Friday, May 18, 2012

Compare/Contrast excercise

Compare/contrast the tone/tenor of these two news articles.
For extra credit, identify which one is really an editorial.
stay safe.
Oops, Wrong Houses:
St. Louis [MO] police are calling it a case of justifiable homicide. Two men broke into a home in north city Wednesday afternoon and began robbing several people inside. One of the occupants of the home in the 4700 block of Labadie shot at the suspects, hitting one and possibly the other before the intruders ran off. However robbery suspect Jerome Burse, 38, collapsed outside the home and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The second suspect remains at large. Those inside the home, including a 7-month-old girl, escaped injury.
A Raleigh County [WV] shooting is under investigation after a homeowner allegedly takes the law into their own hands. At 6 a.m. Monday morning Raleigh County Sheriff's Captain Mitch Barley said a male in his early 20's attempted to break into a home on Haley Hill Drive in Fairdale. Captain Barley said when the homeowner opened the door the intruder attempted to hit the person with a club and then the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest. The alleged intruder is currently receiving treatment at Raleigh General Hospital. Barley said he believes he will recover... (The phraseology of that first sentence is as flawed as its grammar. Responding with deadly force to an immediate, unavoidable threat to life or limb is not “taking the law into his own hands.” That phrase implies an intent to circumvent the criminal-justice system after the commission of a crime.)
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My email to the author of the second story:

Ma'am, with all due respect towards your left-leaning views and gun-hating opinions, the homeowner did not "take the law into his own hands". He sucessfully defended himself and family from an immediate and potential threat.
Do you really expect him to attempt (probably unsuccessfully) push the intruder out and then call the police, waiting for who knows how long for them to arrive?
- Ken Lane
Ceres, CA.

Her reply to me:

Thank for your opinion but I'm not slanting the news in anyway.
"Taking the law into your own hands," was used because if you do shoot a person you are taking the responsiblity for those actions which are then is judged by law. I'm sorry the words we used in this particular story upset you. I hope you can understand we here at 59 news just report the news and aren't putting our own opinions into the stories.
Have a great day.
-Lauren Weppler

If you would like to write her a quick note, her email is
Please be nice, she was courteous to me.


McDeux said...

Bah, like I was told at a young age, avoid having a battle of wits with an unarmed person, and this faux journalist is just another one in a long and seemingly unending line of dimwits

Stinkwilly said...

I started to send her a letter but I couldn't seem to find another word for "fuckhead". Besides,she would probably have got all huffy when I told her to quit sucking obama's dick and start using some common sense. I wonder just what she would do in the same situation besides shitting her drawers.Fucking libberpukes!!!!!!!

rpm2day said...

Newsflash! Two youts decide to "take the law into their own hands" and assault a family and relieve them of their valuables. Unfortunatly for them they got their asses handed to them.
More news at 10.

Hello Birdy said...

When seconds count, police are only minutes away.

Anonymous said...

MY e-mail to Ms. Weppler:

In response to you poorly written article:

Ms. Weppler,

Could you possibly believe that a man who defends himself against a violent home intruder is....."Taking the law into his own hands"? This type of journalistic bias that Liberal democrats like yourself seem unable to suppress is the reason this Country is going to Hell in a Handbasket. I guess the next time someone in your area is a victim of crime in their own home, they should invite the criminal in, give him a tour and offer up the kids to be killed or raped! What kind of jackass makes to the age of 21, has a job at a news outlet and still lives in a fantasy world where self defense is seen as a crime against the state. You might remember that rape was once treated as a crime in which women were expected to lie there and do nothing to defend themselves. This is the same mentality, only a different crime! Your foolishness is just another example of a life lived without wisdom. Wake up and smell the coffee...

Shame on you.

Ed Morgan
Cary, NC

Erinyes said...

She's a fucking idiot, and a crappy writer.

WRENCH said...

My email to the author: Dear Ms. Weppler,

Your article on the attempted home invasion and subsequent self defense actions of the homeowner was just that; self defense rather than a victim. Your article tilts an uniformed reader that the homeowner was breaking the law rather than the intruder whose real motives are now in unknown because the alert homeowner.
I applaud the homeowners actions as justified and warranted. Someday you will come to realize that the Castle Doctrine, as enacted in sane states, provides a person the right to protect himself as well as others inside his abode with deadly force if he feels his life or others lives are in danger.
I pray that you are never in such a circumstance where you would have to "take the law into your hands" and not be prepared. As this world is turning uglier by the day due to the financial misteps of the Obama regime, 2013 may play out with desperate people doing desperate things just to survive. Will you be prepared or be a victim?