Media misuse of its megaphone
I made an alarming discovery of what I believe to be a perpetuating problem with the state of affairs in our society today. If I may bring to light my insight:
1) We do have a problem with bad cops and the systematic target of Black men.
2) We do have a problem with media using their platform to embellish and twist the story by the words and the way they use them, for perhaps their or their employer’s agenda. Most obviously it’s to “get the story noticed.” The media does this to perfection, using the playbook of using a capital letter for identifying the Black man and specifically that he is black, which should be pretty obvious by picture taken. They neglect to mention the white officer or anyone else’s “color identity.”
3) Third, to fuel the fire, they made sure to include in the story the fact the officer was put on paid administrative leave, there again perpetuating the injustice of “societal issues.” Innocent until proven guilty!?
So I ask you, how bad does it have to get in our society before enough is enough? Instead of perpetuating the hate, would you (the media) consider for a moment at least the possibility of approaching the story/angle from a different perspective, perhaps injecting some new creativity for possible remedies to the current state of affairs? The facts of the story are important; however, being blessed with the megaphone of media carries with it infinite possibilities for positive change.
Agnostic is useful
I appreciate that The Sentinel has an almost agnostic, professional approach to publishing.
After moving here, several people told me The Goldendale Sentinel was just a “redneck,” right-wing newspaper. They suggested I read a White Salmon newspaper. I do my own research and form my own opinions. I’m “irritating” to some, because researched facts are often antithetical to popular (uninformed) opinion.
And so it was with The Sentinel. After reading the paper for several years, I solidly concluded that The Sentinel is an excellent newspaper, no more biased than typical good, professional journalism (in my opinion, politically The Sentinel is less biased than The New York Times. OMG!). The Sentinel is so agnostic that some letters are published representing disinformation sources. That can provoke vitriolic letters to you.
Years ago, I submitted a letter critical of the NRA to both The Sentinel and the suggested White Salmon paper. The Sentinel published my letter as submitted. A “right-wing” newspaper wouldn’t have published it. The other so-called liberal White Salmon newspaper deleted a paragraph and changed a few words—liberal editing! In all, my comment was reduced to near irrelevance. I was appalled, having never experienced such lack of professionalism in over 35 years writing my opinions to a wide range of major media and numerous other small publications.
I correct misconceptions about The Goldendale Sentinel. I’m a subscriber because The Sentinel is definitely worth supporting.
(Editor’s note: These kind words are appreciated, and we need to add that The Sentinel also prints letters highly opposed to liberal causes. “Agnostic,” the term you use, means we work very hard at leaning neither left nor right. As we’ve written in the past, we’re a newspaper, not an advocacy publication. We prefer not to be a tool in other people’s hands except as a resource for news.)