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This is how the media lies and stirs up fear

Watch the whole thing. First how the media reported it, then what really happened:



  1. Dan wrote:

    I was wondering where this took place. I know a young man who was a producer of a local news broadcast and quit out of principle because the victims were, in his view, being exploited to enforce an agenda and sensationalism.

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  2. TJ wrote:

    This is CBS 2 Chicago. I sent an email to them about my disappointment and questioning how I can trust any video that they air that could have been edited. It’s especially disturbing that did it to a 4 year old kid who doesn’t know better than to answer questions literally as asked.

    It’s tough to find, so I will include a link to the page giving an email address to email concerns:

    Chief Concerns

    So, what’s on your mind? Is there something that you think just isn’t right?
    Send Your Concerns To Jay Levine at

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  3. woeful wrote:

    Unfortunately, I’m not surprised. I’ve grown so weary of the media’s manipulation of “news”.

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  4. starluna wrote:

    The one thing that I do like about modern technology is that I can use these kinds of things for teaching purposes. I am scheduled to teach race and ethnic relations in the spring and this is definitely getting on the syllabus.

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  5. Starluna. I taught an entire senior level college course themed on Propaganda (it was for the Rhetoric/Writing/Composition majors).

    My department, and my college, made it clear afterwards that they didn’t like my syllabus: I had the students learning propaganda tricks and identifying them across the political spectrum. My pro-union, pro-old school liberal department hated half of the work; my pro-corporation, pro-conservative administration hated the other half.

    I wasn’t permitted to teach the course again.

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink
  6. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    TD: that reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

    “Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.” – Bertrand Russell

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Thought Dancer, that is hilarious.

    We certainly can’t have students thinking for themselves. That just would not do.

    1032: I’m a huge fan of Bertrand Russell. I even named a computer language I created after him (Bertrand, not Russell).

    Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
  8. Iron Knee. One of my graduating seniors, halfway through the semester, finally looked me in the eye and said “you mean, our politicians are lying to us?”

    Some things, I just can’t make up.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink