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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #24)

Sun Dec 16, 2018, 09:50 PM

25. I didn't say everyone wants someone innocent to hang.

I said everyone wants someone to hang. I don't think most people care much for innocence or guilt, sadly. They just want someone to point at and say, "It's all their fault." People seem to have forgotten that sometimes bad things happen and they are beyond the power of mortals to change or stop.

If, after an investigation, it is determined that Officer So-And-So should have called for a life flight earlier than he did, then that's something that can be acted upon, and Officer So-And-So should answer for his conduct. If it's determined that nothing they did would have saved the child, then punishing people for something they couldn't change is the very definition of unfair.

As for the reporting, we all know that news outlets will stumble all over one another to be first in breaking the news, and accuracy is sometimes a casualty of that. The fellow who was pilloried in the media over the 1996 Olympics bombing, Richard Jewell, could tell you a bit about that, were he still alive.

I feel like people should know by now that initial reports are fluid, and only an investigation will get to the bottom of it. Rushing to judgment and parceling out blame when very little is known about an incident is a bad habit, and I feel no guilt for pointing that out.

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