Another stupid public employee

I’m not sure why this idiotic state worker left enough clues to identify him/her as a state worker.

Idiotic newspaper writers and editors

Prosecutors recently blew an informant’s cover by having him testify in open court, where he was recognized by the defendant and some of the spectators.

The Sacramento Bee published an article today with the headline “Sacramento trial blows the cover of an informant” that gave all the details, but published his name! If you want to talk about blowing the informant’s cover, the Bee is the primary culprit. There were probably under a hundred people who knew his name before this article was published, but since it is now on the Internet, there could be tens of thousands of people who know his name (though 99% of those people are not likely to care.) The headline should be changed to “Sacramento Bee blows the cover of an informant.”

While the paper has the right to publish this information, they need to consider the effect that this will have on his life. It is likely that other gangs will try to have him eliminated (even though he is being relocated.) They should not be publishing information that can put someone’s life in jeopardy unless it is crucial for the public to know, which is certainly not the case here.  This newspaper ironically has the problem that they do not give vital information (the race of the suspect) in crime cases unless it is a Caucasian.

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Too many newspaper readers are idiots

I read the online versions of several major newspapers (mostly in California, but also the Washington Post) that allow readers to make comments. I’ve noticed that whenever the article is reporting bad news (e.g. the budget crisis, violent crime), many readers leave comments that read something like “Illegal immigrants! Deport them all!” without bothering to think about it at all.

For example, illegal immigration is a major problem in California. When people say that the way to solve the state’s $15 billion deficit is to deport all the illegal aliens, they fail to ask even the most basic questions, such as:

  • 1) How are you going to catch them all and how much would that cost?
  • 2) Who is going to do the work? Americans are not going to work for subminimum wage, which leads to:
  • 3) How will the resulting price increases affect the economy?

As another example, any time a violent crime is reported (and for some reason, the race of the suspect is not reported), several idiots immediately conclude that the crime was committed by an illegal immigrant.

And I thought that reading newspapers would educate people…