Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Media refuse to look inward

Headless Body in Topless BarImage by Bill Gracey via Flickr

An impassioned editorial and an Opinion piece today call for reform of "our insane gun laws" (Pages A-8 and A-9), but you won't find any soul-searching by The Record of Woodland Park or Editor Francis Scandale on the media's role in perpetuating gun violence.

What has Scandale done since he was at The Denver Post covering the 1999 Columbine High School massacre but splash one shooting after another on the front page to sell papers? He's already tired of Saturday's rampage in Arizona, as readers can see from today's tabloid Page 1:

Man's head, torso
found behind church

Why waste the second line of the headline on where the body parts were found? Scandale once banned one-town stories from the front page, so is he afraid if the headline said "Cliffside," readers in other towns would ignore the story?

Head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes must be OK with the unprecedented, six-column auto dealer ad above the fold on the front of her Local section, because it continues to appear with the "2011 PEOPLE TO WATCH" (that's statewide people to watch, not local people to watch, of which there aren't any).
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