I came across this interesting quote about Media today:
"Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone."
-by Hodding Carter
I have found that to be so true lately. I am a news junky. I have newsfeeds on my home page. I grab a newspaper whenever I can get one. I have friended the different news stations on Facebook. I listen to the news shows on the radio going to work and on the way home.
I want to know what is going on in our corner of the world, in our country and throughout the globe.
Well, recently there was an incident in Spokane County that made the news. It was an officer involved shooting. They happen throughout the country and they do happen in our neck of the woods. We are not sheltered from crime and ugliness here. For me this was an enlightening incident. I discovered how much the media can screw the truth up and how naive they are concerning facts in a case and how they just want to sensationalize things to gain viewers.
Now, I'm not going to totally blame the media for the faults in this case, though they are definitely a large fuel that feeds the fire...the public played a large part as well as the Sheriff's Department. But the media just took everything they heard and ran with it. Don't they teach journalism students about gaining multiple trusted sources before reporting a supposed 'fact'? There are so many parts to the incident that have been turned around and misreported.
The liberal, we-hate-all-cops, part of our community were also very vocal. I mean VERY vocal. They got lots of airplay. They also jumped all over the social media sites and spouted any wild thought that came to mind, regardless of its source or whether it was based in truth or just urban legend.
Yes folks, the media picked up on it too. Surprise, surprise.
And since when does the son of a victim, who was not even there when it happened, become an expert witness? Why does his opinion gain any merit?
As time has unfolded this incident...some talk show hosts locally have decided the case and chosen a side. It is going to be unfortunate if the final outcome does not match their opinion. I fear the public outcry could be dangerous to not only the officer involved in the shooting, but to all the men and women in law enforcement.
For those of us out there willing to believe in those sworn officers, please be vocal. Please stand up for those who put their lives on the line for your safety every day. I wish that more people would look past the title of Pastor and imagine what you would do if a MAN was approaching you with a gun and wouldn't drop it. Speak up if you think that this was just a man that made a very bad choice.
One last thing I was wondering about...what would have happened if this 'pastor' did shoot the officer and kill him? Would the same group of vocal citizens who are demanding an officer be punished for doing his job, demand justice for the dead officer? Hmmm...makes you wonder!