Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What is wrong with the media

I found this story on the blogs which directs to a fox story .
The basics of the story is
School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up.

Now I think the security guard appears to have crossed the line- and the school probably deserves what it gets - but that isn't the issue I want to raise here, the issue is that the media has failed to investigate the story despite it being implausible - or, more likely, has intentionally ignored relevant information and failed to report it. And knowingly allowed a misleading article to be published.

1) The video did not capture the breaking of the arm in this regard the story is obviously factually incorrect.

2) According to the articles the guy who broke the girl's wrist 'tackled' (well you can see exactly what he did) the guy with the camera. That would mean he was the Hispanic guy not the guy who looks like he could be a member of white power. Well who was it?

3) I know the guard is the bad guy but if he broke black girl's wrists for no reason there would be no black girls with wrists in that school. Clearly he did it for some reason even if that was a stupid reason. It is said that that reason is that she slapped a female security guard, that seems very plausible since it appears to be the source of the 'challenging a school official to a fight' charge and the 'battery' charge against her. But that might get in the way of a good story I guess.

4) Dropped apparently a euphemism for "threw", (I.e. a food fight ).

It would seam Fox is intentionally misleading but all the other media agencies and blogs left their brains at the door. Presumably the people involved don’t want to run around making media statements for legal reasons (and because they wouldn't end up looking good anyway) but come on - the media should tell the whole story not just the cookie cut one.

the worst thing is this happens to almost every story and not always in obvious ways.



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