Bobby Cutts Jr. is an asshole. That’s something we can all agree on.
For those of you who don’t watch local news or the 24-hour cable channels dedicated to missing white women, Cutts is the Canton cop charged with murdering his girlfriend and unborn child.
But here’s something else Cutts can be labeled: Newspaper war instigator. Seems the man voted Most Worthy of Having His Balls Kicked In has sparked a battle out west.
This week, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and former Clevelander Neil Steinberg have been going after each other over a column Mitchell wrote. In it, she pointed out an apparent discrepancy in the coverage of Cutts and that of Christopher Vaughn, a suburban Chicago man accused of gunning down his wife and three kids
Mitchell’s premise is that before Cutts was charged, we knew he was a piece of shit because news stories trolled out the skeletons in his closet. In the case of Vaughn, it was slower going before the public learned of his assholeness. There’s a clear explanation of this, Mitchell asserts. Cutts is black. Vaughn is white.
That column sparked a rebuttal by Steinberg. Without mentioning her name, he wrote that to “claim that Cutts was portrayed in a negative fashion 'because he is black' while Vaughn was displayed positively 'because he is white' is to a) cry wolf and b) succumb to an inverse kind of racism...,"
Regardless of how you feel about Mitchell’s premise, there’s a more plausible explanation. Cutts had a record. He was placed on probation once for breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend while she was shacking up with Shawn Kemp (proving that he also had criminally bad taste in women). In another case, he faced criminal charges for allegedly giving a gun to his cousin, an ex-con, though he was later cleared of the charges.
Vaughn didn’t have a record. And though there was a cloud of suspicion swirling around him since the deaths of his wife and children, many of his friends and acquaintances waited until he was charged to talk about what a dickhead he is.
Obviously, it’s ind of easier to make the case someone sucks when he’s got a paper trail, regardless of whether he’s black or white. I’m just saying. – T.K. Kim