THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
On our current series: We’re changing the headline on our current set of reports.
When we started, we had expected to stress the way the press corps took dictation from attorney Benjamin Crump in the early reporting of the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The press corps did take dictation from Crump, a point which can be seen in our reports, including today’s and tomorrow’s. But as this series proceeded, we realized the bad judgment of the New York Times in the early reporting was a much more compelling story.
That first news report by the Times was astounding. Unless you follow the Times public editor, in which case the famous newspaper did its typical outstanding work!
The early reporting was truly egregious. We’re changing our headline to THE STORY BEGINS. We haven’t changed the reports.
As this local story went national, the reporting was stunningly bad. The press has always behaved this way, of course, although such misconduct had traditionally been aimed at despised folk who were black.