The L.A. Times reports:
Racial trouble in Jena, La., started in September 2006 when three white students hung nooses from a tree. Six black teens who became known as the “Jena Six” were arrested on suspicion of attacking a white student accused of hanging the nooses.
That’s the first I’ve heard of that.
Justin Barker is the victim of the beating administered by the Jena 6. I have never read a single word in any article about this case that alleged that he was one of the students who hung the nooses.
Indeed, Donald Washington, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, concluded that there was no link between the hanging of the nooses and the Jena 6 beating. That would be quite an amazing conclusion if the victim of the beating was one of the people who had hung the nooses.
Either the L.A. Times has a major scoop on its hands, and buried the lede . . . or they screwed up.
You can guess which possibility I find more realistic.
Looks like it’s time for a correction. I have written the reporter and the Readers’ Representative.
(Thanks to Mark and Terry.)
UPDATE: I got a nice note from the reporter saying he’d take care of it. I feel kind of bad for having been snide about it in the post. (I was polite in my e-mail.) It’s a hangover from the Rutten stonewall, I think; I don’t expect these people to correct even obvious errors anymore. I need to remember that not everyone is as weaselly as Rutten is.