False ‘Hate Crime’ Reporting Fuels Media Frenzy

My wife and I recently went for a hike in a nearby town where everywhere you look you feel as though you’re wandering within a postcard.

We strolled along the boardwalk at a marina overlooking the Olympic mountain range across Puget Sound. As we passed a newspaper vending box, a headline grabbed my wife’s attention. She snatched out a copy of the Edmonds Beacon where the banner read, “FBI notified of Edmonds hate crime.” The article, written by Brian Soergel, describes what is depicted by an accompanying photo of what appears to be a yellow, nylon rope fashioned into a noose and slung over a beam at a building construction site. The article reports that two black employees, a man and a woman, had discovered the rope.