Sunday, December 13, 2009
WT: No Murders in Trinidad
Well, we (from the neighborhood association, and my circle of friends) were all waiting until January to spring the news that Trinidad, which has been prefaced by all sorts of terms over the past year and a half, has returned to normal. That is...NO ONE has been murdered here this year. We did have one disputed police shooting, but that's it, and we hope to keep it that way for all of 2009 (and maybe, like, beyond). The Washington Times wrote a very decent piece about the fact. I kind of wish it wasn't called "Killings Subside in Trinidad," but whatever. I'm mostly glad that the author sought to put the violence into perspective. Apparently that doesn't really occur to a lot of journalists when writing about a sudden unusual jump in crime (find me two articles from that time in Trinidad that did it, and you win a prize). Like I said, the author actually got the facts right, and didn't misrepresent anything. That's one thing I'll say for the Times. They may be conservative as hell, but when they actually do local coverage like this, they tend to not mess it up. I once posted an error about a Times story and the author not only corrected it immediately, but he also emailed me about it. I was very impressed. Unfortunately, those kinds of journalistic ethics aren't as common as they should be today. So, Dear Reader, read on.