There were two crimes of note in Manhattan this weekend. Here’s how the city’s local news station, NY1, covered both stories:
The suspect is described as a dark-skinned man in his 30s, about 6’1” tall and 180 pounds. Police say he’s bald, wears a goatee and has a scar on his stomach.
Police say the man is around 25-years-old, 5’7” tall, and was last seen wearing a black pea coat, blue jeans, brown shoes and was carrying a black North Face backpack.
Compare that to coverage of the crimes by the NY Post:
Rape in Harlem:
The attacker was described as black man in his 30s, about 6-feet-1, 180 pounds, bald with a goatee and with a scar on his abdomen.
The bandit is described as a 25-year-old white man, about 5-foot-7. He was wearing a black pea coat, blue jeans, brown shoes and was carrying a black North Face backpack.
Has race become so sensitive an issue that news organizations feel the need to change and/or omit facts when reporting crimes?