Monday, March 13, 2006

In an effort to be racially sensitive…

I almost couldn’t believe this when I read it. Armando Acuna, Public Editor for the newspaper explains when race should and should not be used in the description of a suspected criminal.

Unfortunately, the explanation is pure bullshit.

The standard: Racial identifications are allowed when they are included as part of a detailed physical description of a suspect.

The description: [In a recent digest story about two men who accosted a group of female joggers at Sacramento State University] one suspect was described as "5-foot-10, 185 pounds, with athletic build and short brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a hooded gray American eagle sweat shirt with pink, green and blue stripes near the sleeve shoulders." The other suspect was described as "stocky, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds with spiky brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a hooded black or dark-colored sweat shirt with lettering."

The decision: For Scott Lebar, the assistant managing editor in charge of Metro, the descriptions fell just short of the standard to include race. "They don't have that one extra, key identifier," Lebar said.

What the hell do you want, Scott, names, shoe sizes, phone numbers, the length and girth of their penises? What the hell is “that one extra, key identifier” that would have caused you to add the race of these dirt bags to the story, Scott?

The second opinion: Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez looked at the same descriptions and said he probably would have made the decision to include race in the story.

You spineless weasel. Take a stand. You either would or would not have included race.

Lebar responds: "Some callers say they want to find out what race it is that committed the crime," said Lebar, who has fielded many such calls over the years. "They use the phrase that we are being PC. But if that means I'm trying to be sensitive that the information we provide is accurate, then I'm PC. I suspect their motive is something else.

Is it any wonder newspapers are bleeding readership? Arrogance is alive and well Sacramento and Scott Lebar is dripping in it. What a prick to put it back on people who have a valid point.

If this jerk-off won’t print the suspects’ race for the descriptions provided, when will he?

God help us if the Star & Sickle becomes the only newspaper in this market.

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