You won’t believe NY mag interview with woman who said slain deputy had ‘creepy perv eyes’

You won’t believe NY mag interview with woman who said slain deputy had ‘creepy perv eyes’

Then again, if you’ve spent a minute reading this liberal rag, you probably will believe it. For those not up to speed on the story, here is the dramatis personae in our little morality play.

The leading characters are Darren Goforth — a deputy in Harris County, Texas, who was murdered at point blank range — and his killer, Shannon Miles, an angry black man who pumped 15 rounds into the deputy. Miles’s motive for the murder of a man whom, by all indications, he had never met still remains a mystery, though the sheriff of Harris County imputes it to the anti-police rhetoric emanating from Black Lives Matter.

The same conclusion was reached by the third character in our drama, a junior at Sam Houston State University named Monica Foy, whose fifteen minutes of fame began with this tweet four days after the killing:

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Completing our cast is Jesse Singal, who filed an interview with Foy on Friday under New York magazine’s Daily Intelligencer banner. Here is some of it:

Tuesday morning felt normal to Monica Foy…. The first thing the 26-year-old, who lives outside Houston with her husband, did when she woke up was check her Twitter and Facebook feeds. Both were full of people mourning the loss of Darren Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who was murdered Friday night by a man named Shannon J. Miles, who came up behind him at a gas station, shot him in the back of the head, and then emptied every bullet in his gun into the officer….

Foy felt terrible about the shooting, she explained to Daily Intelligencer in the first full interview she has granted after a terrifying few days, but as a politically active person who had been watching with interest and sympathy as the Black Lives Matter movement has grown, she was also bothered by what she saw as a double standard on display in the aftermath of Goforth’s death: When an unarmed person of color is killed by police, she said, there’s often an immediate effort to prove that they were “no angel,” that in some way or another they had it coming (though George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer rather than a police officer, this general tendency toward victim-blaming tendency was pretty clearly on display in the case of Trayvon Martin). When a white person — especially a police officer — is killed, people seem much more able to accept the fact that some killings are simply unjustified, full-stop.

So, following Foy’s “logic,” if it can be called that, her “creepy perv eyes” comment was intended to inspire a dialog on whether Goforth was an “angel.” It probably didn’t occur to her to “check her Twitter and Facebook feeds” for tangible information about the slain officer rather than blurt out on social media the first idiotic thought that came to her mind.

What happened next is predictable. She received a flood of reactions from people who indeed found her tweet “insensitive and offensive,” which she herself acknowledges in hindsight it was. And how does Jesse Singal couch the interview? Here is the headline: “Monica Foy, the Victim of a Terrifying Right-Wing Internet-Shaming, Speaks Out.”

You read that right. Foy is a “victim.” And the villain? Who else?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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