The Crime Reporting You Never Read
If it doesn’t bash the police, it isn’t fit to print


A Cluster of articles in the New York Times this June inadvertently highlighted the paradoxes of race, crime, and policing in New York and virtually every other large American city.

On Thursday, June 14, the paper reported on the manslaughter arraignment of a New York police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old in the Bronx this February in the mistaken belief that the victim, Ramarley Graham, had a gun. Outside the courthouse, protesters chanted “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?” An article on the next page followed up on a fatal shooting, one that did not involve police, at a Harlem basketball court in June. The 25-year-old victim, Ackeem Green, turned out to have been a member of the Youth Marines, a private organization dedicated to teaching inner-city teens discipline and keeping them off the streets.

July 30, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, No. 14

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Vincent J. Cannato reviews Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, by Jay Cost.
  • Michael Rubin reviews The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran, by David Crist.
  • Ryan T. Anderson reviews Debating Same-Sex Marriage, by John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher.
  • Andrew Stuttaford reviews The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins.
  • Diane Scharper reviews Pity the Beautiful: Poems, by Dana Gioia.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Ted.
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