Milwaukee Journal Sentinel misses the bus

February 6th, 2007

Or at least it mishandled this story about a racially-motivated attack by black youths on a white rider on a Milwaukee County bus.

Why was this story regulated to

I never saw it on the main Milwaukee Journal Sentinel web site or in the paper itself.

If a gang of white kids were hitting and punching a black guy on a county bus wouldn’t that have been on the front page of the Journal Sentinel?

It’s nice to know white folks are welcome to pay taxes to subsidize the County Bus system, buy cialis there but they’re not welcome to ride it safely.

And it’s even nicer to know that a racially-motivate attack on a white person is not even worth a mention in the city’s only daily newspaper.

(Thanks to the Badger Blogger for his post on this story. Otherwise, I never would have heard about it.)

Entry Filed under: Media,Milwaukee

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dan Voell  |  February 6th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    I moved back to Milwaukee from Chicago three months ago and I am appalled at how much violence is in the media in Milwaukee, I can’t even watch the nightly news. The news seems to be a scorecard of shootings, fights, and other related violence. Why is 15 minutes of every half hour relegated to violence? Is this what Milwaukeeans are spending half of their time doing, getting into fights, why do we want to consume more?

  • 2. Patrick  |  February 6th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Dan, you think we should ignore the violence on out streets? Some of us are trying to shine more light on stories like this so people know what a huge problem we have, so we can work to solve it, not just bury our heads in the sand and hope it all just goes away on their own.

  • 3. mickey  |  February 6th, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It hides or does not report most violence in the “hood”. I stopped buying the rag 7 years ago, because it is filtered news.
    I’ve spoken to the City desk editor and YES, the Publisher. I expressed my concerns at filtering the news and told him that I could be trusted with fact, and could be trusted to draw my own conclusions as to what the facts mean.
    We have a SEVERE problem with shootings, murders and armed crime. The Journal-Sentinel has become irrelevant, and as it’s circulation continues to decline. They play the fiddle.
    I grew up in the city. I would NEVER raise my children there.
    Those in positions of responsibility are asleep at the switch and give LIP SERVICE to the victims of this crime ridden hell hole. (forgive the “hell hole” hyperbole”

  • 4. Dan Voell  |  February 7th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I don’t think shining more light on problems is wrong especially in the context of this blog. But to what end do we shed light on violence in this city? Where is the line between shedding light and monetizing fear? I spent a year as a volunteer teacher at Nativity Jesuit in Boston and I am not one to turn my head. The only thing reading this article does to me is make me scared to go to Mayfair and scared to ride on city transit. Shining light on how an organization is helping a neighborhood improve would make me more prone to want to help out.

  • 5. From Where I Sit » &hellip  |  February 28th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    […] That’s right. The problem isn’t that a few (mostly young) African-Americans are kicking, intimidating and […]

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