This is shameful. And that update does not change that fact.
Is this really the type of news organization NEOMG wants to be known as?
Who are the "people from across the region" asking that question? More importantly, how is it relevant to Tamir Rice's death?
It isn't. It simply isn't. And adding a paragraph after-the-fact to try to justify your actions is borderline insulting.
Some in the region also have said race was a factor. So shall we scrutinize the officers' parents? Perhaps one of their parents belongs to the Klan. Maybe the officer who fired on Tamir was taught as a child to fear all black men. That might be why the officer was quick to fire, "some in the region" might wonder.
Do we all realize that the WORLD is watching this story unfold?? Not just our readers, not just "some in the region," and not just in North America. The WORLD is watching us. So again I ask, is this what NEOMG stands for?
I am not simply criticizing the reporter. Good journalism is achieved not just through years on the beat or getting clicks. A reporter becomes a good journalist through guidance from his or her editors, the example set by more-experienced peers, and most importantly, through the standards of the organization he or she works for.
So, along with scrutinizing this dead child's parents and the household he grew up in for 12 years, maybe the leaders of NEOMG should examine their own house and the quality of the journalism coming out of it.
Folks, we're better than this.
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