In Response To DN Article
I wrote to you about the underreporting of crime on January 3. You wouldn’t print it anonymously. I said I was afraid of the repercussions.
Well, a sergeant formerly with the 100th came out and said exactly what I did. The result? They punished him internally. He was reassigned to the Bronx, where I’m sure they’re making his life miserable.
An editorial staff at The Wave that had backbone could have looked into it and done some real journalism, something that really affects its readership, been ahead of the curve and exercised its role as custodians of free speech. No chutzpah.
Now that the story has come out in the News, this leaves you free to ride in on their coat-tails without taking any risks. I expect “The Daily News reported ...” will be in a coming edition. It’s a pity that The Wave refused to take up the story, that the editors wouldn’t have to summon the courage to be ahead of the curve, to use the power of the press to look into the issue and actually say something that affects the quality of life of its readership. Your own columns have been quite vocal on subjects of far less consequence.
Far better to be sanguine, collect the advertising revenues and avoid controversy. As you know so well, the press can change the world, so it is doubly path-etic when the press fails to live up to its potential. It creates a citizenry that is passive, ignorant and timid, and only reinforces a climate of complacency.