Friday, May 19, 2006

We’re All Snitches

USA TODAY

XXL - June 2006


Before you go reciting the code of the streets (a code, by the way, that has yet to be presented in written form and seems to change according to the ideology of the person who is using it in their defense) or calling the No-Snitch Patrol keep reading.

If you are a self-proclaimed writer, journalist, reporter, blogger, scribe, media critic…whatever you want to call it…you are indeed a Snitch. That is if you go off of the skewed definition being beat into our heads by Hip-Hop.

Think about it, we (yes, we are all in this together) get people to confide in us and then what do we do? Put it out there for everyone to read. We get artists in a comfort zone and before you know it they’re telling us about their drug habits and rented jewelry, child support cases and bad hair weaves. Police complain about the hood's unwillingness to cooperate yet journalists have no problem getting quotes from Taye Taye the neighborhood hustler. We make money of off their lives.

In essence, we are snitches.

3 Comments:

Blogger Hashim said...

I can't stand a music journalist who "doesn't want to snitch". Cuz in reality it's not because they think snitching is wrong, but they are selective in who's details they spill because they want to protect their own access.

Friday, May 19, 2006 6:55:00 PM  
Anonymous R.L. said...

I deal mostly with politicians, but I'd imagine that most musicians -- ones who'd be the subjects of profiles in magazines like XXL, anyway -- have publicists who should teach them the phrase: "off the record."

Otherwise, we know it's fair game. Now, if a journalist compromises his ethics because he has a hidden agenda or ax to to grind with a particualr subject, that's a different discussion -- and a far more serious offense in my book that mere snitching.

A snitch compromises just himself and the person he rats out. A unethical journalist compromises not only himself and his victim, but also his colleagues -- as well as our entire profession.

Monday, May 22, 2006 7:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snitching has been over used you. the truth needs to expose even if people think it is snithing

Hip Hop

Thursday, June 01, 2006 1:07:00 PM  

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