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To ensure a free society our forefathers granted us the universal right to free speech This meant that anyone could be scrutinized if the information was true by the media The LAPD officers who beat Rodney King were scrutinized Richard Nixon was scrutinized even Jerry Springer has been scrutinized These accusations by the media turned out to be true and that is fine with me but what about when the media jumps too far ahead OJ Simpson is still portrayed as a criminal years after he was found innocent in criminal court Richard Little the man accused of the Olympic bombing had his life destroyed because of all his negative media attention No one has been arrested but John Benet Ramseys parents seem to be the target of the media investigation Throughout every story there seems to be truth and fiction sensation and sensationalism This is what I find so disturbing about the Littleton case I know that school children dont usually kill each other before recess and I can understand the want of the media to capitalize on the opportunity to instill in us some sense of pathos but to take on the persona of the older brother with regards to how the media mediated this event was wrong in my eyes By older brother persona I mean that they bullied us into believing what they believed First we were supposed to be angry and horrified that something like this could happen in such a small town Then we kind of felt sorry that these two young gentlemen were almost driven to do this because of the years of social abuse they endured all throughout highschool And finally in what I find the most sickening part of all the media turned and pointed its finger at the parents of the perpetrators Why do we need to have the focus continually changing I appreciate the fact that the medias strongest resource is the collision of
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