History shows us that the status-quo of misused power can be maintained two ways, more control and more ignorance. When a lot of people start to pay attention to the problem with the way things are done, their ignorance begins to be remedied. Social media is letting the cats of truth out of their usually carefully controlled bag and the mass media, as guardians of the status-quo, start their framing engines to try to control the flow of information.
8/10/14 7:30 am
CNN headlines Missouri community outraged after police shoot teen
FRAME: They lead with the Truth. Builds trust.
A shooting involving police left a teen dead Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, authorities said.
FRAME: A shooting involving police. Already the outrage at the horror of this young man, gunned down in broad daylight, is downplayed. Instead, this framing allows you to include others in the “shooting” picture in your head, as though they were shooting too. Perhaps the man had a gun. Perhaps he was shooting at police. Plenty of other shooting scenarios in the news to influence you to think this way.
FRAME: Authorities said. Getting in the expert opinion in the first sentence to influence you that the police were only “involved” not responsible, from the very first sentence! The “authorities” say it’s a police involved shooting. Police are involved in shootings all the time. Move along citizen, there’s nothing to see here.
Officers heard gunfire at the protests, and it took them hours to secure the scene for county homicide detectives to get evidence safely before removing Brown’s body, according to Jackson.
FRAME: at the protests. Multiple. There is no stated connection between the gunshots and why it took police hours to “secure” the scene. These are just two facts strung together to help you jump to that conclusion. Without carefully reading that “and” in there, you are led to think there is. The fact is that Mike’s mother had to stand and watch her son’s body lie in that street for four hours, while police brought in “crowd control” dogs, hundreds more police officers, riot trucks, the works. Was that crowd so outraged, so dangerous? That is the question I come away from this article with. The phrase “at the protests” sounds like organized protests and marchers and signs, not the spontaneous outpouring of emotion from a hurting community that gathers together IN PROTEST to let anyone! EVERYONE! know, about an apparently unwarranted murder of an innocent person at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect.
These are only a couple of examples. Be careful when you read the news. Don’t let the innocent be framed for murder.