July 16, 2007

Titillation vs. evidence

On July 9, a story broke throughout various news organizations about a two year old boy being sexually assaulted by the family "pit bull" in Lockport NY, near Niagara Falls. I didn't discuss it here because, frankly, I had serious issues with the story and I wanted to find out more.

My first thought was, "is this even possible?". Then, even if possible, how can this happen with parents in the house? No screaming from the boy?

Thanks to KC Dog Blog for pointing me to Stinky Journalism, who did their own investigation, talked to their own sources, and debunked a number of the claims made by the mainstream media who, apparently, severely misquoted some sources.

This site, at first glance, seems to be doing a wonderful job of pointing out various media outlets' misrepresentations, errors, omissions, and outright lies.

Another example is the reporting of the rape and murder of a five year old girl, with at least one media outlet going so far as to insinuate that the family was involved. The final determination was that the girl had accidentally strangled herself on a jump rope in her closet and that there was no rape, at all, whatsoever. Read Stinky Journalism's own investigation of this story.

Read these two Stinky Journalism articles and you will be amazed at the audacity, desperation, and downright dishonesty of some of the media organizations.

Moral of the story? Don't believe everything (or even most) of what you read in the newspaper or see on TV. It is getting to the point where even the simplest stories are not even remotely related to the reality of what happened.

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