Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Classic Case of Media "Whoring" - Donald V. Watkins - Today, the Tuscaloosa News ran an editorial about the Megan Rondini rape case. It is shameful and despicable in every respect. 

A Classic Case of Media "Whoring"
By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published (via Facebook) on September 28, 2017
Today, the Tuscaloosa News ran an editorial about the Megan Rondini rape case. The editorial is reprinted below. It is shameful and despicable in every respect.
The News is the news organization that was selected by the family of accused rapist Terry Jackson "Sweet T" Bunn, Jr., to run its famous July 27, 2017, attack ad against rape victim Megan Rondini and her family. The News took the ad money from the Bunns and re-victimized Megan.
Two days ago, the News published an article on the police file in Megan's rape case. They called it journalism. In truth, the article was nothing more than a slick PR piece for the Bunn family. What is more, the story was published two months after the News gladly accepted ad money from the accused rapist and/or his family.
What is worse, the News did not seek comments on its story from the Rondini family even though their availability for comment was offered to the newspaper. The article was loaded with comments from the Sheriff's Department and attorneys for the two investigators involved in the case.
Today, the News is back on the attack against Megan Rondini, who committed suicide after her ordeal with Sweet T. The editorial took a swipe at Megan's supporters, as well. Interestingly, the editorial made no mention of the litany of police failures in Megan's case. Furthermore, the editorial did not address any of the reasons why local law enforcement officials privately refer to Sweet T as a "dirt bag".
The editorial represents a classic case of media "whoring" by a pro-Bunn family rag sheet that masquerades as a "credible" newspaper.
If the paper used by the News was softer, this newspaper could serve as an effective substitute for toilet paper in outhouses. Other than that, the News has no real use or value in today's world of legitimate journalism.

Rape is a heinous, deplorable crime that, depending on the circumstances, can be difficult to prove.When an assailant attacks a stranger in a random

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