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Unnecessary yellow journalism

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From page A12 | September 20, 2013 | 2 Comments

I am writing in protest of what I see as an unnecessary piece of yellow journalism. I am appalled at not only some of the explicit description used in Sunday’s story about the double homicide case, but especially by the choice to place under extremely large letters the picture of a dazed-appearing, shackled teenager juxtaposed with the lovely picture of the victims.

I am a very strong supporter of freedom of the press, and of the right of the community to hear all factual information about a matter of such importance. I actually see this as a responsibility of the press.

What I do not understand is how exactly the same information could not have been conveyed by the court artist’s renditions that you chose also to print, and what exactly was gained by this emotion-wrenching set of pictures and some of the more graphic details of the actual injuries.

These choices appear to me to be nothing but an attempt to profit from this tragedy by selling more papers and drumming up more drama, as if any more were needed around this topic. Did you give any thought at all to how this particular presentation of the news might impact either of the involved families ?

Tia Will
Davis

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  • cicarlsonSeptember 20, 2013 - 8:45 am

    The article was NOT yellow journalism. It's okay to be upset by the details, but I disagree with the stance that so many people have been taking that the details were somehow the Enterprise's fault. The facts were simply stated. Had there been columns and columns of detail akin to a Victorian Penny dreadful, then maybe we could talk about yellow journalism. But this was not the case. Like I said, I understand being upset by the details. It bothered me, too. But stop shooting the messenger and instead start using your energy to focus on how to stop a crime like this from occurring again.

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  • Alan MillerSeptember 23, 2013 - 12:53 pm

    Viva Reality!

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