Dear Friend of America's Survival,
Trump's new Attorney General William Barr should be thanked for resuming the use of the federal death penalty, after a nearly two decade lapse. He decided to schedule the executions of five death-row inmates convicted of murdering children. Read about their cases here.
I've been a media critic for 40 years and, frankly, I am sick and tired of watching and critiquing the news. The journalism business is hopeless and has gotten worse over the years, But this Washington Post article about NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, "Lester Holt's rise from country music DJ to the most powerful seat in news," got my attention, and I watched his broadcast last night. He spoke to a group of convicted killers, one of whom had tears rolling down his cheek, who remembered the names of their victims. This was designed to make us think that these criminals could also somehow be rehablitated. It was yet another push for "criminal justice reform." It was sickening.
Holt's "Justice for All" series is designed to make us feel sorry for all of those criminals in jail. Holt is a master deceiver. Here is how he began one of his broadcasts: "His name was George Del Vecchio. On Nov. 22, 1995, I watched from behind a window at Illinois’ Stateville Correctional Center as Del Vecchio took his last breath. He was executed for the murder of a young boy 18 years earlier. I was a media witness to that execution. As the other witnesses and I were escorted out of the prison that dark early morning, I began to wonder — was the world any safer because George Del Vecchio was now dead?"
Back in 1995, Bob Greene of the Chicago Tribune wrote about Del Vecchio's crimes:
"On Dec. 22, 1977, Del Vecchio, then 29, high on the drug PCP-he had ingested enough of the drug to 'kill a horse,' his attorney said-went to the home of Karen Canzoneri on West Wabansia Avenue in Chicago. She testified that she was awakened shortly after 5 a.m. by a man standing over her bed and holding a knife. She said that the man sexually assaulted her.After the assault, she said, she escaped through a bathroom window and summoned police. When officers arrived, they found the body of her 6-year-old son, Tony. The child's throat had been slashed "from ear to ear," according to the officers who found him; the boy had been all but decapitated. One officer said, "It would break your heart to see what was done to that boy."
But there was another crime before that: "In 1965, when Del Vecchio was 16, he and two other young men killed a 66-year-old man named Fred A. Christiansen while the man was out for an evening walk near his home. Police officers said that Del Vecchio and the others attacked Christiansen because they wanted money to buy drugs. Del Vecchio, according to police, fired five bullets into Christiansen...Because he was a juvenile, he was put in the custody of the Illinois Youth Commission. By 1973 he was deemed to be rehabilitated, and was paroled. "
So that's the "rest of the story." Yes, America is a better place now that Del Vecchio is gone, and that taxpayers don't have to pay for his upkeep.
Why is the anchor of the NBC Nightly News playing down his crimes?
You figure it out.
For Amrica's Survival,