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How Media Sold The BYU Race Story Without Evidence

USA Today digit On Wednesday, it was a right-wing conspiracy to think the Duke volleyball player lied about receiving racist mockery from Brigham Young University fans at her recent game in Provo, Utah. claimed.

“If Rachel Richardson invented this story, you have to believe that she knew she was jeopardizing not only her volleyball future, but her college future as a student at Duke University.” No. She will be forever hurt as a liar One of the worst liars You have to believe that she lied to her father This is possible Children lie to their parents but this But also…you’d have to believe she’d get her father on CNN and repeat the lie,” the author wrote.

Thus, despite video evidence confirming that he did not engage in threatening or inappropriate behavior, a Utah Valley University student has alleged that Duke sophomore volleyball player Rachel Richardson and her Banned for life from attending BYU sporting events after teammates accused her of throwing racial slurs at her during a game.

It’s hard to tell what Richardson believed he heard in the noisy sports center. record crowdbut it’s certainly no exaggeration to think that CNN and other corporate media outlets would allow someone wielding a story the press is eager to amplify to air without proper vetting.

In the end, it was the corporate media that kept it alive spy gate, Jussie Smollett orchestrated hate crime hoax, border patrol The Whiplash Lie.

Is it possible that Richardson has heard negative remarks on the court? Is there any evidence to suggest that she, her media, and, as her blue check mark suggests, BYU fans hurled racial slurs at her “throughout the match?”

On the contrary, there is strong evidence to suggest that Richardson and Duke’s impatient accusations and BYU’s scramble to dismiss accusations of concealing racism led to the targeting of innocent men. .

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The Duke-BYU dispute began like a viral case when Richardson’s godmother and Texas county criminal court judge candidate, Letha Pamplin, tweeted from her private account. rice field.

“My goddaughter is the only black starter on the Dukes volleyball team,” Pamplin wrote. “She was called A while playing yesterday. [racial slur] every time she served. She was threatened by a white man and told to watch her back going to her team bus. Police officers had to be put on their benches. “

Pamplin didn’t play in the match in question, but it didn’t matter.By the time Richardson releases Her own statement on Twitter “Both officials and the BYU coaching staff were made aware of the incident during the game but were unable to take the necessary steps … failed to adequately address the situation after the game,” it said, adding that BYU and its fans were Anger was already ignited.

While these anecdotes of the alleged incident were sorely lacking in evidence and corroboration, the corporate media and politicians who view virtue signals as an asset have been caught by Richardson and her family’s following allegations. Multiple BYU Fans I abused her using the n-word.

Shortly after the allegations surfaced, BYU statement After the game, it was announced that a fan who had been picked by Duke’s sidelines for throwing racist slurs at Richardson had been banned for life from all BYU playing fields.

At that time, all corporate media NPR To MSNBC To CNN To Washington Post When more published an article explicitly stating that at least one BYU fan hurled racist slurs at Richardson during a volleyball game and was subsequently banned. While Richardson claimed in a tweet that she was “targeted and racially heckled throughout the match,” the media parroted Pamplin. “Every time she serves in rotation” story.

some outlets such as Axios suggested that BYU’s recent public rejection of its “diversity, equity and inclusion in the world” agenda played a role in the incident.

There were no “suspicions” or “press reports” in the media coverage of the controversy. Instead, they took Richardson, her family, and Duke on their terms.

For this reason, voicemail threat And the pressure on BYU to “did nothing” to combat mounting racism. Even South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley Cancel her team’s upcoming game against BYU.

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmo has issued a written and verbal rant to all fans to address the “severely hurtful slurs” directed against Richardson at the upcoming Cougar Volleyball game. That’s the reason.

“Cougar Nation, we need to do better. We must have the courage to care for each other and our guests at BYU sporting events,” Holmo tweeted after addressing fans directly.

Before long, everyone in Utah, including Governor Spencer Cox, History of racist advocacy to white children, and left wing Senate Candidate Evan McMullin was abuse He is a fan of BYU and demands that society “do more” to prevent incidents like this.

LeBron James also attended.

“@LesaPamplin, you tell your Goddaughter to stand tall, be proud and stay black!!! We are brothers and sisters! We got her back. This is not a sport.” #striveforgreatness #morethanavollyballplayer,” left-wing NBA star murmured With a handful of emojis.

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Days later, the on-campus conservative student newspaper published an exclusive memo stating that those sitting in the student section where the reported racist incident occurred did not hear the racial slurs and provocations. When everyone thought about guessing the story that was fed into the news cycle for several days.

Not just The Cougar Chronicle report “The student department was unable to find any sources that could corroborate Richardson’s claims that racist slurs were yelled at her,” it said, but BYU did not seek to address her. It also cited a verified source in the BYU Athletic Department who stated Richardson’s allegations that nothing was done.

“MS. Richardson complained that he heard racial slurs on the second set, but no one pointed them out. [T]There were no complaints until after the game,” an anonymous source explained.

The source also claimed that “BYU has banned innocent men from pacifying mobs and clearing their PR chaos.”

“I don’t know if Ms. Richardson really misheard something or intentionally made up this story, but that doesn’t account for the criticism that BYU received. There is no evidence that any slander was said. Aside from Mr. Richardson, there were no eyewitnesses, and not a single cell phone video or multiple camera angles on BYUtv captured one thing: this person was “all Saab.” How unlikely it is to be thought to have slurred inside.”

The same day, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that an investigation by the BYU Campus Police yielded nothing. However strong video evidence Fans named by Duke bystanders for heckling black players like Richardson No “While Duke’s player was serving, he shouted something.”

In fact, a police officer who reviewed the footage showing the banned fan said, “The footage from the game led me to believe that the man was making comments to the complaining player. “We didn’t see anything called the N-word,” and students outside of BYU weren’t even present during some of Richardson’s serves.

As the Salt Lake City Tribune reported, BYU anyway “the athletic department wanted to ban the man”. It may have been the movement of

Of course, the media outlets that slandered this fan as racist have neither retracted nor apologized for their false claims about BYU and its fans. Hosting segment Features accounts of Richardson, her family, and her controversy.

The real question here isn’t whether or not Richardson was telling the truth, but why it took so long for someone to investigate or corroborate her claims before blasting them to the world. It means that

Any corporate media that took the time to cover this story could have easily tried to verify Richardson’s claims. They have the resources to go that route, like asking the campus police about the results of the investigation, or asking fans in record crowds if they heard anything inappropriate, We have time, and staff.

But again, the media failed to do the most basic aspects of the job. Because it’s more important to them to push the agenda than to find and report the facts.

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer for The Federalist and co-producer for The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured on her The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in Political Science and majored in Journalism. Follow her on her Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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