23 March 2008

Let's Not Jump To Conclusions

The media will speculate on anything reflecting poorly towards the United States, the military, the police, the economy, or anything else that progressive deem evil.  Notice how careful they are not to speculate in this story?

The owner of the business told police that he believes he may have shot the suspect in the back.

Shortly afterwards, police responded to a call from a man who said he was shot in the back at an address 1/2 of a mile away from the scene of the robbery. It is unknown whether these two incidents are related.

Idiots.  They must think we're idiots.  There's no other explanation.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 20:05:20 | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 In my experience,  this sort of agnosticism comes from the spokesman of the PD, not the reporter or his editors.
Reporter: Can I say this man is the same one who was shot in the back down the street?
Spokesman:  No.  We haven't finished investigating.  We don't know if the two incidents are actually related.
So reporter uses the spokesman's line.
Also remember this is one of the low on the totem pole reporters.  You're not allowed to speculate until you slither higher up on the totem pole

Posted by: kishnevi at 23 March 2008@20:13:19 (456EJ)

2 From the (updated) news story link:

On Sunday, arraignment court staff confirmed that Damon Dreher is being held in the Allegheny County Jail under $150,000 bond in connection with the shooting. He is being charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and gun violations.

If the original statement came from the police, it should have said so. "The police spokesman wouldn't speculate on whether the two incidents were related." would have sufficed. Then, they edit the story without any notation of having done so. As written, all statements in the original are attributed to the reporter. I'm rarely inclined to give the MSM benefit of the doubt... this case isn't one I would start with.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23 March 2008@20:49:52 (Q5ggV)

3 "They must think we're idiots."

Unfortunately, they have found little reason to regret holding us in contempt. They have found it all too easy to manipulate an ignorant, lazy, and apathetic public. It is one of the reasons I fear we are beyond the point of no return.

Posted by: Machinist teh knucklehead at 24 March 2008@08:28:23 (yFIK0)

4 Newspaper revenues are universally down, unprofessional "journalism" is quickly and loudly debunked by multiple blogs which have become a standard avenue for daily news, and television news shows find themselves covering Paris and Britney just to bring in viewers looking for entertainment and salacious content.

I'm pretty sure the smart ones have some regrets my friend.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 24 March 2008@08:37:48 (Q5ggV)

5 You have a point, as always. I wonder how many recognize or admit the reason for this, though. Both print, radio, and TV networks seem to rationalize and blame others.

I do wonder as well how much of the newspaper loss comes from a growingly illiterate population. It's like financing public health programs with tobacco taxes. Trying to pay for an ever growing program from a shrinking revenue stream. PC schools and an ignorant population make sheep who are easy to manipulate but sheep don't read newspapers or follow current events. This is a two edged sword for socialists in a capitalist society.

Posted by: Machinist at 24 March 2008@11:25:51 (yFIK0)

6 Rather than illiterate, I would venture to say they're more superficial. Less inclined to study classical literature or technical reading outside their own interests. There is much to be said for a well-rounded knowledge base, but little call for it in today's workplace. This means only those who are self-motivated, or have been taught the value of knowledge by their parents, seek out reading material for their own education.

I would also say that socialism is a two-edged sword in any society... with both edges threatening anyone outside the power structure. There are more sheep around than is really healthy for our country, but far fewer than you fear. They just keep getting the best headlines.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 24 March 2008@14:41:44 (Q5ggV)

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