Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Journalism: Too Important To Leave To Journalists

By Ralph Cipriano
for BigTrial.net

Ever wonder how Pennsylvania became the sex abuse capitol of the world?

Jerry Sandusky, Bill Cosby. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's "Billy Doe" scandal. 

Well there's a common thread among all three scandals that the mainstream media is too corrupt to tell you about, namely overzealous, headline-hunting prosecutors who practice rampant, unconstitutional prosecutorial misconduct, for which there is no penalty.

Think about it. In the Sandusky case, the Pennsylvania state attorney general's office wrote fiction into a grand jury report, about a heinous crime in the showers that never really happened, and then they illegally leaked that report to a useful idiot of a reporter to permanently poison the jury pool.

In the Cosby case, a headline-hunting D.A. in Montgomery County decided to ignore a deal his predecessor had struck with the comedian, so he could orchestrate an unconstitutional trial that would send Cosby to jail after he had already settled the case in the civil courts by paying the alleged victim more than $3 million. 

In the Billy Doe case, a corrupt, headline-hunting Philadelphia D.A. decided to indict three priests and a schoolteacher based on the stories told by a former altar boy who graduated to become a heroin addict and dealer. And then, when the D.A. finally decided to investigate those stories in preparation for trial, the D.A.'s lead detective discovered that none of the stories were true. And when the detective confronted the altar boy, he confessed that he had made it all up. 

Pennsylvania sex scandals are the subject of the latest "Search Warrant" podcast hosted by former NCIS Special Agent John Snedden. The guests include yours truly, pontificating about media bias, and Joseph Stains, a Methodist pastor who wrote a series of articles for The Tribune Democrat of Johnstown entitled, "Reconsidering Sandusky."

Doing the podcast, I suddenly realized that the solution for the sad state of journalism today was happening right under my nose. 

First the problem -- today's journalists typically subscribe to one narrow worldview, that of a secular progressive Democrat. Hence, they all wear the same blinders, and are deaf, dumb and blind to anything that isn't on or may contradict the progressive agenda.

The other problem is that today's journos are a cowardly bunch, an uncurious, mindless pack of followers all singing the same tune while marching in lockstep toward extinction. 

And now here's the solution -- if the mainstream media won't do its job, ordinary citizens are going to have to come forward and become reporters, podcasters and bloggers.

Thanks to the internet, anybody can do it. 

John Snedden, the former NCIS special agent, did it when he launched his Search Warrant podcast.

Joseph Stains, the Methodist pastor, did it when he wrote his newspaper series that asked some logical questions about the Sandusky prosecution and trial. 

Stains did it because after ten years, the mainstream media stubbornly refuses to take a second look at the so-called Penn State sex abuse scandal. Why? Because alleged sex abuse victims are sacred cows, and because if the media took an honest look at what really happened at PSU, they would have to report that they blew the case all to hell. 

Finally, I just posted a story about some cops in Philadelphia who have decided that if the mainstream media won't hold our present incompetent police commissioner accountable, they would become bloggers, and do the job themselves.

Frankly, I think Snedden, Stains and those blogger cops should all share a Pulitzer Prize.

Think about it. Journalism -- just to important to leave to journalists. 

Maybe it's the start of a reform movement. 


  1. You ought to give Frederick Crews and Pendergrast a nod here also.

  2. Having a journalism degree and a platform to tell a story, does not mean you have a story to tell. Journalists should listen to those trying to tell of their life experiences, much of which is timely and news worthy.

    Journalists decide a persons worth by the stories they tell about them, without any input from the actual subject. Cherry picking the political flavor of the day to satisfy an editor, a powerful political figure or a prosecutor without facts is dangerous, it undermines the truth. Truth should be the basics of all reporting.


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