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home : opinion : letters to the editor May 24, 2016

7/17/2013 11:15:00 AM
Today's headlines are not the real America

Today's headlines are not the real America
I was on the top level of a double decker tour bus in Times Square Monday night that got caught up in the "protest" over the Zimmerman verdict.
The streets very quickly filled with crowds of people and the buses, cabs, and police cars ground to a complete halt; people were everywhere.
As the protesters filed by, I looked at these people and who did I see? A few people held signs, some people where chanting, but the vast majority seemed to be "joining the crowd," talking and laughing among themselves and following the crowd -  lots of tourists.
That is not what I have seen or read on the front page of the USA Today newspaper or saw on the TV news reports at the airport regarding protests across the U.S.
I do not know if Mr. Zimmerman is guilty or innocent, but the reported reaction to his "not guilty" verdict seems to be everything that is wrong with America today.
While the loss of any life is a tragedy in itself, why is this loss of life being reported 24 hours a day?
What I mean when I say this epitomizes what is wrong with America today, is that people way too often and too quickly form opinions that are based on facts that are presented by the news media to U.S. citizens. Way too often, the reporting is not impartial but is tainted by the opinions of the reporter.
The Zimmerman case may just be another Duke Lacrosse player rape scandal, a news item that's too "juicy" for media people to avoid.
Reporters hurry to be the first to report the story. Prosecutors say and do things in haste.
In the end, the prosecutor in that case got disbarred. It came out that facts had been erroneously reported. People who are hurt are left behind. The news media goes on to another story. It is an industry that does not give equal time to correct its mistakes.
I think often today's headlines are not real America.
    - Donavan J. Olson

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