What is news­wor­thy?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

We have been read­ers of your news­pa­per for many years and un­til re­cently thought you re­ported news that was both rel­e­vant and cur­rent. But the fail­ure to re­port on the tragic death of a 32-year-old dis­abled man in Co­coa, Fla., has caused me to ques­tion what the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette con­sid­ers “news­wor­thy.”

This man in Florida drowned in a pond in a park while a group of teenagers nearby watched and did noth­ing to help the drown­ing man. They recorded his death and mocked him from a dis­tance, us­ing all sorts of un­speak­ably foul lan­guage. One of the teens, when ques­tioned by the po­lice later, showed no re­morse for his ac­tions, even smirk­ing about it. Th­ese teens will not be pros­e­cuted be­cause they did not vi­o­late any laws de­spite their cru­elty.

Yet the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette ap­par­ently did not find this a news­wor­thy story. It seems it didn’t ap­pear once in the news­pa­per. I am com­pelled to ask: Why?

LAURA BLACK Jack­sonville

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