewers feel righteous. If you're outraged alone, people just think you're crazy.
She spoke of "relief valves" and very controlled compassion. The government, through their media outlets, manipulates peoples pent-up fear and outrage by providing appropriate "targets" such as Terri Schiavo and "activist judges".
She suggests that we SHAME the media with their own frivolity by engaging parents of soldiers killed or injured in Iraq, disillusioned veterans and returning soldiers themselves, war widows, and war protesters, and have them share their moral outrage at the excessive coverage of Michael Jackson et al and the pathetic lack of honest coverage of the fighting in Iraq. She ended by saying "We can't end a war that's invisible. Media, SHOW US THE WAR!""
For the record, look at the difference in headlines on Google News:
ACLU ex-president charged in child-porn case - Washington Times
Arlington Youth Coach Charged With Child Porn Possession - NBC4, AP
Ex-ACLU Head Seized in Porn Case - Washington Post
Former ACLU Chapter President Arrested for Child Pornography - ABC News
Former Head of Virginia ACLU Arrested on Child Pornography Charges - Associated Content