Gang thang

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.”

  • lcreekmo

    Hahahahahaha.
    “Gabriel, Juan and Claudia, cousins of the child who was baptized, apparently had no connections whatsoever with the shooters, Corcoran said.”

    This is fun. Can we do some more?

  • bhudgins

    Rex, as a seminarian you should recall that payback doesn’t stop with one or even two generations. IMHO, the reporter didn’t go far enough to find out if any of the preceding 5 generations had gang connections.

    Here’s a math question for the reporter – work out how many years or generations it would take for the current gang members in Nashville by their count to populate the US with their gang=related progeny.