Petty criminals are NOT news {Carmine Carpino}

Hoboken resident Carmine Carpino just a petty criminal

Some 73 year old Hoboken resident Carmine Carpino was “picked up” (i.e. “arrested”) for stealing a jalopy in Hackensack the other day. Apparently this geezer has five dozen arrests on his rap sheet during his seven-plus decades being alive.

Previous charges have included shoplifting, “improper behavior” and “lewdness,” amongst several others. Those are fairly consistent with excess alcohol consumption in our opinion (mugshot below is fairly obvious).

Carmine Carpino Hoboken NJ Arrest

Reporting petty crimes (exclusive or not) doesn’t help society

One egocentric tool-bag NJ reporter mentioned this to us the other day, citing “exclusive coverage” of this otherwise useless piece of information. There are millions of petty crimes committed daily. Why we would get our pants warm and fuzzy over a small-time crook like this is beyond explanation.

Why is it that certain meager media outlets get all excited in their “little worlds,” but cannot comprehend the MASSIVE DAILY CRIMES other entities commit (pretty much “legally”) every day?

Price fixing, laws that are unconstitutional, the reduction of our rights, and other “police state” nonsense that is growing more prevalent by the day – but “small time” reporters feel so egotistical with boring shit like a geezer who is just trying to live?

Better questions (rather than just “reporting” on some stupid police reports NO ONE cares about – because they’re ALL cookie cutter) are:

  • Why is Carmine such a criminal? Where did he go wrong? Why is he so old – yet still feels the need to steal? Does he have government income?
  • Has he hurt anyone lately? Who are his victims? “Things,” “People,” “Monetary units?”
  • Does he have a drug problem? Why? How did it happen?
  • Where is his family? Does he have one? Any kids?
  • What kind of skills does he have? Did he go to school? Where did he work?

These types of stories are what keeps the dopey local “evening news” in business. Because all of you enable it. “OH, one guy hit another guy over the head with a sock of marbles and took his wallet!” or “Wow, a car plowed into a bodega and someone got hurt…”

I guess these things might be relevant, because the people immediately in the vicinity might be curious about what happened. But someone 20 or 50 blocks away? Does it really matter at that point? Why not just yearn to learn about EVERY SINGLE TRAFFIC MISHAP GLOBALLY? You’d NEVER figure it all out. It’s all just “local.”

In the end – whether you label yourself as a “journalist,” “reporter,” or “correspondent,” it doesn’t matter – unless you inspire THOUGHT in your readers. A good “writer” will challenge conventional wisdom, and break barriers to what is otherwise known as “groupspeak.”

The story about this petty criminal – despite his “long rap sheet” has more behind it. “So fucking what” he did what he did. More important is asking WHY it happened, and how to find a deeper meaning to it all. Sometimes the net result of our ridiculous society is insanity – and justifiably so.

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