What Sparks Journalistic Libido?
It is time to ask which is dropping faster in American print news dailies, circulation or standards? The Washington Post is leading the plunge in faltering quality of copy. The Sunday August 1, 2021 front page is centered with the story: “Killings by police persist despite outrage, reform drives.” Writers Mark Berman, Julie Tate and Jennifer Jenkins choose some mighty deep gorges to make their stand in. None of them seem to have a clue what kind of anecdotal evidence will rile up the part of the public that doesn’t pine for bong hits, craft beer and soy burgers.
An article that dominates the front page and three beyond the jump opens with the tale of Ryan Fallo, gunned down by cops at the age of 20. The details aren’t likely to pan out in a sob story for the tenderest of hearts. Fallo had slashed an Uber driver’s hand with a knife in the process of carjacking his Mercedes. When the law caught up to this violent criminal he refused to drop the weapon. Taking lead at over one thousand feet-per-second doesn’t sound like much of a scandal in those circumstances. Were these reporters looking for an undeserving “victim”? Most of us can think of half-a-dozen better examples of recklessly deadly LEO gunplay without any Googling.
Any gaffes in police procedure or candor fade in the mind of a reader once he knows the dead guy cut somebody while commandeering a vehicle. Getting your way with a potentially lethal blade is playing fast and loose with your own life. That should be a vivid reality in everyone’s mind. In a society where it isn’t anyone placing value on un-terrorized living is in need of both fire power and a moated fortress. Transportation services like Uber become distant fantasies.
“The Washington Post began tracking fatal shootings by on-duty police officers in 2015, the year after a White officer in Ferguson, Mo., shot and killed a Black 18-year old.”
The WP is among the media sources in a perpetual funk over the variety facts people choose to believe. The ones in Michael Brown’s case were thoroughly investigated and published in a DOJ report during the Obama administration. Did any of this articles three authors read it? Some details leave a narrow margin for dispute. There is zero doubt, however, that Brown stuck his head inside the window of the police vehicle and assaulted Officer Wilson. Brown did try to escape after getting shot while going for the cop’s gun, but then, inexplicably turned around in an aggressive posture—another fact established by witness testimony. The post article ignores all this in its disappointment with people who don’t find them trustworthy.
The next case to come up, 20 paragraphs in, is Chase Brooks. After randomly attacking cars in a parking lot, at least one of which was occupied, this “victim” was shot charging at police with either a tire iron or a crow bar. Video cuts off before shots are fired as Brooks is running toward the Officer less than 20 feet away. The average man in motion does not need a full second to cover that distance. The idea of mediation by a social worker is goofy. A psychological expert would have ended up brained before getting a full sentence out. A well informed reader should be weary before ever getting to pages 3 and 4 of this zany effort at reform in police protocol. That is not to say we aren’t in need of it—but we are equally in need of writers with a large audience who can present a coherent treatment.
Why, for example, do we get any recount of the Jason Gallegos case? This is what the article tells us.
“In Lansing, police were called to the apartment where Gallegos lived after he accidentally fired a gun, argued with his mother and grabbed her wrist, according to a review by the Michigan attorney general’s office. His mother told a police negotiator that Gallegos was on medication for “many mental illnesses,” according to the review.
After police coaxed him outside, Gallegos came with a shotgun and shot an officer in the leg, the review said. Six officers fired at Gallegos, killing him.”
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