When media, murder, and publicly held companies converge for good. Or not. A story in four parts.
First: There haven’t been enough accolades for Adam Ward. Adam’s camera expertise and more so, his profound passion for life allowed him to tip the police to his and Alison Parker’s killer; Vester Flanagan, aka: Bryce Williams. Flanagan was in his second year of being a former co-worker – and he nursed long-documented, anger issues.
Second: Vester Flanagan was both a very troubled man; and really bad shot. Alison, while wearing a brace, just booked it after Flanagan’s first, point-blank shot missed her.
Alison covered a lot of ground before Flanagan, hunted her down.
Third: Media is working over-time on this, albeit not exactly with police help. More on that later. But for now, journalism hasn’t been working over-time. One of the big unanswered questions is:
Did ABC News alert personnel a former co-worker was mentally, unraveling after receiving his 25 page angry, disjointed fax?
Fourth: Reactions from Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Poor reactions covered over by media.
Background: Before becoming a wannabe triple murderer, (Post surgery, third victim, Vicki Gardner, is recovering); Vester Flanagan was a reporter WTNC-TV, who also anchored at WTWC-TV, WTOC-TV – Savannah, and KMID-TV and KPIX-TV -(San Francisco)
But in a story told in pictures, Twitter, Facebook, and Google, the public is keeping media – often confused with Journalism, honest. Mostly.
August 26th, 2015 began per usual: Media Pandering to Donald Trump
However, as Twitter is a political force, Twitter folks began noticing yet another anchor – this time Matt Lauer, was the latest anchor to pander to Donald Trump.
But Trump fascination promptly ended with the terrible news out of Virginia of the double-murder of Alison Parker, Adam Ward, and the wounding of Vicki Gardner.
Adam Ward shot the killer with his camera.
Turned out, the wannabe television star anchor was also filming his murders. Video revealed Flanagan had to chase down Alison, who, while wearing a brace, was making good time and distance away from Flanagan after he blew his initial, point-blank range shot.
Then came the moment Alison recognized her killer.
Twitter lit up. Because Twitter can be a political force. Twitter began demanding journalism and decency.
Below was just one tweet was to Google, asking:
- Google remove the Flanagan’s Video on Youtube.
- Commenting on police harassment of reporter Franz Strasser – who was trying to cover the news.
Franz Strasser complained that the police threatened to tow his car if he didn’t remove the pictures he snapped after the police arrived on-scene. Flanagan had already shot himself.
Sadly, Strasser morphed from journalist, to media type. In a twinkling.
Enhancing the mo’ media, not journalism….James Morgan reported on…Franz Strasser!
Think media: Don’t think, journalism.
THIRD – Old media was last to know.
Check the comments on Youtube. 276 people commented on Flanagan’s Youtube posting of the murders. I pray for every comment there was a request to Google for its removal.
Which public company almost won the, “remove for public decency” coverage?
- Twitter – First to act; suspending Flanagan’s account.
- Facebook – A semi-quick, second to disable Flanagan’s acount.
- Google – Dead last. In fact, murder footage is still up.
Noticed many people on Twitter demanding Flanagan’s account be removed. Have no idea how many asked FB to do so.
But in that 1, 696 people witnessed the murder on Youtube – and 256 people “rated” Flanagan’s murder. All Media reported reported the video was quickly taken down after “moments” on line.
Which was so far from the truth…as to be contemptible. In fact, the footage is still up. Eight hours later. Not saying where.
The good news is via Twitter, we witness in real time when reporters like the above, decide to take the easy way out when covering the story; while trying to help take bad stuff down.
What this says about us.
That social media is used for social and criminal means.
But in journalism, Twitter can fact-check in how we digest media instead of facts.
FOURTH – The public can be more involved in ending Publicly traded companies who withhold facts from reporting. The public can Demand a return of the Fairness Doctrine.
Media reports the murder footage is down, while stating it was only up “moments” is gross negligence, stupid, and, deliberate. The public can end this practice by demanding the FCC return the Fairness Doctrine.
Currently, would like to crown Twitter the king of all Media. (Sorry Howard Stern) But no can do because: L
ast week Twitter went totally corporate. In a series of bad decisions, Twitter removed 30 sites dedicated to saving the deleted tweets of politicians.
It’s one thing for media to not accurately report the facts, while shielding less than responsive high-tech, companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter. But when Twitter, a public company opted to delete politicians tweets? That is so far over the line — the line can no longer be seen.
Politicians are elected officials. The public has a right to know if or when, our elected officials do well, or screw up.
Stock prices as of today, August 23, 2015:
Google: $628.62 Click here tomorrow to discover whether Google has gotten any better.
Twitter: $ 25.03 Click here tomorrow to discover whether Twitter has gotten any better.