Allegedly, reportedly and other things that don't cover your ass
Wow. It seems the media have moved beyond the irresonsible, subtle and somewhat understandable libelling of yesterday to the outwardly contemptable libelling that makes people hate the press. I present Exhibit A, which was actually a supplemental piece to another libelous story. Or if you prefer your news CanWestified, here's Exhibit B and Exhibit C. These stories move beyond libellously reporting that the husband was charged in the death of the wife to acting on the assumption that he did it. I honestly don't know what to say. There's no excuse for this kind of thing. I hate that papers report charges in the way they did yesterday, but I can almost understand it. It's a thin line of distinction between "John Doe was charged with murder. Jane Doe's body was found in a ravine," and "John Doe was charged with murder after Jane Doe's body was found in a ravine." Today's examples though are inexcusable and make me angry. They've convicted this guy. The media need a good kick in the ass. I'm doing the MediaScout tomorrow, and I plan on going off on this subject a little bit. Given that their subscriber list is a lot longer and more diverse than mine, maybe someone will take notice. That's all you have? Yea, sorry. I was actually seriously thinking of taking some time off this site for awhile, before this Edmonton case broke. I think I need to recharge my batteries a bit, because I haven't been giving you guys the kind of material I was churning out even just a few weeks ago. To that end, I'm not going to update the site tomorrow. I've been asked to the do the Scout again, and I really want to focus on that, cause I plan to go guns blazing on the libel thing. I'll be back Monday after a weekend of CFL football and camping. I'll be regenerated and reinvigorated and ready to take on the press once more. So have a good weekend. And check out tomorrow's Scout. Barring something unexpected, it should be good. Oh, and check out the comments from yesterday's post, there was an interesting back and forth on all things libelous.