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Old 31-08-2010, 11:52   #706
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I'd assume the press report is, as usual, missing half the details and mildly distorting the rest.
That's always been the case the few times I was "inside" the story with direct and complete knowledge.
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Old 31-08-2010, 12:04   #707
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I'd assume the press report is, as usual, missing half the details and mildly distorting the rest.
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That's always been the case the few times I was "inside" the story with direct and complete knowledge.
This has been true for as long as there have been newspapers or any other medium - it's called "editing." An editor must pare a lot of information down to its essentials, then present the facts in their most concise and understandable way so that readers will not lose interest. The trick is how to get the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How into the lead.

Those who complain about how a story is edited are free to start their own newspaper / TV station / radio station / blog / whatever, and make all the decisions about what stays in and what gets cut out - but guess what . . . that would just make them the editor that readers / viewers / listeners are complaining about.

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Old 31-08-2010, 12:34   #708
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Start my own news service? Don't be silly.

Based on my experience, editing ends up with some distortion, and news agencies sometimes "spices up" the story to make it more dramatic. And let's not forget the writer/editor/publisher may be pushing a particular political view.
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Have been thinking on this for a few days now. I say the guy going faster than a "safe speed" is at fault, no matter if the sailboat had their lights on or not. Just because someone else isn't doing the right thing doesn't give you the right to run over them. Sad story at any rate.
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An acquaintance of mine shoots national news. Was going into an interview with parents of a killed son. Producer said "we're staying here till I get one of them to cry, then we're out of here" And that is what happened. news has changed over the last 20 years
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Probably hasn't changed that much actually. I believe it was Henry Morton Stanley that recommened to a new reporter, "if you cannot find a good story, make one up."
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Today's 'Lectronic Latitude reports that the people of Lake County have spoken, and long-time sheriff Rod Mitchell has lost his bid for re-election. From today's edition:

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Lake County Sheriff Unseated

November 12, 2010 Lake County

We normally don't follow election results in 'Lectronic Latitude, but we felt our readers would be interested to learn that Lake County's Sheriff Rod Mitchell was ousted last Wednesday by a reasonably close margin. Deputy Francisco Rivero received 53.9% of the vote, with 16-year incumbent Mitchell garnering 46.1%.

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Latitude 38 - 'Lectronic Latitude

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Now if they can get rid of the rest of the trash.

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A Canadian Native Chief said " Canada doesn't have a justice system, just a legal industry." Sounds like you have the same problem.
What do you call a lawyer with an IQ less than 50? "Your Honour."
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just read this astonishing thread. the part that interested me most was "Despite admissions by Perdock regarding his high rate of speed, the prosecuting attorney claimed he was unable to prove that Perdock was driving too fast for conditions, i.e., at night. Right. Unbelievable..."

... Just about every prosecuting district attorney's office has the budget to hire an expert witness (licensed professionals with experience, such as cap'n bill..) who can offer an expert professional opinion that the failure to keep lookout and excessive speed of the motor boat driver were factors in bringing about the homicide. . sounds to me like the prosecuting attorney completely dropped the ball, and negligently (or intentionally) failed to hire a neutral independent expert witness to testify as to speed issues. as a retired engineer, i have testified in criminal vehicular homicide court cases involving speed vs. distance calculations. the DA often can't prove a case without such expert testimony, because in the worst crashes the innocent victims are dead. this whole case is a travesty. can't wait to see what a civil jury will do to the driver of the power boat...
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sounds to me like the prosecuting attorney completely dropped the ball, and negligently (or intentionally) failed to hire a neutral independent expert witness to testify as to speed issues.

I thought that was obvious. From what I have seen & experienced, prosecutors are some of the lowest of the low. Just ask the Lacrosse players from Duke U.
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the prosecutor has a boss that vetted the case. well usually
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