Some time ago Nate Silver, statistician and prognosticator with the New York Times and now with ESPN divided Times op-ed columns into those that were fact-driven and those that were idea-driven.
He was distinguishing between columns that followed the facts wherever they led and columns that cherry-picked facts to affirm a prior belief.
Most, but not all of the commentaries about the conflict currently being played out on the streets of Freguson, MO have been idea-driven.
Even the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon seemed to have prejudged the case. Of course, prejudging is another way of saying prejudice.
According to the governor and most commentators Darren Wilson murdered an unarmed teenager who was just minding his business… because the teenager was black.
A grand jury will decide, but, in the meantime there is more to the story.
Fox News reports some facts that have gotten lost in the hubbub:
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.
“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.
“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move," the source said. "They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face."
The source claims that there is "solid proof" that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, "What, you're going to shoot me?"
At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown's skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown's family.
Eventually, all of the facts will come out.