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This was a very good persuasion debate, both fighters took their sides without much ado and presented clear and reasonable cases. I didn't really understand the point of the "children" aspect, but in the end, both points on that issue were about the same, so it didn't play into my judging.
In looking at their arguments, both are saying much the same thing, that it is important that factual information be released. Well, people make mistakes, so that's probably something that we just have to deal with, and the question becomes "what is the tradeoff between waiting until everything (or most things) is known to reduce errors versus timely reporting that can help the investigation?" On that question, I think that Druid42 has a better response, noting that people's demand for information is what drives this, though he'd have scored some points by citing the fact that with police scanners, both the media and public are getting non-official information snippets anyway. His point that the timely release of data can help with the investigation, rather than waiting, is the key one.
I liked that sheepslayer247 used examples, his first was particularly poignant, but the second one I didn't understand (how waiting until the shooter was charged would resolve the issue of multiple people with the name James Holmes) and the Columbine one seemed like a bit of a stretch, as I'm not sure what bad comes out of decrying bullies and whether anyone was really harmed by the police saying that the shooters were mentally ill.
So, a close match, and I think that everyone would agree that less errors and a bit more prudence on the part of police would be a good thing, but I give this one to Druid42.
This was an excellent Persuation Match and I had to read it a few times to be able to decide on a winner. Sheepslayer247 does make excellent points on the topic of police and media blunders, as shown with different examples.
On the other hand, Druid42 shares his opinion on mob mentality based on hearsay, media ratings that lead to media blunders and offers a solution that is well worth repeating:
“To enact legislative deeming two responsible parties, one media and one law enforcement, from which all sources of information come from, would allow us to determine conditions and events in a much more rational fashion, with information outside of those sources being held suspect, and not the totality of the event itself.”
This was a short and brief match, yet an excellent one. Druid42 has effectively prepared a post that mentions causes, effects and a solution to the subject at hand and thus takes the win.