January 04, 2008

Hi, I'm the News Journal and I'm ridiculously P.C. part II for today

News Journal report about a man that approached a 13 year-old girl today:

Wilmington police are investigating a report that a suspicious man approached a 13-year-old girl as she was walking home from a bus stop.

The man was described as being bald and heavy set, and was wearing a black t-shirt.

WDEL.com report of the same incident:

Wilmington police hope you can help them find a man they say tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she walked home from her bus stop Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect is decribed as a heavy-set black man between 28 and 35 years old, bald, wearing a black T-shirt and driving a black Lexus.

Paul Smith Jr. wonders if the News Journal has given up on reporting the race of suspects entirely. He's got a point; however, as recently as December 7th, the News Journal "violated" its own policy by printing the following:

The witness described the suspect as a middle-age white man, slender built, about 6-feet-3 inches tall, with a light-colored goatee and square framed glasses. He was wearing blue jeans, a navy-colored jacket, knit hat, gloves and a scarf partially covering his face.

Writer Terri Sanginiti informed me that "she got 'special dispensation' from her editors" to use that full description. She also said that each case "is different and has to be discussed with an editor," and "that it is primarily dependent on the amount of details in the description provided that is considered."

Of course, this is utterly ridiculous and needs to be changed. As I've said ad nauseum, what kind of public service does the News Journal provide by purposely leaving out a vital detail -- perhaps the most vital detail -- of a criminal suspect's description?? The answer is "a very lousy one," given that other local media outlets like WDEL do provide full descriptions.

The News Journal would rather pat themselves on the back because they're "not engaging in and/or perpetuating stereotypes." Public safety? Huh?

The nonsense is so beyond pathetic that even lefty progressives like Nancy Willing are fed up. And if what Paul Smith says proves accurate -- that the News Journal has given up reporting the race of suspects for good -- it doesn't matter. I'll be here as often as I can pointing out where the ACCURATE and COMPLETE police reports can be found.

Posted by Hube at January 4, 2008 08:40 PM | TrackBack

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Good catch Hube. I saw this on WDEL news roundup and meant to follow up to see how the WNJ couched it. This was so horrible because the little girl took refuge and didn't have the presence of mind or training to go tell an adult in the library immediately. And the guy was still out there when she went back out.
Why they don't describe a perps' skin color beats me.

Posted by: Nancy Willing at January 7, 2008 06:58 AM

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