Schenel Searcy, whose son Carl was slain last year, blasted the Boston
Herald for identifying her other son and reporting that police wanted
to question him about [Jahmol] Norfleet's death.
"He is 14 years old," Searcy said. "He is scared to walk alone, to be
alone.... I know that my son doesn't have anything to do with
retaliation for anybody's murder."
I'm reluctant to
get drawn into a discussion of how we gather news that’s prompted by
something the Globe puts in
its story, because I’m fairly sure its motives are something other than
they might appear. At
the same time...we take the identification of potential suspects on a
case-by-case basis. In this case, I don’t think we made the right
decision because of the age
of the kid. And I'll be talking to our editors and reporters.
[A]ny major retooling
would require Convey — and Purcell — to rise above the
us-against-the-world mentality that pervades Herald Square. At its
best, this mindset motivates the Herald’s overburdened employees to do excellent work. At its worst, it dulls critical faculties and gives the Herald’s post-Murdochian status quo an air of inviolability. For Convey to turn the Herald around, he’ll need to steer clear of the Kool-Aid.