Someone emailed me this story.
Several reporters from the Chicago Tribune are asked about their paper’s coverage of the "street attacks" in Chicago. The street attacks involve mobs of black kids attacking white people. The paper doesn’t refer to the race of the people that make up the "youth mob." Specifically, the reporters are asked how they feel about this unofficial policy of not mentioning the race of the attackers, i.e. the actual story.
The first reporter says that race should be mentioned (in the actual article, he says that the media doesn’t know how to cover black-on-white crimes). The second says that she would not mention race. The third is apparently unable to discern any pattern in the attacks – hopefully the third person was immediately fired for being an idiot.
A free press is probably the most overrated institution in the world. How would the press function any differently if it were controlled by an actual arm of the government? Frankly, I think such a state would be better – at least then we would all know that the press was keeping certain stories from us.