#SayHisName Trends as Media Silent on Killing of 5-Year-Old White Boy Cannon Hinnant
Cannon Hinnant was allegedly executed at point blank range as he played with his sisters
Mainstream media outlets are refusing to report on the "execution-style" killing of 5-year-old white boy Cannon Hinnant this week in North Carolina.
Police arrested 25-year-old Darius Sessoms, a black man, for the murder.
Witnesses say they saw Sessoms shoot the child in the head at point-blank range, without warning, as he played outside his home with his sisters.
The media silence has now sparked the hashtag #SayHisName to trend on social media Thursday morning.
As News Thud reported, Sessoms allegedly walked up to young Hinnant and executed him in front of the child’s two sisters, who are aged just seven and eight years old.
Sessoms lives next-door to the victim’s father in Wilson, North Carolina, and was reportedly known to the family.
Fox News has covered the tragic news, however.
Some have argued that the lack of coverage is because of the races of the victim and the alleged murderer.
On Tuesday, author Matt Walsh brought attention to the murder via Twitter, using the now-viral phrase, “say his name.”
“Say his name,” posted Walsh.
"5 year old Cannon Hinnant was executed in cold blood while riding his bike.
“The accused killer is Darius Sessoms.
"He allegedly walked up to the boy and shot him dead in front of his sisters.”
“Reverse the races and this is the only thing anyone talks about for a month,” he argued.
Say his name. 5 year old Cannon Hinnant was executed in cold blood while riding his bike. The accused killer is Darius Sessoms. He allegedly walked up to the boy and shot him dead in front of his sisters. Reverse the races and this is the only thing anyone talks about for a month pic.twitter.com/5V72YhAOlI— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 11, 2020
The hashtag took off by Thursday, as people grew frustrated by the lack of coverage.
“Have any mainstream media outlets covered Cannon Hinnant yet?” asked Informed Dissent host Leonydus Johnson.
“The deception in selective reporting is their most potent weapon because it drives availability bias which, in turn, distorts reality.
"It is the same as lying. Just imagine if the races were reversed. #SayHisName.”
Have any mainstream media outlets covered Cannon Hinnant yet?— Leonydus Johnson (@LeonydusJohnson) August 13, 2020
The deception in selective reporting is their most potent weapon because it drives availability bias which, in turn, distorts reality. It is the same as lying.
Just imagine if the races were reversed. #SayHisName
Actor and conservative activist James Woods and Antonio Sabáto Jr. posted, “Cannon Hinnant #SayHisName.”
Cannon Hinnant #SayHisName— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 13, 2020
“You should know who Cannon Hinnant is and it’s an absolute disgrace that you don’t,” said radio host Jesse Kelly.
“The American media is putrid.”
You should know who Cannon Hinnant is and it’s an absolute disgrace that you don’t.— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) August 12, 2020
The American media is putrid.
As noted by The Daily Wire, Sessoms, who took off in a black vehicle after the shooting, was not apprehended until Monday by U.S. Marshals Service Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Goldsboro Police, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, according to a report from WRAL.com.
The suspect has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Wilson County jail.
Sessoms reportedly had dinner with the victim’s family on Friday night, two nights before the shooting, according to WRAL.com, and was over the family’s house the afternoon preceding the murder.
“Our neighbor saw it,” one neighbor recalled, according to ABC 11 Eyewitness News.
“She said he (Sessoms) just — the young man just walked up to the little boy who was just sitting on his bike.”
“I just don’t understand why he did it,” she said.
“How can you walk up to a little boy point-blank and put a gun to his head, and just shoot him?
"How can anyone do that?”
Hinnant was supposed to start kindergarten, next week.