Nov 30

Teen Shot in Chicago

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Chi Town

This is a story about Laquan McDonald, the teen who was shot and killed in Chicago by a police officer. The most risky thing that a newsroom in Chicago can do is air the shooting of this teen. On this website and on television this footage was shown, but is it the right thing to do. Apparently they thought it was the right thing to do, this article also goes on to talk about how the newsroom showed some of the footage from the video. The article also went on to say that the newsroom warned the viewers before they showed the video, but is that enough?

I don’t think it is ethical to show this video repeated on TV, especially where the murder took place. It’s very sad that things like this are still happening after some many other cases of police officers killing unarmed people, you would think that this would stop happening. Newsrooms should be able to show things like this on TV, but on their website that is different; putting the video on the website makes more sense. Newsrooms do things like this to get more ratings, but I don’t think that’s the case with this news station. They should be more sensitive to their viewers and the victim’s family.

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  1. Kyle Geissler December 1st, 2015 1:12 am

    This is a difficult decision for newsrooms and they’re going to upset people no matter which way they handle it. I would like to think that stations would decide to air this because they felt it was important for the public to see and not just for the ratings. If they were doing it for the ratings, it would be a more difficult decision because there are many people who would also be turned off by airing the video.

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