THIS IS WHAT passes for journalism: re-packaging a four year-old’s words about becoming a police officer into the familiar box of black boys dreaming about guns?
Dear CBS 2 Chicago: You are grown adults managing one of the largest local news networks in the country. There is no excuse you could possibly make to cover your ass. Instead of telling the truth–which is actually more interesting and worthy of conversation–you decided to sell the story with “shock value”.
This is not journalism. It’s lazy, racist, harmful propaganda. As children we develop our identities based on the expectations we feel the world has for us, and for boys like this 4 year-old, it must be clear to him what CBS expects of his future.
Recollect your thoughts and don’t get caught up in the mix,
Cause the media is full of dirty tricks
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Jason Wire graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and spent the year after writing and teaching English in Spain. He's back in the states now, but doesn't know where. Follow him @wirejr.
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