Friday, March 24, 2006

Poor Journalism

In what appears to be a horrific story of police abuse in Tallahassee the Palm Beach Post shows why people don't trust the antique media any more. I had to reread the story to catch all the things that were missing.

What prompted the police to suspect this family of having drugs? They actually give us this toward the bottom of the article. An informant told them that he bought drugs from the Dad. Why is this very important fact 2/3 of the way through the article?

Have any of the family members been convicted of a similar crime before?

Were the wife and daughter searched by a male or female officer? Were they in public view for said search?

This could be a case of an innocent family being harassed or it could be a criminal playing the race card for sympathy and there is just no way to even guess from this article, although it very clearly tries to leave the impression of the former.


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