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Good news travels, but bad news travels faster than light speed

As Douglas Adams in his novel Mostly Harmless mused – “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”

Well, he wasn’t wrong, and if you listen to the mainstream news media, you’d think that the entire country is looking to defund law enforcement and replace them with more social programs and even a monthly basic income check. Not true!

An article by Fivethirtyeight.com cites four different polls that found nearly  two to one Americans are not in favor of defunding the police. Here are the polls the article referenced and when they were taken-see chart below.

However, if you go by what you see on the local news or what you might be hearing in local government meetings like the Asheville City Council or Buncombe County Commissioners meetings, you’d swear that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of defunding the police.

Meetings are packed with public comments from citizens, who, for whatever reason, don’t want to give their names and addresses but to continue to claim that the community is universally backing defunding.

In an article on an Asheville City Council meeting, reporter Leslie Kulba writes about citizens’ comments, “On the subject of defunding the police, callers said the police weren’t doing anything to promote safety. They said police were more than inept; they ‘intimidate people of color,’ ‘terrorize the community,’ ‘engage in surveillance,’ ‘humiliate victims of rape,’ ‘uphold white supremacy,’ and ‘underreport use of force.’ Young concurred that people of color live every day of their lives ‘behind the eight ball’ and feeling like they’re hanging by a thread off a cliff.”

For some reason, I just have to believe this is a concerted effort to make it look like the people of Asheville want the police defunded and disbanded.

How many people of color are out there saying just the opposite of defending the police? You’d think none, but it’s not so. Who speaks for them? Does anyone actually think criminals are going to give up crime when the police are disbanded? 

So, Ed Browne, the organizer of Back the Blue rally Saturday (see story page 1), wonders why he didn’t get better coverage of his event by local media. Even the Asheville Citizen Times gave it zero coverage. Ed, protestors making police use teargas, destroying and vandalizing buildings and property makes better visuals than a group of supporters peacefully rallying in support of police. 

Next time act a little more like the rioters and you should get more press, but the media is not likely to portray your group in as good a light as they did the rioters.

Remember Adams’s words, “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”