Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Report No Evil

Imagine newspapers reporting on the 1960s urban rioting in the US without even mentioning race. But today the International Herald Tribune reports on “Rampaging youths” in France in an article that has absolutely no mention of their religion or ethnicity, or of the ethnic and religious roots of their situation.

Do stories like this represent any kind of honest journalism?

UPDATE: The New York Times Company's flagship paper does exactly the same type of non-reporting as the IHT on the French riot in their story here.

UPDATE2: The Boston Globe's AP story today dares to dance a bit closer to the facts:

...the violence was a reminder of the tensions that drove weeks of unrest in 2005 in poor neighborhoods with large minority populations. Investigators were still trying to piece together what happened in the Sunday afternoon crash in Villiers-le-Bel, a town of public housing blocks that is home to a mix of Arab, black, and white residents in the French capital's northern suburbs.
No New York Times company report is now using the "I-word" to describe this violence.

1 comment:

Bill said...

No they don't but because of our need to approach any discussion of religion on bended knee and our inability to honestly confront bogus claims of bigotry when we criticize theological insanity we can't make even the most modest critiques. I cannot fathom why people in this country have some kind of fear of immigrants from Mexico. At least they're not the "rampaging youths."