The Death of the Media
Let’s watch wretched father of Chris Martines give his statement to the press:
Now,let’s look at how the AP reported it:
“Our son Christopher and six others are dead,” Richard Martinez told reporters gathered outside a sheriff’s station for a news conference the day after the shootings near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the 20-year-old son was a sophomore. “You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.”
Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, of Los Osos, Calif., was the last of six people killed by suspect Elliot Rodger before the gunman apparently shot and killed himself, authorities said.
Martinez choked back tears as he spoke, then grew angrier as he talked about gun laws and lobbyists.
Notice anything missing?
“The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said. “When will enough people say: ‘Stop this madness! We don’t have to live like this! Too many people have died!”
He then punctuated his words as he said, “We should say to ourselves: ‘Not! One! More!'” before dissolving into tears and falling to his knees as he stepped from the podium.
He fell to his knees?
This is just irresponsible journalism. This is not what the thrust of Mr. Martinez’ statement was, he specifically called out politicians and the NRA. Someone at the AP has an agenda to edit this story is such a sloppy way, with both the sin of omission and commission.
A Call To Action
It’s time to be citizen journalists and to call BS on the AP’s reporting.
The AP website has comments, if you feel so compelled you can let the author, Frank Baker, know what you think of his reporting.
You can send the AP a tweet here (if you use Twitter): https://twitter.com/ap
AP’s Facebook Page is here, if you use Facebook.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter, they say.
Remember, be professional and courteous, ask for a correction.
Belated Hat Tip: Scissorheads Purplehead and M.Bouffant who both got it way before me.