Here is the first sentence in Blow's article:
“The statistics tell a tragic story about Louisiana, which has the highest percentage of its citizens in prison in this country, and about the United States, which has the highest percentage of prison inmates in the world. Here are Blow's statistics: Out of 100,000 residents Louisiana has 1,619 incarcerated; the United States has 730; Russia has 525; Rwanda has 450; Iran has 333; China has 122; Afghanistan has 62.
is the world’s prison capital. The state imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its Louisiana counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. U.S. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times ’s.” Germany
Shame on Louisiana. Shame on the U.S.
And let us pause to regret that, if the Times-Picayune instance indicates a trend (for they are scaling back to three days a week), this kind of reporting may be lost. If truly there is a decline in such reporting, it will be a loss for democracy, which cannot survive if the light of investigative reporting cannot be shed on unseemly behavior, and it will be a loss for us as individuals who want to have access to the truth -- at least the most reliable information -- of what is happening in the world. Justice Louis D. Brandeis: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
Already we have the sense that we live in fields of lies, crafted stories that masque the truth. What else are we being led to believe that veil the underside of the human condition?