March 26, 2015

News Journal altering their ridiculously PC crime reports?

In a report today about an assault and carjacking at the Regal Cinema at the Brandywine Town Center, we read the following:

Troopers describe both suspects as black men, aged 20 to 25 years, standing roughly 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. Both were described as having an average build, but there was no description available on their physical appearance or clothing, Hale said.

What the ...?? Has the News Journal finally grown up?

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August 20, 2013

Good thing our News Journal works for the public's safety (not)!

Gotta love the Wilmington News Journal -- always acting in the public's best interests. That is, unless political correctness interferes:

A report of shots fired shortly after 11 p.m. Monday sent University of Delaware police to the Laird Campus along Del. 896 in Newark.

Police said in radio broadcasts they found shell casings at the scene.

There were three or four men in the car, including the gunman, he said. Police were able to provide no description of the men, except for their race, which The News Journal does not publish as a matter of policy.

Got that? The cops know a major descriptor of the suspects -- their race -- but in their infinite "wisdom," the News Journal ain't gonna tell 'ya. Because shut up.

Actually, we've known the reason for years now. And it remains one of the most ridiculously PC policies I've ever seen. For what it's worth, UD police ID'd the shooter as a black male. Why it took me over 15 minutes to find that out via various Google parameters is beyond silly.

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July 26, 2011

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Wilmington News Journal report of a nasty beating in Newark (DE):

The man who hit the victim is described as a 6-foot-tall 20-something who weighed 145 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top with blue jean shorts. He had a chin strap beard with "DC" shaved into the right side of his head and multiple tattoos on his arms.

The tiny Newark Post's description of same:

The suspect that stuck the victim with the bottle is described as a white male in his 20s, 6’00” tall, 145 lbs., wearing a white tank top, blue jean shorts, very tan complexion, a chin-strap beard with “DC” shaved into right side of his head and multiple tattoos on his arms.

How pathetic is it that the state's largest newspaper is also (by far) its most politically correct?


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July 19, 2011

The Altar

The Wilmington News Journal cannot even bring itself to utilize its very own photographs of crime suspects for its subsequent descriptions!!

PC at its sadly hilarious worst.


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July 07, 2011

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a motel robbery:

MOTEL ROBBED: A clerk at a New Castle-area motel was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday by two men -- one disguised in a blue bandana. The robbery occurred about 4:15 a.m. at the Budget Motor Lodge at 140 S. Du Pont Highway, police said. The two men walked into the motel and confronted the 54-year-old clerk with a handgun, demanding money. The clerk gave the bandits an undisclosed sum of cash and the pair ran out of the motel.

WDEL.com report of same:

State Police are looking for 2 men who robbed a New Castle motel. Police say the suspects, one of whom had a gun, demanded and got cash from the clerk at the Budget Motel in the 100 block of South DuPont Highway around 4:15 Tuesday morning.

The suspects are described as black, one between 20 and 25 years old, about 6-2 and 180 pounds, wearing a beige T-shirt and blue jeans.

The other suspect is about 5-11 and 200 pounds wearing a beige shirt and blue jeans, and had a blue cloth covering his face.

Now, who does a better public service?


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January 04, 2011

Murder in Delaware

This story has been making the rounds here. It is newsworthy because the guy moved in DC insider circles and appears to have been somebody noteworthy. Any time someone of that stature gets killed it's news. I link to the story for one reason; irresponsibility. The NJ story talks about the man, his past, where he lived and where he was last seen. So far, so good. That's what reporters do. Then they mentioned that he was involved in a dispute with a neighbor that ended up in court in 2009. WHY IS THAT RELEVANT? To include that is to hint that maybe the neighbors had something to do with him being killed. That is outrageous. Both the editor and the writer of this story should be calling the Martini family and begging for an apology as well as print a complete retraction/exoneration.

Remember this incident when you hear someone say that blogs are irresponsible and they don't have editors.

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July 27, 2010

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report of a robbery near the Canby Park Shopping Center:

The robbery happened shortly before 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of Bonwood Road. The couple told New Castle County police they were walking home to Alban Park from the Canby Park Shopping Center when two men approached them. One threatened them with a gun and then pushed the man onto the ground. His wife was then pushed onto the ground as she tried to help him, and the two were robbed. Police said the suspects fled toward Homestead Road.

WDEL.com report of the same incident:

The couple told police one suspect said he had a gun, then pushed the husband down, doing the same to the wife when she tried to help her husband. The suspects took the victims' belongings and ran off.

Police describe the teens as Hispanic, 18 or 19 years old, both between 5-5 and 5-7 and 130 to 150 pounds with short brown hair. One suspect wore tan pants a white T-shirt and white sneakers, the other black pants, a red T-shirt and white sneakers.


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July 12, 2010

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Wilmington News Journal report about a home invasion in Lincoln:

Five men, ages 21 to 34, reported that around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, three people entered their home while they were sleeping. Police said the intruders went from room to room demanding money, drugs and cell phones. They then tied their victims' hands together with duct tape. One man was armed with a knife and hit one victim in the head with the handle. He then head-butted another victim, police said. One of the male intruders is 5 feet 6 inches tall and 175 pounds. He wore a white sleeveless T-shirt, white sneakers and long black shorts with a yellow band around them. The second man was 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He wore gloves, a white hat and an orange T-shirt. The female intruder was about 5 feet 4, 110 to 130 pounds and wore blue shorts, a white T-shirt and white sneakers.

WGMD.com report of same:

DSP News Release: State Police Searching for Leads Following Home Invasion
Location: 18000 block of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De
DATE and TIME: Wednesday July 7, 2010 1:30 a.m.
Suspect(s):
1. Black male, 5’06”, 175 lbs, white sleeveless t-shirt, white tennis shoes long black shorts with a yellow band around them
2 White male 6’00”, 180 lbs, gloves, white hat, orange t-shirt
3. White female 5’04”, 110-130 lbs, blue shorts, white t-shirt and white tennis shoes

Victim(s): Five total victims
• 34 year old male of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De
• 28 year old male of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De
• 21 year old male of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De
• 26 year old male of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De
• 23 year old male of Sherman Ave. Lincoln, De

Wow, a lower Delaware radio station website use the state police release of the incident ... while the state's largest media outlet exercises politically correct editing in its own report.

So, who best has the general public's interests in mind ... ?

Related: PC crime reports sure ain't limited to the First State. (h/t: Rhymes With Right.)


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June 22, 2010

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a drug store robbery:

The suspect is described as between 18 and 24 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-10, with nervous traits and a feminine-sounding voice. He was dressed in a gray muscle shirt and dark-colored jean shorts.

WILM.com report of the same incident:

The bandit smashed the register on the floor, grabbed some cash and fled. He is described as a black male, about 18-to-24 years old, 5'6" to 5'10".

Wilmington News Journal report about a Citizens Bank robber in Bear:

He is 38 to 45 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and heavy. He was wearing a gray wig with a ponytail and a dark blue shirt.

WDEL.com report of same:

Authorities say the man demanded money from the teller at the Citizens Bank in the Acme in Bear. The suspect is described as a late 30's-early 40's white man, 6' to 6'2".

Wilmington News Journal report about a shooting at a diner in Georgetown:

The unidentified gunman approached the victim in the parking lot and shot him in the chest and the leg, Grose said. He was last seen running east of the Harvest Diner.

WGMD.com's report of same:

Lieutenant Grose of Georgetown PD tells WGMD that because the victim was induced into a coma, the only description they have at this point, is that the suspected shooter is a black male. No further witness descriptions are available.


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June 15, 2010

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a guy who was robbed outside the Delaware Park casino:

The victim told police that he was waiting for a friend to finish in the casino when he was approached by two men with handguns, who demanded his wallet.

He complied, and the men – both described as 20 to 25 years old, 6 feet tall, unshaven and with thin builds – fled in a light-colored sedan.

WILM.com's report of the same incident:

The man says he was reading a newspaper waiting for a friend to come out of the casino this morning at about 2:00 a.m., when two male suspects approached. At least one of them had a handgun. The van's door was open at the time. They demanded, and received, the man's wallet and fled in a light-colored, four-door sedan. The suspects are described as between 20-and-25 years old, black, about six-feet tall with thin builds, and un-shaven.

Wilmington News Journal report of a priest getting robbed before church services:

The bandit ran out of the church with the donations for the poor, Barnes said. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as about 6 feet 3 inches tall and 185 pounds. He was dressed in black, with a red or orange design on the front of his T-shirt and a black baseball cap.

WILM.com's report of same:

The priest refused to give up his cellphone, saying he needed it for emergencies. The suspect, who fled the scene, is described as a black male, 6'2" to 6'3" tall, about 185 pounds. He wore a black baseball cap, and black clothing.

Hmm ... I wonder which media outlet is performing the better public service?


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June 01, 2010

The Altar

The Newark (DE) Post out-reports the Wilmington News Journal. Here's the Post's report on a 7-Eleven cigarette robbery:

The suspect is described as a black male 6'02" to 6'03", 180-190 lbs, wearing black t-shirt with a gray undershirt, dark blue jean shorts with black sneakers.

Here's the News Journal's "helpful" description, in contrast:

The bandit then grabbed three cartons of cigarettes from the clerk’s hands and ran out of the store. He was last seen heading toward Georgetown Manor Apartments, Whitmarsh said.

The clerk described the bandit as about 6-foot-3 and about 190 pounds. He was dressed in a black T-shirt with a gray undershirt, dark blue jean shorts and black sneakers.

And always remember, this News Journal omission of key facts is on purpose!

Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.

Or what real information is conveyed in a description that says: She is a 5-foot-6-inch white woman with brown hair? How many women fit that description? Who is that of use to? By the way, that description is of me -- and I haven't committed any crimes.

I offer you these excerpts from Keith M. Woods, a noted journalism scholar, in an essay called "The Language of Race": "What, for example, does a Hispanic man look like? Is his skin dark brown? Reddish brown? Pale? Is his hair straight? Curly? Course? Fine? Does he have a flat, curved nose or is it narrow and straight? Telling the public that he’s 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with a blue shirt and blue jeans says something about the person’s appearance. But what do you add to that picture when you say Latino?

"And what is black? It’s the color of pitch. Yet, the word is used to describe people whose skin tones can cover just about every racial and ethnic group in the world, including white people. What does the word "black" add to the mental picture the public draws? How do you draw the lips? The eyes? The nose? What sort of hair does a black person have? What color skin does a black person have? The combinations are infinite.

"All racial and ethnic groups do share some common physical characteristics. Still, we don’t see the phrase "Irish-looking man" in the newspaper, though red hair and pale skin are common Irish characteristics. Would a picture come to mind if a TV anchor said, "The suspect appeared to be Italian"? Couldn’t many of us conjure an image if the police said they were looking for a middle-aged man described as "Jewish-looking."

"There are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like. All Irish-Americans don’t look alike. Why, then, accept a description that says a suspect was African-American?


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May 30, 2010

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Wilmington News Journal "report" of a shooting suspect:

The assailant is 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 and weighs about 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

WDEL.com's report of same:

The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was treated for a wound to his leg. The suspect is described as a black male, 5'6" to 5'8", about 160 pounds.


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April 19, 2010

The Altar

News Journal report about a University of Delaware student who was robbed:

Police described the suspects as 18 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 and 150 to 160 pounds. The hammer-wielding suspect wore a white V-neck T-shirt and a baseball cap, possibly with a New York Yankees logo, police said.

"Police described ..."?? Heh. They actually described more, but the ridiculously politically correct News Journal omitted some key information, as usual. Gee, guess what it is!

Here's WDEL.com's report of the same incident:

The suspects are described as black, 18 to 30 years old, 5-8 to 5-10 and about 160 pounds, and the one with the hammer wore a white V-neck T-shirt and what may have been a Yankees baseball cap.

Good thing the largest media outlet in the First State is looking out for US!!


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March 16, 2010

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a robbery at the Dollar Tree at Tri-State Mall:

The armed suspect is described as about 5 feet 5,135 to 150 pounds and wearing a black hooded jacket, black jeans, black shoes and a black-and-white checkered wool scarf. The second suspect was described as about 6 feet 3, 160 to 180 pounds and wearing a black jacket with a gray hooded sweat shirt, black jeans and wool cap, and brown boots. He also had a full beard.

WDEL.com report of the same incident. Spot the added info:

The suspects are identified as two black males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The man with the gun is described as 5'4" to 5'6", 135 to 150 pounds. The second suspect is said to be 6'2" to 6'4", 160 to 180 pounds with a full beard.

And so it goes ...


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March 11, 2010

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report of a bank robbery in Hockessin:

On Tuesday, the man, dressed in a black Philadelphia Flyers sweatshirt with an orange-lined hood, black hat and sunglasses, brandished a revolver and ordered customers to the ground. The bandit got cash from tellers and fled into nearby woods, state police Sgt. Walter Newton said. The bandit got cash from tellers and fled into nearby woods, state police Sgt. Walter Newton said. The man is described as 30 to 40 years old and about 6 feet tall.

WDEL.com report of the same incident:

The suspect is white, between 30 and 40 years old, 5-11 to 6-2 with a large build, and wore a dark hat, black sunglasses, a dark cloth over the lower half of his face, dark gloves, khaki work pants and dark shoes in addition to his Flyers gear.


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February 27, 2010

The News Journal discovers race -- in certain instances

Headline in today's Wilmington News Journal: "Delaware police: Officers cleared after bar fight." The sub-header says "Details 'unclear' in altercation that broke nose of black patron."

Wait -- black patron? Not just ... a patron? Is this the same News Journal that, no matter what, won't publish the race of a wanted criminal? Yet, somehow it's ... politically correct to mention race when it's about exonerated [off-duty] police officers in a bar fight story involving an alleged [black] victim?

Interesting priorities there, News Journal.

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January 13, 2010

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Wilmington News Journal report about a robbery at the China Inn in north Wilmington:

A man wearing a black hooded jacket and a scarf covering his face walked in to the restaurant brandishing a handgun and confronted the cashier, said state police spokesman Senior Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh. The gunman demanded money and the employee complied, Whitmarsh said. The man ran out of the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

DE State Police press release on the same incident:

Suspect(s): A white male suspect wearing a black hooded jacket and scarf or towel around his face, armed with a black handgun ...

Best quote regarding this incident from the News Journal's comment section: "The day TNJ includes a full description of the suspect in every story is the day I become a subscriber."


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December 04, 2009

Just don't call it a "hate crime"!

From the News Journal: 26 Asian students attacked at Philly high school.

A number of Asian students at South Philadelphia High School are staying home after some say they were targeted for attack.

A counselor at the Chinatown Development Corporation says 26 Asian students were beaten in the hallways by a gang of other students throughout the day Thursday.

Seven of the victims were treated at a hospital for scrapes and bruises.

School district officials say 10 students have been suspended.

The Philly papers? The Daily News's report on the incident is, at this moment, devoid of any text (I checked on both IE and Firefox). The Inquirer? Nada. Only an article about how violence in general in Philly schools hasn't decreased.

Let's see ... members of a minority ... selectively targeted? Yet, no mention of hate crime! No mention of racial prejudice! Hmm. Why is that?

Maybe it's because they "get preferential treatment."

UPDATE: The Daily News's article text is up. It's no better than the News Journal's, though.

UPDATE 2: Looks like one outlet was a bit "braver" than others in its reporting.

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November 27, 2009

Why hate crimes legislation is a joke

I understand and even agree with the legislation's rationale; however, the problem is that they are selectively enforced. Latest case in point:

Denver police should be applauded for apparently breaking up a ring of thugs who were attacking mostly white males downtown in what seems to be the largest racially motivated series of crimes in decades. Yet we're left with one important question:

Why weren't residents warned about the scope of the threat?

Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman said that groups of young black males from the Rollin' 60s Crips and the Black Gangster Disciples gangs approached single white or Latino men late at night and struck them in the head, often after berating them and calling attention to their race, but sometimes attacking without warning.

Victims in the LoDo and 16th Street Mall attacks suffered broken noses and shattered eye sockets, among other head injuries. Sometimes wallets and other small items were stolen.

"We have seen coordinated efforts before, but not by this large of a group," Whitman said as the arrests were announced Friday.

Yet no concerted effort was made to alert residents to the unusual nature of these violent crimes, or their apparent racial motivation.

Police say there may have been 26 such attacks, almost all against white males, but investigators stress there could be other victims and more are coming forward. A few are women.

First of all, bravo to the Denver Post for excoriating the ridiculous PC involved in this. But it really should come as no surprise. Just look at Nidal Hasan's situation -- how the quite obvious trail of his nuttery was shrugged off, in large part out of political correctness. Our very own Wilmington News Journal has a specific policy dedicated to this inane "correctness" and they adhere to it very well. I wonder what would have been the case had the races been reversed in Denver?

I wonder if President Obama will say that officials in Denver "acted stupidly."

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March 02, 2009

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Cripes, even the University of Delaware's own newspaper isn't as ridiculously PC as the News Journal.

News Journal report about a UD student getting robbed:

The suspect is described as thin-built, between 18 and 21, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, with a short military-style haircut.

He was wearing a white T-shirt with a round red graphic in the center.

It is believed that he was in the company of another thin-built man with a shaved head and big ears.

UD's report:

The suspect is described as a white male 18 to 21 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 to 180 pounds, with a thin build and a short, military-style haircut. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a round red graphic in the middle of the chest. The suspect was believed to be in the company of another white male, 18 to 21 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build, small shaved head and big ears.

Then there's this NJ report:

Wilmington police spokesman Master Sgt. Steven Barnes said about 12:26 p.m. the bandit struck the Wilmington Trust Bank at 1007 N. Market St.

He is described as 5-feet-7 wearing a brown jacket and brown knit hat ...

As opposed to WDEL.com's:

Police say it was just before 12:30 when a man walked into the Wilmington Trust branch in the 1000 block of North Market Street, and gave a teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding money.

The suspect, described as white, 5'7'' tall and wearing a brown jacket, took the cash and left the bank running down 10th Street.

Why does the News Journal even bother reporting crimes? I mean, if they have to cut back due to financial woes, why not just ditch these so-called "reports?" The public is much better served in this regard by just about every other local media outlet anyway!


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September 07, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a robbery at a Mexican restaurant on route 40.

WDEL.com report of same.

News Journal report about a robbery at Delaware Park.

WDEL.com report of same.


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August 14, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report on an Olgetown Exxon robbery (third item).

WDEL.com report of same incident.

Wilmington News Journal report of a flasher in Wilton Park (first item).

WDEL.com report of same incident.


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July 22, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal nugget about a peeping tom in Fairfax (4th item down).

WDEL.com report of the same incident.


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July 11, 2008

The Altar

Top -- top! -- story at the Wilmington News Journal site as of 10:30am:

A University of Delaware student was beaten and robbed early today by five assailants, police said.

The 21-year-old victim from New Jersey, who was enrolled in the summer program, was walking in the first block of W. Cleveland Ave. about 2.30 a.m. when five men tackled him to the ground.

The assailants punched and kicked the victim in the head, injuring him, and robbed him of his cell phone, wallet, the keys to his car and money, said Newark police Cpl. Gerald Bryda.

The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The men were described as between 18 and 25 years old. One of the assailants was a large-built 6-foot-tall man who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. A second attacker was thin-built and about 6 feet tall. He wore a baggy white T-shirt and jeans.

No description was provided on the other attackers.

Oh, really?? The Newark (DE) Police Dept. has a full description in their press release, including the descriptive tidbit the News Journal always omits.

"No other description." Only that which the ridiculously PC News Journal opted to leave out!


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July 06, 2008

The Altar II

Wilmington News Journal report about a beef jerky thief (!!) in Lewes (last item).

DelmarvaNow!.com report of the same incident.


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The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report of a July 2nd incident (second item).

Wilmington Police Dept. report of the same incident.


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June 11, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a north Wilmington home invasion.

WDEL.com's report of the same incident.


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June 08, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a local liquor store robbery (2nd item).

WDEL.com's report about the same incident.

On the very same page, the News Journal reports on a shooting (and suspect "description") that occurred on N. Jefferson St. (3rd item).

Here's the Wilmington Police Dept.'s report on the incident, including suspect description.


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May 12, 2008

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Wilmington News Journal "police" news (first item) from last Thursday.

Here's the Wilmington Police Dept.'s report.

Hmm ... what's missing, I wonder ... ?


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April 25, 2008

The Altar

Wilmington News Journal report about a Wilmington robbery suspect (last story).

The Wilmington Police Dept.'s very own report.


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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.

WGMD.com 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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March 15, 2008

The Altar

Here's the News Journal police report about a woman in Dover who was robbed and shot with a pellet gun.

Here's WGMD.com's more thorough report.

Here's the News Journal's report about a rape suspect of a teenage girl.

Here's WDEL.com's report of same, relevant portions noted here since their site doesn't use permalinks for individual reports:

The suspect is described as a black man, mid to late 20s, around 5 foot 6, medium build, clean shaven with a close hair cut, last seen wearing a long sleeve navy blue jacket with white stripes down the sleeves and jeans.

Once again, that "pillar of journalism," the News Journal, is really demonstrating its commitment to the community, eh?


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March 02, 2008

The Altar

Today's Wilmington News Journal "descriptions" of two robberies.

WDEL.com's stories on same from their main page (partially copied since their main page changes often). As usual, pick out the details the WNJ omitted:

Story one:

State Police are investigating the second robbery in about a week at the Wilmington Trust branch in the Community Plaza Shopping Center.
Police say a man entered the bank around 10 Saturday morning and handed a teller a holdup note saying he had a gun. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as black, between 30 to 40 years old, five four to five six with an average build, and was wearing a black jacket, dark jeans, and a black knit hat.

Story two:

Newark police hope you can help them find a pair of masked robbery suspects. Police say the suspects approached the victim as he walked along Madison Drive around 7:20 PM Friday, and one suspect held an object against the victim's back and demanded he turn over his belongings. The victim gave the suspects his stuff, and they took off.

Police describe the suspects as black, weaing blue coats, dark masks and wool hats, and are asking anyone with information to call Newark detectives or Crimestoppers.

In addition, WDEL.com has a report on a Middletown gas station that was robbed yesterday:

Police in Middletown are asking for your help in finding the suspect in a gas station holdup. Police say a man demanded and got cash at knifepoint from the clerk at the Shore Stop Valero station on Broad Street around 10 Saturday morning. A search of the area using a police dog turned up nothing.

The suspect is described as white, between 20 to 30 years old, six feet tall, with a medium build, wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a white mask, and gloves.

Here's the WNJ report on same:

(That's right -- keep looking!)



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February 21, 2008

The Altar

News Journal report on a man whose skull was fractured by an attacker.

WDEL.com report on the same incident (relevant portion, as their main page changes frequently):

Wilmington police are looking for a man they say left another man critically injured after an argument. Witnesses told police the suspect hit the victim as the two argued Tuesday at the Adams 4 Shopping Center. The victim fell to the pavement, fractured his skull and lost consciousness, and is hospitalized at Christiana with a brain hemorrhage.

Police describe the suspect as black, in his mid to late 40's, about 5-11 with a full beard, and wearing a black leather jacket.


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February 11, 2008

The Altar

News Journal police report about a Canby Park Shopping Center mugging.

Same report, except done by WILM.com.


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February 07, 2008

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News Journal description of two Canby Park Shopping Center robbery suspects.

WDEL.com's circa 10:45 am (copying here as their news page doesn't have direct links and changes often):

State Police are looking for suspects in a pair of robberies that happened 2 and a half-hours apart at Wilmington's Canby Park Shopping Center.

Police say a pair of suspects took cash from 2 men around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, and two suspects took cash and a cell phone from another man around 5 PM.

The suspects in the first robbery are described as black and between 16 and 20 years old.

In the second, the suspects are black, in their early 20's and were wearing dark clothing.


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January 24, 2008

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Compare & contrast:

Description one (last item).

Description two.


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January 16, 2008

Worshiping at the Altar of P.C. -- daily post

It looks as if we're gonna make this a daily feature here at Colossus. It is, of course, way too easy, but at least I (we) get a tiny bit of satisfaction out of providing a public service -- UNLIKE Delaware's biggest paper, the News Journal.

Yesterday, a quartet of hoods broke into the wrong Dover apartment, but quickly corrected their mistake. Here's part of the News Journal's report:

Four armed men forced their way into a Dover-area apartment early Tuesday, holding the two occupants at gunpoint before realizing they were in the wrong place. They then invaded a second unit and attacked the occupant, Delaware State Police said.

The four armed males were dressed in black clothing with hooded sweat shirts.

WGMD radio's website gives the public safety -- and non-politically correct -- version:

State Police are investigating a home invasion robbery in Dover at the Autumn Run Apartment complex. Police say that four armed suspects knocked on the door of an apartment where two people lived at about 1:15 Tuesday morning. The suspects forced their way in when the tenants answered the door. While holding the tenants at gunpoint, the apartment was ransacked – and the suspects discovered they were in the wrong apartment and left. The suspects went to the correct apartment where they struck the tenant in the head with a handgun ...

All the suspects are black and were wearing black clothing and hooded sweatshirts –one had a light complexion.

Wow! WGMD even went further (as I suggested yesterday that the News Journal do) and described one of the men as having a "light complexion"! But wait -- doesn't WGMD know that "there are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like"??

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January 15, 2008

Even when there's a surveillance photo the News Journal refuses to note hue

This is just beyond comical. Even when the News Journal prints PHOTOS of police suspects which CLEARLY show the race of the person, it STILL refuses to mention race in the corresponding article:

Wilmington police released surveillance photos today of a suspect in the robbery of the PNC bank at 901 Market St. on Friday.

The bank was robbed about 1:40 p.m. by a man claiming he had a gun.

A man in his mid-30s wearing a black leather coat handed a teller a note saying he had a gun and demanding money.

The suspect fled with cash.

No one was injured.

The suspect was described as, 5’5” to 5’9” tall, weighing 150-160 pounds, with a light beard, blue jeans and a black baseball hat.

Not that one needs the mention in this case because of the photo, but you'd think that would be the Journal's "excuse" for FINALLY mentioning a suspect's hue! That being said, we once again have to go elsewhere for the non-P.C. version:

Wilmington police release a full description of the man wanted in connection with the PNC bank robbery on January 11th. Surveillance photos reveal the robber's identity.

He is described as a black man in his mid thirties, between five and a half feet tall and five foot nine, around 155 pounds with a light beard.

Police say he was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

Some commenters at the News Journal have the mistaken notion that the paper only omits race if the suspects are minorities. Not so! The Journal's "policy" appears fairly consistent for all hues of people. Still, the Journal has already admitted it's fearful of "stereotyping" folks. I can hear the editors now: "Is public safety really that important?" And what does 'race' really mean, right?" Once more, Journal-speak for you:

There are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like. All Irish-Americans don’t look alike. Why, then, accept a description that says a suspect was African-American?

As we've mentioned before, this is just ludicrous. When's the last time you saw a police description stating "Police are seeking an Irish-American male ..."? You'd actually see something like "Police are seeking a white male with red hair ..." And people with common sense know what a description of an African-American is. Instead of omitting any mention of race at all, why doesn't the Journal enhance the specificity of police descriptions?

Two reasons why they don't: 1) It offends their P.C. sensibilities, and 2) it makes too much sense.

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Once again, somebody else has to do the News Journal's job

The question is: Why does the Wilmington News Journal even bother to print police reports at all if they're not going to print ALL -- and the MOST RELEVANT -- of the details?

Today's News Journal description of a suspect who approached a young boy:

A bearded man in a black SUV with the letter H written in red on the hood accosted an 8-year-old Wilmington boy Monday. Police said the boy was waiting for a bus at Eighth and Spruce streets about 8 a.m. when a driver stopped at the traffic light and told the boy to "come over and get in the truck." The boy ran home and told his mother. Police said the man was wearing a blue shirt.

WDEL.com's description of the very same incident:

An eight year old boy runs home from his school bus stop, after a man tried to get the boy into his truck. Police say it happened Monday morning at the corner of 8th and Spruce Streets in Wilmington. The boy told police a black man with a black beard driving a black S-U-V with a red letter "H" on the hood, stopped at the traffic light, and called to the boy to get in.

As always, the News Journal -- worshiping at the altar of Political Correctness.

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January 14, 2008

News Journal police reports: "Race? What's that? Help the public? Huh?"

News Journal police report about two robberies, probably connected:

State police are investigating two armed robberies in the Edgemoor area believed to have been committed by the same bandits. The first robbery was reported at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Bella Italy restaurant at 4817 Gov. Printz Blvd. Witnesses told police three young men and a young woman, all between ages 16 and 25, entered the eatery and demanded cash. One of the men displayed a gun while another removed cash from the register. About 10 minutes later, troopers were called to another robbery nearby at Clifton Liquors, 304 Edgemoor Road. In that incident, witnesses said three men, possibly teenagers, entered the store and robbed the clerk at gunpoint. In both cases, the males were described as wearing bandanas or masks, dark-colored jackets with fur around the hoods and dark-colored, baggy jeans. Both robberies were caught on surveillance video, which police said will be released soon.

WDEL report of same incident(s):

State Police are investigating two robberies that could be linked together.

On Saturday night, three men and a woman went into the Bella Italy restaurant on Governor Printz Boulevard in Wilmington armed with a handgun. The suspects allegedly showed the gun, grabbed the clerk and took an unknown amount of money from the register and then fled.

The second robbery happened shortly thereafter when three men went into the Clifton's Liquor Store on Edgemoor Road armed with a handgun. They allegedly showed the gun, grabbed the clerk and took an unknown amount of money from the register and then fled out the back door.

Security cameras caught both robberies and police are trying to piece them together.

The suspects were three black men between the ages of 16-25 and one woman of the same age.

The News Journal's description actually would be better in this case if they included what WDEL mentions -- the key factor in a suspect's description: the RACE of the person. Suspect's can change their clothes. They can't change their hue. In addition, the News Journal story features a commenter that copied and pasted an even better [full] description from WILM.com (now not available on that site).

Just remember the News Journal's mantra:

Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.

Etc. Yeah, "Race is such an unreliable descriptor," yet easily changed clothing somehow is reliable. Hell, why else would the Journal reveal a suspect's attire, right? PUH-LEASE.

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January 11, 2008

Hi, I'm the News Journal and I'm ridiculously P.C.

Police report from the News Journal today:

The suspect, described as 5 feet, 8 to 11 inches with a thin build, wore a black jacket, white shirt, blue jeans and a black knit hat. He appeared to be 17 to 25 years old.

Wow, that's sure some description! Very precise and in-depth! There's just one KEY ingredient missing, though ...

So, of COURSE we had to go to another -- REAL -- news outlet, in this case WGMD radio's website. Here's their description:

The suspect is a white man about 17 to 25, about 5' 10" with a thin build. He was wearing black jacket, white shirt, blue jeans and a black knit hat.

Thank you, WGMD, for providing a REAL service to the people of Delaware. The News Journal is too busy worshiping at the altar of political correctness.

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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.

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Hi, I'm the News Journal and I'm ridiculously P.C.

From today's News Journal Police Report section:

ROBBER SOUGHT: A suspect is being sought in the Dec. 29 robbery of a Royal Farms store in Seaford. Delaware State Police said the thief entered the store at about 2:40 a.m., said he had a gun and demanded money from a clerk. The clerk backed away and called police, but not before the thief took a donation jar from the counter. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and headed toward a nearby Fran's dairy market. The thief was described as 5 feet 9 to 11 inches tall, 160 to 190 pounds and 18 to 30 years old. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, black pants, gloves and construction boots.

Knowing that the News Journal is infected with insane political correctness, I checked WGMD's website (since the incident occurred in Sussex County) and found their report on the same incident:

State police continue to investigate a robbery that happened Saturday at the Royal Farms Store in Seaford. It was 2:40 in the morning when a guy went into the store and approached the clerk at the register. He said he had a gun and demanded cash. The clerk backed away from the counter and called 9-11. The guy then removed a donation jar from the counter, which had little bit of money in it. After taking the jar, he ran out of the store towards Fran's Dairy Market. The guy is white, about 5'9 to 5'11 and 160 to 190 pounds. He is believed to be between 18 and 30 years old and was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, gloves, black pants and construction boots.

Which news outlet is providing the better public service -- the News Journal or WGMD? Why is it so difficult to write "The guy is white," News Journal? Why do you feel it more necessary to be politically correct than assist in public safety? (Actually, it could be dubbed "anti-politically correct" since a white guy is the suspect; but let's make it even easier for the idiotic WNJ: IT'S JUST A FREAKIN' STUPID POLICY!)

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January 01, 2008

Contrast and compare

News Journal report of a 17 year-old boy's stabbing yesterday:

A 17-year-old Wilmington boy remained hospitalized today following a weekend stabbing that left him in critical condition.

Wilmington police spokesman Master Sgt. Steven Barnes said the incident occurred about 10:50 p.m. Saturday in the area of 25th and West streets, where the victim was approached by three assailants in dark clothing.

The victim told officers that one of the assailants hit him in the head with some type of object and knocked him to the ground.

The other two men then took off his jacket and pants. During the robbery, the teenager was stabbed, Barnes said. The victim was rushed to Christiana Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He was reported in critical condition today, Barnes said.

WDEL.com's online report of the very same incident:

Wilmington police are looking for three suspects in connection with a weekend stabbing that left a 17-year-old boy critically injured. Officers found the victim in the 300 block of West 25th Street Saturday night with multiple stab wounds to the upper body.

He said the suspects attacked him as he walked near 25th and West, one suspect hitting him in the head and knocking him to the ground and the other two taking off his jacket and pants.

The victim was stabbed at some point during the attack, and had to have emergency surgery at Christiana Hospital.

The suspects are described only as black men wearing dark clothing, and anyone with information can call Wilmington detectives or 9-1-1.

Now you tell me: Which news outlet is providing the better public service?

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25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall ...

... with a black hooded sweatshirt with unknown writing on the front, and wearing a baseball cap.

Fill in the missing key ingredient, as usual. Your News Journal at it again.

UPDATE: Heard on WDEL that the suspect is a white guy. That helps significantly. But the WNJ clings to its PC ideals!

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December 29, 2007

18 to 25 years old, weighing 190 to 210 pounds ...

... and standing about 5 feet, five inches. He had short black hair and a teardrop tattoo under his right eye. He was last seen wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and light-colored khaki pants.

Yes, this is the latest "description" given to us by that bastion of public information, the Wilmington News Journal. See if you can figure out what is omitted.

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December 21, 2007

P.C. News Journal at it again

Kudos to Nancy Willing for picking this one up. Here we have some scumbag who terrorized an eleven year old girl, but that's still not enough for the idiotic News Journal to notify the public about the race of the suspect:

The man was described as between 40-50 years old with a mustache. He was dressed in black clothing, Navarro said.

This is NOT the complete description given by the girl. The News Journal selectively omitted the race of the man, which happens to be black. Here is the full description:

The subject is described as a black male between the ages of 40-50, wearing all black clothing and a mustache.

Thanks, News Journal, for not doing your job as a disseminator of information. You're more concerned about politically correct multiculti theory than the public's well-being. What does it take for you to provide a full description? A child actually being abducted? Would you give your writers "special dispensation" then??

When leftists like Nance are getting fed up with this garbage, you know it's beyond ridiculous. Keep at it, Nance.

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December 07, 2007

News Journal editorial policy on race of suspects -- inconsistent!

Back in August we were given proof that the Wilmington News Journal is a whopper when it comes to political correctness. Here is but a glimpse of what this policy says:

Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.

This doesn't seem to apply, though, when the suspect is Caucasian. Case in point: Terri Sanginiti's article on a carjacking in Hockessin yesterday:

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.

Say what? But I thought that "race is such an unreliable descriptor"!! Naturally, as BadIdeaGuy over at Target Rich Environment said (and to whom the hat tip for this story goes), I applaud Ms. Sanginiti for finally giving the public a full description of a criminal suspect. But I e-mailed her to ask her why the apparent change in policy. Her reply? She got "special dispensation" from her editors. When I asked her just why she got this "special dispensation," she said that each case "is different and has to be discussed with an editor." She also said that it is "primarily dependent on the amount of details in the description provided that is considered."

Is it me or does "has to be discussed with an editor" sound more like "has to be discussed with our PC officer"? And as we all know, PC doesn't apply to people of a particular hue, now, does it?

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October 04, 2007

Who are we looking for, precisely?

Target Rich Environment nails the AP (and their parrot, the Wilmington News Journal), Philly.com and, surprisingly, WPHT radio's website over a report about two armored car guards being murdered in the City of Brotherly Love.

Guess what the AP (News Journal, WPHT) and Philly.com completely omitted from their reports of the incident? Take a guess, based on this report from KYW 1060's website, which includes a more thorough description:

Philadelphia police are investigating an armored car robbery Thursday morning in the city’s Rhawnhurst section that resulted in the death of two guards.

The robbery happened outside of a Wachovia bank branch just after 8am near Bustleton Avenue and Bleigh Street. Three armored car guards were removing money from ATM machines at the time of the robbery.

Police officials say two guards were shot to death at point-blank range. A third guard suffered a graze wound.

Police were said to be looking for at least suspect — a black male wearing a yellow baseball cap – who escaped in a black car with tinted glass windows and a sunroof. Police say the suspect got away with an unspecified amount of money.

Get it yet? Here -- here's another clue.

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August 28, 2007

Here we go again

A guy gets a fractured skull, loses teeth, a busted nose and other injuries, and here's the official News Journal description of the man's assailants:

[State Police Cpl. Jeff] Whitmarsh said the attackers were described as being in their early 20s; three of them were dressed in cut-off pants and white, sleeveless T-shirts. The fourth was wearing jeans and a white, short-sleeved T-shirt.

What obvious -- and helpful -- descriptive facet is omitted? Doesn't the NJ realize that these criminals can easily change their friggin' clothes at a whim? Or do they think they'll just keep wearing the same outfit all the time, sort of like the characters in Charles Schulz's "Charlie Brown" comics? (That'd be "Peanuts," actually.)

A commenter at the NJ article states that he heard on WDEL that the attackers were white. So? As a white male myself I am OFFENDED that the News Journal DID NOT report the race of these attackers. I detest political correctness in ANY form.

In a word, "Sheesh."

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August 27, 2007

Proof: The News Journal is politically correct

A few days ago I e-mailed the News Journal asking why this article failed to mention the race of the assailants who have been victimizing Hispanics recently. They responded with their editorial policy regarding such matters, established by an asst. managing editor. Note that in its first paragraph, it says it's "not about being politically correct." You be the judge:

Our policy is not about being politically correct, it's about being accurate. Race is such an unreliable descriptor. What race is Halle Berry or Tiger Woods or Jennifer Lopez? They are extreme examples, but project them onto everyday people and you see the problem.

Or what real information is conveyed in a description that says: She is a 5-foot-6-inch white woman with brown hair? How many women fit that description? Who is that of use to? By the way, that description is of me -- and I haven't committed any crimes.

I offer you these excerpts from Keith M. Woods, a noted journalism scholar, in an essay called "The Language of Race": "What, for example, does a Hispanic man look like? Is his skin dark brown? Reddish brown? Pale? Is his hair straight? Curly? Course? Fine? Does he have a flat, curved nose or is it narrow and straight? Telling the public that he’s 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with a blue shirt and blue jeans says something about the person’s appearance. But what do you add to that picture when you say Latino?

"And what is black? It’s the color of pitch. Yet, the word is used to describe people whose skin tones can cover just about every racial and ethnic group in the world, including white people. What does the word "black" add to the mental picture the public draws? How do you draw the lips? The eyes? The nose? What sort of hair does a black person have? What color skin does a black person have? The combinations are infinite.

"All racial and ethnic groups do share some common physical characteristics. Still, we don’t see the phrase "Irish-looking man" in the newspaper, though red hair and pale skin are common Irish characteristics. Would a picture come to mind if a TV anchor said, "The suspect appeared to be Italian"? Couldn’t many of us conjure an image if the police said they were looking for a middle-aged man described as "Jewish-looking."

"There are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like. All Irish-Americans don’t look alike. Why, then, accept a description that says a suspect was African-American?

When police have a surveillance photo of a suspect or a sketch -- by far the best way to help citizens identify someone sought by the police -- we are happy to run that.

Personally, I am struck by the absolute arrogance of this. Keep in mind that the police report and local radio all included the race of the attackers in their reports of the incidents against local Hispanics. (Note, too, the irony that "Hispanic" was used in the NJ to describe the victims ... OK, I know I know ... they or the police probably told the NJ themselves their ethnic background, but you get the point.) I mean, consider:

  • She is a 5-foot-6-inch white woman with brown hair? How many women fit that description? Who is that of use to?

If there was a killer out there, wouldn't you want this information -- to narrow down the number of potential suspects just a little??

  • Telling the public that he’s 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, with a blue shirt and blue jeans says something about the person’s appearance. But what do you add to that picture when you say Latino?

A LOT! You've now excluded a TON of potential suspects! And doesn't the editor realize that this 5-foot-8, 180 lb. man can actually change his "blue shirt" and "blue jeans" -- but not his race? Are you kidding me??

  • Still, we don’t see the phrase "Irish-looking man" in the newspaper, though red hair and pale skin are common Irish characteristics. Would a picture come to mind if a TV anchor said, "The suspect appeared to be Italian"? Couldn’t many of us conjure an image if the police said they were looking for a middle-aged man described as "Jewish-looking."

That's right, we don't see the phrase "Irish-looking man." We do see -- and should see -- the phrase "white man with pale complexion and red hair." "Irish" is not a race, after all. Nor is "Jewish."

  • "There are good reasons those descriptions never see the light of day. They generalize. They stereotype. And they require that everyone who hears the description has the same idea of what those folks look like. All Irish-Americans don’t look alike. Why, then, accept a description that says a suspect was African-American?

See response above. "Irish" is not a race much like "Nigerian" is not. White is a race as is "black." In the US, "black" is synonymous with "African-American" (due to, I might add, the insistence of [some] black leaders). This is why the public would be best informed if the race of police suspects was revealed along with other pertinent info.

But here you have it -- to the News Journal, valuable information for the public isn't as paramount as being fearful of "stereotyping" a group of people. Despite what the NJ says to the contrary, this is the epitome of political correctness, folks.

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August 24, 2007

Don't call it a hate crime!!

The News Journal reports:

Three more robbery attacks by a gang of assailants near the Canby Park Shopping Center in Christiana Hundred have Delaware State Police alerting the Hispanic community that residents are being victimized in these recent strong-arm robberies.

Though police said all but one of the victims were Hispanic and the robberies were reportedly committed by assailants who are not of Hispanic descent, the incidents are not being classified legally as hate crimes.

My emphasis. "... and the robberies were reportedly committed by assailants who are not of Hispanic descent." You've gotta be joking. This must be News Journal-speak for saying that the assailants were black. In the article's comment section, one commenter links to the police report which shows the attackers were black. And there's your reason why these aren't going to be considered hate crimes!

Why can't the News Journal state this most obvious of physical traits ... as the police report indicates? Why do local radio stations note the attackers' race? (I heard a report on WDEL this afternoon saying that the assailants were "several black males ages 16-20.") If we had only the WNJ to go by, we'd be on the lookout for a group of white men. Or Asian men. Or black men. Or Indian men. Or middle eastern-looking men.

Yeesh.

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