Fox… It wasn’t about guns. It was never about guns. Just because a person happens to be armed for their own protection does not mean that everything they do has to be spun in such a way as to claim they were doing it because they were ‘gun activists’… even if on separate occasions they ARE gun activists.
You are journalists. Or at least you claim to be… after all being a journalist would require some measure of journalistic ethics, one would think, and you’ve thrown those directly out the window.
Your story [http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/29253919/online-video-of-confrontation-with-oakland-county-sheriff-deputy-brings-threats] takes a man who was simply exercising his first, second, and fourth amendment rights and had them violated, and instead of asking the question ‘what happened’ or ‘why’, you simply assumed [incorrectly] that this was all about guns, you assumed [incorrectly] and subsequently asserted [also incorrectly] that his conduct [simply filming on public property] was illegal, misrepresented the situation to a ‘gun rights expert’ in order to solicit the most unfavorable response possible, and threw it all together in an effort to defame someone all because he was doing the very thing that keeps you assholes employed.
It’s about you as much as it is them. It is to demonstrate what happens when you try to actually use these ‘rights’ we are supposed to have, that are supposed to be recognized in [not granted by] the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Sure, you have the right to freedom of press… unless its negative press, in which case we will violate your fourth amendment right to be secure in your person, papers and posessions. You have the freedom of press, unless it goes against the agenda of those who write our paychecks, in which case we will misrepresent the facts as best we can, report on all the dirt we can find even if it is completely unrelated to the incident being discussed, and dismiss you as a ‘lunatic’.
Imagine if, while compiling footage for this ‘story’ [pronounced “bullshit”], you were approached by a policeman who demanded to know everything about you simply because he didn’t appreciate being filmed? If you value your privacy at all, as you should, you would decline. What if, then, he decided he was simply going to steal that information from you without your consent? That would make that officer a criminal.
AN OFFICER THAT ILLEGALLY STEALS IDENTIFICATION FROM A PERSON WHO IS NOT BREAKING ANY LAWS IS A CRIMINAL
So what do you, as ‘journalists’, do about it? You take their side. You don’t research the laws, you don’t try and see both sides, you don’t read the Bill of Rights again, you simply see a badge and assume they are always the good guy, ignore logic, reason, and the law of the land, and take their side. YOU TAKE THE SIDE OF THE CRIMINAL.
THIS COUNTRY IS BECOMING LESS FREE, AND YOU ARE COMPLICIT!
THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE ARE VIOLATED EVERY DAY BY AN EVER INCREASINGLY ENCROACHING GOVERNMENT AND YOU DEMONIZE THE PEOPLE THEY VIOLATE!
YOU PREY ON THE FEAR OF THE PEOPLE BECAUSE FEAR DRIVES RATINGS AND RATINGS DRIVE REVENUE! THERE IS NOT A SHRED OF JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY LEFT IN YOUR ORGANIZATION!
Fox, I implore you, stop writing propaganda and go back to news.
At this point, I’d be more likely to believe Stephen Glass.