Gordon Osmond

Gordon Osmond
Sao Paulo, Brasil
November 09
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Retired lawyer, playwright, Author of So You Think You Know English: A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don't Need One. ISBN: 978-1-61546-414-2 and Wet Firecrackers http://www.publishamerica.net/product3892Slipping on Stardust was released on 1/11/13. Check it out at http://i-m.co/GordonOsmond/SlippingonStardust Osmond's latest novel, Turner's Point, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.


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MAY 12, 2012 5:03PM

T. Martin v. Who?

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T. Martin and Who? A while back, the local, state, and national media became aflame with the story of a black youth being shot and killed by a basically, if not completely white.  A few weeks ago, two young white reporters from the Virginian-Pilot newspaper were set upon and beaten up by a gang of black youths. This event was not reported by the victims' employer newspaper during the two weeks the reporters were out of work nursing their injuries.  To date, the reporting of the crime in the media has ranged from scant to none. To test my theory, ask someone if the victims' names are known to them. 

On prior occasions, Obama has indicated no hesitancy in commenting upon news items of a non-presidential matter if the color is right. The Norfolk victims also suffered from not resembling any of Obama's phantom offspring.  And where are Chauney and Bill Beck, Open Salon's professional blacks? 

There are two possible explanations for this non-disclosure. The first is that the press, in the interest of race relations, should soft peddle stories not flattering to blacks. This is, of course, a blatant violation of journalistic standards. Of course, another explanation is possible, one that is highly disrespectful to blacks. That is that the Norfolk story is a case of "dog bites man"—hardly a big deal. But the reverse—"man bites dog" is a real happening.

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I am trying to fathom this from my perspective as a former newspaperman. It may be that newspapers in general require a fatality before they give much attention to an assault. It may be that the Virginian-Pilot in particular felt that it could not cover this story impartially. Still, if I were the editor of a rival newspaper, I would have considered a serious attack on another paper's reporters to be newsworthy, regardless of the racial element, especially if the attack happened while the reporters were on an assignment. I would like to know more about this case. It may be that there was no racial motivation, I just don't know. It does smell fishy.