The Clarion-Ledger’s Geoff Pender uncritically reports the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation’s (MBI) claim that rumors surrounding the shooting of Kingston Frazier are false, “untrue,” and “not factual.”
Pender’s recent report for the Clarion-Ledger on the murder of Kingston Frazier, while entitled “What happened to Kingston Frazier,” essentially assumes the public and authorities know everything there is to know about 6-year-old Kingston Frazier’s murder.
The result of such uncritical reporting is to remove public accountability from the law enforcement and legal community.
“Do not put any stock in what you’re seeing in social media,” claims MBI spokesman Warren Strain.
“It’s rumor and speculation, conjecture. The investigation is early on, and what is being put out on social media is untrue and not factual,” Strain says.
While at once reporting that Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest are unable to comment on the investigation because it is ongoing, and reporting exactly the comments on the investigation Guest and Strain offer, Pender manages to convey exactly the story that Guest and MBI’s Warren Strain wish to convey:
all the perpetrators of this crime are in custody and there’s no more investigating to be done.
Pender reports that Strain said he is “confident” the three teens arrested for Kingston’s murder are those responsible.
Sorry, Clarion-Ledger. But when there are 6-year-olds being murdered on our streets, that’s not good enough.
As a veteran reporter, Geoff Pender should know his job is to dig a bit deeper.
Let us here at Mississippi Conservative Daily make a few recommendations to Geoff.
Geoff could begin by asking the following questions of Guest and Strain:
Is the investigation early or ongoing? Or is it over?
If the investigation is early or ongoing, why are you making decidedly declaratory statements that would seem to influence the public’s perception of what’s going on in this case?
As you have clearly reported that Michael Guest has found no clear motive for Frazier’s murder, why do you seem so ready to accept that the investigation is complete (again, despite your also having reported that it is in its early stages)?
The Clarion-Ledger unquestioningly report District Attorney Guest’s claims that “[He] do[es] believe [Frazier] was shot in the back of the car.”
But the Clarion-Ledger also reports that authorities admit that time of death was not yet known.
Why willingly report Guest’s claims to have concluded his investigation without any further questions about the many unknowns surrounding the circumstances of Frazier’s death?
Geoff Pender seems happy to carry Michael Guest’s water on this one.
Jackson and the whole of Mississippi would be better served if someone at the Clarion-Ledger asked a few tough questions.
Indeed, many people both in and outside Mississippi would like to know what happened to this precious little baby boy.