The New York Times has let me down. On many articles about domestic abuse, rape or any violence against women they have written terrible articles.
Take the recent murder of Kasandra Perkins for example. Jovan Belcher, linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, murdered Perkins. He shot her nine times. Nine times. Not only was this woman his girlfriend, she was the mother of his barely 3-month-old daughter.
After Belcher shot Perkins, he jumped from the stadium to his death.
The part of this that makes me upset, is that the NY Times will not call it domestic abuse and instead, give him raving reviews. He’s a good person. Genuine, Pleasant, nice, hard-working and a family man. Police officer, Sgt. Richard Sharp even suggested that after killing Perkins, he committed suicide because “he cared about her.”
“I don’t think he could live with himself,” he said.
Why is it that the mainstream media won’t call it domestic abuse, and worse, why do they insist it is from outside causes that would allow such a travesty to happen. It has been suggested that the murder was from head injuries Belcher had or alcohol/drug abuse. Of course no blame should be on him.
Worse yet, is an article the NY Times wrote about a young 11-year-old girl who was gang raped by 18 young men and teenage boys.
This article is appalling from the start. The perfect opening to how plain rude this article is, is the first question NY Times brings up: “How could their young men have been drawn into such an act?”
Even the quotes they use are ridiculous.
“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to life with this the rest of their lives.”
The entire article is victim blaming and it an absolute disgrace to the journalist world.
The description of the young girl is also just as victim blaming as the quotes.
“They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at the playground.”
Because we all know what you wear is a perfectly legitimate reason to be gang raped by 18 men.
The NY Times needs to get it together and have more competent people writing articles.