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Media manners

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Good manners...

Mary Schmich writes a column for Friday's Tribune arguing that Chicago should lighten up its marijuana laws. In our town, "punishment falls with appalling disproportion on black men," she says, and for a "thorough analysis of that disturbing truth," refers her readers to an "excellent July piece by Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky in the Chicago Reader." She even provides the URL.

Bad manners...

Two pages away in the same edition, the Tribune covers the lawsuit the ACLU filed Thursday against the city alleging that its police are less responsive to 911 calls in black and Hispanic neighborhoods than they are in white neighborhoods. "The suit is based on recent news reports," says the Tribune.

At a news conference, and on its website, the ACLU made it clear what recent news reports it has in mind.

There's the Chicago News Cooperative report published October 21 in the New York Times, "In High-Crime Areas, Still Too Few Police."

And there's an editorial October 23 in the Sun-Times: "City must give details on police deployment." The Sun-Times had covered the subject last year and filed a Freedom of Information request for 911 data.

The Tribune story doesn't get into these details. The Sun-Times story acknowledges the CNC.

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