Birmingham News Drops the Ball on Black-on-white Crime

Yesterday I reported on the stabbing of white truck driver Nick Stokes by members of a black motorcycle gang called the Outcasts of Alabama.  It's not merely a scary story but also an unusual one, mostly because of the behavior of law enforcement.  The Adamsville, AL police department not only failed to question or detain any of the gangsters, but, outrageously, also told Stokes that they "don't mess" with the Outcasts. What isn't at all unusual about the story is the mainstream media's reluctance to cover a case of black-on-white crime.  In particular, I cited the Birmingham News (BN), whose crime-beat reporter, Carol Robinson, had brusquely dismissed the incident as not newsworthy.  She now has finally treated it -- no doubt as a result of pressure -- but in a manner so incomplete that it reflects a grudging attitude.  More on that in a moment. The BN's dereliction of duty didn't escape its readers, some of whom savaged the paper in the comments section...(Read Full Post)

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