Liberal talk show hosts are going nuts today because members of the mainstream media reported that law enforcement sources said a "dark-skinned" person was a subject of interest in the terrorist attack at this week's Boston Marathon.
For example, MSNBC's Al Sharpton and Chris Hayes angrily whined that the information only served to fuel racism.
As a journalist who has covered criminal matters for decades, I want to inform Reverend Sharpton and Hayes that I too would have shared the information about the bombing suspect.
I view my job as a journalist as sharing what I know about whatever case I'm covering--not wringing my hands about what racist nuts mights conclude from the information.
My readers expect me to tell them the truth, especially in a large county--bigger than about 19 states--especially where the mainstream daily, The Orange County Register, often makes political calculations before reporting the news.
My bond is with my readers--not police, not defense lawyers, not judges and certainly not hyper-sensitive, ideologically-driven talking heads on TV.
So, if a law enforcement agents tell me a wanted suspect's identifying features--black, white, Asian, whatever--I'm going to relay that to my readers.
And, spare me the whiny, absurd sofa psychological analysis of racism for the inclusion of such information.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. Corporate crooks won’t take his calls. Murderous gangsters mad-dogged him in court. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Pusillanimous cops have left hostile messages using fake names. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. And a frantic state legislator literally caught sleeping with lobbyists sprinted down state capital hallways to evade his questions in Sacramento. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club and been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists.