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Fox News has worked itself into a lather
with the claim that three "White House officials" were sent to the funeral of Michael Brown but none were sent to last year's service for former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
This isn't the first time Fox has objected to the amount of coverage
18-year-old Brown's shooting at the hands of police was receiving.
But widespread demonstrations, the
condemnation of police tactics
renewed panic over the country's racial (in)equality
mean that, whatever your views on the circumstances of his shooting, Brown's death has become a highly significant event in the US.
According to the
, the three officials who attended Brown's funeral were:
- head of the White House’s
My Brother’s Keeper Task Force
(a mentoring programme helping young men from ethnic minorities to reach their full potential).
- a St. Louis native who attended high school with Brown’s mother.
- works with Marshall in the White House Office of Public Engagement (a department that aims to bridge the gap between the government and ordinary citizens).
All three of whom seem to be relatively suitable attendees and yet hardly governmental heavyweights.
It should also be noted that Fox News's wording appears to be specifically misleading.
While technically no "White House officials" were sent to attend Thatcher's funeral, there was arguably still a hefty US representation:
- Secretary of State to Ronald Reagan (contemporary to Thatcher).
- Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan.
- US Ambassador to Britain 2009-2013.
Barbara J Stephenson
- Susman's second in command.
Thousands pledged to support officer who shot Michael Brown