If you’re assaulted and the media doesn’t report it, did it really happen?

We regularly hear stories about vandalism, thefts, break-ins, and assaults happening newspaper & chainsin Eureka and Arcata but only a select few ever seem to make it in to the local media. This phenomenon has grown over the last 5 years and shows no signs of waning. At first you could argue that “ignorance is bliss” or “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, but we think that’s extremely naïve. It is actually the opposite.  To quote another old saying “forewarned is forearmed!” Neighborhood watch programs have been very successful elsewhere and they are based on the concept that vigilance is the best defense and puts potential victims on the offense.

This was all brought back to focus last week when we were informed of the broad daylight assault on a well know community member near their house in the middle of town. We waited to see how and if news of this crime would be reported. It’s clear to us now that it won’t be getting any press. So this begs several questions:

If the assault of a well know person doesn’t make the news how many more of these type incidents are going unreported?

Who is suppressing this information? The victims, the cops, the media or city staff?

Is the silence due to very real concerns about retribution on the victims?

Is there a general feeling in the community that nothing will happen to the perpetrators, so why bother?

Now liberal Jon will be quick to dismiss these questions and say it’s just our hate filled agenda with police Chief Mills. Let us refute that right now. We can’t solely blame Mills for this; as it seems to extend well beyond Eureka City limits.  We can say though, that he’s done nothing to make it better and has contributed to it getting worse.


21 thoughts on “If you’re assaulted and the media doesn’t report it, did it really happen?

  1. Murphys market in trinidad was burglarized about two weeks ago, NO mention of it in the news!


  2. Maybe the media doesn’t consider it newsworthy, and/or if it had to report one, then they’d have to report them all. There aren’t enough reporters here to keep up. Imagine if every assault/robbery/break-in in Los Angeles was reported in the media… it would have to be a daily 100-page paper to report them all. Perhaps a better idea: if folks here want to track all crimes, start a blog where folks can report what has happened without having to go through the media.


  3. This is VERY disturbing and constitutes one more reason why the Times-Standard is only useful for the ads.

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  4. WTF? An unnamed, but apparently ‘well known’ person was the victim of a/an (insert precise nature of ‘assault’ here) on (insert unknown date & time) somewhere in one of Humboldt County’s coastal communities, which hasn’t been reported (including here on this blog), because . . . well no one knows why .. . . but it’s clearly the fault of the ‘Media’.

    That ’bout cover it?

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    • That doesn’t quite cover it. I heard about a pretty horrific attack on a local, well known person within “progressive” circles of Humboldt. Sent him/her to the hospital and involved a deadly weapon. It happened in broad daylight, yet didn’t even garner a short press release. What are the requirements for issuing those things?

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  5. The commercial blogs, like the rest of mainstream media, are already saturated in crime. It’s easy cut-and-paste news.

    Newspapers once had sections focusing on important local community issues like the economy, government, healthcare, housing, poverty, and crime…

    Now, it’s mostly crime…endless, pointless streams of names and incidents typically lacking any background info behind the faces, nor do we see routine statistical updates.

    There was a time that newspapers would have taken the lead in demanding that all law enforcement agencies report their civilian deaths, (at the hands of law enforcement), to the FBI.
    How does Eureka compare to the whole of the European Union in police killings of civilians?

    Probably pretty damn close.

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  6. And another shoe drops in the Ferguson Mo story..the police chief has now resigned…after the federal DOJ report the judge was booted, the city manager was booted, and now the police chief throws himself under the bus.

    I have been warning of the Ferguson Solution where a bunch of rich white insiders systematically plunder the poor side of town…conveniently black so it was easier to do.

    After the prayer breakfasts. GMOB attempt and the Shopping Cart Scare I have been sqweeking about this Ferguson Solution, a city funding mechanism widely practiced across the US in small poor city manager towns, well…a lot like ours.

    It kinda speaks against those who claim glibly that the Police Chief enforces those laws we the people want enforced…equally…unbiased…constitutionally.

    City Manager
    Police Chief



    All this could happen here.

    We have to make sure it doesn’t, including the systematic plundering, the malicious police and revenue stream sucking via the corrupt and predatory court system, and the biased and ineffective policing strategies that go along with all that….and the police shootings and the riots.

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  7. I don’t think any local media outlet would suppress information about an individual of prominence being attacked in the manner you allege. But I gotta kinda call at least some degree of bullshit here: You have some intel of note and you aren’t sharing it here? Because why? As an anonymous blog, one would think you have nothing to lose, yeah?

    Please scoop.

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  8. I also wish for healing for whoever is assaulted.

    People are assaulted by police EVERY DAY in Eureka. And people who have no “prominence” are often assaulted by other residents, too. Of course, it is all unreported. However, I DISAGREE with the idea of Neighborhood Watch, the motto being “If I don’t call the police, my neighbor will.” Neighbors can effectively watch over each other if they communicate regularly and strategize, discuss ways to deal with problems, create caring networks for taking care of needs (even beyond themselves and their neighbors), interacting without fear, etc. But, inherently involving the cops is a bad idea.

    “We are the people we have been waiting for.”


  9. If a Tree falls in a Forest does it make a noise?


  10. Hi.

    “just our hate filled agenda with police Chief Mills”.

    Thing is I agree with our agenda of working passionately to demand an accountable police force.

    If I can put the anon staff members of the TE on the couch for a brief and inappropriate pop-psychology second. I think you are placing too much our our local woes on one person. Chief Mills is not responsible for the scurge of meth or our local illicit drug trade. He isn’t responsible for those breaking laws both violent and seemingly victimless.

    He is responsible for managing our town’s police force. We agree a great deal on his mishandling of the wake of Tommy McClain’s killing. We agree that there needs to be accountability, we disagree on how we get there and the messaging.

    Here is my point. There were 2 people who showed up to protest Sgt Steven’s promotion. We have 200 people show up for the increasing number of public meetings on homelessness, safety, etc. We are a city of, what, 12,000?

    Knowing what is right is one thing, doing what is right is another. Doing what is right involves communicating with those 12,000.

    When you do communicate with those 12K we have to remember what is so clear in your anger – not against Mills, but against, rightfully, violent crime. Some huge percentage of those 12K’s first priority, whether they know it or not, before facebook, TV, food or even sex is safety. When we want to message our anger over unaccountability and mismanagement, we do have to think about how this is best done if we want to have an efficacious message.

    Our peace officers are our 12Ks first and last line of defense. What I think most of those above and below the comment line here at TE want is to be the voice for the 2K to 4K (or more or less) (on the right side of the law) that see the police force currently as more of a threat to their safety than a buffer against violence and/or violation.

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    • “Here is my point. There were 2 people who showed up to protest Sgt Stephen’s promotion.”

      Actually, there were 3.

      Every elected city and some county officials walked by the protesters standing near the front door, only Arroyo had the decency to express her condolences.

      You are absolutely correct about communication, however, nationwide gov/corporate collusion have U.S. media under effective control via self-censorship. Few people lack the leisure required to research the back-story on so many critical issues.

      No print, TV, or radio questioned the appropriateness of promoting the officer in charge at the McClain shooting while it was/is still questionable, there’s been little media interest at all, in fact, every new civilian death at the hands of law enforcement is reported as an isolated incident, except for a single NCJ article listing all known shootings over the last 10(?) years, a context that belongs with every police shooting report because of the outrageous number of them.

      How could most of the public think there’s anything wrong? If they missed that single NCJ article, or lack the time to search/verify the blogs, the ONLY way to reach them with relevant news is to knock on their door and hand it to them.

      Understanding the effectiveness of the last police Chief is enough reason to be angry with this one.

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  11. Yes Ms.Arroyo reached out to the 2 woman standing outside. But when one of the 2 reached out to her. She shut down and forwarded everything to Mills.


  12. There were two women and one man standing as protesters.


  13. Local media in this county is a joke. Not like national news isn’t a joke either. But there is your answer. No journalistic integrity. I am not surprised.


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