March 31, 2008

The Altar

News Journal report on a liquor store robbery in Kent County:

MASKED ROBBER SOUGHT: A Kenton liquor store was held up about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a bandit pointed a gun at a clerk and demanded money, state police said. The bandit opened the register at Country Wine and Spirits, 31 Main St., took cash and fled out the front door. The clerk, a 66-year-old Clayton woman, was not injured. She described the robber as about 6 feet tall with an average build and wearing a black pullover sweatshirt, black pants and light color gloves. His face was covered with a black ski mask that had holes cut around the eyes. report of the same incident:

State Police are looking for information into an armed robbery at the Country Wine & Spirits in Kenton Friday night. Police say the suspect opened the register himself after demanding money from the clerk. He is a black man with light brown skin, about 6 feet tall with an average build. He was wearing a black pullover sweatshirt, black pants, light colored gloves and a black ski mask with holes cut out around the eyes.

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This goes beyond an editorial policy in this case. By using the phrase "(s)he described" and omitting parts of her description, the NJ has changed the story. The victim has been censored.

Posted by: RickJ at April 1, 2008 09:53 AM

How much of his face was covered? If all the clerk could see was the area cut out around his eyes, how could she be certain that he was black, with "light brown" skin?

Doesn't this really depend on how much of his face was visible? (Yes, usually I'd side with you, but doesn't there seem to be some uncertainty here?)

Posted by: soccer dad at April 1, 2008 05:31 PM