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Media guilty of misusing power

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To the editor:
Last week’s article regarding local reactions to the Zimmerman verdict seemed to echo Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: “Hastiness and superficiality -- these are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century and more than anywhere else this is manifested in the press. In-depth analysis of a problem is anathema to the press; it is contrary to its nature. The press merely picks out sensational formulas. Such as it is, however, the press has become the greatest power within the Western countries, exceeding that of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary.”
One of the most cherished principles of the American legal tradition is the presumption of innocence: Better a hundred guilty men freed than one innocent man unjustly penalized.
The burden of proof is upon the accusers, not upon the accused. Unless the prosecution proves beyond a shadow of a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the charges, then the jury is obligated by oath – not merely allowed, but obligated – to acquit him. Is it not profoundly disturbing that the media treated this principle with contempt, expecting and demanding a conviction even if such conviction went against jurors’ consciences?
How can the talking heads be so shameless as to have learned nothing from the Duke lacrosse team hoax? Lamentable as this one death was, is not the circus made out of it obscene — especially given the inconvenient truth that black criminals commit violence against whites far more often than white criminals commit violence against blacks?
In its perverse Orwellian manner America’s elite worships equality. Hence at this point I’m afraid asking our overrated intelligentsia to quit obsessing about how inherently evil white folks are is a little like somebody in 1930s Germany asking the National Socialists to quit obsessing about Jews.
The obsession in question is an essential, central feature of the ideology, not a mere bug that could be worked out.
Jerry Salyer
Frankfort