Opinion: The dreadlock girl deserves a second chance — the media does not

by Peter Heck · Oct 2nd, 2019 12:57 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 3:04 pm

A little over a week ago, the family of 12-year-old Amari Allen came forward with a shocking accusation that three white boys at Amari’s Christian school pinned her to the ground, covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming for help, and cut her “nappy” dreadlocks off in a racially charged attack.

The media, whose insatiable eagerness to publicize alleged hate crimes that can facilitate leftist political narratives, could not get cameras rolling, reporters dispatched, and headlines posted fast enough. And unsurprisingly, they found the all-important angle to play up: the Christian school in question was Immanuel Christian School in Virginia…the employer of Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, Karen.

And by “play up,” I mean obsess over:

Print media dutifully followed in their broadcasting brothers’ footsteps. From Newsweek:


To the Daily Beast:

“The alleged assailants called the young girl’s hair ‘ugly’ and ‘nappy’ while attacking her during recess at Immanuel Christian School – where Karen Pence currently teaches art.”

To the New York Times:

“Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, accepted a part-time teaching position there in January.”

To the Washington Post:

“This is the school where Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence teaches.”

What did Karen Pence have to do with this alleged attack you ask? Did she coordinate it? Did something she assigned precipitate it? Did she attempt to sweep it under the rug? Nope.

She was a central part of this media story because the objective of these “reports” is not to inform, but to inflame. The mainstream press has long been a bastion of liberal bias, but in the era of Trump they have willfully abandoned any pretense of objectivity and have tellingly embraced the cause of resistance over doing their work with integrity.

Thus it’s hardly a surprise to find out that the media rushed this story to the airwaves before doing any due diligence regarding its veracity. As it turns out, the Allen hate crime is just another in a long line of lies that were peddled only to later be retracted as hoaxes. Just like the Detroit man who blamed the so-called “Muslim ban” for killing his mom, the staged Jussie Smollett attack, the Covington Catholic scam, the media ran with Amari’s sob story without doing any investigation simply because they could feed the liberal race narrative and tar the Trump administration in the process.

And while the Allen family has issued a much-needed, and what appears to be sincere apology for their harmful lie, the media seems content to just give themselves another pass. They shouldn’t get it.

Pre-teens who concoct phony stories for attention deserve a second chance. Grown adults who persistently and angrily defend themselves as consummate professionals should not be allowed the same. And especially not a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh chance. Remember, this may be the first time Amari Allen has lied to hurt others, but it’s far from the first time our mainstream media has done it.

Let’s not overlook the reality that one of the significant factors that often drives people into faking hate crimes is precisely because they know they will get uncritical media coverage and more free publicity than they can imagine. Is it unreasonable to suggest that part of what convinced Amari to think this was a good idea could easily be the pro-victimhood environment the media has created in their relentless leftwing pandering?

Journalism is a noble and critical profession in any free society. Americans deserve journalists who will start treating it that way.