Bemused by the vitriol.
May his victims rest in peace.
I don't know how to respond to a person who thinks taxicabs are "public transportation."
"raping your wife or girlfriend while making you watch and then killing you to eliminate witnesses"
Who's living in a fantasy world? At least Woods' fantasies aren't snuff film porn.
Scenario one: black kid or kids shoot white person. Police immediately investigate, pursue the suspects, and arrest and charge them when the cops find them.
Scenario two: white guy shoots black kid. Police immediately investigate and take no action against the admitted shooter.
That's the real difference between the Martin/Zimmerman case and all the false equivalencies. Had Zimmerman been charged the night of the shooting, there would almost certainly have been no national hue and cry, even if Zimmerman had subsequently been acquitted.
Color did not matter to me. Police exercising prosecutorial discretion does. The cure for allegations that someone is getting a pass because of his race, or the race of his victim, is to have a trial and let a jury decide.
It seems a shame, but having the General Assembly fix an imaginary problem is sort of a relief. It's when they start monkeying around with actual, real, live people with real live problems that I get nervous.
We need Regan MacNeil (we're almost out of pea soup).
I start by confessing that these are assumptions, but they are mine:
1. Many (but not all) people want to know what's going on in their community.
2. Of those people, many are willing to pay something, or put up with advertising they don't care about, in order to get the information they think they need.
3. There are three historically-proven models for financing newsgathering. They are a) direct payment from readers/viewers/listeners; b) direct payment by advertisers; or c) direct subsidy by government/taxpayers. Sometimes these methods are used in combination, but no one has yet invented a fourth way. (I do not count newsgathering which is directly subsidized by a political party or sect. That's not newsgathering; it's propaganda.)
It seems to me that if traditional newsgathering is to survive, one of two things must happen. Either some genius somewhere will have to invent a fourth way of financing it, or newsgathering will have to be conducted by people who can be content with smaller-than-previously-achievable profit margins. That latter choice seems to rule out corporate ownership, since corporate officers have a legal duty to maximize value to the shareholders.
I am not optimistic that this dilemma can be easily or quickly resolved. One can easily point to historical models that show the benefits of benevolent, paternalistic, private family ownership of the press -- unrestrained by the need to kowtow to shareholders with ever-escalating quarterly profits. But for every Ochs/Sulzberger family, there is a Col. McCormick and a William Loeb.
I say all of that in order to say this: be careful what you wish for.
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