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MEDIA: Reporters often don’t dig deeper

Letter by Gene Edgar Harvey, Puyallup on Jan. 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm | No Comments »
January 22, 2013 12:31 pm

Karen Peterson’s admonition for reporters to dig deeper into stories (column, 1-20) seems a bit odd given how many newsworthy stories are ignored by the mainstream media. It seems that those happenings that are potentially harmful to the Obama administration sort of sink to the bottom of media’s curiosity and scrutiny.

A case in point is the bogus imprisonment of a U.S. Marine combat veteran in Mexico from August to just before Christmas last year.

His family went through appropriate channels to attempt getting their son released from the renegade prison where he was being detained under threat of bodily harm, sometimes chained to his bed. Prison personnel also had contacted the family demanding payment to save their son’s life.

Eventually, after repeatedly being told by the State Department they couldn’t do anything to gain their son’s release, the family went to their local press in Florida for help. The “evil” Fox News picked up the story and exerted pressure for the young Marine’s release just prior to Christmas. No other network featured this imprisonment of a U.S. citizen without a trial in a foreign country.

When the Marine was finally released, he was malnourished, disease-ridden and his body covered with insect bites. He was in such bad condition, his father, who had met his son after his release across the California border, was forced to stop in Louisiana at an emergency room to have his son treated before they could return home.

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