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Fake but Accurate Reporting

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 9:16 AM

If any of you have read my columns in the T-G over any length of time, you'll notice that this writer has a real pet peeve with media bias, specifically by so-called journalists twisting a story with the careful omission of certain facts while focusing on secondary issues.

That seems to be the case with the coverage of a horrific execution style multiple murder in Newark, NJ where three college students were shot in the back of the head. Blogger Eric Scheie has ripped the mainstream media's coverage to shreds by pointing out which paper reported what.

You see, while one newspaper focused on the lives that were snuffed out, it totally ignores the alleged triggerman. You have to go to another paper before you discover that the suspect was an illegal immigrant who was freed on bail twice this year after being charged with assault and child rape.

Amazing how things like that get left out, isn't it?

Scheie goes into great detail at the above link and does an excellent job of showing exactly how the entire story is not told.

In a related piece. John Leo talks about how a "preferred story line" gets in the way of telling the truth.

If anyone ever starts a museum of horrible explanations, the one-liner by Newsweek's Evan Thomas about his magazine's dubious reporting on the Duke non-rape case-- "The narrative was right but the facts were wrong" --is destined to become a popular exhibit, right up there with "we had to destroy the village to save it."

Both pieces are good reading this morning and food for thought.


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Was it you that wrote that article a while back on your hard-of-hearing/deafness? I meant to e-mail and comment on that article, but I lost it (typical of me) and couldn't comment intelligently. I've given up on hearing aids entirely and am pursuing the cochlear implant route...one ear already down, the other one coming soon :) I don't know a lot of other hard-of-hearing people in our community...thought I'd say hello :)

http://happyfamilyathome.blogspot.com/

-- Posted by sweetpea on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 11:23 PM

The thing was, the photo was on Yahoo News, published by the AFP [French Press Agency]. Yahoo has now pulled the photo.

This isn't the first time this has happened. I did a piece on this sort of thing this last year

http://www.t-g.com/story/1163467.html

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 4:23 PM

There are a lot of Fake news sites on the web..they take a little bit of truth and add much much more to it..I always consider the source when reading anything.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 4:12 PM

Back to the topic at hand --"Fake but Accurate Reporting," this one is running around the blogosphere right now and clearly illustrates either woeful ignorance of firearms in general or deliberate distortion of the news.

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?...

Maybe it's a little bit of both....

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 4:07 PM

My Daddy always told me religion and politics should never be discussed between family or friends I am beginning to think it shouldn't be discussed with strangers either. People take offense when you don't agree with them on religious matters or politics. I have never tried to change anyone's views on either but I do like to know why someone thinks the way they do other than just because that's what they believe to be true. Of course that fact alone doesn't make them right or wrong.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 2:17 PM

OKAY I AM THE GUILTY PARTY..STRING ME UP IN THE CENTER OF THE SQUARE FOR HAVING AN OPINION DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS. YEP, IT'S ALL ME WITH THE NO MANNERS AND THE NO COMMON SENSE, I BLAME MY LACK OF FAITH ON IT.

-- Posted by stolen25 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:51 PM

oops, *may have been ME guys*

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:51 PM

vindicated, I agree with you when you say it's only a matter of time before it happens here, and sometimes I wonder if people think that it's never going to happen to such a small town like Shelbyville, although we have a fast growing rate of illegals in this town. I really hope that I never have to read about something that tragic here, but yes, it is only a matter of time.

-- Posted by weezie84 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:50 PM

may have been guys... more than likely is!

it's ok... i was over it days ago, but they're the ones who just brought it back up

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:50 PM

I reply religiously (no pun intended) to all the religion blogs...so if it isn't me, who is it?

-- Posted by Vindicated on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:49 PM

Well who is it?

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:48 PM

Never mentioned your name Vindicated. So therefore, is there are reason why my comments struck a nerve?

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:40 PM

Vindicated, my column for Sunday will be on this very topic.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:36 PM

and as for you William....the comment...

Oh BTW I think I'd skip that blog about religion...unless you want to develop cramps in your typing fingers from all the replies from those that might be a little short in the manners and common sense areas.

I REPLY ON THE RELIGION BLOGS, AND FYI I DO HAVE MANNERS AND COMMON SENSE. I ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, THINK FOR MYSELF AND QUESTION THINGS IN ORDER TO EDUCATE MYSELF FURTHER....

-- Posted by Vindicated on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:13 PM

Brian I found your blog very interesting...sorry that I just got around to the site today to read it..I really think that the papers should cover the WHOLE story and not pick and choose over what gets told. When I read about a victim, I too would also like to know the assailant and the assailant's background. Thank you for sending me to that link, because I really didn't know about WHO murdered them, just that they were murdered. Hopefully you pointing out that it was an illegal immigrant who was freed on bail twice this year after being charged with assault and child rape, will finally get people stirred up enough to DEMAND something be done about all the illegals and realize it's only a matter of time before it happens in our own town. and YES it will happen, we are no more protected from such atrocities than other cities.

-- Posted by Vindicated on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 1:10 PM

I'll take that under advisement, William. I was just being a little sarcastic about the lack of response I was getting...

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 12:25 PM

Yes and we all know who loves religion the most

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 12:13 PM

Yeah, I'd have to agree with horsegentler, again. It seems religion (again, I'm guilty as charged to some extent) isn't a loved topic to discuss with the community.

-- Posted by weezie84 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 11:51 AM

Ok Brian I'll bite...I started to reply to this blog yesterday, but it was a busy day and I was keeping up with another blog that kept my typing fingers busy.

I also do not like the reporting that seems to leave out the important details of the story and only touchs on the part of the story that promotes the reporter's agenda. Usually when I see a story that catchs my eye (I do the majority of my news reading online) then I will find several different sources to read about that story.

Last year's TWHNC is a good example. Depending upon where you got the story , the trainers were all standing together and refused to come for the last class or the THP had told the officials that they could not guarantee the safety of the crowd or performers, so they told them to end the show or the officials felt that the situation was too dangerous. I read all these different versions.

I read local, state and national newspaper websites and also some TV station websites about the story and they were widely varied in my opinion depending upon the reporters point of view.

Anyways Brian, I hope that you will continue to report the news from an objective point of view and not just tell us what you want or think we want to hear.

Oh BTW I think I'd skip that blog about religion...unless you want to develop cramps in your typing fingers from all the replies from those that might be a little short in the manners and common sense areas.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 11:33 AM

Dang, weezie ... after reading that, I wouldn't know where to begin....

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 10:16 AM

I do think that Brian should write a blog about child molestation and rape. Although there are a few on here that do know me, many don't, so in that case, I will share my insight to molesters. I am a victim of both child molestation and rape. My uncle had 13 counts of molestation and two rape charges in 2001, and do you know what they gave him? Three months in Coffee County Jail. THREE MONTHS. They said they could have given him longer, had he have went for his pysch evaluation. He had to register with the sex offenders list, Terry Buckner.

I don't trust people so much anymore, and the rape incident, was with a boyfriend's best friend. It's amazing what life's lessons will teach us. They are the reason I don't drink anymore, they are the reason I am unable to trust drinking around even people I know. But I haven't seen him since 2003.

I don't understand how people can do this to others.

-- Posted by weezie84 on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 9:50 AM

Gee, No response.

Maybe I should write about religion. THAT should get people going....

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Aug 15, 2007, at 9:40 AM


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