14 February 2013

Tiptoe through the journalistic tulips...

...with the Toronto "Red Star".

produced, appeared... those magical gunsRemember when people used to use the words "hard-hitting" and "journalism" in the same sentence? Apparently, now, it's all about sensitivity and understanding.

"St. Aubyn Rodney, just 15 years old, was hanging out with friends inside his Jane St. and Finch Ave.-area apartment when A GUN APPEARED and he was shot."
Oh my gawd, no wonder people are so upset about guns... apparently they can magically beam down (like Captain Kirk's landing party) outta nowhere and kill random bystanders.

Even the local police force, er... police service is willing to play this game...
“At some point A FIREARM WAS PRODUCED and the deceased young man was shot,” said Det. Mike Carbone. Det. Carbone, however, would not comment on whether the boy’s death could have been accidental, saying only that police believe anunlawful act” played a part in events.
An "UNLAWFUL ACT"! Say it isn't so. I guess that must have something to do with the rather ambiguous Hogwartian "PRODUCTION" of the gun.

Now, usually at this point in the article, the journalist inserts some argle-bargle about the deceased turning their life around and being on the verge of accomplishing bigger & better things. Unfortunately, in this case, the writer appears to have phoned it in...
"At one time, from what I understand, he was showing signs of heading in a positive direction," local school trustee Howard Kaplan said.
Ouch.

Of course, it's also mandatory to get some sympathetic quotes about the guy who pulled the trigger...
"My client is as upset as the victim’s family right now,” criminal defence lawyer Nicholas Charitsis said. “It sounds to me like SOMETHING OF AN ACCIDENT took place."
Hmmm, that's weird. Apparently the shooter didn't even phone 911, never mind stick around to explain the "accident"...
"Three people were taken into custody Monday after fleeing the scene."
Finally, no journalistic endeavor of this sort would be complete without a picture of the victim as a 10 year old...

bless the little childrenSeriously... was that really necessary? I mean, I already felt sorry for this guy when I (a) learned he was dead and (b) heard his street name was "Tubby".

Of course, we've seen this sort of thing before... the most blatant example of which has to be...
poor little omarYup... no manipulation here, huh?

Hmmm... how would that have worked back in the day?
sauce for the gooseWake up, folks... smell the propaganda.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"Not only was the firearm manufactured on the spot, but 'it' managed to shoot a dead man."
Professional journalists... your moral & intellectual superiors.


9 comments:

Rick Thomson said...

How could you convict this young fellow?

http://schoolworkhelper.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/young-adolf-hitler.jpg

Neo Conservative said...

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what possible value is added to any newspaper report by showing their grade 4 graduation pictures?

i don't get it.

maybe the next time the red star craps all over the prime minister they can toss in a few gratuitous baby pictures?

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WTF said...

Journalists are simply social workers that don't have to get their hands dirty by mingling with the unwashed and cops are just beaurocrats with guns.

Jen said...

would any of those journalist show childhood photos of the killer if one of their's (journalist family) was murdered?

hunter said...

Totally enjoyed your post, it is bang on (oops can I say that anymore?)

WTF...great comment, so true!

Neo Conservative said...

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jen... killer, victim... personal, impersonal... how do these childhood pictures augment the reporting? would showing all of these folks baby pictures be even better?

it's the ongoing oprah-fication of our world. if people are oohing & ahing at cutesy bullshit, maybe they won't notice what's actually happening in the world.

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Anonymous said...

wow. more of those self firing guns with minds of their own. whta will we do??? mercy, mercy.

ELN said...

"At some point A FIREARM WAS PRODUCED and the deceased young man was shot,” said Det. Mike Carbone. Det. Carbone, however, would not comment on whether the boy’s death could have been accidental, saying only that police believe an “unlawful act” played a part in events."

Not only was the firearm manufactured on the spot, but "it" managed to shoot a dead man.

It's best that investigating cops leave the weasel circumlocutory jargon to media savvy professionals who are trained to conduct a proper spin on these repetitive stories.

Detectives have enough field work on their hands without trying to bend their ridiculous word-meanings out of shape like a pretzel.

And, on what passes for "journalistic" word-smiths today, we often read the word "injured" after some shooter intentionally fired a lead bullet to rip through somebody else's body.

The proper word "wounded" seems to be falling out of favour because these p.c. writers would have to admit (gasp) that actual violence had accompanied the "injury".

Neo Conservative said...

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"eln says... Not only was the firearm manufactured on the spot, but "it" managed to shoot a dead man."

i wondered if anyone was gonna catch that.

the take-away here, though... is that the firearm was the deadly anomaly. some guys are just, and i quote... "hanging out with friends"... when a gun appears and starts blasting away. obviously we are not meant to connect these friends with the firearm.

the fact that the gun seems to shoot a corpse is simply a commentary on the quality of today's professional journalists.

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