Friday, November 14, 2008

The Usual Suspects

Round up the usual suspects! Racism? Hate crime? In New York? Impossible! Must be one of those gun owners. And see if Sarah Palin is involved! She probably "created the climate" for this sort of outrage.
"No disrespect here, but I'm a firm believer that if you want to come to this country, you should have a job waiting for you," said the co-owner of the Medford Shooting Range, who gave only his first name, Charlie, and is known by the nickname Charlie Range.
This is actually a very sad story, but the NYT is covering it in a stereotypical manner: "Businessman Slays Honor Student", or "Area Man Guns Down Choirboy".

Notwithstanding the particular circumstances of this crime, all too often, six months later at the trial, we learn from evidence and sworn testimony that the circumstances were drastically different from those originally reported. Not to dispute any of the reporting here, except to suggest that it is often incomplete, sometimes dramatically so.

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