What do Prince William County’s “Fugitive of the Week” and child rapist Marcos Danilo Reyes Banegas and recently convicted triple-murderer Anastacio Miranda Sanchez have in common? They’re both illegal aliens. You wouldn’t know that from reading the Manassas News & Messenger which did articles on both of these recently (see here and here) but failed to mention in either case the immigration status of these two vermin. I guess the News & Messenger would rather avoid the whole debate on the issue of criminal illegal aliens rather than provide the public with important information that might have a significant bearing on the laws and policies our elected officials enact. Keep ‘em dumb and happy. Bread and circuses for the masses.
If the purpose of local newspapers simply provide entertainment, I would understand the News & Messenger leaving out factual information that might inform policy. Their recent coverage of such earth shattering events such as Michael Jackson’s death and every circumstance surrounding that non-event would certainly lend credibility to such a statement. If the purpose of local newspapers is to actually provide local citizens with information that they could use to make decisions about what policies citizens should be asking their elected officials to support, you’d think they’d make some mention the gang graffiti in Wellington recently, the rather impressive response of the city in dealing with that outrage, or bother inform readers that a triple murderer was an illegal alien.
No, I’m not going to go so far as to say that the News & Messenger is an entertainment-only tabloid. They’d have to run longer stories in order to qualify for that, instead of the drive-by limited coverage they provide. They’re just beholden to a political ideology that cannot accept the idea that gang activity connected with the illegal alien problem is happening, or that some of the most notorious murderers of late were illegal aliens. If they actually reported information that might inform policy, and that information could be damaging to their political affiliation, well, people might actually want their elected officials to enact laws to address important problems. They can have none of that.
This really is too bad. Some of the folks working for the News & Messenger are good folks and don’t deserve to have their efforts turned into the fishwrap that the editorial board transforms it into. They actually do want to report the news. They actually do want to get in-depth on stories, but that’s not going to happen with Susan Sivilik at the helm, whose only directional inclination is to heel over hard to port on any issue.
If blogging made any money, I’d offer some of those unfortunates a gig here, but I can’t pay anybody. Increasingly, that’s becoming the case for the News & Messenger as well, although not soon enough.
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