All The News That Fits

Perhaps it was an oversight.

Last Sunday’s St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune both reported prominently on the outrageous story of the elderly Tampa couple who had been viciously beaten while on a morning walk.

The Times’ account noted that Victor and Mildred Hall, both in their 80s, were attacked by someone “described only as a black, 200-pound man in his 20s or 30s.”

The Trib’s account noted that police were looking “for a man between 20 and 30 years of age, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was clean shaven and wore blue jeans and a gray pull-over shirt.”

How curious is it that the Trib , which bothered to note what kind and color pants and shirt the suspect wore, as well as his clean shaven state, left out his race? Is that not relevant?

Political correctness and profile paranoia are bad enough, if that’s what this was. But never at the expense of pertinent information that could help effect the arrest of an obvious predator.

Then, again, it might have been an oversight.

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