Reno newspaper promotes attackers in hate crime
By Brenda Norrell
The Reno Gazette Journal joined the copycat crew, copying information from two articles in Censored News. If the journalists who are receiving paychecks were doing their jobs, they would not have to sit in their easy chairs, and wait for the unpaid writers at Censored News to do it for them.
One article is about a Northern Paiute traditional gatherer being fined $800 by the Nevada Game and Fish.
The other article is disturbing, as the Reno Gazette Journal prints an extensive interview with the family of an accused attacker in a hate crime, without interviewing the victims.
The Reno Gazette's coverage reveals why racists continue to attack in the state of Nevada with impunity. In this case, the accused white attacker is the son of a retired police detective in Lyon County, Nevada.
Reno Sparks Indian Johnny Bonta was not only beaten and stabbed, but the attackers attempted to slit his throat, which is attempted murder. His son-in-law was also beaten in the attack by three men. Johnny Bonta, the victim, was jailed with a broken nose and cuts and bruises. He was denied medical treatment in jail. Police refused to take a statement from the family. Johnny Bonta was never charged and was only released from jail when tribal authorities intervened.
The Reno Gazette reporter takes the hit and run approach, saying the victims, the Bontas, could not be reached for comment by press time. This is unacceptable, reprehensible reporting in a hate crime.
Forbes did a far better story reporting the hate crime. However, if Forbes did not actually interview the family, then credit should be given to Censored News, or the subsequent copycat reporters who waited for Censored News to take all the risks, and then eventually came out of hiding to collect their paychecks.
The hate crime took place on May 24. The Reno Gazette woke up from its snooze on Wednesday, July 6, in time to do some damage control for the family of a retired white police officer.
Mainstream news reporters, shouldn't think that I'm doing their work for them, so that they can sit in your easy chairs and collect a paycheck off my efforts. That includes Indian Country Today, and its "reporter" that I haven't seen out on a news story in the past 29 years.
And that includes you Reno Gazette Journal.
For all of you reporters who want to know what is in the "Ch---a La Migra" downloads from Arizona police files, please feel free to stay up all night, every night, downloading torrents, zip drives and software updates so you can read, study and evaluate the massive data.
Here's the original articles from Censored News on the hate crime, a portion of which also appeared on Narcosphere:
Reno Sparks Indian beaten in hate crime (June 6):
Hate crime attackers talked about it on Facebook