They didn't wait for the mainstream media, and they didn't even wait for neighborhood bloggers. No sooner had the Star Tribune published an article naming one of the "Bloody Fourth of July" shooting victims in North Minneapolis as Cabrie D. Young, 28, but participants in a Northside community Facebook forum ("True North Minneapolis") started doing their own journalistic research and digging up relevant facts for themselves...
Posted without commentary was a link to a mug shot, documenting an arrest in Champaign County, Illinois. Another forum participant wrote, "He doesn't have a record in MN, but it looks like he was in jail in IL until just recently," and posted a link. (The link requires filling out info to read the article in question, so I won't be posting it)
The same forum participant then wrote, "He's also on the Champaign County, IL Housing Authorities' (sic) No Trespass List. The 3700 block of Girard has been trouble all summer long. Do you suppose he had anything to do with it?"
In a bitterly cynical but somehow quite understandable comment, a long suffering North Minneapolis resident then wrote: "+1 for the civilized."
The question this blogger has is why are readers of the Star Tribune put in the position of digging up and sharing their own newsworthy info? Is it much too politically incorrect to say this murder victim came here from Illinois, where he was charged with crimes and not allowed to be in public housing? But then he immigrated to Minneapolis? Not so much an economic immigrant as a "social services immigrant"? Anybody with six fingers and Google can unearth these facts with a minimal digging.
So why must we do our own digging? Is it the position of the mainstream media that if readers who care merely get the name of the victim or the person charged, then these readers will do the rest of the work and reporters can take a nice long coffee break and cluck their tongues over the slow, painful death of "dead tree" media?