I like what the author and editor(s) did here. In my opinion, they are a credit to their journalism credentials. I am the kind of idealist who feels the Fourth Estate owes the other three a 'legal' standard of "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." I feel, if a journalist has given me that, I'm perfectly capable of perceiving patterns and drawing my own conclusions. In fact I insist on my right to do so. I distinguish of course between journalists and columnists; the duty of the latter is informed opinion, based on journalist facts.
I find what I consider journalism rare enough these days to be pleasantly surprised wherever I find it, and this example is worth bookmarking for ammo against deniers, particularly the kind that deflect by impeaching the publication, or the author, or both. Please allow me to illustrate what I'm talking about, below the secret sigil of scribblers.
First the story, faithful to its title, tells of the death of Ronald Singleton in Manhattan in the custody of the NYPD and point out that this homicide followed the homicide of Eric Garner in Staten Island by four days. The account includes this paragraph.
Singleton, who was African-American, was taken into police custody after a yellow cab driver flagged down a police officer near St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, police said in a statement. The cab driver claimed the passenger was "acting overly irate and irrational, cursing and screaming and causing alarm," according to the statement.After a thorough recital of the facts in both the police report and the coroner's report, the article explains that national media largely missed this case at the time because of the homicide of Eric Garner and segued into a recap of that case, including this:
Garner's death sparked protests and calls for federal civil rights charges against the officer who took down the 43-year-old, 350-pound man with an illegal choke hold.The article then ties the Eric Garner protests to the Michael Brown protests with this,
Garner's death occurred just weeks before Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9.and concludes with
Both cases fueled protests and thrust into the forefront the issue of law enforcement's use of deadly force against people who are unarmed.Paragraphs 1 and 3 describe the color/ethnicity of the victim; paragraphs 2 and 4 do no such thing --nor do they need to, since the content (and popular memory) readily supplies it. The concluding non-use will be devastating against someone who tries to claim CNN is biased, while at the same time telling the truth that it is against all unarmed people in principle but the readily available examples are these three who -cough- are all black.
Just in case some of their readers are too sleepy to notice the above, the editors helpfully included highlights at the top.
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe accompanying pic heads the story with a nice harbinger. Note how comfortable and deliberate the stances and positioning of the three protestors is, and how correctly the photographer framed them juxtaposed to the police officer. I could show the entire page to a denier and ask with a straight face, "Can you show me any liberal bias or lies here?"
Medical examiner's office: Death of Ronald Singleton, who died in police custody, is ruled a homicide
His death occurred four days before controversial choke-hold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island
Garner's death police sparked national outrage and calls for a federal civil rights investigation