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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Tribune Finally Makes the Cut

The Chicago Tribune caught up with the penis-throwing madman story on Sunday--two days late, mind you--deeming it worthy of mention as a "Quotable":
"We took him out without any serious injury, with the exception of his own."

--Chicago Police Sgt. Edward Dolan, on police having to use a stun gun to arrest Jakub Fik, who had cut off his penis because he was distressed over his relationship with his girlfriend in Poland.

Let's leave aside for the moment that when a man cuts off his own penis during a confrontation with police officers, it's a story, not a Quotable. My question is this: What kind of newspaper editor mentions this story without including the rather interesting and compelling detail that the man threw his severed penis at the cops? Is that too much color? Does it weigh down the narrative velocity of the Quotable? How clueless do you have to be to screw up a "Man Cuts Off Own Penis, Hurls it at Police Officers" story?