Update 2018 07 26: To add links to related articles on media bias
“Some suicides require coverage, but always with sensitivity” [by implication, others do not – F4L]. So says Jim Slusher, Daily Herald Columnist.
During the last little while, a considerable number of years, decades, in fact, murder-suicides by women were rarely reported (for one thing, the female suicide part of those incidents was most often a token attempt), and female-perpetrated murders were, if ever, shown with a couple or so paragraphs on the back pages in our newspapers. That, as also shown in the article indicated here, has seen a dramatic reversal during the past few days.
Jim Slusher, Daily Herald Columnist, states in the conclusion of his article:
Any violent or unexpected death is a terrible thing, and must be carefully reported. Reporting on murder does not necessarily lead to more murder; reporting on suicide might lead to more suicide. With that in mind, we take care — and sometimes should take still more — to ensure that our reporting is not just sensitive to victims and their families, but also will not give ideas or inspiration to troubled people who may be entirely unrelated….(Full Story)
Comment by F4L: Right! Therefore, in general and universally, the media report carefully on male-perpetrated murders and violence (on the front pages) and sweep female-perpetrated murders and violence under the rug.
However, when it comes to reporting suicides, the priorities are reversed, female ones make the front pages and males ones are swept under the carpet.
Ostensibly, that makes for balanced reporting that is “not just sensitive to victims and their families, but also will not give ideas or inspiration to troubled people who may be entirely unrelated.” In reality such reporting will most certainly have the required politically correct spin. It bashes men and makes women’s suffering (but not female crimes) a thing to behold.
Believe it or not, but the practice described by Jim Slusher, because it is so enormously wide-spread in the media, is clear and unadulterated censorship.
Don’t trust the media to give you the truth, all of the truth and nothing but the truth. (See also a description of the role of news-wire services in all of that.)
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