Bristol Palin made the bizarre accusation on Wednesday that news outlets were ignoring the shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis because of his race, Wonkette reported.
“Why is this story not all over the media?” Palin asked. “If the child had been black, would it have received more acknowledgement? I wish more people really thought ‘all lives matter.’ The injustice of it all is heart wrenching.”
Palin — who said in the title of her post that the media “yawns” about Mardis’ death because he wasn’t black — recounted Mardis’ death after being shot by police earlier this month while riding in a car driven by his father, Chris Few.
Two officers, Derrick Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the boy’s death. They were also charged with second-degree attempted murder for trying to kill Few.
“These men took the life of an innocent six year old for no apparent reason,” Palin wrote. “I can’t begin to imagine the grief his family is going through.”
But Palin also suggested that Yahoo News was the only outlet covering the fatal encounter. In fact, not only was the article she cited published by the Associated Press, but Mardis’ death has been covered in both Louisiana media and national outlets like CNN and The Atlantic, among others.
An online search for news related to the shooting turns up more than 1,000 articles devoted to the subject, contrary to Palin’s claim.