Same murder, two different crimes? Depends on what you read

In what many are calling a hate crime, 49-year-old James Craig Anderson was killed after he was run down in Jackson, Mississippi over the weekend by two white teenagers. The case is everywhere on the Internet, filling up chat rooms and news outlets alike spewing hatred for the defendants. Part of the reason why there’s so much attention on the web is that there is security camera footage that shows Anderson being run over.

I came across this story in my local paper the Fort Worth Star Telegram, which they got from the Associated Press. The article is even-handed, and refrains from any bias. As the cop in Dragnet used to say it gives us, “just the facts.”

However, I also came across the same story that was covered on a website called ru-crazy.com. Same incident, much different story. Is it biased or not? You be the judge.

For us writers, I think the horrible tragedy that is the death of James Craig Anderson can teach us a valuable lesson about how we use our research and which sources we trust. Do we continue to use only the “tried and true” sources like the AP? Or do people who run websites like ru-crazy.com closer to the story? Will bystanders give them the more truthful account of what really happened because maybe they are a known person in the neighborhood? Are the reporters from a huge organization like the AP seen as outsiders when they go into the neighborhoods and towns when these types of crimes happen, and therefore they are given a line of bull? As more and more people become armchair reporters, we will continue to get our news from various sources. And while it seems like a bit much to keep track of, I think the truth is out there somewhere, we just have to care enough to look in the right place.  

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Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

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