How the New York Times reports on a shooting

A man was shot and killed yesterday in a movie theater in Tampa. Apparently he’d been texting on his cell phone, with his 3 year old daughter no less, when the previews started. Another patron complained to him about texting during the previews, they argued, and the other patron availed himself of his Second Amendment right to shoot anybody who might be bothering him. Some witnesses claim that the texter threw a bag of popcorn at Shooter, though, so I’m sure ALEC is arguing that this was a Stand Your Ground case.

New York Times Florida correspondent Frances Robles reported on the shooting for her paper, which you can read here. Except that what you’re reading there is actually a later draft of what she wrote. The original piece included this paragraph:

The killing underscored the increased debate about when to use smartphones in public. In October, the singer Madonna was spotted texting during the Lincoln Center premiere of “12 Years a Slave.” That led Tim League, chief executive of Alamo Drafthouse, a Texas-based chain of boutique cinemas, to post on Twitter that she was banned from watching movies at his theaters.

Yes, according to the New York Times, the paper of record, the fact that a guy was gunned down in a movie theater for texting during the previews really tells us something about…when we should use our smartphones in public. I can’t imagine why they removed that part of the story. Hopefully they’ll employ more of that kind of reportage in the future:



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