“Fox and Friends” and The Daily Caller are using the senseless killing of Chris Lane as a chance to chastise black leaders like President Obama and Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. They claim that Lane’s murder represents a “double standard” by public black figures because they aren’t addressing it to the extent they spoke on Trayvon Martin’s killing.

But there’s one big problem in their analysis. In their rush to make a hypocrisy claim, “Fox and Friends” and The Daily Caller falsely reported that “three black teens,” were arrested for Lane’s killing. One of the teens, however, is clearly a white male.

“The Daily Caller” even ran a photograph replacing the white teen, Michael Jones, with a picture of a dark-skinned black man (below).


When they realized their “error,” “The Daily Caller” issued the following “correction”:

“This, of course, changes everything. Edwards and Luna are being charged with first-degree murder, whereas Jones is charged with “using a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a weapon and accessory after the fact of murder in the first degree.” There’s your angle, Rev. Al. The one with the lightest skin got the lightest charge. The one who looks the least like Obama will get the least punishment. Let the racebaiting begin.”

Still wrong.

Michael Jones, the oldest of the three who said he “pulled the trigger,” in court, is NOT a light-skinned black man. He is a white male.

But why bother to check the facts when you’re trying to make an argument about race?

It’s deplorable and maddening that these three teenagers killed Chris Lane for “fun” but race doesn’t seem to be a factor in this cold-blooded murder like it was in Trayvon Martin’s case.

But leave it to FOX and “The Daily Caller” to make this situation about race, accuracy be damned.


  • Sandy248

    I’m not surprised that Faux News would do this.

  • Avril

    Thank you! He is black by association which makes him a criminal in the eyes of the criminal justice system and white america. End of story. I can already see the defense, If he hadn’t befriended these friends with criminal tendancies…,” Ugh!

  • Marisa

    You better believe now that that the third dude is white they still need to make this “Their” Trayvon. Now it will be see he was hanging with those black kids copying them, guess they never heard the term birds of a feather, and like attracting like. Someone said the same thing on Facebook recently about ex Patriot Aaron Hernandez trying to explain his alleged behavior about well, he listens to that rap music, hangs with those black guys, has that black girl who he has a baby with so, he wanted to be black.

    Also these kids motive is they were bored, don’t this generation live breath and eat electronics, social networking. To throw yall live away and this man’s life away for nothing sad all around, also saying Faux News wrongly doing anything is akin to saying there is 7 days in a week. What I find funny is for a year they dismissed Trayvon killing as race based, slavery is over blah blah blah. So what is good for the goose is good for the gander so I will say to these Faux Activist this isn’t about race either, all the racism is over, and slavery was 150 years ago.

  • roslynholcomb

    Actually, only one of them is black; the one in the middle is biracial. His mother is white.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    I think Chancey Luna is probably part Latino. But yes, Michael Jones is definitely a white kid. I am amazed that conservatives managed to make this a race thing when the killers were every color of the rainbow.

  • BeanBean

    Fox needs to sit down. First of all, the actions of three evil bastards doesn’t reflect on all blacks. However, I do not think that boy is white. I don’t think most people would even think that boy was white. To me he looks/is black. Maybe his mother is white, but clearly he is black just like the other two.

  • j

    They are insisting on making this a race war a man was murdered teens did it and the drama continues. The issue is every teen is not a mass murderer born to b a unibomber. This happens far too much instead of causing a war how bout figure out why we live in a culture of violence and youngsters are too many times the culprit. We arent talking mafia here. Rwandans died by the thousands bc of vitrol and racial baiting. Why r all these kids killing. Stop making money offa violent films then wonder why kids kill.

  • rena215

    Not that it matters (at all),…

    But I could have sworn the third suspect in the top picture was biracial and not white.

  • j

    So apparently his father doesnt count. And he is not black #done

  • Beautiful Mic

    And biracial (half black), Afro-Latino and Black-American = 3 black teens, especially if it involves a targeted murder of a white man. They are identified based on the race ancestry they all share and how that ancestry likely played in their motive to kill the victim.

    And even if only one pulled the trigger, the other 2 were accessories to the crime and can be convicted of murder, serving just as many, or more, years as the one who pulled the trigger. Just wait, the black-thug unity that drove them to commit this crime will disappear when they start ratting on each other to spare their own asses.

  • Beautiful Mic

    It’s probably his white mother is pushing so hard for her son to be perceived as JUST white, thinking that it might SPARE HIM some years or even a conviction.

    If it does work, because he could pass for white, it will be an injustice.

  • The Other Jess

    Seriously, not trying to be funny, but the third kid looks light-skinned Black (or maybe mixed/biracial) to me. He doesn’t look white.

  • Nadell

    I think before ‘media’ classifies a white caucasian as a white Caucasian, they’ll have to be as pale as Barnabas Collins in the film Dark Shadows. Yet and still, they’ll find some factor of the individual not being pure white.

  • The Other Jess

    i see three Black kids, with one maybe being afro-latino, but that’s about it.

  • The Comment

    Trayvon Martin; The Re-Mix

  • Beautiful Mic

    James Francis Edwards, 15 is Black American with a stereotypical black phenotype.

    Chancey Allen Luna, 16 is Afro-Latino American with a stereotypical black phenotype.

    Michael Dewayne Jones, 17 is half-black Multi-Racial American with racially ambiguous phenotype.

    The ruling will be influenced by the ancestry, sub-cultural and social disposition that the 3 teens have in common which, to me, eludes to a general low socio-economic afro-descended disposition. And to a lot of WHITE and Anglo-minded people = Black.

  • Beautiful Mic

    The timing of this crime is really interesting – ironic.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Correction: not how the ancestry/lineage, itself, plays a role, but how the root/common cultural identities related to that lineage plays are role…

    If mr. biracial dude was 100% white, would he have been down with the plan? If the Afro-Latin or Afro-Latino dude was a white Latin or white Latino, would have been down with the plan. Where in America does there exists interracial gangs consisting of members who may have no racial ancestry in common with other gang members? All the gangs I’ve known about are racially based.

    IMO, they are going to examine the source of the anger that drove them to kill, and they’re going to easily elude to it being race-driven simply because of the culture (black thug culture) that the 3 teens, obviously and heavily, engage in.

  • LemonNLime

    Really? I see two black kids and a biracial kid possibly, one black kid and two biracial kids. I’m not surprised, hell black people are always yelling this one drop crap, well that works both ways.

  • GlowBelle

    Gosh, I’m so surprised…Bigots are so hungry to get ‘their Trayvon’ story that they will even forgo doing elementary journalism. Pathetic. The only thing these shooters have in common with Zimmerman is that they were trigger happy trolls. These shooters didn’t racially profile their target. These little monsters already claimed they shot the man because they were “bored”. Plus they will not have the crooked Florida prosecution/court system trying to get them off. These kids WILL see the inside of a jail cell, that’s what’s for certain. So no Fox News this isn’t ‘your Trayvon’. Nice try, you delusional and stupid bigots. I love how they didn’t want to make Trayvon’s murder into a racial issue, but the minute something like this happens they are race baiting with the quickness.

  • Marisa

    Reminds me of the James Jordan murder case James being father of MJ and the two convicted killers one started out white but, then as time went on he morphed into being Indian strange how that works doesn’t it.

  • Marisa

    Yeah I don’t think there will be people setting up a defense fund for these kids like Zimmerman managed to get before during and after the trial.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblv

    i don’t understand why the youngest of the three boys with the darkest skin was charged with first-degree murder when he wan’t even the one who pulled the trigger?did i miss something?

  • Ramblin’ Wreck

    To be quite honest, I’m really just done in general with the world.

    I’m so fucking sick of us not being people. So fucking sick of it.

    This young man’s death is a travesty! Everyone in the world (generally) agrees on that. His murder was senseless and the motive for it was insane. “Boredom”… seriously? And honestly, when I found out that even one of the perpetrators was Black, my heart sank to my feet because I instantly knew what time it was.

    I hate the fact that after everything that happened with the Trayvon Martin case, 6 mothers were able to look the other way and say, “He deserved it” with their verdict… but Chris’s death means something to every one of us. And instead of trying to look at both cases objectively and say, “Oh, I see why you are so upset,” the conservative media is taking the opportunity to smear this in the face of the Black community, as if that’s all we are… a bunch of violent, foul-crying murderers. It must be nice to be able to “play the victim” racially and simultaneously be completely reckless with the expression of your racism (fuck Fox News, their owner, and all their sibling companies, btw).

    All of a sudden, we need to reform the minds of the youth! Action needs to be taken! “Why are the kids like this nowadays,” they cry. And these concerns are very valid.

    But when we screamed and shouted, “Why are the adults like this,” they sipped their tea, pretending not to hear. And I can’t deal. I really can’t.

    I don’t want anything explained to me about how I should feel.
    I don’t want anything “made clear” or “understandable”.
    I don’t want anything said about how things have “gotten better” from before.
    As a matter of fact, I don’t want to hear shit.

    Tomorrow, when I go to work, I will be the only Black person in my office area. I will fight the urge to strain to hear the whispered conversations of my coworkers who will be talking about this very issue and trying to hide the fact that they are talking about it from me. Maybe someone will be bold, like they have been in the past, and ask my opinion. And, of course, if I answer truthfully, my job will most likely be in jeopardy. So tonight, I have to rehearse “non-answers” to the questions I may receive tomorrow, and practice my casual shrugs well in preparation for another day spent with gritted teeth and an only slightly ajar office door to discourage potentially bold visitors.

    This is how I should feel. It’s been “made clear” and “understandable” many times. And, of course, it has “gotten better” from before, right?

    Am I the only one that feels like America is back-sliding racially?

  • RJ

    Aaron Hernandez does have black ancestry. He is Puerto Rican.

  • Nic

    Well, anytime a black person commits a crime, the racist narrative is that we are naturally violent beasts. It doesn’t fit the Fox agenda to show an unfortunate example of interracial relations.
    Blacks kills b/c it’s what blacks do. When whites kills…oh wait, with Fox whites either don’t kill or only kill scary black people.
    I mean, they certainly aren’t going to screech about white on white crime, and yet most people are killed by someone of the same race (mainly b/c most people are killed by people they know OR by people in their communities/neighborhoods).

  • Dalili

    I hear you @ Ramblin’ Wreck! I concur with everything you said, colourful language and all! & no you aren’t the only one who feels that America is backsliding racially.

    I honestly believe race relations in the country haven’t truly evolved since the civil rights movement. In my opinion things haven’t gone to hell in a hand basket because they are laws in place and people are(mostly) held accountable for their actions. Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with the hostility gaining momentum as we speak.

  • Wanda

    I see three young males all apparently having varying degrees of African lineage.

    That one on the right is considered “white” but many of us consider Robin Thicke’s and Paula Patton’s son Black? OK.

    These racial categories become more confusing every day.

    This is a tragedy no matter what the real backgrounds are.

  • binks

    Boom!!! Couldn’t have said it better myself! They so badly want to disqualify people’s outrage about Trayvon Martin that they are trying to use any and every little thing when the focus should be on the two victims who lost their lives tragically and senselessly.

  • MommieDearest

    Meh. He looks black to me.

    But I agree with the author that FAUX News is full of crap. They are despicable and have zero credibility as far as I’m concerned.

    This was a total waste, what these boys did. I hope the judge throws the book at them. Black, white, red, yellow or green, what they did was horrible and they deserve whatever punishment they get.

  • kgo

    Yes, we can all see that Michael Jones is biracial.

  • kgo

    Really. The whole “black on black” thing is silly to make into an actual topic. People who commit violent crimes aren’t usually conscientious enough to care about racial unity or some mess like that.

  • kgo

    I think the writer of this article assumes we’ve all been living our lives under rocks and don’t know a biracial person form a white person.

  • geenababe

    Not surprise about Fox News the guy looks bi-racial to me. This man death is a tragic situation and shouldn’t have happen but I would be lying if I said my sympathy was all the way there for the victim. After Trayvon it’s just not there. I mean these three are going to get thrown under the jail no questions asked. Their lawyers can make up an elaborate story like Zimmerman’s did but no matter what the jury make up will be (most likely white) they are going to jail. However, Trayvon wasn’t treated in that matter. We have a lot of sympathy and empathy for some people who don’t have it for us. That’s a good and bad thing.

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    They all look black to me. Where’s the white one?

  • HighPlainsDrifter

    That boy is not white. Remember George Z being called a ‘white Hispanic’ every time his name was mentioned? This boy is a ‘white black’, just like Obama. Besides, you really think a ‘white’ kid is going to hanging around with two white-hating racists? I don’t think so.

  • The Other Jess

    But the other kid actually WAS Indian/Native American.

  • The Other Jess

    I mean, thank you Aaron. I was going to say that Aaron Hernandez is not a white Latin. He’s Puerto Rican (yes, I know there are white Puerto Ricans but Hernandez is definitely not one of them).

  • The Other Jess

    thank you Aaron = thank you RJ

  • The Other Jess

    Come onnnnnn, really? Y’all are really going to say that the boy in the middle looks any different than most Black kids walking up and down the streets? Please.

    I understand not wanting to be associated with a crime, but unfortunately these kids all look like the full range of black people we see every day. Or at least I see – i don’t know where you all live, but I see Black kids like this everyday in the cities of America (and in my family!).

  • Marisa

    Well Aaron wont get the Zimmerman treatment nope trust me he’s got 200 tattoos, pics posing with guns throwing up gang signs, mostly associates with latino and black people and the mother of his infant baby is black. Guess what Aaron to the press is basically a defacto black, matter of fact in the deceased phone Aaron name was called Dis Nigga, so yeah no Zimmerman just a nice kid Georgie treatment for him lol.

  • Ms.Vee

    Isn’t it interesting that when the murderer of Trayvon Martin is referred to as white they quickly rush to the forefront to remind the world that he is mixed (even though most of them sympathize with Zimmerman murdering a black child).

    But suddenly the same whites that don’t claim Zimmerman as white want to label Chancey and Micheal as black. The only black person there is James. Chancey is half white and Micheal is white. I am not pointing this out to justify any of their actions. They indeed need to be punished.

    Sorry white folks but you aren’t washing your hands clean off this one . Your kin had something to do with that man’s death. Labeling all these boys as black is you bullshit way of not taking accountability while simultaneously making this a black vs white issue.

  • Ramblin’ Wreck

    I just needed to put that out there.

    I’m fairly young (under 30) but I honestly don’t remember the world being so comfortable being so overtly racist even 10 years ago. It’s almost as if being a racist is cool now, kinda like wearing skinny jeans and beanies (sorry hipsters, I don’t intend to offend).

    Ten years ago, FOX news would have been made to eat their words like a PB&J on some soggy-ass bread. Their parent company would have taken that anchor off the air and fired whoever wrote the copy for that day. Now, fairly large segments of the population are openly agreeing with the convoluted manner of thinking that FOX News displayed when they decided to walk down this road.

    I honestly believe that we are witnessing the transition back from “living-room racism” to the kind of open racism my parents and grandparents endured. I feel like, with the election of a Black president, other racial groups feel like we finally “got ours” in a sense and they no longer have to hide their true feelings about us.

    And the laws that are in place don’t make me feel comfortable. In 2011/2012, many were concerned about the changes in requirements to vote in some states, many of whom were either swing states or Southern states. In total, 40 states approved legislation restricting the ease and availability of early voting, student voting, and the ability to have voter registration drives. FORTY STATES.

    The very next year, the Supreme Court repeals major portions of the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965 and says that they believe it needs to be updated. Granted, it was a split decision, but still… have the justices who voted “yes” to this been ASLEEP for the past five years?

    I think Americans have spent so long feeling obligated (by who, I don’t even pretend to know) to deny that race even exists that now people are having a field day. It’s like America has been sitting in a hot, stuffy classroom since the 1860s and now it’s recess.

  • Whitney’s Receipts

    Are yall serious? The two on the left look like everyday black boys. The one on the right is obviously mixed.

  • ScriptTease

    I don’t care what color these Mofo’s are, they can rot in hell all I care. I have no sympathy for murderers, and I can careless how FAUX News aired the Story.

  • ScriptTease

    These Bastards don’t need a defense fun. They’re evil, and I hope they Rot, along with Zimmerman.

  • Gretagarbo123

    Yes. Jones (in the correct picture) definitely has black features. He looks like mixed race. I know the libs keep saying he is white, but if he is totally white, I would be shocked. This was a hate crime. It doesn’t matter that he has a white mother. So does our fearless leader and he seems to take the side of blacks in all legal matters. Even Pat Buchanan has a column in our paper in which he says the third thug is white.

  • miss c

    Their souls are black and rotten. That is all that matters.

  • JJ

    The third dude looks like Blake Griffin

  • Daddu

    Dummy – Michael Jones father IS black. Just like Obama’s – you can’t pick and choose how you label these dirtbags or defame Fox – it makes you look more ridiculous than you do now.

  • Tara

    Two of the guys are biracial and the other guy has a white girlfriend. The new face of criminals. Biracial/Interracial crime? Now how will they be labeled? The media also never shows that Paula Deen’s accuser is white.

  • [email protected]

    Michael Dewayne Jones did not say he pulled the trigger. He said he did NOT pull the trigger. Look it up, it was misreported.

  • Hoekom Jy My Haat

    All it takes is one drop. He’s black. He lived amongst blacks, he acted black, and he kills like a black. Lets call a spade a spade and admit to the truth.

  • dude

    CLEARLY a white male? I wouldn’t say clearly. Jones’ nose and mouth are nearly interchangeable with Luna’s. He looks dark. If he’s not mixed, I’ll be surprised.

  • dude

    Did Chris Lane physically assault these guys? That would be a little different.

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