Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Media Myths About the Jena 6

Media Myths About the Jena 6
By Craig Franklin

By now, almost everyone in America has heard of Jena, La., because they've all heard the story of the "Jena 6." White students hanging nooses barely punished, a schoolyard fight, excessive punishment for the six black attackers, racist local officials, public outrage and protests – the outside media made sure everyone knew the basics.

There's just one problem: The media got most of the basics wrong. In fact, I have never before witnessed such a disgrace in professional journalism. Myths replaced facts, and journalists abdicated their solemn duty to investigate every claim because they were seduced by a powerfully appealing but false narrative of racial injustice.

I should know. I live in Jena. My wife has taught at Jena High School for many years. And most important, I am probably the only reporter who has covered these events from the very beginning.

The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side's statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they'd read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue.

The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It's time to set the record straight.



Blogger Pat said...

I am so sick of these types of lies and distortions of the truth which Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton use to fan the flames of hatred, division, distrust and racism in America. They are no better than the criminals they use to promote their agendas.

Will they never hold anyone of color responsible for their bad acts? These kids have no hope of leading successful lives when their leaders make lies out of what they do.

Liberals are sick, twisted vermin who deserve to be exposed for the blights on society they are. They are rotten to their very cores.

8:57 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I posted this because the account was SO very different than what we've been shown on TV.

I see Sharpton is trying to get his 15 minutes....

1:25 PM  

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