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With apologies for my extended absence from the Ricochet community, I return today, like Kipling’s Gods of the Copybook Headings, with terror and slaughter.
I call your attention to my most recent contribution over at PJ Media, in which I unleash the terror and slaughter on a favorite (if at times too easy) target, the Los Angeles Times, more particularly a story that ran in the paper’s Sunday print edition but appeared online Friday evening.
Los Angeles Police Department and County Sheriff’s Department helicopters fly lower over black neighborhoods than others, we are told, causing all manner of misery for those living below. Left unsaid but implicit in the article is that the only possible explanation for this is racism among the people flying the noisy whirlybirds.
The article is truly a shining example of agenda-driven journalism, in which the reporter, Jeong Park, had to ignore every last bit of relevant information regarding both air traffic control and crime in South Los Angeles so as to assign malign intent among the airborne cops and bring this embarrassment to print. He even linked to an FAA document he apparently believed supported the argument, but which in fact undercuts it.
The piece’s many deficiencies have been brought to the attention of several editors at the paper, yet as of this writing it remains online and uncorrected. Please click on over and read my piece (the L.A. Times article may be behind a paywall; I read it so you don’t have to) then return and weigh in with your comments.Published in