I think the purpose of this blog prompt was to pick something we saw on the news that made us upset in its representation of Detroit. Detroit isn’t all crime, it isn’t all blight, it isn’t all desolation. This is true. But crime, blight, and desolation still exist in Detroit. Just because we live and work in Midtown, far away from it, doesn’t mean it’s not there and that it’s not an inherent, indelible part of Detroit’s past and present. News companies can’t be expected to shove that stuff under a rug. Sure, nobody who loves Detroit wants it to be known for its crime. That doesn’t change the fact that crime exists here, just like it does everywhere, and that one of the jobs of a news reporter is to objectively and comprehensively report on crimes in the area. Sometimes, this means putting heartbreaking, morbidly interesting, and generally terrifying news on the front lines. If a baby is shot, Detroit media corporations darn well better put it on the front page. That would be a headline anywhere in America. What disturbs me is how short, matter-of-fact, unaffected, and distant the article is. This is not a story. It’s a cold and unfeeling depiction of an event. Some might argue that, lack of informative value notwithstanding, this is exactly what makes it true, essential, and unsensationalized journalism, but all I can say is that this is not what I’m used to. This article’s scant detail and complete lack of follow-up make it almost ridiculous. I wouldn’t have even known that the baby was “grazed” unless I saw the URL. It makes me angry. This is not to say that Detroit journalism is subpar. One article is not necessarily indicative of an entire industry and value system. I’ve read plenty of wonderful articles on these same news websites, and I’ve read plenty of awful articles on non-Detroit news websites. However, they say you’re only as strong as your weakest link, and I happen to be looking at what seems to be very weak link indeed—a single snippet of data I found on the internet one day. It’s a snippet that stuck with me, even though I’ll probably never know the ending of the story. At least we know that the baby and the three adult victims will be okay, whatever that means.