Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Quote of the Day

A succinct case against rushing to judgment:

"Based on what happened to us, I don't think it's proper that we speculate or discuss the case. It's important that justice be allowed to run its course and do its job."
-- John Ramsey, to KUSA-TV in Denver

6 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Cassandra D said...

Isn't it interesting that the media doesn't seem to have gotten that point? Doesn't it seem like we've been seeing stories about Jonbenet's killer finally having been caught?

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

To be fair, I think a lot of people, not just the media, are saying "Finally, we got him."

Lots of people understand that arrests don't mean guilt. Hell, a few even know that a conviction doesn't absolutely mean someone did it.

And as this is three comments in 10 minutes on your site, Chasey, you better comment on mine at least once. I'm lonely.

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Greta McInerney-Spinoza said...

Ironically, the media approach has changed from "we got him" to "maybe he isn't the one after all."

In all fairness to the media, I guess they have to keep their approaches fresh and changing if they are to run this 24/7.

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger RedDirt said...

I think a big part of the problem is what greta already alluded to. In the endless 24 hour cycle, we're actually seeing the work of a journalist occur live. Even ten years ago, there was some time for a reporter to gather facts, compare stories, doublecheck items, etc. before logging a report. Now we're seeing that process of doublechecking, comparison, backtracking occur live, rather than witnessing a final journalistic product after a day's work.

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Please lord, forgive me for saying this, but ... I think Reddirt is exactly right.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Also there's our own complicity as viewers in this morass. I mean, we watch it don't we? Aren't we endlessly fascinated by the live process? So I think we can all share some of the blame...

 

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