Last month a Seattle man in the midst of a days-long crystal-meth fest invited a woman to his apartment. The pair hung out and watched movies until the woman, Randee Rios, 32, fell asleep.
At one point, according to prosecutors, Tyrone Wells, 41, woke Rios up and indicated what was coming next. He then proceeded to beat her with a hatchet and a set of bongo drums, before finishing her off with a set of bolt cutters.
Ironically, Wells himself called 911 and confessed. He told the operator that he was “reporting a murder” that had occurred “on my account.” When the dispatcher asked what that meant, Wells replied, “That means, in the name of Allah, I murdered her.”
Rios is not a national story, despite the brutal and bizarre nature of the crime. One detail might explain why. Wells is black, Rios is white. One can only imagine the nonstop coverage flowing from the mainstream media where those circumstances reversed.
Yet conservative Seattle talk-radio host Jason Rantz spotted something else going on with the local media.
While they focus on the role meth may have played in Rios’ unfortunate and untimely demise, reporters are skipping the alleged influence of Islam.
Rantz, in a post on the KTTH website Sunday, noted that local TV news never mentioned Wells admitting to the 911 operator about Allah, while the city’s biggest newspaper, the Seattle Times, flatly and falsely said there was no discernible motive.
Rantz maintains that court records showed Wells “had been reading the Quran prior to Rios’ arrival and that verses in the Quran seemed to indicate to him that it would be necessary for him to kill Rios.”
Yet the media ignored that. On Sunday, Rantz noted the 911 call itself had been released, confirming that Rios tragically died “in the name of Allah.”
As far as The Free Press could learn, one national outlet, The Daily Beast, has picked up the story of Rios’ murder. Its coverage mentioned that Wells was on a “five-day meth bender” when he attacked Rios. But no reference to Allah, the Quran, or Islam.
Rantz noted that his team contacted the Times to ask if they would change the story to at least reflect the new facts. An editor said no.
“There’s nothing complicated with any aspect of this story,” Rantz observed. “Wells, allegedly under the influence of meth, says he killed the victim because he misread the Quran. It’s very straightforward. And for the Times to even claim they will ‘continue’ to track the story is absurd since they’re not tracking it now. They’re keeping key details from the public, along with the local news channels.”
“The reason to withhold the information is that they think by printing the allegations that some would falsely believe that Islam teaches people to kill or that his reading of the Quran is legitimate. They believe that this could stigmatize Muslims. It’s an insultingly ridiculous position,” Rantz continued.
“Times journalists gleefully report when a cop is accused of a crime without any fear that their coverage could be used to paint all cops as criminals. In fact, it often is misused by anti-police activists to do just that, and they don’t change their coverage.”
“Institutionally, the Times doesn’t support the police. But when it comes to someone who might not even be Muslim, they can’t be too careful to protect a group they view as oppressed. And they will go to great lengths, including sacrificing what’s left of their near-depleted journalistic ethics, to live up to their woke, left-wing agenda.”