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War on Women? Feminist Blames the Patriarchy for Roanoke Killings

Posted on | August 27, 2015 | 59 Comments

Susan Cox (@Blasfemmey) writes for Feminist Current:

More male violence against women; reporter
Alison Parker killed during live broadcast

Virginia TV reporter, Alison Parker, was shot dead during a live broadcast by a man who formerly worked at the same news station. Also killed was camera man Adam Ward. There are no words for this ever-increasing death toll of women killed by men who felt entitled to take their lives.

Previously, Ms. Cox wrote on Twitter:

“This crime is no doubt linked to the misogyny for
female reporters of men trying to silence them.”


Is feminism just blind prejudice? Do facts mean nothing to these idiots?

Here is an interesting fact: On Nov. 9, 2012, the Roanoke shooter Vester Flanagan received a warning from his supervisor at WDBJ-TV for wearing an Obama sticker on Election Day. a violation of company policy that stated news employees “must refrain from participatting in active partisan politic.” Flanagan was clearly a personnel problem at the station and, after he was fired in 2013, he sued WDBJ-TV for wrongful termination, claiming he was a victim of discrimination because he was black and gay — the same grievances Flanagan cited in the 23-page manifesto he faxed to ABC News on Wednesday.

Yet here is feminist Susan Cox declaring she had “no doubt” that Flanagan’s crime was “linked to the misogyny for female reporters of men trying to silence them” — an imaginative claim that had nothing to do with Flanagan’s actual motive, which was a personal grievance:

A memo from WDBJ regarding Flanagan’s termination is included in court records obtained by CBS News. The memo says that when Flanagan was told he was being fired, he responded by saying, “You better call police because I’m going to make a big stink. This is not right.”
According to the memo, Flanagan went on to berate staff members — including Adam Ward — who was present and recording the incident. When Flanagan was ultimately escorted from the newsroom by police, he handed another staff member a wooden cross that was on his desk and said, “You’ll need this,” the memo says.
Another WBDJ memo in the court filing says all employees at the station were informed Flanagan was terminated and that “anyone seeing him on company property should call 911 immediately.”

It appears that Adam Ward was more of a target than Alison Parker, who was only an intern at WDBJ-TV when Flanagan was fired:

Flanagan’s contentious 10-month reporting stint at Southwestern Virginia’s CBS affiliate, WDBJ (Channel 7), ended in much the same way several jobs had since 2000: with a trail of colleagues with whom he did not get along, poor job-performance evaluations citing his volatile behavior and at least two lawsuits alleging racial discrimination and unfair treatment. . . .
Ward had been at the station when Flanagan was fired and aimed a camera at him as he flipped off the newsroom during his forced exit. The station manager, Jeff Marks, said Parker was an intern when Flanagan worked at the station. He could not recall a specific run-in with her but said, “He had conflicts with so many people here, I don’t remember all the specific ones.”
Marks said Flanagan . . . was “a man with a lot of anger.” He added: “It came out in his relationships. He had trouble working with fellow employees and he had a short fuse.” . . .
Flanagan’s first job was as an intern at KPIX in San Francisco for five months in 1993. . . .
Dawn Baker, who anchors the newscast at WTOC in Savannah, Ga., said she remembers Flanagan as a nice, if goofy and at-times aloof reporter during his two years with the station in the late 1990s. But even then, she said, he had a habit of bucking his bosses­ while practicing questionable journalism.
During his time in Savannah, Flanagan used his legal name professionally, but Baker said eventually his colleagues found out he was using the name “Bryce Williams” socially. . . .
It appears that Flanagan’s problems began at WTWC in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1999. He worked there 13 months, and he alleged in a lawsuit that he filed after he was fired that a producer had called him a “monkey” and said that “blacks are lazy.” . . .
The station denied the allegations and said he never reported any racist behavior. Managers said in response to the suit, which the station settled, that Flanagan was fired for poor performance, misbehavior toward colleagues and the use of profanity.
Don Shafer, news director at XETV in San Diego, said on the air Wednesday that he had hired Flanagan at WTWC and later fired him for chronic “bizarre behavior.”
“We brought him in, he was a good on-air performer, a pretty good reporter,” he told viewers, “and then things started getting a little strange with him.”

Was this “misogyny toward female reporters trying to silence them”? Or was this just another a “grievance collector”?

A grievance collector will move from the passive assumption of deprivation and low expectancy common to most paranoid personalities to a more aggressive mode. He will not endure passively his deprived state; he will occupy himself with accumulating evidence of his misfortunes and locating the sources. . . .
Grievance collectors are distrustful and provocative, convinced they are always taken advantage of and given less than their fair share.

Oh, “convinced they are always taken advantage of” — like feminists.



59 Responses to “War on Women? Feminist Blames the Patriarchy for Roanoke Killings”

  1. Fail Burton
    August 27th, 2015 @ 3:51 am

    “Feminist blames the Patriarchy for hospitals, Iwo Jima, her human rights, museums, great architecture, her table salt, frozen foods, fork lifts, comic books, literature, the printing press, the Panama Canal and astrophysics.”

    “I just don’t know why they’re the one’s always doing that shit,” she added.

  2. CaptDMO
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:29 am

    Kinda’ like a manifesto, or something, with folks like Ms. Cox..
    DHS, take note.

  3. Dana
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:01 am

    A mad woman trying to assign motive to a mad man; what could be more intellectual?

  4. RS
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:06 am

    Fancy someone trying to capitalize on a tragedy by shoe-horning it into his/her pet agenda. Who would have thought?

  5. Dana
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:09 am

    The unasked question: if Mr Flanagan had a series of jobs, all of which ended poorly, why did WDBJ-TV hire him in the first place?

    I can already see the lawsuit: because WDBJ-TV did not do their due diligence, and not hire Mr Flanagan in he first place, the station is just as responsible as Mr Flanagan himself for the shootings.

  6. Dana
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:20 am

    There are some employers who refuse to provide any references, good or bad, concerning former employees, beyond a confirmation that said employee worked there between given dates; this is a response to lawsuits which followed a poor reference. I don’t know if Mr Flanagan’s previous employers fell into that group.

    However, Mr Flanagan had a public record as well; the filing of lawsuits against previous employers ought to have been a big red flag, and those should have showed up in any due diligence search.

  7. RS
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:54 am

    I’ve been in the position of being called for a reference. It’s quite easy to not “say” a single bad thing about a former employee while at the same time telegraphing that said former employee is a cancer on any business.

    As for TV news types, my guess is they keep a portfolio of their clips, and, given that the turnover is pretty high in smaller markets, not following up with personal calls to former employers is probably not that unusual.

  8. CrustyB
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:15 am

    Feminists, like black activists, live to be victims. Can you imagine the fist-pumping and cheering that goes on at NOW, Operation: PUSH or NAN when violence takes place, whether sexism, racism or some other perceived “ism” is behind it or not?

  9. Quartermaster
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:19 am

    Ms. Cox is a feminist and therefore righteous. I denounce vigorously!

  10. Quartermaster
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:20 am

    Stacy, libtards never pay any attention to facts. They just complicate things and get in the way.

  11. Dana
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:27 am

    And that would be a failure to do due diligence, which is why the station which hired Mr Flanagan will get sued.

  12. JeffWeimer
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:50 am

    And this is the “new tone” type shooting we were warned that Sarah Palin caused, if his manifesto declaring that he bought the pistol because of the Charleston shooting is to be believed.

    He’s exactly the type of marginal personality that is encouraged by the leftist grievance-mongers – they feed his paranoia with their stories of keeping people down.

  13. Jeanette Victoria
    August 27th, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    Fact are nuisances to a progressive we all know that feelings count more and more specifically THEIR feelings.

  14. Dianna Deeley
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:00 am

    In other words, he hoarded his grievances in the dark and fed them on bile and spite. It’s not political, it’s not ideological. It’s bitter, corrosive anger, with a patina of ideology.

  15. Art Deco
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:02 am

    It’s a reasonable guess that he was stalking the station and followed the company van out to the Bridgewater Mall. It’s also a reasonable guess that the primary target was Adam Ward, with whom he did have some history. He shot the Chamber of Commerce lady too, even though he did not know her from a cord of wood. His addled-head might have been inflamed by Alison Parker, who was doing work he could not do anymore, but it’s quite possible she was shot just because she was there.

  16. Art Deco
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    The award of broadcast licenses was infected ca. 1970 by Democratic race-patronage politics. To keep Rev. Bacon and his minions off their backs when their license is due for renewal, they need some insurance. Checking his references would not be prudent in some circumstances.

  17. Finrod Felagund
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    “You’ll be lucky to get him to work for you.”

  18. robertstacymccain
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:22 am

    Like 99% of the feminists on Tumblr, really.

    You see them getting into insane arguments over nothing — e.g., “biphobia” and “monosexuals” — because they have invested their entire personal identity in an online hive where being the feminist with the “correct” ideology is what matters. And when they are not busy squabbling amongst themselves, these feminist Tumblrinas (most of them under 25) are in a constant competition to see who can say the cruelest things about men. This echo chamber effect reinforces the worst tendencies — “bile and spite … bitter, corrosive anger” — and no one inside the hive ever says a positive word about males, who are demonized as scapegoats.

  19. LoneSage
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:44 am

    Murdered. Grieving families.
    Sick and evil how this and other acts of cold blooded murder are used to further an agenda.
    Many of the hate-bater groups have blood on their hands. What is their response, sadly peddle more hate.
    “Is feminism just blind prejudice? Do facts mean nothing to these idiots?” Good question. Have to go with bat-shit crazy idiots as my answer.

  20. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 27th, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    A gay black man at that, doesn’t gay back trump feminist SJW outrage?

  21. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 27th, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    Shouldn’t “Are you a social justice warrior” and “Do you post on Tumblr” be a question on a firearms background check application?

  22. Southern Air Pirate
    August 27th, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    First of facts mean nothing to the liberal side of the political aisle. That is unless it’s facts that support their concepts and ideas. You expect that to change anytime soon?

    One wonders if this nutter had been charged with threats when he was fired if it would have changed things. One wonders if he hadn’t been stalking the videographer for a while now and if he had been noticed before? The rest of a number of questions about this nutters actions (which acording to international media is similar to that nutter in NC that shot up the three UNC students a year ago, with threats and harassment against percieved slights by neighbors) didn’t get better scrutiny by either government or social rules. The left says it loves government but it seems more and more that government is falling apart in doing its most basic services in helping society run.

  23. Dianna Deeley
    August 27th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    In California, all you can do is confirm dates of employment. That is absolutely all. People have been sued for saying someone was a good employee, but not glowing. You certainly cannot say, “Don’t hire this guy, he’s nuts.” Even if it’s true.

  24. Brett
    August 27th, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    As 50% of Flanagan’s victims were male, isn’t he also a misandrist, like Ms. Cox? There’s a better than even chance he is also a heterophobe. Ms. Cox doesn’t seem concerned about that.

  25. Ilion
    August 27th, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

    Does this mean that anyone is going to call for bans on rainbow flags?

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    August 27th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

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  27. ConstantineX1
    August 27th, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

    I have here:

    In fact, I think it’s a must, if Walmart and Amazon haven’t ceased sales of that flag by close of business today it is because they are in SOLIDARITY with the murderer of Allison Parker and Adam Ward, and his black, gay supremacist agenda.

  28. Son of Liberty
    August 27th, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

    Hatred. Progressives need something to feel bitter about, and some group to hate, and demand that everyone else feel the same way. Anything less is crimethink to them.

  29. Son of Liberty
    August 27th, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    There is a thin line between love and hate. They love being oppressed. They love being victims. Hatred stimulates the superficial bond of solidarity. It gives the mob a reason to exist.

    It can be destroyed easily, by discouraging conformity and by prioritizing friends (real friends, not facebook icons) and family over distant causes.

  30. Durasim
    August 27th, 2015 @ 2:54 pm

    Four out of six of Elliott Rodger’s victims were male. Yet we are told that the male casualties were incidental and marginal to his true crime of misogyny.

  31. TheOtherAndrewB
    August 27th, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

    By “Patriarchy”, I assume the author means straight, white men (as we are the root of all evil.) So a gay, black man kills a woman (and a man, who obviously does not rate in this particular equation) and this is somehow my fault. Just for balance, do we ever get a “Blame the Crazy, Evil Feminist Day”? If so, sign me up.

  32. Son of Liberty
    August 27th, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

    The same retailers who have stopped selling confederate battle flags (and walmart has stopped selling guns) is still selling rainbow flags.

    The corporate bigwigs are in total solidarity with the progressives (I wonder if the anti-business progressives realize that? probably not).

  33. Southern Air Pirate
    August 27th, 2015 @ 3:16 pm

    Oh and here is another example of the patriarchal oppression that is harming women:

  34. Dana
    August 27th, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

    I’m pretty sure that we need some sort of chart on that.

  35. Joe Guelph
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

    I once heard the way around that regulation was to ask a reference, “If given a choice, would you hire this person again?” A “Yes” or “No” answer tells pretty much what you need to know, but doesn’t contain anything that might be actionable.

  36. Durasim
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:26 pm

    Sally Kohn might want to rethink where she drops the word “justified” in a sentence.

  37. Durasim
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:40 pm

    When members of designated oppressed victim groups commit mass shootings or other notorious crimes, the mainstream media immediately deploys its same narrative, only the perpetrator is edited over as some wretched victim of society rather than a reviled individual.

  38. RKae
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    Of course, in order to believe that the killing was misogynistic, she has to list Adam Ward as being “also killed.”

    Why is it the “The Alison Parker Murder, Starring Alison Parker… with special guest appearance by Adam Ward”?

    It’s like the damned Gabby Giffords thing. Why is it called “the Gabby Giffords shooting” and not “the John Roll shooting” when it’s John Roll who was killed?

  39. RKae
    August 27th, 2015 @ 4:55 pm

    We’ve seen it over and over in the way the press handles a woman who kills her kids and man who kills his kids. She’s “suffering from depression”; he’s just plain evil and controlling.

  40. The original Mr. X
    August 27th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    Because they cared nothing for the safety of the female employees whom they should have known he would end up targeting.

  41. Daniel Freeman
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

    Why was Eliot Rodger’s spree labeled misogynistic, when the first three killed were men (and preselected, unlike the random victims)?

    Since I make a hobby of answering rhetorical questions, it’s because SJWs value their precious narrative over anything, so male lives don’t matter.

  42. M. Thompson
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    The Patriarchy for a Feminist is the Jews for the Anti-Semite. An easy scapegoat for whatever problem they have with the world.

  43. The Osprey
    August 27th, 2015 @ 6:53 pm


  44. Renaissance
    August 27th, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    “linked to the misogyny for female reporters of GAY men trying to silence them”

    Now, it’s more accurate. Tell Susie-Woozie that it is GAY men who are the real misogynists. It is gay men stuffing the wombs of 3rd world women with their sperm and another woman’s egg–and 9 months later, ripping the baby out of the brown woman’s uterus so they can pretend they are “parents.” All for a cheap fee.

    The homosexuals’ brutal colonization of the brown Third World female body is never discussed by the postcolonialist scholars, feminists, or theorists of race. But let a white guy wave a confederate flag and all hell breaks loose.

  45. DocEpador
    August 27th, 2015 @ 11:10 pm

    I had a though in the shower this AM (do a lot of heavy thinking there, good thing the water heater is big). Wouldn’t it be fun to put together a few clips of the most hateful feminist professors in each college/university with a national presence football team and run a stream of them bloviating their hateful screeds hacked into those PR profiles that they run pre-game and half-time on national TV?

  46. RKae
    August 27th, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    A brilliant comment over at Ace of Spades (while discussing Sally Kohn):

    “You know that reporter that was shot to death on live tv? Yeah…. She was a racist. Her killer said so.”

    Posted by: qzy

  47. Mike G.
    August 28th, 2015 @ 3:05 am

    Maybe a venn diagram?

  48. Dana
    August 28th, 2015 @ 6:23 am

    The station manager was shown on Fox & Friends this morning, and said that he had received nothing but good references for Mr Flanagan. He also noted that you can’t get bad references for anybody anymore.

  49. Daniel O'Brien
    August 28th, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    And traffic lights!

  50. Dana
    August 28th, 2015 @ 8:59 am