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Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Like most of the nation, many Vandalia area readers have been captivated by the national coverage surrounding the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Unfortunately, as time goes by and conflicting media reports continue to be released, knowing what is fact or fiction regarding the case has become harder to decipher.
Rev. Jesse Jackson says Martin was shot in the back of his head when facts show he was shot at close range in the chest.
Some reports say Martin was out at 3 a.m. but in reality he was shot between 7-8 p.m.
NBC played an audio recording of the 911 call that had shooting suspect George Zimmerman say: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good…he looks black.”
The actual full quote was: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining an he’s just walking around, looking about.”
The 911 officer: “Okay, and this guy-is he black, white, or hispanic?”
Zimmerman answered “he looks black.”
These are just a few examples of details to the case being reported that forces everyone to be a reporter to figure out what facts are correct and what facts are actually fiction.
The coverage of this unfortunate tragedy brings to light just how bad most of our national media publications and broadcast channels have become when it comes to coverage of political and hot button issues.
Journalists are suppose to report the news fairly and make sure all facts are accurately presented.
Unfortunately, with the invention of the blogosphere and a thirst for 24 hour news with emphasis on being first to report an event, fact checking has become an after thought.
As we approach the election season for area, statewide, and presidential races, may this be a lesson to all of us. All readers need to become reporters and double check facts before making a decision on who to vote for.
It is likely this sort of coverage happened back 20 years ago. The big difference now is the dependency by voters on the internet and cable news networks continues to increase over time.
NCAA Championship
While my NCAA Tournament bracket didn’t fare well for the most part, I did correctly pick the championship game between Kentucky and Kansas.
The part I couldn’t wait to share after the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks on Monday night was my final score prediction.
For my tiebreaker score, I guessed a month ago the final score of 66-58 in favor of Kentucky. The final score ended up being 67-59. It was obviously a lucky guess and it was just a pretty neat experience for myself.
10th Anniversary
My wife Kristy and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last week.
Since I have a barrel of ink at my disposal, it’s important that I take the time to publicly thank my wife for putting up with me for 10 years. I’m thankful for every second God has blessed me with her and I look forward to what God has planned for our family during the next decade.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.