Chauncey Bailey was the editor of Oakland CA's Oakland Post. He was shot to death while he walked to work in the morning sunlight. The masked gunman walked up to him and calmly put 3 bullets into Mr. Bailey then boarded a van that pulled up to collect him. Mr. Bailey was dead before the ambulance arrived.
I read about this news item in a European newspaper, The Guardian. I don't know what bothers me more..that a newspaper editor was assassinated in broad daylight in America or that the story is getting little attention in the MSM.
The group that is widely held as responsible for this murder/assassination is Muslim, precisely a black Muslim sect that Mr. Bailey, also African-American was investigating for financial irregularities. The sect, as noted by the Guardian, was: "founded by Yusef Bey, a black Muslim leader in Oakland whose followers preached a strict message of Islam and black political power. Bey's followers have long been the subject of intense police and media scrutiny for their alleged use of strong-arm tactics in promoting their business interests and also shutting down stores that sold alcohol. Bey was also stridently anti-homosexual and awaited trial on 27 counts of sex crimes when he died of cancer in 2003."
Mr. Bailey had written numerous stories about this specific group. This murder happened last Thursday and only now is getting attention outside the region where it happened. I of course googled Mr. Bailey's name after reading the Guardian writeup. The San Jose Mercury News has been writing about it non-stop since it happened as has the SF Chron, but the large MSM publications like the LAT and the NYT are only giving it a one story writeup, and they don't call this an assassination. Merriam-Webster defines as assassination thusly: to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons.
This isn't a third world country where killing a newspaper editor is commonplace. This also isn't something we have seen happen in my memory here in our country. Someone correct me if I am wrong. But it does eat at me and tug at my social conscience.
Some might label this as black on black crime. I see nothing of the sort in this case. It seems they wanted to silence Mr. Bailey and threatened him prior to his murder. To me it smacks of a gang who is hiding behind the cloak of religion. Whatever the case may be, its something that should bother all Americans and let me tell you why;
If we allow the thugs to silence our media we have nothing or no one left to tell us the truth. Silence by intimidation and assassination is not acceptable in a free country like ours. BushCo uses different methods of intimidation to gain the same result, but at least the asshats in the executive branch haven't resorted to killing our editors and reporters.
These thugs have however, and our police and law enforcement groups have to weed them out and bring them down. The federal arm of law enforcement should be involved as well and the full measure of the rule of law needs to be meted out to these brazen sumbitches.
This kind of bullshit can not be tolerated. Nor should we tolerate the silence of the MSM on this issue.
Mr. Chauncey Bailey spent his life uncovering the dirt and the scumbags among us and he deserves more from his colleagues and more from federal law enforcement. It begs the question: Is this being ignored because of Mr. Bailey's skin color? I hope to god that isn't the case because that would only make it even more heinous and glaringly obvious.
Tags: Your Black Muslim Bakery, Chauncey Bailey, media intimidation