Even before The New York Times launched its “All Slavery, All the Time” project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black
Here are some of the facts the Times left out:
♦ The gold Chevy Cruze Antwon fled did not merely “match the description of” a car used in a drive-by shooting: It was the car used in the drive-by shooting, as proved by surveillance video posted online days after the shooting and shown to the jury.
♦ The video shows 13 shots being fired from the back seat of that exact car, with — according to the prosecutor — Antwon riding in the front seat.
♦ The backseat passenger, Zaijuan Hester, later pleaded guilty to the drive-by shooting.
♦ One of the victims of the drive-by shooting told police it was Antwon who shot him. “The beef was between me and him,” William Ross told a Pennsylvania State Police officer. “That car came by, he shot me, I ran to the store.”
♦ The jitney driver told police that, right before the shooting started, he heard the backseat passenger ask, “Is that him?”
♦ The gun used in the drive-by was recovered in the back seat of the car.
♦ A stolen gun was found under Antwon’s seat, an empty magazine in Antwon’s pants pocket, and there was gunpowder residue on Antwon’s hands.
♦ The car stopped by the officer was riddled with bullet holes.
♦ The jury that unanimously acquitted the officer was led by an African American foreman, who stoutly defended the verdict.
None of that made it into the Times story on the trial’s conclusion.
Not surprising. Journalists tell stories. They are not reporters. Stories are fiction. Reporters would report the news, not tell a fictional story.