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Monday, April 27, 2015

All the news not fit to print

Yesterday there was major rioting in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, yet the New York Times didn't see fit to report this on their front page. They buried it on page A24, and quoted people sympathetic to the protesters, while downplaying the destruction of property that went on.

The rioters smashed windows, looted stores, overturned cars, and lit fires. Here is a compilation of footage of the riots courtesy of Youtube.

This is not to excuse whatever actions the Baltimore police took with Freddie Gray. The police department there has already admitted it should have sought immediate medical attention for Gray at the scene of his arrest, and has suspended six cops pending an investigation.

However, as per Larry Elder:

In 2012, according to the CDC, 140 blacks were killed by police. That same year 386 whites were killed by police. Over the 13-year period from 1999 to 2011, the CDC reports that 2,151 whites were killed by cops -- and 1,130 blacks were killed by cops.

There seem to be different reactions -- by both the local population and the national media -- to each category of killing.

On their banner the NYT proudly proclaims that they report all the news that's fit to print. They would be a far more interesting newspaper if they would occasionally report on news that they don't consider fit to print.

Without the internet, most of us wouldn't even be aware of much of the news the Times and its ilk don't consider fit to print. I grew up in the pre-internet era, when the only sources of news were "respectable" newspapers like the Times or the Washington Post, or ABC, CBS, and NBC.

And the worst part about growing up back then was that if you noticed patterns, for instance, that black people rioted when one of their own was killed, but white people didn't, you were left with the vague sense that there was something wrong with you. You felt very much alone with your impure, reprehensible thoughts.

Today, like-minded people -- and common sense -- are only a click away.

Trying to obtain statistics about anything politically incorrect in the pre-internet era was a little like trying to learn about sex during the Victorian era. The information was there, but you had to really dig for it.

Young people today don't stay naive as long, nor do they have to feel as intellectually lonely.


Mark Caplan said...

A couple of weeks ago, the NY Times reran a story on the front page above the fold of a white NYPD cop who shot a black boy -- in 1973.

John Craig said...

Mark --
I saw that. They'll never run out of "news" that way.

Anonymous said...

We now have civil unrest (and more to come) thanks to the race agitators (from the top on down). It's very discouraging. I feel badly for our country because it's going down the tubes.

- Susan

Steven said...

I like the Victorian analogy.

John Craig said...

Susan --
The funny thing is, the number of black deaths at police hands has gone down drastically in the past 40 years. It used to be something like 8 per million, now it's 2.5 per million population, not far above the white average of roughly 1 per million, which has stayed roughly the same since the 60's.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Thank you.

The Victorian analogy goes further too, just regarding sex: young people today lead better sex lives because of the existence of apps like Tinder and sites like Back in my day, you actually had to meet people face to face first.

Anonymous said...

What upsets me is when blacks deliberately attack innocent whites (which typically is not reported by mainstream media), demanding that we pay for all of their actual and imagined slights/injustices.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Susan --