For those not familiar with the name Jesse Dirkhising, that’s no surprise.Â He was never a media favorite like Matthew Shepard even thoughÂ the twoÂ met similar fates.Â
The chief differences are that Jesse was a child of 13. Â Matthew was a young man of 21. Â Jesse’s vicious murder was committed by two pedophiles, sadistic animals who also tortured and repeatedly raped him. Â Matthew was killed by 2 drugged up drunks in a robbery.
Oh, there was another difference:Â Jesse Â was a totally innocent, heterosexualÂ victim and Matthew, Â a homosexual, was picked up in aÂ WyomingÂ tavern before he was robbed, beaten, and left to die tied to a frozen fencepost.
Both were horrendous crimes but for some inexplicable reason, we now have a hate crime lawÂ commemorating the life ofÂ Matthew Shepard,Â a man, and only a tombstoneÂ to rememberÂ Jesse Dirkhising, a child.Â
Why the disparity in recognition?Â
Ask the mainstream media which chose either to treat Jesse’s horrific murder as a mereÂ randomÂ aberration–which it wasn’t–or chose to ignore it altogether, and to honor Matthew as a cause celebre’ because he is some kind of hero–which he wasn’t.
Rumor has it thatÂ the hate crimeÂ law passed in his nameÂ was passedÂ because in our increasingly gay-dominated culture Matthew was honored simply because he was gay.
We all know that homosexuals on the prowl in bars are far more sympathetic figures than defenseless children, right?
At least that’s the mindset of our very liberal mainstream media, our MSM,Â which hypes crimes against gays at the same time it minimizes gay-predator murders of innocent children.
That last link includes a thirdÂ ugly story of murder and torture committed by a homosexual against a hetero, Jason Shepherd.Â
Jason wasÂ a young man with a surname name similar to Matthew’s, two years older thanÂ Matthew, and from the same MidWest area.
As I wrote in that article, “Jason was just a naive kid . . . who suffered an awful death from anyoneâ€™s perspective.Â Was his murder any less sad and needless and ignominious than theÂ murder of Matthew?Â Apparently so since the national media have ignored his murder even if Jasonâ€™s wasÂ even more reprehensible.”Â
If there’s an answer to this media duality I don’t understand it: AÂ gayÂ victim of violence becomes a vaunted poster child for a cause and stories of heterosexual victimsÂ of gays are relegated to newsroom wastebaskets because their fellow straights don’t feel they need posters?
What I do know is that it’s long past time forÂ ourÂ MSM to strive for some balance in covering such crimes before the public starts thinking that the MSM has a biased, homosexual agenda.
The good news is that Kevin Jennings, confessed homosexual, pedophilia enabler and Obama’s “safe schools czar” is on the job.
May Jesse Dirkhising, Jason Shepherd, and Matthew Shepard all rest in peace and may the MSM learn that its job is reportingÂ what happensÂ and not editorializing with itsÂ slanted selection of the news.