I’m sick to death of media vilifying objects as the cause of deaths

I saw the headline and the first sentence, and I expected to be told about the driver or person responsible for the car.   This was the full report:  

A car has hit two children and a woman near a school in west Auckland this afternoon.

Police said they were called to the incident on Sturges Road in Henderson at about 3.15pm.

The woman is in hospital with moderate injuries and the children have been taken to Starship Hospital with minor injuries

Sturges Road is blocked after the crash.

As we all know, people are being run down by cars and trucks overseas.  And then a person gets out of the vehicle and frequently goes on a further killing spree.

But the reporting is always that a truck killed people.

Not that a person used a truck as a weapon.

I’m not even kidding when I say I expect to see this before I die:

“A knife inserted itself into a man yesterday”

 

– RNZ


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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