Wednesday, October 11, 2006

When You Know the Real Story...

...behind a news story that's being reported in a completely skewed manor it's really frustrating. Sometimes the false reporting can be innocuous (like the time that The Man and I went to a "Support the Troops" rally at Valley Forge Park and the news estimated the attendance at 200 when it was easily over 2000), but sometimes the reporting seems more nefarious...

It may not be the reporter's fault --the people being interviewed may be disingenuous.

I hope that's the case in North Carolina right now. A police chief killed himself on Monday. First the news insinuated it may have been a homicide. Then articles went on to say the town was in grief, the flags at half mast and no one understood why this "upstanding officer" had done this. Now a new article is playing the race card. Implying pressures "because he's black" made him do it.

I know the real story. This man was no hero. This man was a serial power abuser. A person that misinterpreted "protect and serve" to mean "harass and intimidate". An investigation was underway --it had NOTHING to do with race. To me this suicide says that there was way more that was going to come out...

The problem is it's hard to be a whistle blower in a small town. There's always fear of retribution...and now there's fear of being called a racist...

I sincerely hope the "shield of blue" doesn't cover abuse of power and gross sexual misconduct.

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