Two more examples of anti Springfield bias in the local newspaper. In two news stories documenting crimes which occurred nowhere near Springfield, and which had nothing to do with Springfield, and in which no one from Springfield either perpetrated the crime or was a victim of the crime, the articles related to them manage to either directly (and inaccurately) bash Springfield, or focus on the city for no apparent reason.
In the first an Ohio man was recently arrested for a crime committed almost 20 years ago in which bodies were deposited in Tolland, MA, and New Britain, CT. The family lived in Brewster, New York, and the man was captured in Dalton, Ohio and yet the article on new developments in this story contained this quote: ” Right now there is a lot of shock because people tend to think of these things as happening in Holyoke or Springfield.”
I’m sure this quote was accurate. But why would the reporter include it? There is no data connecting cities to a greater incidence of domestic violence and locally, regionally, and nationally in the last month (!) these events have occurred in overwhelmingly white, typologically suburban locations. If interviews into some other story churned up the quotes: “We’d expect this of blacks!” or “They weren’t even Jewish!” would the reporter have printed them?
To top it off a homeless man set fire to a stairwell in the Forbes Library in Northampton and yet half of the follow up article focuses on the homeless in libraries in Springfield. Why? And why does the caption to a related photograph claim that the homeless man who set the fire is from Easthampton? If you are homeless, aren’t you “from” where you are? Isn’t that precisely what makes you homeless? I can’t wait to see the next news report on some petty crime in Springfield which goes to the effort of telling us that some city homeless person is “from” Longmeadow! Seems like the newsies from the “Upper Valley” want to make darn sure Northampton’s reputation isn’t besmirched by the recklessness of some Easthamptonian! And homeless library patrons? I know, I know, Springfield has lots of them!