The Tennessean’s Gang thang, update: A day after running a story suggesting there are 15,000 gang members and “affiliates” in Nashville, the paper followed up today with an article suggesting that maybe it is possible perhaps that a shooting at a “baptism party” was gang-related — or at least there was one person at the party who was rumored maybe to be “affiliated” with a gang, and thus the gang-connection is worthy of the lede and headline. Let me once more reiterate that I am in no way suggesting there is not youth crime in Nashville and the death of someone at this function is a tragedy: My complaint is with whoever at the Tennessean is making the editorial decisions on this scare-mongering fake investigative series. It is coming off lamer than a TV news sweeps-week gimmick.
Also, while I make it a practice to refrain from discussing on this weblog others’ sentence structure and grammar (people in glass blogs blah, blah), I had to post the following quote from today’s story to ask some of the editorial-types who read this blog whether or not it sounds if the Tennessean is clearing a baby from any gang connections:
“Gabriel, Juan and Claudia are cousins of the child who was baptized and apparently had no connections whatsoever with the shooters, Corcoran said.”