Why does the media cover up FBI and police crimes?Why does the media cover up FBI and police crimes?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'm kind of in the middle on this, as I do believe there are things which are glossed  over, at least, and covered up, at worst.  However, I don't think the media is generally covering anything up; my guess is they don't know.  If they did, someone would be talking--even under the threat of "official" condemnation or worse.  Look at the media across the board--there just aren't that many secrets anymore. 

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We have a mostly privately owned media system in this country, which is thus motivated primarily by profit, as opposed to political or social agendas.  While there may be certain instances of cover ups where the media is involved, I find it difficult to believe, or at least have not seen any evidence of, a large scale pattern or conspiracy to cover up crimes or government abuses.  There are simply too many forms of media and individual media entities for that kind of theory to be credible to me.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Unfortunately I have to agree with #3 and in spite of my belief in the power of media and journalism I am convinced that there are some examples where media and politics have worked together to obscure, hide or pervert the truth, though I do think that these only occur very rarely. I do agree that there are lots of great examples of media uncovering the truth that politics tries to hide, but it is important to remember that media moguls and politicians can have very strong vested interests that might affect partiality.

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I don’t believe there is some kind of special relationship between the media and law enforcement where the media will cover up crimes committed by law enforcement.  On the contrary, I believe the opposite, that the media tries to discover this type of activity.  Back in the 1970’s, Watergate was a great example of this and the tradition of trying to discover improper actions by the government is still here today. But, I also believe that law enforcement at times tries to cover up its own misdeeds.  Sometimes the media will cooperate with the government in not reporting certain actions taken by the government when the government states that reporting may jeopardize national security or an ongoing investigation.  When the media does this, I don’t think it is to hide crimes by law enforcement, but to assist law enforcement in doing its job.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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As with the previous post, examples would be great, but I tend to be a little bit more skeptical and believe that those types of crimes are certainly covered up on a regular basis.

Along with the reasoning that they don't want to be on the outs with the officials as it would lead to a lack of information on further crimes, there is also the desire to be taken seriously and in order to be taken seriously in our current media environment, reporting something no one else is will not help you.

There is a massive interest in most businesses and government agencies in maintaining the status quo and undermining that by demonstrating something like the police or the FBI not always acting in the public interest is rarely accepted by most editors or CEOs.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you are going to claim that the media covers up crimes by the police and FBI, you really ought to give specific incidents where you claim this has happened.  Otherwise, you are just giving a blanket accusation that can hardly be refuted.

I do not believe that the media does this.  However, if it did, it would be because the media tends to report in ways that emphasize official accounts of events and that tend to discount other claims.

Reporters depend a great deal upon government officials.  Since officials make the news, reporters need access to them for interviews and inside information.  Because the reporters need officials, they tend to A) come to trust and believe many of them and B) report their side of the story.

Since reporters have so much contact with government officials and since they need to cultivate those officials, they are often less critical of them than they might be.  Or at least that is the claim made by some scholars.

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If you stumbled on this post accidently and would like more details, please google search "Historic cover-up of FBI and police crimes currently taking place", a thread I started on the Urban 75 message board. I am also writing on the homeless forums under "New police weapon against homeless". Since this writing, I have been assaulted by a Middletown CT police officer and am waiting trial for a misdemeanor offense that officer lied about. Bill Anderson

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soxin8 | eNotes Newbie

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I'm kind of in the middle on this, as I do believe there are things which are glossed  over, at least, and covered up, at worst.  However, I don't think the media is generally covering anything up; my guess is they don't know.  If they did, someone would be talking--even under the threat of "official" condemnation or worse.  Look at the media across the board--there just aren't that many secrets anymore. 

I am soxin8. I started this post . My name is Bill Anderson email soxin8@hotmail.com. Although I have a Masters degree, I have been homeless living in my car on Western Av in Brighton MA since Oct 07. The FBI has had me fired from all 5 jobs I've held in MA since 01. In a continued effort to get me to leave, they have worked with police to ban me from 9 public places. Boston officer Law told me I would get a good beating if I didn't leave the area. Another officer actually followed me into a McDonalds restroom and challenged me to a fight. He did not give me his last name. Later on he was paired with officer Broussard who also refused twice to give me his name. Randolph officer Ford actually told me his name was Marquis to conceal his part in a planned assault against me in the Randolph library. The FBI not only has the ability to keep all media from reporting or even investigating what is taking place (including Reporters Without Borders), they have kept civil liberties groups and civil rights lawyers from helping. I would send anyone interested more details about what has taken place however I may not receive your email because of the FBI compromising the account. I believe their criminal success has been built on a slander campaign directed against me, even though I have no criminal record. Please help and tell others about this after reading it.

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