On Friday, May 22, the front page of the Times had the story of yet another promising young black man killed in a gang shootout in N.J. and an article on the head of the Boy Scouts calling for an end to their ban on gay leadership. On page 14, after pages of articles on shifting views about reporting sex abuse in Britain, extended talks between the US and Cuba, dogs splitting from wolves earlier than previously thought - finally, came the story of a young family and their housekeeper tortured, slaughtered and set afire in their home in Washington, D.C. The headline said “Arrest is Reported in Washington Killings,” and the article reported that the case was cracked by finding the killer’s DNA on a slice of pizza he had ordered while the massacre was underway.
Included in the article was mention of how much the house had sold for in 2001 (2.9 million), how it would now be worth much more after renovation and the fact that the family owned other homes. In case you’re scratching your head as to why those details were relevant in a crime that took the lives of parents in their early 40’s, their 10 year old son and their housekeeper - all after being stabbed, clubbed and incinerated - please remember that the Times is committed to hating 1 percenters 100 % of the time - even unto death. Sheryl Gay Goldberg, the reporter, adds her own despicable observation to this horror story: “In addition to striking a deep nerve in the most elite circles of Washington, the case has also raised soul-searching questions about why, when so many people die violently in impoverished parts of the city, these murders have attracted so much intense news coverage and discussion.”
Is there a sane reader of the Times who has still missed their message?
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