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Themselves Or Media

Posted Monday, December 5, 2011, at 3:20 PM

We're seeing many poltical candidates complain they are victims of the news media.

Should they be blaming themselves, the media or both?

Although a member of the media for many years when the public considered only newspapers, television and radio as the media, I think the media today is composed of many other non-mainstream outlets.

Do you think anyone should have the right to tear apart anyone and remain completely anonymous?

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I think that if you are putting yourself out there in the public eye, whether that is in the political or entertainment fields, then you should expect to be "attacked" by the media. No matter what you do, people are going to find all of your skeletons that you have hidden.

But on the other hand, I believe that if you are accusing someone of something, no matter if they are famous or not, you cannot stay anonymous. It does not matter if it is the Herman Cain accuser or the Jerry Sandusky accusers. The accuser should remain anon IF the accuser is underage. But if they are over 18, then they should not be able to be anonymous.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 4:58 PM

Likewise, I think accusers and political campaigns should be held accountable for what they say and claim.

If someome says they have been having an affair or they know certain dirty things, they better be able to prove it or be held liable AND prosecuted for lying to the American People.

Such unaccountable accusations have probably cheated us of some good candiates who do not want their family and their repuation slandered.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 5:37 PM

Coverage by most media outlets is definitely biased in one form or another. Part of that may be due to outside pressure and part of it is because it is run by humans which have all the common human failings.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 6:52 PM

What ever happened to prosecution for slander? What happened to the days of people being held accountable for damage done by lies that they spread? When did they change the laws about the news media having to tell the truth and be able to verify it or be held accountable and called out when they reported false and misleading stories? The honor of our people has nearly disappeared what a sad testament for such a great country,that we have lost the value of honesty and honor.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Mon, Dec 5, 2011, at 9:32 PM

Bo to get back to some of your other questions, politicians should be responsible for what they do, BUT character assassination is rampant in politics in general and I am tired of the crap that gets thrown out. So my answer as to who is responsible is both.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 6, 2011, at 7:03 AM

people running for public office are allowed to make just about any accusation, without fear of legal repercussions.

people who are in "the public eye" can be accused of just about anything, without the protection of the law.

this is just the way it is.

-- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Dec 6, 2011, at 7:40 PM

Besides the candidate and probably their family being hurt aren't "we the people" being cheated and lied to as well?

I believe "the way it is" needs to be adjusted by a more moral and honest society. Even if I do not believe the lie, the press runs with it and the people are denied the benefit of being focused on real issues, not fabricated ones.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, at 7:13 AM

Steve, many people do not like to hear the truth. They rather have someone lie to them and tell them that everything is fine instead of everything going to 'you know where' in a hand basket.

Some people like hearing the gossips and rumors,etc. I guess because it makes themselves feel better.

But I do agree with you, that I would rather have an honest society - an honest politician. But I don't think that there is such a thing as a politician that is honest. Their objective is to tell people what they want to hear, no matter if it is a bold face lie or not.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Dec 7, 2011, at 11:03 AM

Here is an interesting court ruling about responsibility for what a person syas and writes. http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweek...

This blogger was found guilty of defamation of a corporation and co-founder. I am not sure why journalists should be protected from the same responsibility but...

A 2.5 million award seems a bit excessive from an individual but maybe she is wealthy or the court gets a commission. The lawyer probably does.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 8, 2011, at 9:57 AM

Most people believe everything the media reports, which most of the time some of it is true. Like most of us who have to document information, it has to be confirmed, not just assumed it is true. One thing that I would like to comment on is the type of business going on in the Bedford County Sheriffs Department. What is the Sheriff doing?The sheriff has terminated one of his best detectives, demoted the rest of the detectives and has replaced them with one alcoholic and the other one has a criminal history. Also working in the department is a convicted felon, whom carries a gun. Even Sheriff Andy Taylor is not this dumb.

-- Posted by november57 on Thu, Dec 8, 2011, at 11:29 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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