Why would anyone trust the Boston Globe to do an “analysis” of police bias?

Why would anyone trust the Boston Globe to do an “analysis” of police bias?

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By: Allen Nitschelm on October 12, 2020 | Media Criticism

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Within Boston police, praise and punishment follow a color line
Date 10/11/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A1 )
Syndicated From N/A
Journalist Andrew Ryan
Evan Allen
Article Summary

The Boston Globe purportedly does an analysis of bias within the Boston police department.

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I’ve been a fan of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight series for years, which perhaps is the last vestige of responsible reporting at the paper. Today’s focus, however, is on an article that purports to examine bias within the Boston Police Department (BPD), and it is not being written by the Spotlight team but by two reporters. You will not be surprised to read their conclusion that Black officers are being treated unfairly as compared to White officers. As far as other minorities, we are told the numbers are just too small to speculate (which we can read as likely meaning very fair, probably the opposite conclusion to the thesis.)

The Globe has lost all credibility when it regards racial relations, racism, bigotry, bias, or fundamental fairness. Who would ever trust the Globe to do such an analysis? No one who has been reading their constant mantra of racism-related stories for the past couple of years.

And this is why the Globe’s biased reporting and one-sided editorial stance matters. Here is an issue that potentially could use such investigative reporting, but who is ever going to believe them?

On top of that, you have their support for “defunding the police” and their endorsement of Elizabeth Warren who said the criminal justice system was “racist, front to back,” and their support for the Suffolk County DA who refuses to prosecute certain crimes because of Far Left politics, and their recent endorsement of Joe Biden (I didn’t see that one coming) and his ticket’s Far Left agenda.

I can’t comment on the Globe’s “analysis” because there was very little hard data reported. This was a self-serving piece which reached the desired conclusion. The statistics it did quote seemed to be cherry-picked to support its conclusions, and there was nothing presented whatsoever to refute them (usually, when studying so many cases over such a long period of time, there would be some contradictory evidence.) There was no link to review the raw data or get any background information, so nothing can be independently reviewed or examined. I give their “analysis” next-to-zero credibility.

But I did pick out one interesting admission. The Boston Police Department has been trying to recruit minority officers for years, with the Globe saying it had “struggled to diversify.”  Maybe that struggle has led to hiring inferior officers of color. Maybe they don’t win as many awards or medals as candidates who may have fully earned their spots on the force. Does the BPD use any affirmative-action policies to hire minority recruits?

This Globe article potentially serves a second purpose: make Black officers feel they are being discriminated against. The White officers are racist against their Black comrades. Maybe the Globe can achieve its goal of “defunding” the police by causing internal division.

The article does make it clear that the head of the police department is a Black police officer named William Gross, who is the Commissioner. What an inconvenient fact that they couldn’t ignore. He defends the police but what does he know? Probably just another “Uncle Tom” protecting the Blue Lives instead of the Black Lives.

Maybe all this racism and bias happened before Gross was involved? Let’s look at that.

The article says the data reviewed was from 2010 to the present. Here is their description of Gross’ oversight:

The data analyzed by the Globe spanned the tenures of three commissioners, and the majority of punishments came down before Gross took the helm in the summer of 2018.

Here is the first paragraph of Gross’ biography on the City of Boston website (https://www.boston.gov/departments/police/william-gross):

William Gross is the City of Boston’s first African American Commissioner. Gross is a 33-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a Patrol Officer he spent many years in the Gang Unit and Drug Control Unit, as well as serving as an Academy Instructor. He rose through the ranks, achieving the ranks of Sergeant and Sergeant Detective, and was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2008, where he became a member of the Command Staff of the Department. (emphasis mine)

So Commissioner Gross was intimately involved in running the BPD for over 10 years and part of the command staff during the period analyzed by the Globe, and yet these problems all happened under his watch. And yet he defends his department. Must be a stooge.

The fact that the police are all being labeled as racist by the Far Left media and Democrats despite having many minority officers both on staff and in positions of leadership undercut the central theme of this coverage. And based on the Globe’s track record, I give no weight to their reporting on anything involving racism or law enforcement.

Let me end with a quote from Commissioner Gross:

“I’m a Black man. I’m telling you I don’t factor in color,” Gross said, adding, “I follow the evidence. And that’s what I preach — follow the evidence, follow the past history of the officers.’’


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