Anyone else notice this in the press? 1

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Sat, 24 Mar 2007 11:00:00 GMT

I can’t tell you how often I’ve noticed this pattern.

A news story about somebody accused of something, ends with the accused’s version of the story, without any questioning by the press no matter what it is.

An example, with hyperbole:

DETROIT, Michigan (BP) – A high speed chase ended today with a massive collision. The alleged suspect John Doe was fleeing from police after allegedly robbing a bank.

When the chase finally ended, his car was found to be filled with loose bank notes. The bank notes, the interior of the car, and even the suspect John Doe were covered in blue dye from an exploded dye pack placed in the bank notes.

Tellers at the bank positively identified the suspect, and surveillance cameras clearly show the suspect’s face and dress.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

Mr. Doe maintains his innocence and indicates that the actual culprit was a shape shifting leprechaun who stole his identity while he was out of town.

Seriously, is this taught in Journalism school? There is a difference between being unbiased and naive. Shouldn’t some effort be expended to ask some critical questions?