A Reader Says "Not Reporting Race" Of Flashmobs Unpopular With Chicago Tribune`s Actual Readers
June 12, 2011, 05:00 AM
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Re: VDARE.com's "Not Reporting Race" Blog Category

This story is from the Chicago Tribune, and is an apologia for its habitual suppression of racial identifiers in crime news:

"This week the Chicago Tribune published several news stories and related columns about assaults by groups of youths in the Streeterville area of downtown Chicago. More coverage appears Sunday.

"A number of readers have asked why we have not included racial descriptions of the assailants and the victims in these incidents....

"By all indication, these attacks were motivated by theft, not race. Further, there is no evidence to suggest that the victims were singled out because of their race. Therefore we did not include racial descriptions in our initial news reports...

"There are circumstances when race may be relevant, such as describing a criminal suspect being sought by police. But this description must be accompanied by other detailed information, such as height, weight, scars, clothing, etc. By adhering to this practice, we guard against subjecting an entire group of people to suspicion because of the color of their skin."

When race is relevant in news coverage, Chicago Tribune, [Alternative title, from web page title bar, When race is mentioned in the Chicago Tribune], by Gerould W. Kern, June 10, 2011

If you click on the star in the ratings image at the bottom, a popup shows that the article has a score of 1.23 (1 is the lowest possible) from 465 ratings.

See the same reader's letter on a different subject here.