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In latest report of knockout attack MSM hints at race of perps

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The latest victim of the ubiquitous “knockout game” is a disabled Army veteran who was attacked in downtown Cleveland on him on Feb. 7, 2014. While neither CBS News nor local station WOIO identifies the race of the perpetrators, both news outlets include the victim’s account of verbal taunts against him, which suggest the attackers were black. Baby steps.

[News video may be viewed here]

The target of the pointless attack was Matthew Robinson, who told a WOIO reporter that he was initially surrounded by six to eight teenagers while riding a bus. The pack followed and attacked him, took his belongings, and videotaped the assault. During the attack, Robinson maintains:

"What they were saying was, 'Knock that boy out!' 'White boy.' 'Cracker.' They were saying, 'Knock that white boy out.'"

Cleveland Police acted quickly and managed to nab three of the teens as they ran from the scene. The suspects in police custody are Kenneth Matthews, 18, Ronald Reid Williams, 19 and an unnamed 16-year-old female. The girl was the “videographer,” having captured the assault on her cell phone, which was still in her possession at the time of the arrest.

Cleveland’s Public Square, the scene of the attack, has witnessed violence before. Last month a teen there was brutally beaten. At times, WOIO reports, “the power of a massive police presence was needed to take back the square.”

Robinson wants his story to be a warning to everyone living, or venturing into Cleveland’s downtown area, noting, "Your mother or sister could be on the bus, and the same thing could happen to them."

The media’s handling of this report could mark the beginning of a sea change in coverage of these attacks, which have historically omitted the race of the assailants.

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