I was writing this post this morning but ran out of time, so here it is for lunch.
The milk toast we are too many times fed by the media seems to just keep going. Over the last week I had run across a couple of stories (When? Who?, When? Who? 2) that identified the suspects using their race as part of their description and then later or from another news source, race was not included. I was and still am concerned, that the soothing won’t upset your tummy won’t offend anyone descriptions might also lead to won’t catch anyone actions. KGMI was quick to point out their policy and I have used the new online talk to the editor section at the Herald to get their policy. I have yet to hear from them, but the new section is a bit confusing. Here is what I said.
Twice in the last week the Herald has left race out of the description of criminal suspects where local radio didn’t. The incidents were the beating of a teen yesterday and the suspicious character/rapist on Maple St.
What is the Herald’s policy on reporting or not reporting race of suspects and how do you reconcile that policy to the publics need to be accurately informed where their safety is a concern?
I read today that they have suspects in custody and they didn’t mention their race. Guess what? I don’t care. Race was important in the suspects description because it would assist in finding the right guys sooner. The media has no reason to print racial descriptions now.
What also got me riled up about this was reading how close we were to not catching the Ft. Dix jihadist because the heroic video store clerk almost didn’t call for fear of being labeled a racist.
Throughout the 90-minute-long tape, above the booming gunfire at a Pennsylvania target range, the jihadists could be heard screaming “God is great!”
The two employees “freaked out,” their co-worker recalled.
At first, the teenage clerk didn’t know what to do, his pal said.
“Dude, I just saw some really weird s-,” he frantically told his co-worker. “I don’t know what to do. Should I call someone or is that being racist?”
The fellow employee tried to calm his friend and told him that if what he saw terrified him so much, he should tell the police.
I guess this version of the story would make the fellow employee a hero also. And NO, that is not being racist that is being patriotic, that is risking your own safety for our nation and your loved ones, that is the right thing to do. How much longer until liberals, socialists and the media have convinced everyone that milk toast is good.