(By Ray D.)
SPIEGEL ONLINE today published another anti-death penalty propaganda piece on the Tookie Williams execution in California entitled "Execution in California: Williams' Excruciatingly Long Death." In SPIEGEL-LAND there is only one side of the story: Tookie Williams is a victim of America. And not surprisingly, SPIEGEL ONLINE makes absolutely no mention of Williams' brutal crimes in the piece.
One of our commenters hit the nail on the head when he wrote the following:
"Speaking of blunders, check out SPON's coverage of the Williams execution. I happen to oppose the death penalty myself, but somehow my opposition doesn't motivate me to peddle hate against other countries in the form of political tracts gussied up as "news." It boggles the mind that so many Germans can read such crude and thinly veiled propaganda day after day, and never smell the journalistic rats beneath the increasingly threadbare facade of "objectivity." If you read SPON's tear-jerking account of Williams' "long suffering before his death," and the final "Eklat," you'd think the man had been crucified. They couldn't instantly find a vein in his left arm! OMIGOD! Couldn't they have been merciful, and just burned the poor man at the stake? Contrast that with SPON's indifferent, unemotional, and brief reports about the Chinese villagers recently mowed down by the authorities in that country. If you can still look yourself in the mirror and claim you're being "objectively" informed, you must be brain dead. SPON finishes off its hit piece by implying that Williams was really innocent, and that is the only reference we see to the four innocent people he butchered in cold blood, people who posed absolutely no threat to him. Perhaps we should fill in some of the details for our "well-informed" SPON readers. Williams shot a young convenience store clerk twice in the back with a 12 gauge shotgun while he was lying face down on the floor. He then brutally executed an immigrant Chinese couple and their visiting daughter in the process of stealing less than $100. There is no credible doubt whatsoever that he was guilty of these murders. Guess you can't let a few mere murder victims get in the way of a good anti-American yarn."
Tookie Williams' "Excruciatingly Long Death"?
Perhaps SPIEGEL ONLINE forgot what an "excruciating" death is really like. It isn't having a couple needles placed in your arm and peacefully going to sleep forever. Let's get real. For an "excruciating" death, we need look no further than Tookie Williams' first victim, Albert Owens, who bled to death after being shot twice in the back at close range with a 12-gauge shotgun:
Why Won't SPIEGEL ONLINE Show This? Too "Excruciating"?
And if this picture isn't "excruciating" enough, here are a couple more of Williams' other victims. But hey, who are we to judge? The do-gooder media elite in Germany knows so much better than the rest of us what is right and what is wrong. So why should they mention the victims in this case? Blatant bias has become so common that no one even notices in Germany anymore. As long as the public gets its daily anti-Amerika fix, all is good.
And hey, it really doesn't matter that China and North Korea are executing innocent prisoners of conscience by the score every year. Or what about the fact that thousands of people have disappeared in Chechnya without ever having been accounted for? Isn't that a bit more troubling than the so-called CIA scandal? Guess not. After all, for the German media to really get upset about anything, it has to have an American angle.
Update 1: SPIEGEL ONLINE has published a second front-page piece on the Williams execution entitled, "Execution of "Tookie" Williams: "Self-Righteous State Organized Murder"". The article details how absolutely angry and furiously outraged Europe's moral elite is with the execution. In other news, German business ties with the Sudanese government are booming, thanks in part to direct support from the German government. Wonder how many black Africans the Sudanese government has executed of late? How "excruciating" was the death they suffered? Apparently not "excruciating" enough for the German media to care enough to report about its own government's dealings there...
Update 2: Pics of the demonstration outside the gates of San Quentin Prison on the evening of December 12, 2005. The loony Left is a world wide phenomena...