Obvious smear is obvious

Brian J. links to this seemingly routine crime story, and properly decries the blatant — and clumsy — media attempt at profiling:

“Police say a man wearing a bandana and dirty white gloves robbed a bank in south St. Louis County this afternoon.”

Why, oh why, in the 21st century are we remarking upon the gender of this alleged assailant? Just because males make up the vast majority of bank robbers in this country, why should gender be mentioned in the description other than to perpetuate the stereotype that only men rob banks?

Besides, what are the chances that a woman would allow herself to be seen in dirty white gloves?


  1. Tatyana »

    4 February 2012 · 9:30 pm

    Obviously, the journalist omitted the most important word in this typical report: “allegedly”.

  2. McGehee »

    4 February 2012 · 10:26 pm

    “Allegedly” applies only under certain conditions. If it’s not used here, obviously the robber is an anti-Romney Republican.

  3. Tatyana »

    5 February 2012 · 7:08 am

    He should have said ” allegedly a man ‘

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