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Accusations By The Media

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To ensure a free society, our forefathers granted us the universal right to free speech. This meant that anyone could be scrutinized, if the information was true, by the media. The LAPD officers who beat Rodney King were scrutinized; Richard Nixon was scrutinized; even Jerry Springer has been scrutinized. These turned out to be true, and that is fine with me, but what about when the media jumps too far ahead? OJ Simpson is still portrayed as a criminal years after he was found innocent in criminal court. Richard Little (the man accused of the Olympic bombing) had his life destroyed because of all his negative media attention. No one has been arrested, but John Benet Ramsey's parents seem to be the target of the media investigation.
Throughout every story there seems to be truth and fiction; sensation and sensationalism. This is what I find so disturbing about the Littleton case. I know that school children don't usually kill each other before recess, and I can understand the want of the media to capitalize on the opportunity to instill in us some sense of pathos, but to take on the persona of the "older brother" with regards to how the media mediated this event was wrong in my eyes. By "older brother" persona I mean ...

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