The Media And Law Enforcement Essay
R. JEWELL, MEDIA, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT 1
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Richard Jewell, the Media, and the Role of Law Enforcement Priscilla Guadarrama Arizona State University
Richard Jewell, the Media, and the Role of Law Enforcement The term “double-edged sword” is one that many use when referring to something with both good and bad qualities. The expression holds true when discussing the media. Media, regardless of its form, has come to play a vital role in today’s society; it serves as a source of information on politics, world news, local news, heart-warming stories, health advisories, celebrity news, and etcetera; but media sources have been known to go “too far” in some instances to the point that they cause a person’s reputation to be damaged and their life to be uprooted and turned into a metaphorical nightmare. This discussion does not refer to celebrities who are public figures and therefore under constant public scrutiny but rather to average citizens who would otherwise prefer to keep their names out of the headlines. Furthermore, the role that law enforcement plays in scandals such as these will be explored, as they are key sources of information for the media.
On July 27, 1996, while the Summer Olympics were taking place in Atlanta, Richard Jewell, a security guard hired for the event, discovered a bomb that would prove to have been capable of causing numerous casualties if he would not have helped to evacuate the premises prior to the…