To those of us that actually use critical thinking skills, it’s no secret that the media lies. Mainstream media has, for years, been using their influence to sway elections, push products, and even help get murderers off. Well as long as that murderer is wearing a badge that is.
The rift this “brainwash the masses” mindset has created in society has spawned a new type of media to arise. This “alternate” media has gained tons of credibility by reporting the real stories with videos to back up claims of abuses. Suddenly the front page was no longer belonging to the guy that works for the large newspaper, but a regular person. A person that acted fast and decided to record what they were seeing.
Mainstream media has been forced on a number of occasions to stop pushing lies and run the real story, in fear of looking foolish when the world sees the videos.
Well just a few days ago independent media sources and journalists have even gained the recognition of mainstream media, yet again. This time it was an acknowledgment of a need for them.
The Morning Call is one of the larger news sources for my area. It’s also one of the worst for printing stories that paint city officials as being saints and anyone who questions their authority, troublemakers. That is why when I saw a story entitled “Cellphone video was crucial in many Lehigh Valley controversies in 2015” I was eager to read what they had to say.
The story stated that:
“Prosecutors and defense attorneys both used citizen videos in court in 2015, though they often disagreed about what bystanders captured on their phones.”
“Aron’s screams drew a large crowd, including Eli Heckman, who began recording the incident with his cellphone.”
The story goes on to name a number of instances where citizens, recording police, were able to get charges dropped and in some cases lawsuits filed.
It’s a whole new world. Police can no longer fabricate instances. Armed with our right to record public officials across the country and our cellphone cameras, we have turned the tables on the untouchable police.
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