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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Faux News - The Schenectady High School Lockdown.

The Puritans looked at old women and saw witches, Senator Joseph McCarthy saw a communist behind every tree, but our generation beats them all. Our three bogeymen are terrorists, sex offenders and school gunmen. Historians will look back at this era of American History and call it The Age Of Hysteria. Our hysteria was amply manifested yesterday in the faux news story about the two supposed gunmen who were heading to Schenectady High School, as one media outlet put it, “armed to the teeth.“ Later it was revealed that they had one shotgun and were headed for target practice.

One real news story here might very well be how the media characterized these two men. Here’s a sampling.

CBS 6 called the two men suspects and referred to them as being captured.

Capital News 9 and WROW refer to the men as possible suspects. The link to the video, however, is labeled Two Arrested.

The Daily Gazette refers to the two men as suspects.

WNYT and WTEN kept their cool and did not refer to the two men who were questioned by police as suspects

The other real story as far as I am concerned, however, is how did the police treat these two men and what was their reaction to what happened to them. The kids were scared, the parents were scared, but how did the two men stopped for questioning feel? Here is where WGY and FOX News beat the rest of the media
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WGY said:

24-YEAR-OLD ARMY SPECIALIST DANIEL GREVELY SAYS HE AND HIS FRIEND WERE COMPLETELY UNAWARE THAT AN ALL-POINTS BULLETIN HAD BEEN ISSUED FOR THEIR CAR...WHEN THEY WERE PULLED-OVER BY POLICE IN NISKAYUNA. HE SAYS THE NEIGHBOR OF HIS, WHO PHONED-IN THE THREAT TO POLICE, EVIDENTLY MISUNDERSTOOD WHAT HE AND HIS FRIEND WERE DOING WHEN THEY LOADED THE GUN AND AMMO IN THEIR CAR. NEITHER MAN IS FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES. GREVELY SAYS THAT HE'S SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN...AND THIS SCARED HIM MORE THAN BEING OVER THERE.


FOX News said:

Now it certainly was not a routine day for those two Schenectady men. One is actually an active National Guardsman who is about to go back overseas.
Grevely said, “They had 20 cars there and helicopters circling us -- like in the movies.”
Daniel Grevely -- a decorated Army National Guard Specialist just back from a tour in Afghanistan -- has seen surreal things, but nothing like today.
Grevely said, “This is the worst I've ever seen in my entire life -- I was more scared now today.”
Grevely and his friend Andre were unaware of the Schenectady school lockdown and the all points bulletin out for their car -- when they were pulled over and surrounded by Niskayuna police this afternoon.
Grevely said, “They had us on the ground on our knees -- handcuffed already.”

I see a lawsuit, maybe several, arising out of this incident.

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