The media has fallen to a new low: “Man in shotgun case barred from contacting ill wife” is the latest in the list of examples of shoddy, biased reporting. Do they mention he had intended to shoot his “ill wife”? Or the entire family? Of course not. Do they mention his long history of violence, including taking a hammer to his “ill wife”‘s head in June 2008 where he earned a whopping 3 months of jail time? Yes, she was dying of ovarian cancer then as well. How did his “ill wife” survive? A cell phone text message to some male relatives who happened to be nearby.
Instead of questioning the system–which allows violent crime offenders back out on the streets just because the person they attacked happened to be a family member, the news outlets try to make the attacker look like a “victim”. It’s pathetic. Before you think that this is the only article like this, I’ve found at least 7 others: A woman was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in the face during an argument between two estranged lovers the evening before, according to police–which makes it sound like a simple lovers’ quarrel that got out of hand; Bergen County’s prosecutor says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the face by an ex-boyfriend–which doesn’t even realize that it was not her ex-boyfriend, but her brother-in-law; Lodi man accused of shooting sister-in-law–which implies that he wasn’t caught with a gun in hand at the scene. “Accused” implies there is a shadow of a doubt that he might be innocent. There is none; Tempers flared between a woman and her estranged boyfriend in Lodi last night leading to a shooting that critically injured the woman’s sister–again trying to make it sound like a simple lovers’ quarrel; Bergen County’s prosecutor says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the face by an ex-boyfriend.–again, brother-in-law, not ex-boyfriend; He allegedly returned to Richardson’s home that evening with a loaded shotgun, Molinelli said yesterday–again, implies that there is a shadow of doubt of innocence; The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says a Hackensack woman is in critical condition after being shot in the face by her brother-in-law.–now, this article is the most objective, but again does not report on the history of the case.
Is the media trying to quell a public outcry against a system which allows repeat violent offenders out on the streets? Sure, prisons are overcrowded, but violent offenders need to be there. I’ve seen two very logical ideas for legislation come out of this, and I’m sure there are many others. One being the use of a GPS as an alert system for restraining order violations. Another being barring those with histories of domestic violence from owning guns–and this is from someone who accepts hunting deer. However, the only way we will have solutions to such horrible problems is if the media reports these problems accurately and without bias.
See Betty Jean’s full story here: http://freemenow.wordpress.com/ She is one of the few PUMAs that I have gotten to meet in person, and believe me, this is a tragedy–not just that it happened, but the way it is being swept under the rug.