Gender and race neutral report, bland coverage of federal officer shot by drive-by assailant
A drive-by shooter, referred to as “a person,” was taken into custody after shooting a security officer with the U.S. Marshall’s Office outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in downtown Phoenix before noon on Tuesday.
The officer, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was later released from the hospital.
This shooting follows the weekend ambush of two Los Angeles County sheriff deputies who were in their parked car when a man walked up and fired multiple rounds shooting each of them in the head. Both deputies required surgeries and are in critical condition.
It took three people to write the brief report of the Phoenix courthouse shooting that appeared in the daily newspaper’s online version, ending with this plea: Support local journalism. Subscribe today.
One of the reporters, Bree Burkitt, is likely in a quandary over how to report on a shooting where the victim is an officer. She holds preconceived notions that law enforcement officers are vicious aggressors and indiscriminant murders who are not punished for their crimes, writing, “Police are shooting people in all walks of life and all Arizona communities.” According to Burkitt’s calculations, they “shoot someone every five days.” Reading as much of this as you can stomach will serve to enlighten how the radically left-wing newspaper actually feels about our law enforcement personnel.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished by journalists without an agenda. 3TV/CBS 5 named and posted a photo of the assailant, 68-year old James Lee Carr. He didn’t fit the hoped for white nationalist profile the AZ Republic’s bigoted crew would have preferred. He’s black and drove away from the crime scene in a silver Cadillac.
If you are among the few remaining subscribers, it’s time put this newsosaur out of its misery. It has betrayed the public trust newspapers once represented.