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Give 'em a break

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at 1:59 PM

"I am shocked for one that a local newspaper would allow this kind of crap to be printed."

The above quote comes from a comment responding to a recent story written by Michael Glover about a child molestation case. I read the story and decline to comment on the validity of the facts in the story compared to what actually was said in a courtroom and what actually happened to the little girl, because I wasn't in the courtroom or present at the time of the alleged incident.

I've written before about the amount of flack that the local newspaper and its reporters get. I'm not sure if the flack is deserved or undeserved...that's not important here. What I don't understand is why someone would expect the LOCAL newspaper to NOT print this story. Why wouldn't the local newspaper print it? It's a local story that just so happens to be somewhat important...!

On more than 100 occasions since I have worked on and off for the publication I have heard that the paper doesn't print newsworthy material or that it doesn't cover the important issues. What the heck is the paper supposed to cover if it doesn't cover the big issues...or is child molestation not a big deal? Last time I checked child molestation ranked just a wee bit higher than chicken dinner reunions.

Do the subscribers of this paper expect the "icky" stories to be filed away and never printed? That's not what the Morning Sun, Kansas City Star or New York Times do so why should the Tribune do so? A newspaper is a newspaper is a newspaper. A journalist is a journalist is a journalist is a journalist. It doesn't matter where that journalist works.

"If the community really wants to hear the whole story, more questions should be asked and more than just one mans opinion of what he heard in a preliminary hearing should be presented."

Michael Glover does not write opinion. He uses the words that come out of other people's mouths and writes a story in Associated Press format. It's the same avenue other writers across the world use - take quotes and facts and put them in story form.

Do I agree with the story? I wasn't in the courtroom to hear the testimony so I'm going to refrain from disputing the facts. I know the defendant and I don't think he could do what is said that he did; however, I wasn't there so I don't know. I believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty. I hope he didn't commit those acts. My argument is that Michael Glover did not make up the things he wrote. Someone said them ... under oath.

So give Glover a break. If you have a problem call the people who are quoted in the story and verbally attack them.


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I have a problem with the article too. I've seen this before with this paper back when Gabe Parsons and Dustin Chance were killed in an auto accident one night. It was described in such graphic detail it left nothing to the imagination, much to the horror I'm sure of their parents and family.

I felt like the newspaper didn't need to be sensationalistic by being so graphic.

what's next,facts and details of someones colonoscopy?

Obviously not all news media subscribes to the same ethics your paper does, If they did, then we would not be spared the video's and pictures of the detailed horrors of war,terrorism,murder and accidents on the news would we?

Details aren't necessarily in good taste or newsworthy.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Tue, May 22, 2007, at 4:34 PM

Um, well to start off, Michael Glover must not have been listening very well or he just wasnt there when they stated why Mr. Holt was being escorted to the Correctional Facility, because he stated he was in custody for the charges he is bound over for trial, not true. He was in custody for another reason, now if you dont know the whole story, why print something?? I believe Mr. Holt is being charged with indecent liberties with a child and rape. I may not have my wording right on the specific charges, but I believe I read that in another of Glovers articles. I dont believe that was the real reason he was being held in the SEKRCC. But I am sure someone said that "under oath". I have other issues with a few of his lines in his last article, I am not just making this up to slam a reporter cause I have a problem with it, just trust me, Kenny Felt, I "know" what lines are true and which are ones are misleading. I am not just trying to slam the press and the jobs you do, but I feel if you are going to report a "newsworthy" story, get all the facts and make for sure they are all correct, this is someones life you are talking about while splashing something so explicit all over the newspaper.

-- Posted by COMA_WHITEMB on Wed, May 23, 2007, at 9:00 PM

to reply to the comment "What i dont understand is why someone would expect the local newspaper not to print this story? why wouldnt the local newspaper print it? its a local story that happens to be somewhat important...!"

what i dont understand is what makes it news if you dont even know if what your reading is even true or not? it is true that these allegations were made but were they actually commited? is there any truth to it? until you see enough evidence that supports the allegations then i say it should stay out of the public eye. especially with this serious of a charge. what if the person is proven innocent? it is too late to go back and erase what has been written about them. it is too late to erase what opinion the public has already formed. a simple retraction wont be enough to repair the damage that has already been caused.true there is freedom of press,but whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? is that not part of the amendments too? all im saying is shouldnt we want to protect the members of our community? i think until it is a proven fact in allegations this serious that it shouldnt be printed. but when and if these things are proven to be the truth thats when we alert the community of the actually news...not the alleged news. thats when we should form our opinions.if proven to be true those sick and demented people should be put away for life. if proven to be false the damage has already been done. that really is sad.

-- Posted by Disappointed on Tue, Sep 18, 2007, at 4:14 PM


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