Neutrality, accuracy lacking in coverage
Re “Gunman ambushes, kills 2 cops in NYC” (Page A1, Dec. 21): The reporting of the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown has made martyrs of criminals and depicted the police as racist, angry stormtroopers.
Brown was shown in video robbing a convenience store and bumping and intimidating a much smaller store attendant hours ahead of his demise. Garner was forcibly resisting arrest against four cops for a minor crime. In each case, we have a very large man resisting arrest or questioning.
When The Bee repeatedly defines these men as “unarmed black men” rather than as “intimidatingly large men resisting arrest or questioning,” it does not describe the situation accurately and incites racist passions. The Rodney King situation was similar: a large man being beaten while resisting arrest.
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The press needs to be more neutral and accurate in its reporting and editorializing.
– Joe Dobrowolski, Fair Oaks
‘Biased editors’ called to the carpet
As a result of your biased reporting and that of most social media, America has been dealing with riots, property damage, sit-ins and many other disturbances ever since. Your sheet had and has continued to have this news plastered all over its front page ever since in happened.
Then on Saturday two NYPD officers were assassinated by a black man. This event only rated a small headline on the bottom of the front page of your paper Sunday.
I am a retired Sacramento Police Department officer, having served 32 years as such. I’ve been wondering when was the last time any of your biased editors took a man into custody for mistreating his wife or children, went into a dark home or building in search of a burglar of other wanted person, performed CPR on a dying person, or performed any of many dangerous activities that police officers are called upon to perform routinely?
Yet your newspaper reports the assassinations of the two uniformed officers in a marked squad car with the smallest of headlines.
– Steven L. Hoig, Sacramento
Matsui ‘an invisible back-bencher’
Re “It’s time you know about this people’s champion” (Marcos Breton, Dec. 21): There’s a whiff of irony in Marcos Breton quoting Doris Matsui in his encomium to the memory of the great John Moss.
Moss was indeed, as Breton details, a self-made man who won his seat in Congress in a competitive time in Sacramento politics, who fought for important and difficult issues with historic success. Matsui was handed Moss’ seat because she happened to be married to Moss’ successor, who died in office. Matsui has contented herself with relaxing as an invisible back-bencher, winning re-election every two years without significant opposition. Can someone cite a single notable accomplishment of hers?
Isn’t it time someone of Moss’ stature and courage ran for that seat again? Do such people even exist in Sacramento politics these days?
– Harlan Edmonds, Sacramento
No, tax cuts for the rich aren’t helpful
Re “Tax cuts trickle down” (Letters, Dec. 22): Had to laugh at Paul Reid’s letter, where he insults so-called liberals while espousing one of their core beliefs: tax cuts for the middle class.
I guarantee he is unaware that, immediately upon taking office, Obama cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans. Liberals do not believe in even more tax cuts for the superwealthy, and study after study proves such cuts ineffective at stimulating economic growth.
Compare the super-red state Kansas with California. One went whole-hog Republican trickle-down theory and is in an economic and infrastructure disaster. The other, California, is a strongly recovering state.
Despite all the proof, Republicans still swear that more money for the rich is the way to prosperity. Now, what was that definition of insanity again?
– James Bumsted, Sacramento
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