A caution on suspect descriptions
By Dennis Ryerson
March 4, 2007
Indianapolis Star (Gannett)
Last week we faced one of the more challenging decisions editors ever face, and we didn't handle it well.
It involved the carjacking/robbery/rape of a young woman after she entered her car in a Downtown parking ramp. Police said the assailant was a black male in his late teens, small thin build, approximately 5 foot 8 with medium complexion and short hair. He was wearing a blue polo shirt with thin yellow and white stripes, and blue pants.
We didn't publish that description. Why? ...
But Countenance Blog, where I found this item, explains the rest:
Indianapolis Star Admits to (and Justifies) Covering Up Black Crime
March 5, 2007
Because they don’t want to stereotype young black men as criminals.
Is this a mainline newspaper that is trying to peddle the notion that all right-wingers are violent insurrectionist-minded genocide-happy fascists?