Thursday, February 03, 2005

P.C. crime reporting doesn't serve public

Houston media watcher Kevin Whited notes today that Houston news reports have omitted any sort of useful description on the suspects involved in a string of violent crimes in Mission Bend.

Why does this happen?

Because of political correctness. The media, more sensitive than ever to charges they are insensitive to minorities, frequently decline to give the most basic information regarding criminal suspects -- their race.

The media often times will give the age range of the suspects, the type of clothing they were wearing and the type of vehicle driven, but won't say if they're white or black. Because they might get some angry phone calls.

Believe me, whether the victims of these crimes are black or white, they noticed the race of the suspects and gave the information to the police. And they won't be offended if the local media passes on the racial description because they want these crimes stopped.

Omitting this information in the media really is a disservice to the public and the ultimate in political correctness gone bad. Gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman would call it an example of the wussification of Texas.[BlogHouston]

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