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Terry Moran is a Journalist, Right?

Yesterday, ABC Reporter Terry Moran posted on his blog that we shouldn’t feel too bad for the wrongly accused Duke lacrosse players because they were louts anyway, and the real victim in all of this are other, poorer people wrongly accused of crimes, about whom we never hear.

JPod does a great takedown of Moran’s main point on The Corner. I won’t rehash it. But there is one little thing Moran said that deserves additional attention.

Moran wrote:

[T]here are many, many cases of prosecutorial misconduct across our country every year.  The media covers few, if any, of these cases. Most of the victims in these cases are poor or minority Americans–or both. I would hate to say the color of their skin is one reason journalists do not focus on these victims of injustices perpetrated by police and prosecutors, but I am afraid if we ask ourselves the question honestly, we would likely find that it is.

So he’s saying that journalists don’t cover the prosecutorial abuse of poor black people because said journalists are racist or something close to it. But wait — isn’t Terry Moran a journalist?

Is he saying that he doesn’t cover the prosecutorial abuse of poor black people as much as he should because he’s racist? Or is he suggesting that other journalists don’t cover it because they’re racist?

Journalists should look critically at their profession, sure, but it would help if they were honest and coherent in the process. 

Louis WittigLouis Wittig is a writer and editor in New York City. He writes regularly on media (mostly the frivolous types) for National Review Online and the Weekly Standard Online.

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