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Oh Big Media, You Screw It Up Again

November 10, 2009

Oh Big Media…. You have so many chances to get it right, and you get it wrong so consistently. <le sigh>

Most of the reporting I’ve heard today about the President’s commemorative speech at Fort Hood focuses on this comment

…no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor.  For what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice — in this world, and the next.

But I wish they’d highlighted this in the sound bite reels

We are a nation of laws whose commitment to justice is so enduring that we would treat a gunman and give him due process, just as surely as we will see that he pays for his crimes.

Big Media ran with the soundbite that sounds all fire and brimstone, and implies Major Hasan is guilty before being tried and found so. He probably is, but I wish the news weren’t full of the President saying so. I wish the news was full of the President reminding Americans that our system of justice is unique in the world and requires we all take a breath, and not go off half-cocked to bully/bother/bump off any Muslims we encounter in our daily lives.

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