Today makes “The shot heard ‘round the world’ – the battle of the American colonists against the British at Lexington Green and Concord. It is seen as the ignition point of the war between the colonists and Great Britain. It is an iconic event in US history, including the rides of Paul Revere and Samuel Prescott to alert the colonists.
Image, if you would, if it were covered by today’s media. I took a stab at it, just for grins – and to make you consider some of the messages that we are exposed to. This isn’t a grandiose political statement on my part. It is merely aimed at making you think about how words are used (or misused) to package a story.
“Several Dead in Terror Attack Outside of Boston.
“An alt-right militia group attacked local law enforcement officials who were sent to disarm them in Lexington, outside of Boston. This mostly white/male group of extremists possessed a stockpile of military-grade assault weapons and ammunition that was deemed dangerous to maintaining the peace. Further they may have had links to other terror activities and attacks in the area. As such law enforcement moved in to confiscate these ‘weapons of war’ to ensure that no innocent citizens were placed at further risk. These domestic terrorists ambushed law enforcement, killing one, while losing four of their number before the terrorists fell back to Concord.
The brave men in law enforcement withdrew to Boston. Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, the leader of the operation, was unavailable for comment at this time.
“These extremists were aided by use of a covert ‘social network’ of riders who fed these terrorists information on the police movements but allowed them time to prepare their ambush. Evidence points to them using a series of lantern signals to spread their message of insurrection. It is believed that the members of this network may have been assisted by extremists close to law enforcement, but that has not been confirmed.
“These rogue, right-wing militia groups such as these have been responsible for numerous acts of lawlessness in the region. As you may recall, just a few months ago, a group of these insurrectionists illegally boarded a vessel and threw their cargo of tea into the harbor. In a brazen act of cultural appropriation the disguised themselves as native Americans, adding hate crimes to the long list of charges leveled against them. It is clear that such groups are a destabilizing threat and may be part of a larger insurrection seeking to overthrow the legal and legitimate government which has brought nothing but prosperity to our shores.
“If you have information on these insurrectionists, please contact the authorities in Boston.”