A story full of hype
and hysteria is written by a reporter with a disturbing track record.
UPDATE, AUG. 25, 2020: That evil union had to hold a vigil yesterday to honor a child protective services caseworker who died of COVID-19 - apparently as a result of doing exactly what the Times story demands.
How many people would have contracted coronavirus as a result? How many would have died? How many parents would have died? How many grandparents? How many children who had never been abused would wind up orphaned? And, given that recent research suggests we may have underestimated the risks to children, how many children would have died? If even two children died as a result, that would suggest trying to do business-as-usual probably would have been more dangerous than what California, in fact, did.
The wrong partner
Compounding the problem: The Times should have been more careful when it decided to contract out some stories in California. They contracted with the Investigative Reporting Program at University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where the child welfare stories are written by Garrett Therolf.
But The New York Times is one of the few legacy news organizations that has thrived amid the chaos. It can afford to be more careful in choosing its partners.