April 26, 2017

CNN.com Offers No Context as Baltimore Asks For More FBI Help

In a report which comes off as something it felt obligated to address but with as little meaningful information as possible, a story at CNN.com tells readers that “Murder Is Out of Control” in Baltimore — to the point where the city is begging the FBI for additional help. The story is so utterly devoid of background that those who haven’t followed the city’s woes closely could read it and believe that the problem just came along this year.

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How Is This Possible? (Answer: It’s Not) The Cincinnati Enquirer Backdates Its Jamie Urton Murder Coverage)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 7:24 pm

Jamie Urton was killed in Cincinnati on Friday, March 24.

That afternoon, while driving back to work from lunch, he hit a 4 year-old child. He was then ordered out of his car by others who saw the accident. He was then killed as he begged for his life (the linked story appears to be the only site which reported this particularly salient information). The 4 year-old’s injuries ended up not being serious.

Jamie Urton was white. About two weeks later, the person who allegedly pulled the trigger and the 4 year-old’s father (who had been pretending to have sympathies for Urton’s family), both of whom are black, were charged with murder.

Though I didn’t save graphic proof, I can say that I attempted the following weekend to find a story about Urton at Cincinnati.com, the web site of the Cincinnati Enquirer, by searching on his last name. I found no stories. I noticed that a few national center-right blogs picked up the story and its racially-charged elements over the following two weeks, but I didn’t check back to see what Cincinnati.com did with the story.

Now that I have, I’m appalled:

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The Enquirer is pretending that the story about the services for Mr. Urton was published on March 24. He was killed that day. It is not possible that services for Mr. Urton were planned and announced by the end of the day he was killed.

The story’s original URL, ending in “cpd-shots-fired-after-child-hit-vehicle/99584356/” appears to give away the fact that the Enquirer reported a breaking-news story on March 24 and gave it a vague headline — probably “CPD: Shots Fired After Child Hit by Vehicle.”

Based on the unsuccessful search on Urton’s last name noted earlier, it appears that the paper threw up a story about which little was known shortly after the incident, and failed to update it all until six days later, or at the very least failed to update it on a timely basis .

My vote would be on the former, simply because the first reader comment at the story in question, which garnered quite a bit of attention from local television stations, is dated … March 30:

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From all appearances, on March 30, the Enquirer, by “updating” a nearly information-free breaking news story from March 24, tried to pretend that it had been on top of this story all along. It wasn’t. Again, the information about the services for Urton — the subject of the headline and the story’s first two paragraphs — could not possibly have been known on the day he was murdered.

As part of Gannett and the USA Today network, the Enquirer’s dishonestly dated story as seen above was carried at USA Today and several of the network’s other individual papers.

Investigative reporter Jack Cashill appears to have a strong point to make when he contends that “local media are just as bad, maybe worse” than the national establishment press.

Positivity: Ohio Woman Shoots Intruder After He Tackles Her in Her Elderly Parents’ Home

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:27 pm

From Hamilton, Ohio:

April 26, 2017 3:48 pm

An Ohio woman and her elderly parents are safe while the man who attacked her on Friday is in prison facing several pending charges.

Kim Sinnott of Hamilton, Ohio, was at her parents’ home in the early morning hours of Friday celebrating her father’s 75th birthday when the home’s alarm went off. She and her twin sister Tamie Lesher went to investigate the disturbance.

“About 1:30 a.m. the alarm went off in the house,” Sinnott told Pantagraph. “We noticed the light on in the garage. We saw somebody walking in the garage.”

That’s when the pair came across a man police later identified as 21-year-old Mykale B. Davis. Sinnott pointed her father’s .32 caliber pistol at the man.

“I told him that I had a gun,” she said. “I was standing there looking at him with the gun pointing at him. I told him a hundred times not to come out because I had a gun and that I would shoot and that we were waiting for the cops, that we had the cops on the line right now.”

That’s when the intruder lunged at Sinnott and attempted to wrestle the gun away from her.

“Anything could have happened by just the way he lunged at me, and I had the gun in his face and told him not to come out because I would shoot,” she told the paper. “He probably thought I wouldn’t shoot.”

But Sinnott did shoot the intruder.

“When he grabbed me and pulled me down I was fearing for my life,” she said. “I shot him just for him to let me go. I don’t know if it was in the leg or in the foot. I was scared to death.”

The shot caused the man to flee out of the garage and down the street where police later apprehended him. Police said the self-defense shooting was a rare occurrence in the small Ohio town, but it appears Sinnott will not be charged. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042617)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.