One of the great strengths of the New York Times is evident in this story by J. David Goodman, about bystanders who are accidentally shot by police and want to sue the City: when the paper thoroughly explores a troubling issue, I find it impossible to go all knee-jerk in my reaction. Instead of “deciding” from the headline, I must actually think about the issue and, in engaging the brain, realize — in unquestionable discomfort — that the easy body-part reactions have been flummoxed. There’s my knee trying to get elevated but the full story is a huge hand pushing it down.
And that’s a big problem. I mean, what a pain it is having to actually think seriously over an important issue!
So here you go. Without any apology, I require you to pay attention to the New York Times which, in turn, will require you to think. It will not make you happy. Thinking never does. Bystanders Shot by the Police Face an Uphill Fight to Win Lawsuits – NYTimes.com.