The murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom: Media double standards working overtime

Posted by: ST on May 14, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Channon Christian and Christopher NewsomImagine this: A young black couple in Knoxville, TN go out for a night on the town, but instead are viciously murdered – their bodies mutilated and burned, after being brutally gang raped, sodomized, and tortured at the hands of five white thugs. The story easily makes it onto the front page of the national news, right? For weeks, we hear of little else outside of the manhunt that takes place for the suspected perps. Pictures of the perps are shown on national TV, and the mediots play up the racial angle of the crime, which leads to commentary from purveyors of ‘social justice’ exclaiming that the white suspects are guilty of what ‘all’ white people are guilty of, and that’s ‘hating black people’, in this case, to the extreme.

Such a crime did in fact occur, but reverse the races: the perps were black, and the victims were Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, pictured above. What happened to Christian and Newsom? Wikipedia has a definitive well-sourced entry on their murders (the footnotes in the story are found at the bottom of the Wiki page):

Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, and Channon Gail Christian, 21, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were tortured, gang-raped, and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007, while their vehicle was being carjacked.[1] Both murders have been classified as premeditated.[2]

Five suspects have been arrested and charged in the case.[3] The grand jury has indicted the 5 suspects with a total of 46 counts including torture, murder, and rape.[2]

Christian and Newsom had gone on a date at a local restaurant on Saturday, January 6, 2007, but did not return home. During their drive, the couple was “hijacked, bound and blindfolded and taken back to Davidson’s apartment.”[4]

At Davidson’s apartment, Newsom had apparently been gang-raped in Channon’s presence. Some reports state that his penis had been severed from his body prior to his death.[4] This has not been confirmed.[5] According to Officer Todd Childress, “Newsom’s body was wrapped in a ‘sheet and/or comforter,’ and that the victim had been shot at least three times. He also notes that Newsom’s shoes, socks, identification, and iPod were missing. His body had been burned.”[6]

Christian’s parents found her Toyota 4-Runner on Chipman Street on Monday, with the help of her mobile phone provider. Because the killers ditched Christian’s SUV just a few hours after it was stolen, it has been sugested that the primary objectives of the perpetrators was their desire to kidnap, torture, rape, and murder, instead of a simple hijacking.[7] An envelope recovered from the vehicle yielded fingerprint evidence that led police to Lemaricus Davidson and 2316 Chipman Street. When police went to the address on Tuesday, January 9, they found the home unoccupied and Christian’s body in a trash can in the kitchen. She had been dismembered, her body found in five separate trash bags.[8] It has been alleged that for two days she had been gang-raped multiple times, vaginally, anally, and orally, and beaten and urinated upon. Reports have also indicated that Christian was forced to drink bleach or a similar liquid, in an attempt to remove DNA evidence. Some reports also state that her breasts had been cut from her body, prior to her death.[4] This has not been confirmed.[6] Newsom’s body was found adjacent to railroad tracks in East Knoxville the next afternoon.[4]

Why haven’t these murders garnered widespread, 24-7 national attention? Just take a look at the victims. And now take a look at the perps:

This case is very similar to a series of murders that happened in the winter of 2003 in Wichita, KS:

The Wichita Massacre, also known as The Wichita Horror[1], was a murder/assault/rape/robbery spree perpetrated by two African American brothers in the city of Wichita, Kansas in the winter of 2000. The gruesome crimes shocked Wichitans, and purchases of guns, locks, and home security systems subsequently skyrocketed in the city.[2]

The Carr brothers, 22-year-old Reginald and 20-year-old Jonathan, already had serious criminal records when they began their spree. On December 8, 2000, having recently arrived in Wichita, they committed armed robbery against 23-year-old assistant baseball coach Andrew Schreiber. Three days later, they shot and mortally wounded 55-year-old cellist and librarian Ann Walenta as she tried to escape from them in her car.

Their crime spree culminated on December 14, when they invaded a home and subjected five young men and women to robbery, sexual abuse, and murder. The brothers broke into a house chosen nearly at random where Brad Heyka, Heather Muller, Aaron Sander, Jason Befort and a young woman identified as “H.G.”, all in their twenties, were spending the night. Initially scouring the house for valuables, they forced their hostages to strip naked, bound and detained them, and subjected them to various forms of sexual humiliation, including rape and sodomy. They also forced the men to engage in sexual acts with the women, and the women with each other. They then drove the victims to ATMs to empty their bank accounts, before finally bringing them to a snowy deserted football field and shooting them execution-style in the backs of their heads, leaving them for dead. The Carr brothers then drove Befort’s truck over the bodies.

They returned to the house to ransack it for more valuables. It was then they claimed their final victim, Nikki, H.G.’s muzzled dog who was beaten and stabbed to death.

The lack of adequate media coverage on these crimes is a prime example of why the media is called the liberal media. It is done so for a reason. Why? Because the media, which is comprised mainly of so-called ‘progressives’, doesn’t relish exploiting a crime most of the time unless the victim(s) involved are minorities assaulted and/or murdered by the ‘privileged” white man. As we learned from the Duke lacrosse case, all it takes are allegations – not convictions – for the media to make judgement calls as to the guilt or innocence of the accused.

Matthew ShepardLiberal media activism can also be seen on the reporting of two murders which happened in Laramie, Wyoming in the late 1990s. Of course, by now we know about Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder sparked a swarm of media attention due to the belief that the murder was committed because Shepard was gay. The national attention surrounding Shepard’s murder fueled the pro-hate crimes legislation crowd’s agenda to get hate crimes legislation passed on local levels as well as national. Details emerged years later essentially debunking the ‘he was murdered because he was gay’ myth. He was murdered by two thugs on a drug binge, and he knew at least one of the thugs prior to the night of his murder:

Former Laramie Police Detective Ben Fritzen, one of the lead investigators in the case, also believed robbery was the primary motive. “Matthew Shepard’s sexual preference or sexual orientation certainly wasn’t the motive in the homicide,” he said.

“If it wasn’t Shepard, they would have found another easy target. What it came down to really is drugs and money and two punks that were out looking for it,” Fritzen said.


[Prosecutor] Rerucha attributes McKinney’s rage and his savage beating of Shepard to his drug abuse. “The methamphetamine just fueled to this point where there was no control. It was a horrible, horrible, horrible murder. It was a murder that was once again driven by drugs,” Rerucha said.

Shepard’s killers rec’d life sentences without the possibility of parole – their lives were spared by Shepard’s parents, who don’t believe in the death penalty. [Update: See a slight clarification in the comments section regarding their sentences via ST reader Dana Pico.]

Daphne SulkBut while the media were falling all over themselves over the murder of Matthew Shepard, they were nowhere to be found just a year prior when another Laramie resident, 15 year old Daphne Sulk, was stabbed 17 times and murdered by her 38 year old ‘boyfriend’ Kevin Robinson, who killed her because she refused to have an abortion. Robinson’s sentence? 22 years with the possibility for parole. Couldn’t this have been classified as a ‘hate’ crime (if, in fact, we must)? You had a white older man murdering an underage girl … oh wait, she was pregnant and refused to have an abortion, so this case didn’t warrant the usual cries from far left feminists (and their pals in the press) because she actually wanted to keep her baby.

The media’s dereliction of duty didn’t start with the Christian/Newsom murders nor, unfortunately, will it end with them because, just like Democrats, the media would rather sensationalize and side with groups of people that have historically been viewed as ‘helpless minorities’ rather than actually report the facts as they stand – without the spin. In the Democrats’ case, this type of shameless demagoguery oftentimes helps them win voters. In the media’s case, this type of sensationalistic advocacy journalism – like we saw in the Shepard case – oftentimes helps them win viewers and readers. Ironically, the one-sided nature of the media and Democrats over issues like this hurt the very people/problems they claim they want to ‘help.’

Meanwhile, other horrific crimes that happen get little to no coverage in the press because the victims either weren’t ‘fortunate’ enough to be a minority or taking a liberal position on an issue like abortion and/or weren’t ‘fortunate’ enough to have been brutalized by a white person. Not only is the media guilty of this, but so are many courts across the country, who, thanks to ‘hate crimes legislation’ advocates, have to view crimes which happen to minorities in a much harsher light than the same crimes which happen to non-minorities (white men). In essence, it’s like being victimized three times. Once by the perp(s) and again by both the media and the justice system.

Shame, shame, shame.

Hat tip: La Shawn Barber and Rob at Flopping Aces

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  • 14 Responses to “The murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom: Media double standards working overtime”


    1. I wish I were surprised by the double standard but I’d be lying. This is why blogs and the internet are so important because otherwise the liberal media would have almost total control over the news, not that they’re trying to control it now with the ‘fairness doctrine’ crap and the new hate er thought crimes bill. Thanks for fixing the link as well… :)

    2. Marshall Art says:

      I saw this story in an email blast that I received. Sad and shocking, to read it again pisses me off yet again. How such a horror can go unreported in the MSM is beyond my comprehension. I must say that several years ago in Addison, IL, a horrific tale of a pregnant white woman butchered for her fetus, and the murders of her other children, did indeed receive first class attention by the Chicago media. The perps were all caught and I believe have all been sentenced at this point.

      But that in no way disputes the underlying truth of ST’s post. Just the scale of savagery alone should have had this all over the place.

      More than anything, this is just another sad example that evil does indeed exist in the world, and even in our own country. Stifle religious expression, inhibit our ability to bear arms for self-protection, elevate the self above all else, and how can we expect any better?

    3. Drewsmom says:

      Lets see rev al get on msnbc or cnn and try and defend this like he tried last night on both outlets to defend what he said about Mitt.
      This has been ignorned by the media. duh !!!! and we are lucky we have the internet and conservative radio.
      May they rest in peace, what a horrible thing happened to them and now the msm is covering it up.

    4. Dana says:

      Our esteemed hostess wrote:

      Shepard’s killers rec’d life sentences without the possibility of parole – their lives were spared by Shepard’s parents, who don’t believe in the death penalty.

      Not exactly. One of the killers pled guilty to avoid the death penalty, agreeing to two consecutive life sentences and to testify against the other; he is eligible for parole at some point. The second defendant went to trial and was convicted; during the sentencing phase, Mr Shepard’s mother stated that her late son did not believe in capital punishment, and the agreement on that defendant was two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.

    5. Either way, Dana, they rec’d harsher sentences – and a lot more media attention- than Daphne Sulk’s killer, so the point still stands.

    6. Mekan says:

      I know that the point of the post was the MSM double standard, but what struck me as I read the account was how brutal the acts were. I have gotten used to hearing the obscene brutality committed by those practicing not-so-peaceful-Islam and have succumbed to an us/them attitude. Reading this reminds me that Evil exists in our own borders.

      God forgive us for what we have become as a nation.

    7. NC Cop says:

      Well, like an old training officer of mine once said “There’s a reason why they call it the criminal justice system, instead of the victim justice system.”

    8. Yankee Jim says:

      There will be a rally in Knoxville on May 26!

      Details here: LINK

    9. vince says:


      For the last few days, I have been sending this letter out to all major news corporations and online newspapers. Sometimes it was deleted from post, and at other times, it was ignored. Hopefully with the article that you wrote, you will be able to send this out so that this case can get some recognition.

      Thank you for your time.


      The reason why I am writing this letter is to discuss an unjust in the media world.
      Here is the story:

      This past Monday, Eliott from “Eliott In The Morning,” based out of Washington, DC. spoke about a story out of Knoxville, TN. When he read the story, I was so shocked and appalled at the severity of the crime. The link to the story is posted below:


      (side note, there was massive mutilations involving the 2 victims, which is not stated in the wikipedia article)

      After reading this, you can see my concern. After doing some research and finding out as much info as I could, I was horrified that something like this could have happened and yet it has only been covered locally.

      Now, I am mixed black male and I am by no way racist nor biased, because the public should know what happens in the public. But the problem is, why is it that whenever a Caucasian person commits a crime against a particular race, especially black, that it takes no more than a few hours to have it circulate the world if it is a major issue. When it comes to Caucasians as victims, you don’t necessarily hear anything about it, especially if the crime is as severe as this one.
      Now, why is it, that the USA Today, can put the faces of black African Americans on the FRONT page to tell about all kinds of crimes, but something as severe as this one, it is kept under wraps.
      The worst part about this story was told today on his show. Now, this is the most appalling thing i have heard and it goes as follows:


      So, in lieu of the vigil for the 2 victims, a certain group of African Americans are constructing this “celebration.”
      Now you might be wondering why I am telling you all this, but it is NOT to bring out the worst in people, but to show how the media, race, and violence of this nature should be addressed. Furthermore, I am ASHAMED of being black to think that a group of people would actually celebrate a death like this because they feel they are not privileged. I know that the KKK would celebrate or whatever, but think about it. It all boils down to this group vs. this group. And it is sick.
      I’d like for you to please voice the outrage in regards to this story and please have your listeners explain to me as to why things like this get swept under the rug. It was mentioned on Court TVs website, but nothing else.

      For the last portion of this email, I would like to say:

      “Why is it that when it comes to lesser crimes, the media will portray African Americans in the broad spectrum of light, but when it comes to something as serious like this, why keep it under wraps.”
      BTW, the Washington Post has stated that they couldn’t send an investigator reporter to the area to inquire about the story, because “they didn’t have anyone down there.” You would think that the Washington Post would have had more sense than to say something like that. Am I right?

      In closing, I just want to say, thank you for all that you bring to the community and would to tip my hat off to you all and let you know that even if you don’t put this on the air, I know that at least you hear from a good fan of your show and that is all that matters.
      Thank you.

    10. jason says:

      i urge people if you have money invested in CNN or any of the hypocrite news agencies to pull you money out I will no longer in vest in these companies when they do not support everyone they are biased against whites if enough of us do this they will get thew hint real fast.

    11. rafael godinez says:

      Why are you surprised? You should know by now not to trust anything the main stream media says. Especially when the topic is race. Let’s say what no one wants to say. Blacks are the most racist of all races. They are mostly cowards who will only act when in groups – only when they know they can win. Put them in a room one on one and they suddenly become very chicken-shit. I have experience this many time. Just take a look at the mugs on these five animals. They look so tough. Yet, I can assure you that individually they are like little dogs.

      The only justice for these morons and others like them is to shoot them in the head. Why bother with a circus trial? They’ll just claim they are products of white societal descrimination. Shoot them , hang them, feed them to the sharks. Whatever. They are worthless scum. Then watch them start crying like little girls.

    12. Thor says:

      ALL areas of The Media are racist against White people. Especially, White victims of Black-on-White assault,robbery,rape,and murder. Unless the White victim is Left-Wing,then,and ONLY then,does the media give any sympathy.