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Drawing First Blood

October 9, 2013

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

N.Y. County Refuses To Release Pistol Permit Data

January 2, 2013
Less than two weeks after a White Plains-based newspaper published the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties, officials in Putnam County say they will block the release of their own permit records requested by the newspaper.

Convicted in the Media

August 22, 2012

Special Agent Chris Deedy has been charged with second-degree murder in Hawaii following an off-duty shooting in front of a McDonald's in Waikiki. Headlines were quick to characterize Deedy as a killer and a murderer.

A Cop's Dilemma: Speak No Evil

July 15, 2011
No agency wants its personnel speaking ill of the city that funds its department. But to say that all areas of a city are equally safe is patently absurd. That being the case, if an officer knows that a citizen runs the risk of becoming victimized in some capacity, should he articulate the fact?

When Facts Won't Satisfy the LE Critics

June 30, 2011
After weeks of public and media scrutiny, the actions of the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's SWAT unit were officially ruled "justifiable and reasonable." However, the fallout over the raid is far from over, because many people's minds were made up before the facts were known.

A Jaundiced Eye and Blood Red Ink

October 28, 2010
The Times apparently now has a policy of protecting teen suspects from public exposure, while choosing to expose a witness who courageously risked testifying in the court. As the LAPPL aptly asked, "Why do this?" The answer is shameful: to sell papers.

Los Angeles Times Story Threatens Safety of Key Witness

October 4, 2010
Understandably, witnesses often have deep fears of retaliation by other gang members. That didn't dissuade Times Staff Writer Victoria Kim from exercising extremely poor judgment in reporting the names of witnesses who testified at the trial.
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