Double standard when covering violent tragedies

George Curry
George Curry

(NNPA)—It’s sad enough when a violent crime mesmerizes the nation—such as the murder of nine African Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church, a fleeing Walter L. Scott being fatally shot in the back by a North Charleston Patrolman Michael T. Slager, or two young, White journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, gunned down on live television—but those tragedies are compounded by the media’s double standard.
Let’s begin with how the initial crime is reported.
How many times have we seen the graphic video of a uniformed Michael Slager in South Carolina remove his gun from his holster on April 4 and shoot 50-year-old Walter Scott as he was running away? With two huge trees in the foreground, we heard eight shots, four of them striking Scott in the back and one lodging in an ear.

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