NYT was crass, unseemly in reporting deaths of Irish college students

NYT was crass, unseemly in reporting deaths of Irish college students
Collapsed apartment balcony in Berkeley, CA from which 6 students plunged to their deaths. (Image: ABC)

[Ed. – Walsh is right.  And NYT would never have reported the death of any non-white student in such a callous manner.  (I’m not as confident about its reporting if these had been Jewish kids; NYT tends to see Western Jews as privileged whites, and disdain them accordingly.)  In any case, nothing so clearly demonstrates where the Times’ editorial head is “at.”]

Imagine if this lede were written about, say, blacks or Jews:

BERKELEY, Calif. — They come by the thousands — Irish students on work visas, many flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life in a college town at night.  …

But the work-visa program that allowed for the exchanges has in recent years become not just a source of aspiration, but also a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.

Early Tuesday, 13 people, most of them young Irish students here on the visa program, were crowded onto a fourth-floor balcony off Unit 405 for what neighbors described as a loud party when the balcony collapsed, sending people tumbling onto the street below. Six people were killed…

It’s almost impossible for me to address this without throwing something.

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