The "Paper of Record" apparently has no editorial standards anymore. In a profile on Michael Brown, they paint in one paragraph what a "troubled" person Brown was, and one of the reasons they give - "He had taken to rapping in recent months". Apparently a young black man trying to rap can help justify being gunned down by the police.
Oh and I wanted to also check the comments on that article. Apparently the NYTimes doesn't want to hear from us. They have them disabled. Imagine that..