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October 2001


Students unite to form one voice of hope

WAC gives audience better understanding


Editorial: We need to set higher standards

Letters to the editor:

Da playas gonna play

Men are from the "O" and women are from "Starbucks"

Court approves peaceful minute


Americans face their toughest challenge

Proud beyond words to be an American

Rude awakening just the beginning

People wait for shock to settle

Students react to attacks


Finding the sweetest pad in Pittsburgh


Review of Slaughterhouse by Gail A. Eisnitz

Street musician is on prowl in Pittsburgh


Evangelistic dorm talk with Thomas B. Grosh IV regarding the events of September 11,01

October online edition

We need to set higher standards

As the scenes unfolded on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 it became apparent that the media of our nation sometimes does not think twice before it airs or runs the information it receives.

Americans became disturbed as scenes of people falling from the heights of the Twin Towers and reports of information that had not yet been verified as true were flashed on the television screen.

This emotionalism reached, not only the people of America, but also to the rest of the world. The pain of America was felt everywhere, but how they felt about it varied immensely. The emotions were there, but the understanding was not.

Can we blame the American media for this lack of oversight? They are constantly trying to anticipate the next happening, and many times they will report on information they get before it is even proved true. The sources of this stray information are partly to blame, but the media also has a responsibility to quote reliable sources.

Television media is particularly to blame because they are the “here and now” in the media world. They are constantly reporting on unsubstantiated information for its “shock value” rather then providing real news.

Sometimes we just have to sit back and take a break from the news because even though they are reporting on the events happening in the world, it is not real for us because we are not experiencing it. It is important to be informed, but we do not need to hear about every little thing that is happening in any particular situation.

It is our belief that the media should only report the necessary information, and the rest can be made available to those that really need the information in other ways. For example, the world populace does not need to know where the President is at all times. He has his reasons for being where he is and if some terrorist wanted to find him, they could simply turn to any news station to find out. This should not be so.

The media advises discretion, but it does not follow its own advice. Did anyone hear how Dewey won the election against Truman? It was reported all over the country, but it never came true.

Did anyone hear how the Germans rescued hostages during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany from terrorists? No, because it never happened. The media captured the German operation on live television and the terrorists later murdered the hostages after they saw it.

In present day television it was reported that a plane crashed in Pittsburgh when in reality it crashed eighty miles southwest of Pittsburgh near Indian Lake, Somerset Country. This is just one example of irresponsible reporting that occurred after that tragic Tuesday.

The media needs to hold itself to a higher standard when it comes to reporting the information that they receive from various sources. Many people are seeking professional help to heal their minds even though they did not have an immediate personal connection to any involved in the attacks.  This should not be so.

Even though the media has the ability to report anything they want to, it should also realize the point where the information becomes detrimental to the public. An outside force should not censor the media, but the responsibility of censorship should lie within the media.

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