I sent the following email to the journalist of the second story:
As a ten year veteran teacher who makes the exact same amount as the teacher from Staten Island arrested for making "terrorist threats" in a staff room in Fort Hamilton High School, I have to ask why you included the teacher's salary in both Saturday's and Sunday's Daily News story about her arrest and eventual release from Rikers Island.
Why is her salary relevant?
When FOX News reporter Charles Leaf was arrested for child molestation charges, I don't remember the Daily News putting Leaf's salary in the story.
When NY 1 reporter Dominic Carter was arrested for domestic abuse charges, I don't recall the Daily News putting Carter's salary in the news story.
When WABC weatherperson Heidi Jones was arrested for making false rape accusations, I don't remember hearing about her salary in the paper.
So how come this woman's salary was relevant?
Is this one of those "She's a public employee, therefore her salary is always relevant, especially when she betrays the public trust by getting arrested" thing?
Or is it just hypocrisy from the news media that itself is loaded with child molesters, wife beaters, and other assorted criminals who enjoy tarring ALL teachers with the misdeeds of one very, very stupid and angry Staten Island one?
The news media loves to do these "Teacher Arrested" stories.
But given the criminal track records of many journalists, there is a large amount of hypocrisy emanating from the newsrooms.