(Note: “The Power of the Jump”™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, documenting examples of the Los Angeles Times’s use of its back pages to hide information that its editors don’t want you to see.)
I have not written a “The Power of the Jump”™ piece since 2010, but it’s time to resurrect it. The main page of the Los Angeles Times recently featured the following story:
“was shot when officers” . . . dot dot dot. Gee, what comes after that phrase? Here it is, complete with extra space and missing period — and relevant facts:
A man who was fatally shot by a Moreno Valley police officer while lying on the ground handcuffed has been identified as an 18-year-old Ontario resident
Authorities on Saturday said Lamon Khiry Haslip, 18, of Ontario, was shot when officers . . .
Here’s where the story broke on the front page. If you click, through, you see the rest of the sentence:
. . . noticed that he had a handgun.
At the time, Haslip was lying on the ground and handcuffed, but officers said that he had rolled on his side and one “officer backed away from the subject and announced that the subject had a gun,” according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
. . .
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Haslip allegedly attempted to flee on foot. The officer captured Haslip and placed him in handcuffs on the ground, police said.
A second officer arrived just before the shooting. The officers reported finding a gun in Haslip’s possession.
Studies show most people don’t click through from the Internet’s front page (or turn to the back pages from the front page of the increasingly irrelevant print edition).
This is how editors gin up outrage where none (or little) would exist — if they told you the whole story up front.
Enjoy . . . the Power of the Jump.™