scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: The Press *is too* a Scouting discussion
Wed May 03 2000 - 12:37:39 CDT
If for no other reason than that Scouting needs the publicity.
Now while some of us have one opinion (when I spent a week laboriously
detailing a troop trip to Philmont, providing photos and names and addresses
and phones of who to interview, and the story came out with so many mistakes
I was amazed -- and still happy for the publicity -- I called my CC and told
him to remember, the purpose of the small local paper is to make mistakes and
don't take it out on me) about the press.
And others observe it in different ways.
I was driving home, and thus remember few of the details, but a survey done
reported that about 30% of reporters surveyed stated outright they had
deliberately slanted a story to fit the paper's needs or their own opinion.
And the group that financed the study was actually PROUD of their admitting
The discussion group carrying on about it tried using little examples like
"If you see the editor coming out of a party drunk, you don't write that he's
drunk" or "If the bosses wife looks awful you don't write about her dress"
and avoided the real topic:
Where is the impartial press?
Now if Journalism MB and working at Jambo as unit reporters and all the other
things don't apply already to make this a Scouting discussion, consider this:
If you have a local press that has a definite opinion on one thing (lets say
guns, to make it more than the trivial things that group discussed) they
hailed the decision of Smith & Wesson to do what the government wants as a
tremendous victory that had only one or two little things that the gunmaker
agreed to so it would be left out of lawsuits.
No one I've found has admitted in the press the many finer details, including
the restrictions on free trade (gun shops who sell S&W will only be allowed
to sell merchandise from other manufacturers who meet all of the MANY
requirements S&W agreed to). *It doesn't matter what my opinion is*, I want a
press that is fair and impartial and doesn't slant any story to meet their
own person needs or agendas.
Now tell me that the papers we've discussed so far are completely impartial.
And get that concept across to a youth studying for a MB or to staff one of
Even better, get good Press from such a group if they decide they side with
one group or the other in a court case....