When will the media stop referring to emotionally disturbed and high school dropouts as if the two phrases somehow go together?
First, Condolences to the Victims of the Arizona Shooting
Six people are dead and 14 injured in the Arizona shooting which included Representative Gabrielle Giffords. It is another sadness visited upon our country. Our hopes and prayers go out to all the families and people affected.
Second, When will the Media stop using the phrase Emotionally Disturbed and Dropout?
Clearly the accused shooter in the Arizona incident is emotionally disturbed. Also, Jared Lee Loughner dropped out of high school, somehow entered college, and then dropped out of college.
But if you search Internet reports regarding Loughner some news agencies indicate he was a high school dropout. Others indicate he dropped out of college. Actually, he was both. Accurate reporting would be appreciated.
Am I too politically correct?
No one has ever accused me of being politically correct. I’m pretty straight forward in whatever I say.
But I see a trend in news reporting: news agencies commonly describe criminals and accused criminals as dropouts. They often are precise and refer to high school dropouts.
But news agencies never refer to criminals or accused criminals as law school dropouts, or medical school dropouts. But the news agencies find it convenient to constantly refer to criminals or the accused as dropouts or high school dropouts.
My Hope, Better Reporting
I just hope that the media will stop referring to criminals or the accused with headlines that combine the phrases emotionally disturbed, disturbed, and high school dropout. A news article that describes a criminal in the 2nd paragraph as a high school dropout is OK with me.
Again, my condolences to the bereaved of the Arizona tragedy of early January 2011. But let’s hope that everyone learns something from this horrible crime, including the media and its use of the phrase emotionally disturbed high school dropout.