posted on Mar, 14 2007 @ 04:35 PM
This has always been a sensitive subject, and in my local community, it has been plastered everywhere. I will refrain from posting links to any
specific story here, but I will summarize the gist of it. We have an ex-school teacher in his sixties who had been found with plenty of video tapes
that consisted of fifteen and sixteen year olds having sex with one another. As the story goes, the man, who is a convicted sex offender, was dealing
drugs from his house, and in return for drugs, he had the young people have intercourse on camera. Sick, demented, I know. But here is where the
story takes a turn. After the raid, the police came out with this "decisive win". They were coming down hard on this man, and really going to make
an example of him. Then a few days later, the story takes another turn and they find out that in fact, no child on the tape was under fourteen.
Which makes them eligible to partake in sexual activity. The individual did not have intercourse with any of the young people, he just possessed
video tapes of them that was apparently filmed in his house.
This new piece of information left the police scratching their head, and ultimately turned to the media and said, "We can not charge him". So as
wrong, immoral, unethical, etc., this was, the man had broken no crime. With that said, it was announced today that he has been charged with a
8 different crimes, can not remember the specifics, but I am sure he will receive some sort of punishment.
But with that said, I turn my attention to the subject of this thread.
Is the media itself just as big of a problem? I mean, looking at the facts, this man had committed no crime. People are going to get hot headed here
and say "good for 'em", "lynch 'em", etc., but he technically had committed no crime. Yet, the media was putting his face all over the
televisions 24/7 as if he were Osama Bin Laden. Here me now, and please reread if it does not sink in, I am not condoning what this man has done. It
was wrong, and he deserves a serious punishment. But when we have an individual who is not being charged with a crime, how can the media take it upon
themselves to what they had? Are the media not opening the door for countless other crimes? Are they not plastering his face all over the screen in
hopes that it will "rally the troops" and inflict some mythical street justice?
I know this man does not deserve another breath of air, and I hope he receives a fitting punishment. But is putting his mugshot all over the
television really going to help? Now keep in mind, everyone in this community all ready knew of his status. The fact he was a sex offender was
no secret. So to say that this necessary to protect the public, well I don't see that applicable in this situation. There was no need to protect
the public, because the public all ready knew he was a sex offender. The kids who bought drugs off him knew he was a sex offender. Yet the media
appeared to make it their business, to do everything they could, to have this man killed.
Is it possible for the media to take it too far?
I believe the media prays on these stories, and takes every advantage to garner headlines, no matter what the repercussions of their actions are. I
just think that there is no need to make a bad situation worse. This situation in my community recently is very bad. Yet the media will not put it
to rest. It is almost as if they are going to continue to inundate us with it until our community reaches it's boiling point and takes action.
It is not my, nor your, responsibility to take action on these matters. We have a justice system that in place to deal with it. It is almost like
the ATS set up. If the Moderators are forced into action, do they air the dirty laundry for the rest of the community to read? No, they do not. I
can remember they did once, and it was drama everywhere. The fact that the "policing" is done behind the scenes, it allows the regular member to go
about his day to day business without having to swallow this drama.
I conclude with one final question.
Is the media a bigger problem than it is a solution?
A lot happening here.