That Was Some Piss Poor Reporting
I just finished watching the news and realized why I blog. The only way our story is going to get told is if we tell it. Based on what was aired on WDAM, the Lumberton Police Department is looking for James Youngblood, 34, who's considered armed and dangerous, for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend and child. As Randy Swan went to the next story, I was just sitting there waiting for the rest of the details but there were none. What kind of reporting was that? When the board voted to slash the LPD, WDAM ran the story all night. Is it possible that the assailant got away because of a lack of officers? Was the officer responding to the call working alone? Did the officer call for backup? If so, how long did it take for the backup officer to respond? Seems like legitimate questions to me. Also, at the latest board meeting, Mayor Winston refused to break a tie vote to approve the hiring of one additional policeIofficer. Could that be a factor in the brutal assault of a woman and her child. Since I'm a resident of Lumberton, I know the alleged assailant (we grew up in the same neighborhood) and the fact that the Mayor of Lumberton is his uncle. That's probably something a reporter wouldn't know to ask but somehow, WDAM tried to link every Holder arrested to former Mayor Miriam R. Holder but I guess that was the angle they were working. For some reason, WDAM didn't find it necessary to probe deeper regarding this story. I guess another black woman getting assaulted NY her baby daddy is not a news story worth investigating. I guess the fact that a resident was assaulted and there was only one officer on duty will become a newsworthy when the white, I mean right, victim is assaulted. Until then, I guess there's no connection between response time and capture of the assailant.