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Not Reporting Race
Amal Ahmed Abdullahi, a 29-year-old employee of Dell in Nashville, was arrested Friday for warning a co-worker that as an infidel he deserved to die and she was just the Muslim to blow him away.
At Overlawyered.com, I see this unhappy employment story:
Here's a story from Jalopnik, a site about cars:
“A Full Description Not Available”: Knoxville News Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy Tells Outright Lies, in Support of Black Felons
By David In TN
Meanwhile back in Knoxville, two men are suspected of carjacking. According to this Knoxville News Sentinel story, “A full description of the two men was not immediately available.”
The local TV stations reported right away that the suspects were black males.
Here's an AP story about typical Muslim/African immigrant riots in France, from the Washington Post website:
The shooter in the Sikh Temple incident I mentioned below has been identified as a white male. This is exactly the information we normally don't get—when the shooter isn't a white male.
"A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter as a white male in his 30s.
From the L.A. Times:
By Michael McGough
At the risk of being accused of having an obsession with references to race and ethnicity in journalism, I want to call attention to a controversy over the fact that some news reports identified James Holmes, the accused shooter in "The Dark Knight Rises" movie theater shootings, as a white man. (The L.A. Times story did not so describe him.)
Update: Owing to a a webhosting glitch, this turns out to be Unamusement Park's story from last year.
When I see a headline like Middle School Students Kicked Out Of 9/11 Memorial Site After Throwing Trash In Fountains, by Josh Feldman | Mediaite.com,, June 24, 2012, my first thought, after years of doing this job, is "What kind of students?"
A good "Not Reporting Race" post from 24Ahead.com. A standard mob attack by "teens" in Oregon was reported properly by police, and by other media outlets, but not at The Oregonian. See the details at 24Ahead.com, with a useful table comparing coverage. I'll just quote one thing from a commenter at the The Oregonian: