Friday, September 3, 2010

Ohio: Poor Clemency Reporting. Great Emotional Exploitation

The Mansfield News Journal is featuring an article which borders on outright irresponsible journalism. Written more like a propaganda piece, or a advertisement, the article discusses the "emotional response" and "anger" of Ohio citizens who oppose the Governor's recent decision to commute the death sentence of Charles Keith to life in prison without the possibility of parole. As if that were not grim enough, the piece also attempts to describe the elation of those supporting the Governor's decision!

The critical element of the story - the reasoning behind the Governor's decision - is not to be found anywhere in the article. Not a single sentence! One person calls the Governor "ignorant." Another says his decision is "unfair." Another asks for an explanation and yet the piece refuses to even recognize the fact that the Governor issued a very specific statement on the matter.

Journalists can do better than push buttons! See story here.

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