Discussion in 'Education' started by Gunny, Oct 21, 2007.
Let the witchhunting begin ...
Because that is the way us society overreacts to everything. Note, I am neither condoning nor excusing improper behavior. It should be punished.
Problem is, once accused, the teacher's reputation is DONE, win, lose or draw. He/she will be persecuted by the media, but if found innocent, will NOT be cleared of wrongdoing in the media with same amount of fervor they are mudraked before the trial.
I don't disagree. But isn't that the case with everything? The accusations are always page one; the unfoundeds or "not guilty" verdicts are on page 13... same with erroneous accusations.
I've always thought that people accused of sexual misconduct should be treated like the victims of sexual misconduct... their identity should be kept secret. After a conviction, the identity should be fair game. Just my opinion on the subject.
I agree and would add I think the MSM should be held accountable for its slanderous, pretrial convictions and/or trying cases on page one before the fact. It is completely irresponsible behavior on their part, IMO.
The two absolute worst examples I can think of are Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren. I watched the former calling for some guy's head from minute one when she used to do trial coverage for Court TV, and the latter will beat a dead horse into microscopic particles and then beat on it some more.
It's difficult to hold media liable for defamation, particularly in the case of a public figure. That's not to say it can't be done, though. I agree with you about Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren. With Nancy Grace, in particular, it appears that if the accused is male and the victim female, she automatically assumes guilt. I find it particularly offensive, to tell the truth.
Nancy Grace is pretty ridiculous, even when you allow for the fact that it's a cable talk show and she's performing a little.
Back around 2000, when I retired and was on terminal leave and couold afford to sit around and watch TV in the afternoon, Nancy Grace did commentary on court TV for actual court cases. She was absolutely berserk after Scott Peterson.
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