Saturday, September 24, 2005

City Paper looks at the Post's hypocracy

"On Monday, the Washington Post's Metro section reported on two murders that had occurred the previous Saturday night in the District. The victims were about the same age - 34 and 32. They were killed at around the same time - 10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. They were both shot to death.

The differences: One was white; the other was black. One was killed in a long-since-gentrified neighborhood in Northwest, the other in a long-depressed section of Southeast.

Guess which crime got more ink in the Post?

The white victim was Gregory Shipe, whose killing in Mount Pleasant rated a front-page Metro story written by two Post staffers on Monday, plus a follow-up on Tuesday written by two different staffers. Total Post word count on the Shipe killing: 1,266.

The black victim was Michael Lanham, whose killing in Barnaby Terrace rated a mention in Monday’s “In Brief” column. Total Post word count on the Lanham killing: 68.

" Washington City Paper

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