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A friend, who is also my minister and the chief investigator for our local sheriff’s department, posted on Facebook that the media will drive America into another civil war.
I am firmly convinced to next civil war will be started as the result of main stream media…..just my opinion.
Normally, I avoid debates on Facebook but I couldn’t let it pass.
Wow. Didn’t know I was part of a terrorism organization. In a half-century of media work (both mainstream and independent) I’ve seen a lot of predictions that the downfall of civilization would be the fault of the media. Not one of those predictions have come true. Yes, America has large problems to overcome but are we in the media the cause of them or simply the ones with the unpleasant task of reporting them? And what is considered “mainstream” media? Just my opinion.
Some people claim the media created the Trayvon Martin controversy but was it the media or a series of unfortunate events that could have been prevented?
Those who claim the media devoted too much attention to the case motivated us to scan the various forums and discussion boards on the Internet and that scan showed a lot of interest and debate on the case. Even the discussion board here on Capitol Hill Blue see more comment on that case than on issues that are more important and political in nature and this is a political news web site.
So I post the question again. Are the problems that face America created by the media or are we blamed simply because it is our often uncomfortable job of bringing these problems to the public’s attention?
Much of the focus of media coverage on the charges against and trial of George Zimmerman have focused on Florida laws and neighborhood practices that put him on the street that night with a gun in a situation that led to the death of a teenager who may or may not have been a threat to him.
In raising questions about the law and local attitudes, the media is doing its job. Did those who chose to broadcast the trial live go too far? Local authorities allowed the trial to be telecast and those who chose to watch saw the trial in action and were not limited to just a reporter’s interpretation of what happened in the courtroom.
Questions over what is or is not news are what those of us in this business face every day. We scan hundreds of story daily to pick the half dozen or so that are featured on this web site. Our writers look for angles not covered by regular media in producing stories that are exclusive to Capitol Hill Blue.
An example is today’s story on President Barack Obama calling the death of Trayvon Martin. We looked at the President’s statement and saw it as him taking political advantage of the situation and using it to promote his anti-gun agenda, so that’s what our story said.
Up until the President got involved in the case, we didn’t see the Trayvon Martin shooting or the George Zimmerman trial as news for a political web site. Now it is.
A judgment call but we have to make such calls day in and day out in this business.
That’s what we do. Some people like, some don’t.
As legendary television anchor Walter Cronkite used to say, “that’s the way it is.”