Back in the early days of the civil rights movement,at WSB-Television in Atlanta, we often debated whether our reporting would contribute to violence. We avoided saying that___________is expected… believing that saying it often made viiolence more likely to occur. Today (7-14-13), I heard a reporter on a radio network talking about the “not guilty” verdict in the Zimmerman case. She ended her reporting by saying that demonstrations are expected today across the nation….demonstrations that could spark violence. Did the reporter saying it before it happened make the violence more likely? There’s no certain answer, but it’s a question that news managers should consider before making their decisions. Perhaps they already do.
Are news managers debating?