Tuesday, August 29, 2006

JonBenet: before and after

A comparison of headlines before and after John Mark Karr was exonerated:

Boston Herald
B: A tragedy nears an end (editorial)
A: Karr wreck: Red-faced DA drops charges vs. sicko

Rocky Mountain News
B: Big breakthrough in JonBenet case
A: Case crashes

New York Post
B: Snake on a plane: JonBenet 'killer' lands in U.S. jail
A: Off the hook: DNA clears 'killer' Karr

New York Daily News
A: JonBenet case collapses in shambles

Denver Post
B: Family's years of fear, anger come to an end
A: DNA test clears Karr

(That the New York Post called Karr a "killer" ["But it's in quotes! Please don't sue us!"] when he was still a suspect is ridiculous. That it continued after he was exonerated is reprehensible.)

News organizations are quick to show how bumbling the prosecution has been. But media watchdogs have some finger-pointing of their own to do:
Karr Cleared in JonBenet Case — After Media Frenzy [Editor & Publisher]
The JonBenet Fraud [Howard Kurtz, Washington Post]
Sick Puppy Meets Media Beast [Jeff Cohen, Huffington Post]
Let the Self-Examination Commence [Vaughn Ververs, Public Eye]


At 4:46 PM, August 29, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

At least SNAKE ON A PLANE works either way.

At 10:28 AM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Phillip Blanchard said...

The good thing is that we've all learned our lesson and nothing like this will ever happen again.


At 12:48 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Nicole said...

Hell, it will probably happen again on this case alone.

At 1:40 PM, August 30, 2006, Blogger Andy Bechtel said...

And it turns out that the "pink sweater" mug is subject to copyright considerations:


At 10:44 PM, September 05, 2006, Anonymous rknil said...

Now how did I know copy editors would play Olé defense and let those headlines get through?


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