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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Once again, Eugene Kane of the Journal Sentinel gets it wrong again. Milwaukee's homicide rate is up significantly from last year, a story which has been on the front page of that paper a lot lately. In fact every time another homicide occurs, the number is flashed as a headline. That's the main focus of Kane's column:
Actually I agree. I don't think talking about how many have been killed is a bad thing. Murder is heinous, and deserves to be spotlighted. Maybe by showing the tragedy, the destroyed families and friends, people will think twice before killing. Maybe. But he goes on:
And here's where he goes so very wrong. Look at all the people he mentions in that list of people who could or are blamed. The residents (aka victims) in high crime areas, and the Police. Of course the whole article is seemingly defending the media for spotlighting the amount of murders as if the media is being blamed. Who is missing here?
Why aren't you talking about the perpetrators of these awful crimes Eugene? I think this is where the media truly goes wrong. Every time a murder happens, they bump up the count and show the victims of these terrible crimes. They should... their story deserves to be told. But where are the pictures of the killers being hauled off to jail on the front page. Where is the headline reading "Murderer Caught!"? Why are those stories always buried somewhere in the back of the Metro section? The blame seems to be landing everywhere except where it belongs. Spotlight that Eugene. Don't blame the victims, or the police, or the guns. Blame the person who did the killing. They actually deserve it.
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