OK. How about a journalism class that puts the tragic deaths of “kids” by firearms “in context” with backyard swimming pool deaths? Or taking the time to let us know their definition of a “kid” is a 20 year-old gangster?
I’m fine with putting statistics in context as compared to other events, be them tragic or not, but journalists should not be picking and choosing which stories they will sensationalize. They are supposed to be unbiased.
Cough. Hack. Cough.
As a reminder, I’m a commentator, not a journalist … there is a difference.
From Fox News.
A new online journalism course on Islam appears to downplay the threat posed by global jihad groups, suggesting reporters keep the death toll from Islamic terrorism in “context” by comparing that toll to the number of people killed every year by malaria, HIV/AIDS and other factors.
So I ask again, will they put accidental or deliberate shootings “in context” with backyard swimming pool deaths of children? Those deaths don’t have to happen either, all we need to do is ban or heavily regulate swimming pools. If you don’t want them banned, just regulate them to death by requiring lifeguards be on duty 24/7/365 at every pool and require the pools be empty and filled with those balls they put in kid’s ball pits during the off-season.
In the meantime, we’re waiting to find out if Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani will face execution in Iran for not renouncing Christianity. CNN picked up on the story in Dec. 2010, and National Review Online has a collection of articles. In the last 24 hours it’s getting a lot more attention, as it should.