I think the media should use some self-censorship on occasion. It gets
too easy to destroy peoples' lives over small things. Imagine how WWII
would have gone if the media would have spent their time telling our
troop movements, or about FDR's extra-marital affairs, or his illness? 
In the case at hand with the sniper, it was strategic use of the media
that put out the car description and Jersey plates that helped catch him.
Good for them for being a help, and not a hindrance in this issue.
The media should first be a defense of our rights and freedoms against
government. Next, they should help the public consider all sides of the
issues, so they can decide for themselves. Then, they should be a help to
society. Finally, they should be a source of entertainment.

When they do this, Bravo. When they are only entertainment, or they
become too politicized on one side or the other, then they only become a
part of an unbalanced society, or worse, government.

K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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