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Richard Jewell, a security guard, was a national hero when he saved hundreds of people by spotting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. He was later wrongly accused of the crime, enduring a trial by media. Did the media learn its lesson?

Richard Jewell, a security guard, was a national hero when he saved hundreds of people by spotting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. He was later wrongly accused of the crime, enduring a trial by media. Did the media learn its lesson?
  • Yes, I think the media has learned its lesson.

    Media coverage of Olympic scandals has yet to reach this level again. Even with the usual fanfare about doping, poor sportsmanship, issues with the host country (especially the 2016 Rio Olympics' safety concerns), the media hasn't raked anyone over the proverbial coals. For example, there were a few incidents of athletes being attacked, and in those instances the coverage was mostly professional and matter of fact, not accusatory or sensationalized.

  • No, the media did not learn its lesson.

    The media will jump on any story and twist things to make an even bigger story. Every person in the media wants to be the one who breaks a big story or makes a big discovery. The media is responsible for starting a lot of rumors, accusations and assumptions that can be very damaging for the subject.

  • The media has not learned

    The media has not learned its lesson after Richard Jewell endured accusations in the media after the 1996 bombing of the Olympics. The media still continues to report on events and jump to conclusions, without all of the facts present. It is getting worse as the media faces increased competition from online sources and the 24 hour news cycle.

  • No, the media did not learn its lesson after the wrongful accusations against Richard Jewell in 1996.

    No, the media did not learn its lesson after the wrongful accusations against Richard Jewell in 1996. The media is quick to jump on a story and often impedes on the judicial systems, as it did after the 1996 Olympics when security guard, Richard Jewell, spotted a bomb and then was suspected of the crime. This incident is an unfortunate example of "trial by media" and the narrative has repeated in the twenty years since then.


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