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Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

Delonte West's mental health is much more important than the reader's need to know. Especially given the fact that the media admittedly has never dealt with a situation quite like this. Imagine a scenario where inaccurate comments or reports actually contribute to Delonte West's issues or serve a s a trigger for a much more serious incident. The media is not given a free ticket for irresponsible reporting or a lack of liability in what they report. All writers should feel a sense of responsibilty (if not sensitivity) when reporting on Delonte West. Anything less, and judges may very well be writing the "rulebook" on how to deal with such matters. I don't think reporters want to go there.

Posted by ThunderCav on 11/05/2009 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Guarded: How the Media Struggles to Cover Delonte West

What some of the more insensitive of you are neglecting to realize is that the media cannot contribute to the demise of Delonte West, by reporting about that of which they do not know. Each media outlet has a responsibility to get it right, lest they slander. It would also be tragic if they were unknowingly the trigger for a much more serious incident. Just because fans want to know is not reason enough for writers to speculate on the mental health of Delonte West. Envision a scenario in which the media outlets were liable for pushing someone over the edge. In today's society, it could potentially change reporting methods or endanger them and then the "rulebook" would be written for them by judges.

Posted by ThunderCav on 11/05/2009 at 8:35 PM


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