Thursday, May 8, 2008

The thin blue line

The Dallas Morning News printed an article from the Associated Press regarding the recent incident in Philadelphia involving their Police Department. It was about a FOX News video showing the police pulling over a vehicle involved in a police chase. The police then rush the vehicle, pull the three people out and proceed to whoop on them. The article did mention a few days earlier a Philadelphia police office was murdered. However the article purposely left out the fact that this vehicle and the inhabitants of it, were involved in a shooting earlier. The basis of sound journalism must address: who, what, where, when, why, and how. This article ignores these basic concepts of worthy journalism. Facts mean nothing to the American news media, as emotion is all that is needed with them.

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