NYT discovers crime wave but goes silent on Black Lives Matter’s role
The New York Times this past weekend decorated a chunk of its Web site with an emotive snapshot of social disruption on Cleveland’s east side. But the yarn had a big fat hole in it. The story described a high state of angst among east siders resulting from sustained “gunfire and car crashes” caused in turn by “the combined impact of the pandemic and the recession that have battered the country.” No doubt this is true, as far as it goes. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough. The auto accidents are described in some detail (“cars have crashed into a corner grocery store, a home and a beloved local diner”), but the gunplay gets short shrift. “The Cleveland police reported six homicides in one 24-hour period in November,” the Times reported, which is both appalling and quite true.