11-Year-Old Is Left Unattended on School Bus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 27, 2008; B03
Good god, another instance of the abuse of children in the hands of ruthless and intolerably insensitive public servants. When will the agony stop?
The Washington Post thinks there’s a story here? Ignoring the ruthless skullduggery that put us in an economic dumper, WaPo writes about a perfectly capable eleven year-old kid who fell asleep, solved his own problem and made a major news story by doing it.
Congress fiddles while the republic burns and WaPo fails to notice. Midst the continuing carnage in Iraq, they write about an Iraqi restaurant reopening and how the ‘Restaurant’s revival signals the city’s slow return to normalcy.’
Normalcy, dear managing-editor, is defined by an 11 year-old getting off a school bus by himself. But now the story takes a more sinister turn . . .
Many mothers, perhaps even most mothers, would do a little investigative journalism before whipping the old SUV over to the hospital. Hospitals generally have other things to do, but this mom is no more investigative journalist than Sopan Joshi, who scribbled up this story for the Post.Antonin Scalia has guaranteed that D.C. residents will continue to kill one another at a record rate and (so far as I know) has apologized to no one’s mom.And so, closing foreign offices and firing or early-retiring ever more newsroom staff, the Washington Post slumps into the future furtively, with its coat-collar appropriately turned up against the chill of dumbing-down their readers. A once decent, if not great, newspaper has destroyed itself in the interest of survival.