I ate my wafer...

1/24/2006

Hmm, paid by the word I see.

So, I'm trying to form an opinion about military capital punishment law, especially the recent changes. In the process, I googled each of the current military death row inmates to compare their sentences with what they would have received as civilians, and found this horrid piece of journalism:

"There were no loud sobs or sighs from the audience."

Apparently, at the Macon Telegraph, the relatively low volume of sighing following a jury verdict is so newsworthy as to require a separate paragraph.

3 Comments:

  • a few things:

    1) the seeming lack of hard facts in this piece is probably because the paper already covered the case extensively for several months.

    2) there's not a whole lot to write about at a sentencing, but you still have to write about it

    3) that sentencing sounded pretty dramatic, and the reporter was right to try and capture it (it's what journalism is: titlation, spectacles, schmaltz). granted he/she did a crappy job of it, but journalists don't really know how to write these days anyway. that's not what they're paid for.

    By Blogger Krupa, at 1:27 PM  

  • Yeah, I know its not that horrible, but still...

    At least she could have wrote about the differences between UCMJ sententecing and regular civilan court or something.

    By Blogger Bob, at 4:33 PM  

  • point taken.

    By Blogger Krupa, at 10:13 AM  

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