How Race Gets Rubbed Out of the Story

The editor of a major newspaper has just admitted that he prints propaganda.  There is no other way to describe the decision of Chicago Tribune editor Gerould W. Kern, who refuses to report on the racial aspect of recent mob attacks in Chicago. Kern explains his paper's "approach" to concealing the truth: "We do not reference race unless it is a fact that is central to telling the story." That explanation is absurd to the point of dangerousness.  How is anybody supposed to know what is central to a story unless the news reports on the basic facts?  If blacks attack non-blacks, and you want to tell a story about blacks attacking non-blacks, then you reference race. Taking Kern's ideas at face value, we can see just how shockingly illogical they are.  If race isn't central to a story, then neither is age, gender, or the location of an attack.  As another Tribune writer pointed out, "[r]ace alone doesn't predict or explain behavior. Just because this mob was...(Read Full Article)

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