Friday, May 31, 2013
Nichole Cable: Navigating Local News
While posting the article from the Bangor Daily News without commentary nor analysis, some readers went on to read the affidavit for themselves, and saw the disconnect between the article, the headline, and what was reported in the affidavit. Some even saw weakness in the writing of the affidavit and commented upon such.
What it may boil down to is a crisis of confidence in our nation's law enforcement, or at least, in some states.
How difficult can this be? Let's look at what we know, rather than what is admissible and what is not:
An unemployed young male fumes over learning he is a father and has to pay child support. He is buddies with a young real estate agent.
He takes out a life insurance policy against the life of this child; a big policy, piggy backing it on his car insurance policy, only to report her "missing" 6 weeks later.
The child's blood is found in the home and he fails his polygraph.
Tell me that Justin DiPietro bested law enforcement in the interrogation challenge?
Tell me that a Grand Jury would not indict with just these known facts??
Tell me that his buddy's hands are clean in all of this and that his buddy's mother is just hyper-vigilant without self interest? Sorry, not buying it.
Have you seen local media question why there has been no arrests? I haven't.
WIth Nichole Cable, the local media reported in a blurry manner that this was a kidnapping gone wrong.
They took a line from what the nut told his brother and made it the headline, which now means locals walk around repeating the nonsense: you know, locals who will make up the jury pool.
Well played, Bangor Daily News.
At least they are consistent in their reporting.
For those of you who read the affidavit, your comments suggest that you are not in awe of the work done on this case. This may be part of the larger picture.
Recall the article I wrote quite a while back extolling the virtues of the future jury pool who would seek justice for Ayla Reynolds, and how one commentator not only answered me, but pummeled me with statistics on the suitability of a jury pool.
Local media is not helping.
Bangor Daily News political slants have been well known for decades, but its desire to grab headlines, coupled with the lack of competition has conspired together to give some pretty weak journalism examples for us.
The Online Sentinel refused to publish anything, including investigative journalism, on the Baby Ayla case, unless it was given "official Maine State police" approval.
How much investigative journalism will we get if waiting for official approval?
Little wonder the only journalist who kept Ayla's story in the public's eye moved on.