This happens every year: A person, enjoying the river, slips... and they're gone. Local media reports the story. There will be the obligatory "candid" photos of the anxious/grieving family (which I find off-putting) and some snaps of the boats involved in the rescue/recovery efforts. Nothing graphic is shown.
It happened near Hampton again a week ago. The Mississippi is unforgiving. The story was covered just as I've described.
Around the same time, in Texas, a young Central American migrant and his small child attempted to sneak into the United States. They didn't make it. They were found drowned. Photos of their lifeless bodies, floating face-down in the shallows of the Rio Grande were paraded all over the mainstream media; print, air and on-line.
Why the difference in coverage?
Local television, and newspapers like the Quad-City Times, balance the public's right-to-know with a concern for the victim's right-to-privacy and simple, common decency. They report "news" from that perspective.
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The national media operates under a different set of priorities. It's my perception the "mainstream" news is driven by a hate-based opposition to anything Trump-related. Neither traditional codes-of-conduct nor bounds-of-decency are factored into "reporting." Obsession with hastening the president's removal and/or facilitating his defeat in 2020 influences every word.
I'm just a regular guy who sees obvious bias and understands why it exists. The press still believes they have the ability to shape public opinion through distorted "reporting." I say they no longer have that power.
We're soon going to see who's right.
Eugene Mattecheck Jr.