The Times Colonist eulogized a drug dealer on 01/21/2015. In doing so it silently united drugs and youth. Drugs and youth do not belong together, so, why does Times Colonist eulogize drug dealers?
Think of the message sent to our youth. The article was about a drug dealer who died because he got stabbed during a drug deal gone bad. But the headline in the Times Colonist made it sound as though the guy got stabbed in a “tragic” accident. The article then went on to eulogize the guy and all he was supposedly doing to turn his life around. If he was turning his life around, he would not have been killed doing a drug deal.
Drug dealers sell death and sometimes reap what they sow.
I feel badly that the guy lost his life, but he knew the risks he was assuming when he chose to deal drugs. He knew the elements who surround drugs, especially in Langford. After all, it is not as though he was depositing his work cheque at the bank and a robber came in and stabbed him for his money. Nor did lightening strike him walking down a rainy street with his umbrella. Dope deals are dangerous and he elected to face those dangers for the high profits.
The Times Colonist even made excuses for the guy dealing drugs.
The article even went so far as to blame the fact that he was a dealer on the fact that he had been laid off from his job. What is the message here? The Times Colonist is putting drugs and youth together again by sending the wrong message to our youth.
It is saying it is okay to sling dope if you hit some bad times. How does getting laid off work make it right to poison people and destroy families? What do you think would happen if every person laid off work felt it was okay to commit a crime?
Is there any other way to interpret the article?
How else can you interpret an article that posts a warm family picture of the dealer with his wife? How else can you interpret an article that offers the opinions of the family as to the victim’s character? How else can you interpret an article that quotes the good things which the family had to say about him? How else can you interpret an article that mentions in only one sentence the fact that the victim was dealing dope? How else can you interpret an article that makes excuses as to why he was doing so?
Drugs destroy lives. If the Times Colonist wishes to editorialize its news articles about people dying or getting killed because of drugs, then it should put those comments on the editorial page. It should not weave them into a “hard news” article, devoting some eighty percent of that article to sentimental soft talk.
The Times Colonist tried to sneak its clap trap on you.
The truth as to why the Times Colonist would never write an editorial lamenting the death of a drug dealer. Such an editorial would stand out and garner instant and vociferous objections and anger. So instead, the Times Colonist tucked its message neatly into a news story much as advertisers attempt to impart a subliminal message in their advertisements.
Would you like to understand better how words and pictures are used to secretly persuade? If so, you should dig up a copy of an old book by author Vance Packard, entitled The Hidden Persuaders. It’s a fascinating read and very eye opening.
The Times Colonist seems to be advocating drug dealing.
I am alarmed that the Times Colonist quietly advocated dealing drugs. Every citizen who believes drugs are wrong should also be alarmed. If we want to have any opportunity to be successful in fighting the growing epidemic of street drugs, then we must hold newspapers like the Times Colonist accountable for the manner in which they report news.
In this age of internet and mass connectivity from a plethora of electronic devices, it seems to me as though many newspaper have lost their way. Now, they scramble to monetize their internet site.
This scramble for dollars and search engine recognition has damaged the quality and the integrity of journalism. This is because what is printed in the newspaper for the local community to see is also posted on the internet. There it must appeal to the broader marketplace known as cyberspace. It is sad to see newspapers dying, but they are often the authors of their own demise as they sacrifice their standards in their new pursuit.