Should Media Work For Law Enforcement?


This one is still confounding me… should media, old or new, be whoring for the FBI? For example, broadcasting the demands of a cop killer jonesin’ to get on TV, as much of Georgia media did recently?

Doug Richards of WXIA and blogger at Live Apartment Fire has the post-mort boast-review of how it all went down here. Please read that first for critical background before answering the ‘ho question. Excerpt:

This guy won’t turn himself in unless he does it live on TV, because he’s afraid our guys will shoot him when he comes out of the house.  I need a TV crew to set up in front of the house, and feed a live picture to the other stations.

Immediately and emphatically, I said:   We’ll do it, Vernon.

I woke-up today with a firm no they should not on the matter. That could change by afternoon though. I know if I’d have been chosen to broadcast a cop killer… well, I’m a total weanie, and I wouldn’t have been anywhere near a scene like that to begin with, having had the thrill-crap scared out of me long long ago when working in TV journalism. So there. But…

What do you think?

2 responses »

  1. SpaceyG,

    I have no faith that the Blue Brotherhood would have allowed Hood to see the inside of a jail cell if there hadn’t been live TV broadcasting the takedown. He would have seen the inside of a bodybag.


  2. Yeah, would have saved us from all the preening TV media types crowing about sticking a camera outside an apartment… for the FBI.


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